Looking For Something New To Watch?  Here’s A List of Brand New Pakistani Dramas
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Looking For Something New To Watch? Here’s A List of Brand New Pakistani Dramas

With Pakistani Dramas, it’s difficult to wade through what’s worthwhile and what’s not. Here’s a list of new shows that are still in the budding stages – and what’s actually worthwhile

As old shows come to an end, new shows rush in to replace them.  Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what is actually worth watching and sometimes it’s just frustrating with almost too many new shows to wade through.  So here’s a list of shows that have premiered in the last 1-3 weeks, along with which ones are actually worth watching.

Muqaddar

Advertised heavily as a show about a feudal lord (Faysal Quraishi) who becomes obsessed and forces a young girl (Madiha Imam) to marry him, the promos immediately came across as both intriguing because of the cast and repulsive due to the storyline.  However, with faces like Faysal Quraishi, Madiha Imam, Haroon Shahid, Ali Ansari, Sabeena Farooq and Sharmeen headlining the show, the cast is the first thing that strikes the viewer.  Next, the story progresses at a fast pace and, at the onset, the setting and characters seem progressive.  While, thanks to the promos, viewers know what’s coming, the treatment of the show sets it apart as one to watch out for.  The first episode aired on February 17, 2020 (Monday).

Pyar Ke Sadqay

Pyar Ke Sadqay is a show that’s immediately likable with the unique touch given not only to the direction, but also to the way the story has been presented.  Bilal Abbas Khan and Yumna Zaidi star in this show about two innocent, naïve characters that seem to be discovering themselves through life experiences – even if some of those experiences will take a turn for the “heavy” in future episodes.  This is a breezy, lighthearted show that keeps a smile on the viewers face despite the serious undertones.  So far, this is one of the best shows on television.  The show has aired four episodes so far and airs on Thursday nights.

Ishqiya

Monday is a popular day for Tv shows at present.  Ishqiya also airs on Monday and has aired 3 episodes so far.  Starring Feroze Khan as an obsessive lover, Ramsha Khan plays the woman who wronged him while Hania Amir plays his vessel for revenge.  While the show gives off déjà vu vibes, the treatment sets this show apart and the acting from the entire cast makes viewers sit up and take notice.  Hania Amir and Shabbir Jan particularly stand out at present.

Jhooti

Jhooti made waves before even airing due to a controversial promo.  However, at present, Jhooti is a show that’s both interesting and infuriating.  Starring Iqra Aziz, Ahmed Ali Butt and Yasir Hussain, Jhooti is about – that’s right, just like the name – a girl who lies pathologically.  So what’s good about this show?  Well, first, it’s great to see actors like Ahmed Ali Butt and Iqra Aziz working together.  Second, there’s something mildly relatable about Iqra’s character, a woman who is manipulative on another level – but she’s doing it for her own future, for her own wellbeing in an effort to make a better life for herself.  With 3 episodes down, this one is still worthwhile.

Mera Dil Mera Dushman

Saazish central is the most logical way to describe this drama.  Everyone is out to get someone else.  While Mairah (Alizeh Shah) is mistreated by her own Bhabi and brother, she finds momentary happiness with Shahmeer (Noman Sami) until her brother marries her off to a much older man, Zafar (Yasir Nawaz), ironically Shahmeer’s uncle.  There’s so much wrong with this drama, it’s like watching a train wreck.  This is one of those shows that could classify as a guilty pleasure, but is it a good show?  Not really.

Rabba Mainu Maaf Kareen 

This show aired its first episode on February 19, 2020.  It stars Hammad Farooqui, Jinaan and Hina Altaf in lead roles.  With a slightly “smaller scale” cast, one would hope the story would be something out of the box.  Unfortunately, it is not.  It’s the story of a married couple with children.  When they move next to Zoya (Hina Altaf), life becomes trouble as she has set her sights on this already married family man.  This happens all too quickly in the first episode itself and makes it clear that two women fighting over one man is the name of the game in this show.  I’d rate this one as a pass.

Khoob Seerat

A sweet, self-sacrificing heroine who throws herself pity parties on the regular because of her limp – does this sound like a good time?  Well, it gets better, because her best friend loves the man she loves and she’s only too happy to cheer the two on while silently suffering.  Unfortunately, Khoob Seerat is not only predictable, it’s also boring.  Despite starring Agha Ali, Kiran Haq and Nimra Khan in leading roles, the show is not particularly interesting…..forget entertaining.

There you have it, a list of new shows currently airing on Pakistani television.  While some are worth watching (Pyar Ke Sadqay, Muqaddar, Jhooti, Ishqiya), others are simply background noise.

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother

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