There is no denying the fact that the Pakistani drama industry is booming and has a fan following that transcends borders. 2023 was no different. It was a huge year with a great plethora of stories that had substance, characters that resonated, and emotions that lingered on. Check out some of the best to have been offered from the silver screen:
With a stellar cast including Ali Rehman Khan, Zhalay Sarhadi, Hira Khan, Irfan Motiwala, and Umer Alam, this was a powerful reality about intersex living in Pakistan and the challenges they encounter daily. Ali did a fantastic job in the central role of a transgender person who deals with the painful challenges when he decides to adopt a child.
Defining, and captivating, who knew this decent creation would become such a sensation? Featuring Sabeena Farooq in a whole new avatar, it is the story of Barbeena and Haji Mushtaq. The drama highlights an excellent narrative of cultural differences, love, and the significance of human relationships.
This was considered as Humaima Malick’s major comeback for it set the stage for an intriguing story. With a powerful narration and defining performances, Jindo shed light on issues that usually don’t get the limelight.
A light-hearted story that allowed viewers to blow off steam and see something entertaining and relatable. With their undeniable chemistry, Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha take on a story that delves into the perspective of an ordinary yet genius person, Gulzar, who constantly questions and stands against the harsh norms of society.
Tumhare Husn Ke Naam
Anything that has Saba Qamar associated with it will definitely be a major watch. A romantic tale based on Hakeem Nayyar Wasti’s novel from the 1930s, this story focuses on a famous romantic poet, Sikandar Altaf, and a generous lady, Salma Qureshi, and the ups and downs they go through to save their relationship.
A strong mini-series with an ensemble cast, the production emphasized stories that are scattered all around us but unfortunately, we tend to shy away from shedding some light on them. It enchanted the masses through its simplicity and profound storyline.
An exceptional drama with a captivating script that highlighted the importance of education and educators, its stellar cast especially Marwa Hocane and Ameer Gillani kept the audience intrigued!
Mohabbat Gumshuda Meri
Undeniably one of the best productions to have come out this year- it was light, refreshing, and ‘young’. While Dananeer proved her acting skills soon enough after her viral video, it was Khushal Khan who completely surprised us with the incredible spectrum of emotions he showed on screen, in a drama that probably didn’t even require him to invest so much into his role.
A beautiful and thoroughly researched portrayal of the Pashtun tribes who are devoted to safeguarding their cultural values, Sang-e-Mah hinted at family politics, rivalries and forbidden love. It was completely riveting and left a strong impression.