We are nearing the end of 2020 which has pretty much been dubbed as the worst year due to the disastrous COVID-19 crisis. Despite the lows, there were still incidents and people that kept our spirits high as we navigated through this difficult year. No matter how tough times were, the netizen’s meme game stayed on point and kept us entertained throughout the year. Let’s take a look at 34 of the funniest memes that kept social media buzzing and us laughing throughout the year!
1. Kokilaben’s rise to fame
Indian soaps are notorious for their illogical content and in 2020 one of them became famous for a whole other reason. Yup, we are talking about the ‘Rasode mein kaun tha’ video and the memes that followed. The tune is still stuck in our heads and it seems Kokilaben’s burning question will haunt us even for years to come.
— Manas Jha (@ManasJha0007) August 23, 2020
2. Meray Pass Tum Ho aur Danish ki maut!
Whether you are updated about the Pakistani drama scene or not, one drama that everyone heard of this year was Humayun Saeed starrer Mere Paas Tum Ho. The drama’s craze was off the charts with the final episode even airing in cinemas. Almost every episode was followed by a meme fest from Danish’s wolf of wall street moment, to Mehwish getting slapped, to Mehwish and Shahwar’s scandalous hotel vacay, and lastly of course Danish’s death! Whether you liked the drama or not, the memes surely kept us all entertained!
— عثمان علی اکرم (PTI )❤جنرل عاصم باجوہ ہم اپکے ساتھ (@usmanaliakram) January 25, 2020
3. The Maria B fiasco led to some epic memes
Remember when the uber-famous designer Maria B let her COVID positive staff travel to his village and there was an uproar? She released an explanation video that resulted in a meme goldmine. Here is our favorite one:
4. Taher Shah
This year also saw another musical marvel by our very own ‘Eye to Eye’ famed Taher Shah. This time around Shah brought a single titled Farista which was literally the Urdu translation of his 2016 song ‘Angel’. People were quick to pick that and soon after the song released memes flooded the internet.
— Tayyab Sohail (@hmm_ok_theek_h) April 11, 2020
ok boomer https://t.co/7NX7Zpbrb3
— Fayez. (@fayez222) April 11, 2020
5. Ehd e Wafa’s Gulzar
Gulzar from Basti Malook in Ehd-e-Wafa won hearts with his honesty and hilarious dialogues. People could not stop making memes about him!
— Fahad Ansari (@FahadAn86314960) November 25, 2019
6. Sarah Khan and Falak Shabbir’s shaadi
2020 witnessed multiple celebs tying the knot but one wedding turned into a meme as well. It was Sarah Khan’s contagious smile at her wedding. The couple looked so good together and fans could not help but notice a constant smile in almost every picture. We thought it was absolutely adorbs yet people could not help but make memes about it! The wedding festivities kept social media buzzing for a few days and several memes emerged.
The duo were good sports as they appreciated the love and all the memes people were making.
7. Usman Mukhtar also became a meme
When the news about Sarah Khan and Falak Shabbir’s wedding surfaced, Usman Mukhtar memes started circulating with him being crowned the best rishta aunty of the drama industry.
Usman starred opposite Naimal Khawar in Anaa soon after which Naimal tied the knot with Hamza Ali Abbasi. Later, he starred with Sarah Khan in Sabaat and she got hitched. Hence, came the memes! Mukhtar even hopped in and suggested he would come solo in the next serial so that he can get married himself.
8. PUBG ban
2020 was the year of incessant bans by different regulatory authorities. Fans resorted to memes as a coping mechanism. First, PUBG got banned by PTA which left many heartbroken aur kuch ka dard tu buhat he zyada tha!
Specially for Singles.💔 https://t.co/kkhiz4fV9S
— 𝗔 𝗟 𝗜 (@alihassanxyz) July 1, 2020
9. The TikTok ban
Then came the Tik Tok ban which was celebrated by many but avid Tik Tok users were once again left speechless.
#TikTok is Ban in Pakistan .
My siblings : pic.twitter.com/GACPKI148O
— _H@rîs_ (@imharis_10) October 9, 2020
Tik Tok also got banned in India so naturally many joked about Pakistanis joining the club.
— 🇮🇳Àtúl👻Harí 🇮🇳 (@atulhari10) October 9, 2020
10. The Tinder ban
We almost forgot about this one but yes folks Tinder was also banned in Pakistan and gave netizens all the more reason to joke about how it was so unnecessary, considering hardly anyone ever uses it in Pakistan.
