The Top 5 Pakistani Dramas Worth Your Time: November 2019 Edition

The Top 5 Pakistani Dramas Worth Your Time: November 2019 Edition

With a plethora of new Pakistani shows releasing lately on a weekly basis, here’s a list of the shows that are actually worth your time

In the last two months, a large number of TV shows have been releasing for Pakistani viewers – some promising and others not.  While Pakistani dramas tend to advertise aggressively and lure viewers in through OSTs, it can take a few weeks to decide whether a show is worth your time.  Coming from a drama viewer that watches almost everything initially, here is a compiled list of the shows that are not only worthwhile in terms of entertaining, but also stand out due to unique storylines, great acting and gripping pace – these are quality shows.

Ishq Zahe Naseeb – HUM TV

While “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” has been topping the charts in terms of TRPs and has an ardent fan following, it somehow does not manage to create the buzz on social media that it deserves.  “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” follows the story of two star-crossed lovers, Goher (Sonya Hussain) and Kashif (Sami Khan), two individuals ripped apart due to societal constraints and family obligations.  Interwoven with their story is the plight of Sameer (Zahid Ahmed), a successful businessman suffering from dissociative identity disorder, which has taken over his quality of life and ability to hold relationships.  With several other important characters, including Donia (Zarnish Khan), a woman who loses the ability to walk after an accident, “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” is not only gripping regarding it emotional relationships and human hardships, but also due to its interesting screenplay, which is, at the very heart of it all, a mystery.  Arguably the best show on television, “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” has the potential to go down in the books as a modern-day classic. 

Alif – Har Pal Geo

Based on Umera Ahmed’s novel “Alif,” is the story of Qalb E Momin (Hamza Ali Abbasi) and Momina (Sajal Aly), moving through the glamour world and following their internal struggles regarding spirituality and their journey to find internal peace.  “Alif” leaves the viewer spellbound due to its picturesque cinematography and stunning settings.  It also manages to ask questions that leave the viewer deep in thought due to brilliant dialogues written by Umera Ahmed.  Without being overly preachy, the story toes the line between the world and religion.  With incredible acting by Kubra Khan, Ahsan Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sajal Aly, Manzar Sehbai and Saleem Mairaj, this is definitely a show everyone should be watching, one that will be remembered for years to come and – like “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” – has the potential to be remembered as a modern-day classic. 

Ehd E Wafa – HUM TV

A Hum TV project in conjunction with ISPR, “Ehd E Wafa” debuted with great excitement.  While its initial episodes may have been a let-down for many, “Ehd E Wafa” has gone on to become one of the best shows on TV.  The story follows four friends – Saad (Ahad Raza Mir), Shahzain (Osman Khalid Butt), Shehryar (Ahmed Ali Akbar) and Shariq (Wahaj Ali) – and their personal journeys after they have a falling out in college.  Each and every actor is doing a great job in their roles and it’s also great to see how these boys all come from very different family backgrounds.  Refreshingly different from everything else, “Ehd E Wafa” is light-hearted viewing while still imparting important messages through its narrative (such as what students from lower socio-economic backgrounds go through in comparison to their well-off peers).  This one is worth a watch!

Ye Dil Mera – HUM TV

Currently with only one episode down, “Ye Dil Mera” is still in its initial phase.  Directed by Aehson Talish and written by Farhat Ishtiaq, this is a story that promises to be a romantic thriller.  Amaan (Ahad Raza Mir) and Aina (Sajal Aly) are both haunted by their own pasts and while a love story is promised in the first episode, it’s clear that Amaan may have sinister motives for his pursuit of Aina.  Add to this Aina’s protective stepfather, played by Adnan Siddiqui, and the plot thickens.  While there’s a lot left to explore here, the first episode kicked off on a promising note and this show is expected to be a winner. 

Meray Pass Tum Ho – ARY Digital

After a recent interview with Khalil Ur Rahman Qamar, opinions have been flying high about his misogyny and perception of females in general.  This is also affecting the attitude towards his latest show, “Meray Pass Tum Ho,” which he has written.  However, there are many other individuals associated with this show and their credit cannot be taken away, which is why this show remains on the list.  “Meray Pass Tum Ho” revolves around a married couple, Danish (Hamayun Saeed) and Mehwish (Ayeza Khan) from a lower middle-class background.  Their lives erupt into turmoil when the well-off Shahwar (Adnan Siddiqui) enters their lives and Mehwish decides to leave Danish for Shahwar.  While “Meray Pass Tum Ho” is slow in pace, the way the scenes have been directed manage to bring out emotional reactions in viewers.  The acting from Hamayun Saeed is really what is carrying the show forward.  He is flawless in his portrayal of an emotionally sensitive man whose life has been reduced to chaos after being betrayed by his wife.  Ayeza Khan and Adnan Siddiqui are also performing very well, depicting their characters in a way where viewers love to hate them.  While the show continues to be at the center of a debate, it cannot be denied that the show boasts of great acting and is being supported by a large fan following. 

Ruswai – ARY Digital

Airing on ARY, “Ruswai” is a story of Sameera (Sana Javed), a confident, independent, loving woman with a strong, support system in her family.  She faces many hurdles - emotional, physical and psychological – after tragedy strikes and she is abducted and raped.  The subject matter isn’t particularly unique, but what sets “Ruswai” apart is the way the female lead has been written.  She is intelligent and understands what is right for her.  And though, at present, she seems to be losing her sense of self, it’s reassuring to see that her brother, Hamza (Osama Tahir), has been written as a strong, supportive character as well.  The star cast, including Sana Javed, Mohammed Ahmed, Seemi Raheel and Osama Tahir, are all performing incredibly well.  While it remains to be seen how the story plays out after this tragedy, the show continues to show promise after a handful of episodes.  Directed by Rubina Ashraf, “Ruswai” has been written by Naila Ansari.

These are the top picks for shows Pakistani audiences should be watching at present.  While there are other shows out there which have promise and boast of strong star casts, these shows are ones that are unlikely to let the viewer down.

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