Pakistani dramas have gone through various transitions of the quality and nature of the content. While we are still dealing with the stereotypical domestic affairs, PTV has the privilege to produce classic shows that would leave a handsome impact on the audience in terms of quality.
So, we’ve gathered some of the most classical hits that had happened to leave Pakistani streets deserted at the prime drama time and throwing it 2 decades back when there was no netflix to chill.
Dhoop Kinaaray 1987
Cast Rahat Kazmi as Dr. Ahmer Ansari and Marina Khan as Dr. Zoya Ali Khan in lead roles. Penned by Haseena Moin and Sahira Kazmi’s epic direction. Dhoop Kinaaray revolves around a team of doctors in a Karachi based hospital and revolves around their hospital practices and their private lives at home. The story of each character unfolds beautifully as the drama proceeds.
Leading characters include Dr. Ahmer (played by Rahat Kazmi), who is disturbed by his foster father (played by Arshad Mehmood)’s death. He distinctly recalls that he was adopted as a child by the professor, but has no idea that his father had a daughter who died young and that she also gave birth to a girl who lives in the same city somewhere. Dr. Zoya Ali Khan (played by Marina Khan) on the other hand, is a jolly young doctor who brings joy in Ahmer’s mundane life. While her carefree nature leaves Ahmer no other choice than to teach her through strict conduct, as he insists that the life of a doctor deserves far more solemnity than what Zoya exhibits.
Script is written by Ashir Azeem and amazingly directed by Sajjad Ahmed.
Dhuwan is an intriguing tale of five friends who unite to form a crack squad of police commandos tackling illegal activity as vigilantes in Quetta city. The cast includes Aashir Azeem as A.S.P Azhar, Nabeel as DR. Dawood, Asal Din who works at a local factory, WAajid Ali Shah who happens to be a journalist, and Hamid who holds an ammunition.
Wajid Ali Shah as Wajid is a journalist
Zubair Khan Achakzai as Hameed deals who owned an ammunition business
Written by Haseena Moin and directed by Shahzad Khalil. Tanhaiyan is a tale of two sisters who move to their aunt’s house after their parent’s death. The girls find out about some untold truths related to their father’s financial situation, after which one of their attempts to buy back the home of their parents helps them to consider what makes a house a home.
The sisters duo is played by the beautiful Shanaz Sheikh as Zara and the ever so glowing Marina Khan as Sanya. The cast also included great actors like Badar Khalil, Asif Raza Mir, Behroze Sabswari, Qazi Wajid.
Writer Haseena Moin and director Shoaib Mansoor
Ankahi was broadcasted on PTV in 1982. and was one of the popular dramas of the 1980s. The tale revolves around Sana Murad played by the legendary Shehnaz Sheikh, a young ambitious child. Her family is not so well off due to the early death of her father and she dreams of becoming wealthy and successful like her friend Sara played by Misbah Khalid. The candid character of Sana was loved by many and the drama is also well known for its witty dialogues.
Khuda Ki Basti
Drama serial Khuda Ki Basti is known as the Mother of all serials as it broke records of popularity in Pakistan in the 1970s. The drama was first aired in 1969 and was re-telecasted in the year 1974 on the orders of then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The story is based on the Novel Khuda ki basti written by Shaukat Siddiqui. It is about life in a Karachi slum built after Pakistan’s independence in 1947 and about the hardships faced by the poor people at that time.
Cast Zaheen Tahira, Qazi Wajid, Mehmood Ali, Iqbal Tareen, Zahoor Ahmed
Directors Bakhtiyar Ahmed and Qasim Jalali