— Sannan (@sannansaleh_) September 1, 2020
Even Obi chimed in to mock this ridiculous move
Me: ‘Dammit, they banned Tinder’
Friend: ‘Oh no, who will you never match with now?’
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) September 1, 2020
11. Possible YouTube ban
There were also rumors about a possible Youtube ban that didn’t happen but netizens imagined how the world would look like if it did,
— samir pirzada (@PirzadaSamir) July 23, 2020
12. “Sacrifice my own life for Pakistan”
A video of an event at a Pakistani school went viral where students expressed their love for the country and one student shouted ‘I will sacrifice my own life for Pakistan’. Politician Sehar Kamran was also present at the event and was extremely ecstatic to see such patriotism. The video went viral globally with many making TikTok videos on it including Mia Khalifa. But this one is our absolute favorite!
Best one so far pic.twitter.com/RQamamjRWP
— Aadi Maan (@Pardesi909) August 31, 2020
13. Pakistani ‘Money Heist’
The internet went into a frenzy over the possibility of a Pakistani Money Heist as star-studded pictures with 50 crores started making the rounds. Thankfully it was just an ad campaign for an e-commerce store but people surely got a kick out of the whole thing!
LMAO WHAT? ARE THEY GOING TO ROB THE BANK OF PUNJAB💀😭 pic.twitter.com/XQlQXeiR1r
— esha (@whatesha) October 18, 2020
14. Yasir Hussain’s criticism over PTV airing Ertugrul
How can a year go by without Yasir Hussain not making a couple of controversial statements? This year the actor was offended by PTV endorsing a Turkish drama Dirilis Ertrugul. The drama garnered a massive fanbase so of course, Yasir had to face a lot of backlash for his statements. Some preferred expressing their sentiments in form of memes.
15. Halime Sultan
With the popularity of Dirilis Ertugrul the lead actors also got a lot of attention including some getting endorsements with local brands. Everyone’s favorite Halime Sultan a.k.a Esra Bilgic also bagged a couple of campaigns. Netizens had mixed feeling about it and many made memes on Halime bhabhi as well.
The Turkish actors being in the limelight didn’t bode well with many Pakistani celebs either who spoke against Ertugrul being aired as well. Memers didn’t let that go either
Before the pandemic started PSL was in full swing, and Pakistanis take their cricket very seriously! It all started with the PSL anthem….
And the never-ending digs at Lahore Qalandars
Me to Fawad Rana pic.twitter.com/iEeqIGuzRh
— Rana Talha Asfar 🇵🇰 (@RTAluvzAfridi) March 2, 2018
17. Tum Tum
The PSL anthem wasn’t the only song Asim Azha got trolled for this year. The singer also released a single titled ‘Tum Tum’ featuring Areeka Haq, Raamis, Shamoon Ismail, Ali Gul Pir, and Hania Amir. The song became the butt of all jokes as the netizen brutally trolled it.
— jeررy (@SastaManjann) July 2, 2020
— Madeeeha JaZeeeeb (@deeyahussain) July 3, 2020
18. Asim Azhar getting friend-zoned
2020 doesn’t seem to be Asim’s year, besides the harsh criticism over his songs he also got friend-zoned by long time beau Hania Amir. People could not stop shipping Hania Amir and Asim Azhar for years but Hania declared Asim as her best friend during a live session with Aima Baig. The declaration sent social media into a frenzy and the emerging memes were just hilarious.
— Ali. // Egg’s janam din. (@allisenpai_) July 13, 2020
19. US election and Trump memes
The US Presidential elections took place this year and the whole world was vested in the outcome of the election. Desi Twitter didn’t disappoint at all and kept us entertained with hilarious tweets, and memes, by fake Donald Trump and Joe Biden accounts.
Both Biden and Trump have already declared their victory in #USElection
Americans right now: pic.twitter.com/f91kRzq1qV
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 4, 2020
Some old conspiracy theories also resurfaced
Anonymous sources have proven Trump is actually an orphan from Pakistan which mean he cannot run for President…Does this mean I won? pic.twitter.com/VUz8xyRaC5
— @BidenThoughts (@BidenThoughts_) November 4, 2020
But this video takes the cake!
The Remake pic.twitter.com/LWZQqrqVww
— Bila (@SuspendedBila) November 5, 2020
20. Rehman Malik’s mix-up
Politicians from all over the world sent in their congratulations to new President-elect Joe Biden. Senator Rehman Malik also jumped on the bandwagon but made a silly mistake. While congratulating Biden, Mr. Malik attached a picture of himself with former US President George Bush. He later took down his tweet but the Twitterati were quick to catch on and make memes of course!
