When there was no dish, no cable, no cell phones or internet, Pakistanis spent most of their times indulging and salvaging on PTV dramas. Just like Pakistan’s cinematic industry had its Golden Age, the drama industry never fell too behind. Early days saw the industry create some overwhelmingly addictive dramas that haven’t been forgotten and are talked about or remembered even today. If you’re a fan of Pakistani dramas, you would definitely still want to watch these through any medium you find. Here are some of Pakistan’s classic dramas that can never be forgotten.
1. Khuda Ki Basti – A view of God’s garden
Khuda ki basti was a drama that deserted the streets of Pakistan when aired. Based on social issues, the drama was adapted from a novel written by Shaukat Siddiqui. Qazi Wajid acted as lead and served as a debut for Behroz Sabzwari, a child actor then. The demand and appeal of the drama had it remade in the early 1970s.
2. Nijaat – Troubling faces of beauty
Nijaat, comprising of big names such as Noman Ijaz, Atiqa Odho, Marina Khan and Latif Kapadia, was directed by Sahira Kazmi. A story simultaneously revolving around multiple issues such as family planning, human trafficking and child abuse, Nijaat presented shades of Pakistan’s concerns in a manner that glued audience to their seats.
3. Aangan Tehra – Gags of chronic laughter
The true essence of comedy and satire owed to Anwar Maqsood’s wit, Aangan Tehra remains as one of Pakistan’s most unforgettable shows of all time. The cast consisted of impeccable performers like Bushra Ansari, Salim Nasir, Shakeel, Durdana Butt and Arshad Mehmood. The drama’s popularity had it re-telecast several times and adapted as a stage play recently.
4. Dhuwan – An officer’s duty
Written by a very talented Ashir Azeem, Dhuwan stands as Pakistan’s first adventure in action. Garnering high ratings from viewers, Ashir Azeem also acted as lead role in the show alongside Nabeel, Nazli Nasr and Nayyar Ijaz as supporting actors.
5. Alpha Bravo Charlie – A tale of love, pride and simplicity.
The hugely popular military based dramas series was shot in the late 1990s. The story followed lives of three friends on the cusp of their careers in Pakistan Army, who eventually fall for the same girl. Alpha Bravo Charlie has to be one of Pakistan’s most popular shows that served as a treat for generations.
6. Aaghosh – A mother’s sacrifice
Written by Adeel Hashmi and acted on Syed Shakir’s direction, Aaghosh was a mother’s story, beautifully captured, stating the sacrifices, agony and struggles a mother faces. The drama was an instant hit with the women in Pakistan.
7. Tanhaiyyan – The meaning of family
One of Pakistan’s all time favorites, Tanhaiyyan was telecast in 1985. A star studded cast including Shehnaz Shaikh, Asif Raza, Badar Khali and Behroz Sabzwari and young Marina Khan, Tanhaiyyan was a story of two sisters who lose their parents and live with an aunt. They try to re-buy their parents’ house and along the way collect the ingredients of what makes a house, a home.
8. Ainak Wala Jin – A child’s flawless imagination
Ainak Wala Jin or as you would call it, the Spectacled Genie, was a children’s television series in the early 1990s. Popular for its humor and fictional story line, Ainak Wala Jin stands proud in the list as one of Pakistan’s best productions. Nastoor, Hamoon Jadugar, Zakoota, Bill Batori and Samari Jadugar, dressed in beguiling costumes, were the soul of the show.
9. Dasht – A tribal love story
Directed by Abid Ali and F H Qureshi, Dasht was an epitome of a cultural production. Showcasing the tribal life of Balochistan; Noman Ijaz and Atiqa Odho acted in lead alongside glorified supporting actors such as Ayub Khoso. The culture, thinking and issues of tribes in Balochistan served as sidelines of Noman and Atiqa’s story of two youngsters from rival tribes who fall in love.
10. Dhoop Kinaray – A splendid face of love
A penned script of Haseena Moin, Dhoop Kinaray established Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan as Pakistan’s top on-screen couple. Their chemistry played a vital part in the drama’s success. Apart from Rahat and Marina’s efforts, stellar performances from Sajid Hasan, Qazi Wajid and Badar Khalil helped the show stand out.
11. Waris – A satisfying awakening
Waris represented all the distinctions of a powerful Pakistani drama. Wonderful direction, a strong story line, pivotal message, memorable dialogues and epitomic acting made Waris a complete show. Showcasing a struggling feudal family who are under the threat of losing power and land, face no help from a greedy nephew and several other issues. Waris had all the specifics of a complete Pakistani drama, built for success.