10 Pakistani dramas from 2015 that everyone should watch

Published: January 2, 2016
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We have a set of directors, actors and producers who have always made much applauded dramas, while on the other hand, we have a pool of artists who are always set to bring out taboo topics and make an impact.

2015 was a year filled with lots of emotions, drama and masala for the Pakistani drama industry. We have a set of directors, actors and producers who have always made much applauded dramas, while on the other hand, we have a pool of artists who are always set to bring out taboo topics and make an impact.

The dilemma to decide which of the dramas rightfully made it big due to its content and which were given overrated popularity for the love of cast and locations is still unanswered.

I feel this confusion will always start a heated debate within the household queens as to which drama should be the best one to win the Pakistani Oscar Drama award.

Without any delay, here are some of the dramas that stood-out in 2015!

1.  Diyar-e-Dil

Photo: Diyar-e-Dil- Facebook

With a cast so strong, there is absolutely no way that the audience would not be hooked to the drama serial after the trailerDiyar-e-Dil, is a story of a broken home where Abid Ali as Agha Jaan had caused the family to break away when he rejected his son’s wish to marry someone else other than the girl chosen for him.

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Diyar-e-Dil revolved around domestic matters and at some points, stirred emotions in families sitting at home but I feel the drama, overall, lacked provoking content. Yet, the viewers loved Agha Jaan and his gorgeous grandson!

2.  Mera Naam Yousuf Hai

Photo: Mera Naam Yousuf Hai – Facebook

Mera Naam Yousuf Hai is a story of fierce love, hatred, money driven characters, pain and sacrifice for love. The drama touched upon the conflicts and hypocrisies of the society, where one’s parents are involved in plotting the evil. With actors such as the charming Imran Abbas, beautiful Maya Ali and the most talented Hina Bayyat, the drama had to be nothing but a success. With such a strong script and fierce story, it was really impactful as the audience was captivated throughout by the separation of the forbidden lovers and waited to watch them unite.

So if you feel you’d like to relive the classics of all times like Sassui Punnhun and Heer Ranjha then you must add this to your watchlist of dramas!

3.   Nikah

Photo: Nikah – Facebook

It has become a culture prevalent in our society to get our children married off before they go abroad to study. But what happens if you grow up and have a different set of ideas, priorities and taste? Well, this is an issue portrayed in this drama.

This serial is best for people who crave family drama, revenge and romance!

 4.   Alvida

Photo: Alvida – Facebook

This is for the romantics out there! What do we want more than a couple with great chemistry? The Dil-e-Muztar couple has set fire to the screen again with yet another enthralling performance and a great story. The villains of the drama made the serial hard hitting and interesting. The psychotic thrill by Zahid Ahmed as Rameez added the twist in the simple love story. Not only Rameez but also Fareesa was a well thought character that made this serial a hit!

5.  Aik Thi Misaal

Photo: Aik Thi Misaal – Facebook

This is the tale of a child who comes from a broken family, Misaal is abandoned by her mother and then is mistreated by her father as both the divorced parents are busy in their own lives with spouses and family. This drama gained a fair share of popularity for its great theme!

This serial opened a window for the audience to have soft and empathising corner for those children who have suffered and are in need of care. The character, Misaal, is the epitome for such children.

Whereas some dramas made it to the charts there are a handful of dramas that will touch the core of your hearts and are simply unforgettable. Here is my list of the most impactful dramas that were outstanding in their way:

1.  Kaanch Ki Guriya

Photo: Kaanch Ki Guriya – Facebook

The analogy in the name is very interesting as it depicts a woman who faces hardships and is fragile enough to get shattered like a mirror.

It is the story of a young cheerful girl who comes to live with her maternal family to convince her grandfather. It is a tale of family ties, revenge, corruption, innocence and positivity. The protagonist depicts a girl who needs love and acceptance in a family that hates and disapproves. The tragedy happens when the protagonist’s grandfather dies and the question of wealth comes up. This serial is a beautifully plotted story, very well executed. A great drama that stole hearts and support throughout!