Rehman Malik congratulating Kanye West on his election campaign pic.twitter.com/HmmjuuoWpJ
— 🍁 (@hodornm) November 11, 2020
21. Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi’s intimate moment
Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi’s moment of affection after Lahore Qalandar’s win in the PSL semi-final became a hilarious meme. The team has been brutally trolled for not performing and now when they surprisingly won, the scandalous jhappi between Haris and Shaheen had people’s attention.
Newly wed Couples on their Photo shoot. pic.twitter.com/wyzHiu842u
— 𝓜𝓮𝓱𝔀𝓲𝓼𝓱 𝓜𝓲𝓻𝔃𝓪✨ (@EngineerLarki) November 15, 2020
22. Shafqat Mahmood
Federal Education Minister also became a meme when he announced the closure of schools and colleges in light of the ongoing pandemic.
— Assad Bajwa (@oyebajwey) November 23, 2020
— Maria Rajpoot (@Eyescutfromstar) November 23, 2020
23. Sadaf Kanwal and Shahroz Sabzwari’s wedding
Weddings are usually a happy occasion. Even social media pours in love and well wishes for the new couple. But some weddings become memes, like Sadaf Kanwal and Shahroz Sabzwari’s.
24. Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal is famous for writing interesting captions and making typos, the most recent one was when he tweeted a picture with Abdur Razzak and wrote “mother from another brother”. Naturally, memes followed
— Good Guy NGL (@gooljaar) February 19, 2020
25. Fahad Mustafa’s “fahashi” moment
Fahad Mustafa also got caught for immoral dressing during the Ramazan transmission of his show and Twitter brutally roasted him for his bold display of cleavage.
Where is your duptta fahad???
Your izat lies in your cleavage.
— Amna khan (@Amnatariqkhan1) April 25, 2020
26. The CIE result nightmare
O-levels and A-levels kids had a massive breakdown as CIE announced ridiculous predicted grades. The internet totally lost it leading Cambridge to revise their decision.
What happened between people at Cambridge when deciding the grades. pic.twitter.com/xoqhHDkim5
— ✮ loser ✮ (@K4nzyy) August 11, 2020
One show that kept Pakistanis busy and the internet buzzing was the Turkish period drama Dirilis Ertugrul. The fanbase for this show is massive and there is a truckload of memes on the internet by now!
28. Imran Khan and the lockdown
PM Imran Khan has been under fire for a lot of things as well and one thing Pakistanis couldn’t agree with was his reluctance towards a lockdown when coronavirus began spreading. He later eased off the lockdown despite the threat being very much real.
29. Jannat Mirza
The most followed Tik Tok star was caught up in troll brigade numerous times this year as well especially when TikTok got banned
— Abdullah🌚❤️ (@lamest_shit) October 9, 2020
30. Ali Xeeshan’s birthday look
The famous fashion designer Ali Xeeshan always tends to stand out with his ‘out of the box’ style statement. The man is the king of outrageous ootds and on his birthday his glasses turned quite a few heads.
This is how men should wear masks 💁🏻♀️ especially those who constantly look for fahashi. https://t.co/qXL2q5Q7o1
— Maria 🌷 #AuratAzadiMarch2021 (@marriyamalik1) October 6, 2020
31. Coronavirus and WhatsApp totkay
At the start of the pandemic, desi aunties and uncles fell for every other desi totka that came their way on WhatsApp. Corona ka elaaj tu nahe pata chala but many people sure did consume some crazy things like Sana Makki and garlic!
32. Coronavirus memes
Dealing with adversity one meme at a time, love at a time of corona reimagined!
— Sara 🇸🇦 (@sara_pirzadaa) March 15, 2020
Remember when mosques decided to say the Azaan every night?
33. Syra and Sheheryar’s sizzling photoshoot
Recently Syra Yousaf and Sheheryar Munawar did a photoshoot that was too hot to handle. The chemistry between the two was electrifying and people were totally shipping the duo. Some also decided to have some fun with the pictures hence emerged the ultimate crossover,
— Faisii_Tweets (@FaisiiT) November 15, 2020
And this one
— Lodu Lalit (@uniquememes07) November 15, 2020
34. And, lastly, it’s only fair that Yashraj Mukhate capped the year off with THIS banger
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This year has been tough with so many things going downhill but even in these tough times, Pakistanis sense of humor remained untainted. With one month left we anticipate many more will follow undoubtedly. Which one of these is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below.
Cover image via sadafkanwal/Instagram and @yashrajmukhate/Instagram