When one thinks about talk shows, the mind immediately goes into a tailspin. Talk shows? Are we referring to those loud, unethical morning shows? Are we talking about the argumentative, brash political talk shows? Are we discussing entertainment or satire shows? Well, in fact, all these shows fall under this heading. A talk show refers to a format in which an individual or group discuss a series of topics determined by the host. While in Pakistan, political talk shows have generally ruled the roost, new ideas are being presented as well. Within this list, a handful of talk shows are presented from different categories, highlighting consistent favourites and promising beginnings.
Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath
Shahzeb Khanzada is a popular television anchor. Geo’s “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Saath” was replaced with Shahzeb Khanzada and Khanzada conducts a daily program with views, news and interviews on the happenings of the day.
To the Point with Mansoor Ali Khan
Previously Mansoor Ali Khan used to be an anchor at Geo but he later moved on to another channel. Mansoor Ali Khan now hosts To the Point with Mansoor Ali Khan on Express News where he also speaks to the public about their opinion and their views on various topics.
Live With Dr. Shahid Masood
Live With Dr. Shahid Masood has set the standard for talk shows in Pakistan. A hot favorite, Live With Dr. Shahid Masood airs on News One on a daily basis. Discussing national and international events, Masood invites guests to share their views. The highlight of the show is the logical, composed manner which Dr. Shahid Masood maintains. Unlike other shows where hosts tend to lose their composure and indulge in heated debates, Dr. Shahid Masood presents his thoughts in a clear, concise manner and mediates his guests well. Currently missing from his own show, viewers are anxiously awaiting his return.
Khara Sach with Mubashir Luqman
Airing on 24 News, Khara Sach with Mubashir Luqman is another favorite of viewers with an interest in national news. On Khara Sach, Luqman presents different topics related to occurrences in Pakistan and opens discussion to a panel of three to four guests. While these discussions can get heated, Luqman does his best to control the situation and present valid criticism.
Rewind With Samina Peerzada
Samina Peerzada is a household name with fans of the Pakistani entertainment industry, specifically fans of Pakistani television. In 2018, Peerzada stepped into a new arena: hosting a digital talk show. The episodes uploaded on YouTube on a weekly basis, the format of Rewind is a one-on-one discussion with an individual guest. Each week, Peerzada invites a guest from Pakistan’s entertainment industry – whether an actor, a cricketer, a writer, the most interesting part of the show is the discussion itself. Samina Peerzada is respectfully inquisitive, allowing the guest to share as little or as much as they like while making them feel comfortable. Even if the viewer does not recognize the guest, the banter initiated by Peerzada is so endearing, the viewer enjoys learning about the guest through her show.
Conversations With Kanwal
In 2013, Kanwal Ahmed founded Soul Sisters Pakistan as a safe space for woman to share their thoughts. A great success, the group gave Ahmed a social media presence. Ultimately, 6 years later, Ahmed launched a talk show on a digital platform, uploaded on both Facebook and Youtube. Conversations With Kanwal is a 12-episode series conducted in the one-on-one format. Each episode focuses on a specific issue, such as colorism, miscarriages and domestic abuse. This is a show that presents topics that are important for societal change, interviewing guests with direct experience regarding the topic of choice.
A relatively new show, BOL Nights is a show that was launched on June 6, 2019. Only one episode old, the show has picked up traction due to the show’s host and guests. Hosted by Ahsan Khan, Pakistan’s sweethearts Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoor appeared as the show’s first guests. The show is split up into several segments, switching up the pace and keeping the audience entertained while still providing insight into the lives of the guests. This is a show to look out for.
There are several other popular shows, such as The Reporters, Off the Record With Kashif Abbasi, News Beat and so forth. In a country like Pakistan, political and news-related talk shows are a dime a dozen. However, these are five shows that are worthwhile.