Ranging from heartfelt love stories or tales so depressing they make you uncomfortable to comedies that have you laughing to yourself as you remember them the next day, the Pakistani drama industry has got them all. Our drama industry is one thing that really makes Pakistan proud not just nationally but also worldwide as people from other countries, like India, are known to have thoroughly enjoyed shows like Humsafar. Since there’s no time like the present to appreciate all the good things in life, here’s a list of my favorite Pakistani dramas:
This is a classic quintessential Pakistani drama with all that saas-bahu siasat but who doesn’t love a little spice when it’s on the big screen? Probably the first one that got me into desi television. Let’s say I was glued to the sofa and didn’t do my homework that week. But honestly speaking, it sheds light on such serious and deeply rooted issues in our society with the way wealth is distributed, women are treated and the prejudices people have. Stories like this, so excellently executed, have the power to shape us.
2. Chupke Chupke
This one was hilarious! From Ayeza Khan’s lowkey creepy TikTok character to her boisterous grandmother and their not so very loving relationship with her late grandfather’s other wife’s family (uh-oh), I could not stop laughing. It’s so rare to find such a genuinely funny drama that isn’t trying too hard but hits right on the spot. It’s easy to make people cry but a sense of humour is truly priceless!
I’ll admit this one was sad. Like, bohat zyada but not in the evil saas or cold husband way. It deals with religion, philosophy, childhood and society and the creativity was certainly a breath of fresh air. The cinematic glimpses of the past and trials of the two lovers were an experience to watch and it illustrates the depth in human beings that hold stories within themselves but are seen so basely on the outside. The two lovers originally hate each other until they come to understand and respect what the other has been through and become.
4. Ayegi Baraat Series
If you don’t love this series are you even human? It’s a chill, feel-good drama where you know everything will be alright in the end. Perfect at the end of a long day in your pajamas with a foodpanda delivery. The best part is it’s very, very long.
5. Ye Dil Mera
Another one of Sajal Aly’s master-pieces, it is probably the most emotional and depressing dramas I have ever watched but I had to add it to this list because of how powerful and well-done of a job I found it to be. It deals with power structures in society, parent-child relationships and mental health. The audience is shown how human beings always carry childhood’s experiences even when they’ve grown up and how these can act as barriers in their relationships and lives. Despite how problematic they are, I was rooting for the lovers to have a happy ending together but, in this aspect, I was disappointed. And that’s why I prefer comedy dramas!
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