2.      Mumkin

Photo: Mumkin – Facebook

Mumkin means possibilities. Mumkin, was a drama with good content as it showed sacrifice, love, jealousy and how a mother acts and reacts when her husband abandons her. The conflict of jealousy shown between two step sisters (later revealed) is an added angle to the controversy of the story.

This story has soul like no other sentimental drama and is truly a remarkable serial.

3.  Khuda Dekh Raha Hai

Photo: Khuda Dekh Raha Hai – Facebook

With Bushra Ansari in the lead, the story is about a dominant religious woman who is an extremist in her values and raises her daughter in a conservative environment. This drama has questioned the social norms of society. The daughter, Sajal Ali, is married to a bad household where the husband is uncaring and an alcoholic.

Not only did this serial give the audience a closer look into reality, it was very powerful in terms of story, acting and direction.

4.   Zid

Photo: Zid – Facebook

This is an uncelebrated drama. Zid advocates the freedom of right and how to use them. The protagonist is rebellious, outrageous and headstrong, which leads to conflicts with her inner self and society. All in all, I feel this drama was a great personification of all modern day trapped 25-year-old girls who wish to pursue their careers and want to find their own love. They are bull-headed; they question society and challenge the norms and values of the status of traditional women in Pakistan.

This was a very strong modern story showing how unacceptable liberalism is within old school women. Unfortunately, it didn’t do as well as it should have!

5. Sangat

Photo: Sangat – Facebook

There are some dramas that you watch just for entertainment, and then there are some that just take a part of your soul with them. Such dramas are the ones that you give your heart and mind to; Sangat is part of that category. The drama set the bar high for a great storyline, powerful characters and a well-planned plot. Saba Qamar, Mikael and Zahid Ahmed are the leading trio. The queens at home surely loved this!

Misha Rizvi

Misha Rizvi

The author is a cat lover and an aspiring journalist. She wants to see a world that is more accepting of women and hopeful for a better tomorrow.She tweets as @MishaRizvi (twitter.com/misharizvi)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fatima

    Sangat set the bar high ? Diyar e dil doesn’t have provoking content? Seriously? ? I disagree with this article completely. Sangat has a horrible script. Zid was another mediocre drama..Recommend

  • Muhammad Saadullah

    where is jackson heights drama it was really good. i dont know why the writer didnt write about it or i guess she mite not have watched it.

    Zid was pathetic the location was really good but the script was disastrous. in the whole drama they once or twice used the word ANAA(ego).
    what about the drama RANG LAGA?
    i really thanks the writer that she have not included Mahira Khan’s drama “sadqay tumhary”. I dont know why people liked that drama too much. it was so funny to see a 31 year old woman playing role of 17 year old college student….:DRecommend

  • Raana

    Totally disagree Sangat is very badly executed. Fail to see how the Writer’s point here. I just hope the serial does not end with the rapist having a happy ending. In contrast Diyar-e-dil is brilliant in both acting and direction. The locations are also breathtaking. A serial you can enjoy all over again Recommend

  • Sonia Khawaja

    Sangat!?!? Really? A story that has ridiculed rape and glorified a rapist. Recommend

  • Sadaf

    Yeah Sangat took our soul alright ! Glamorizing a rapist really helped the soul of all the watchers. Btw You claim to want a world more accepting of women so tell me about the two characters in Sangat , how are they helping ? Ashy is “playing ” with her rapist and giving her baby to this violent man . Meanwhile Salma is desperate to marry said rapist .. yes very uplifting and touching Recommend

  • Sadaf

    I dont think Baji even watched a single one of these dramas just picked them off of google .. this is really disappointing Express TribuneRecommend

  • http://hotepisode.com/ Hot Episode

    I dont think the author even watched a single one of these dramas just picked them off of google .. this is really disappointingRecommend

  • http://vidpk.com Sadaf Jabeen

    Here are 3 classic Pakistani dramas aired on PTV that you must watch this year. These dramas reflect on our society in the late 1980s and 1990s. http://blog.vidpk.com/classic-pakistani-dramasRecommend

  • http://www.dramapakistani.net/ Shajee Fareedi

    I love all the Drama’s which are list on top, specially faisal qureshi’s Dramas!!Recommend

  • sahil

    Post a list of sad Pak serials.Recommend