Ever thought about the good ol’ days when Dramas had stellar quality. Don’t get me wrong, there are current shows such as ‘Humsfar’ which shows that Pakistan still has what it takes to make some quality entertaining shows. But, the focus of this list to relive those popular and awesome fan favorite TV shows back from those days when you were still a child but always looked forward to watching these shows with your family as much as anyone else. So, here is a Top 10 of the Best Pakistani dramas of all time.
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10. Khuda ki Basti
Starting the list off at number 10, we have ‘Khuda Ki Basti’ (1969). Perhaps one of the oldest and most prominent dramas ever made in Pakistan, ‘Khuda ki Basti’ walked on the fine line of storytelling about the conventional social problems that existed within society and it did an excellent job in depicting it. It was telecasted twice, the 2nd tie around Zulfiqar Bhutto’s tenure since it was his favorite play. Heck, this show was included in many Dramas syllabi of drama academies including those in India and Europe and due to such accomplishments; we saw it fit to be added into the Top 10 Pakistani dramas of all time.
Up at number 9, we have ‘Ankahi’ (1982). ‘Ankahi’ was known for its star-studded cast along with its well-written script and witty dialogue. The protagonist, Sana which was played by Shehnaz Sheikh also starred Javed Sheikh, Shakeel, Behroz Sabzwri and Jamshed Ansari. It gained a huge audience and even inspired Bollywood to make a movie on this which was called ‘Chal Mera Bhai’ in 2000 with the exact same story line as the Drama.
8. Dhoop Kinarey
Moving on to number 8, we have ‘Dhoop Kinarey’. Fun fact about this show is that it is written and directed by two of the most accomplished women in Pakistan, Haseena Moin and Sahira Kazmi. Made in 1987, ‘Dhoop Kinarey’ is about two doctors working together in a hospital in Karachi which were played by Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi.
7. Ainak Wala Jin
Up at number 7, we have ‘Ainka Wala Jin’. Made in 1993, ‘Ainka wala Jin’ was the very unique show that mixed science fiction, reality and fantasy. The story was about a genie from the mountains is sent to Earth to get his eyesight fixed and from here, his adventure begins. The show became a hit for a lot of families and the cast was even called to perform for Princess Diana in Shaukut Khanum Hospital when she visited in 1996.
Next up at number 6, we have ‘Tanhaiyan’. This show has been aired multiple times due to the sheer popularity it has. The story revolved around 2 women taking on the task that is traditionally shouldered by men such as working jobs, running business to earn money to pay bills and the debt that was left by their parents after they died. There was even a sequel that aired 27 years later when the show ended which was called ‘Tanhaiyan: Nai Silsilay’
5. Alpha Bravo Charlie
At bottom of top 5, we have ‘Alpha Bravo Charlie’ at number 5. Made in 1998, Alpha Bravo Charlie was directed by one of Pakistan’s best directors, Shoaib Mansoor. The show was so good that it raised the benchmark for television rating points (TRPS) in Pakistan. The show followed the story of 3 young friends who joined the army and alongside their journey; we learn what it means to lead a purposeful and dutiful life.
4. Alif Noon
Next up at number 6, we have ‘Alif Noon’. Made in 1971, ‘Alif Noon’ followed the life of two friends who were the completed opposites of each other, we have Allan who is a cunning and immoral businessman and then we had Nannha who was an honest and idealistic village man and this show had the whole country hooked on to it. Although it was comedy, it raised awareness of other dark aspects of societies such as fraud, scamming and cheating along with other wrong-doings that existed in our society.
Starting of top 3, we have Taleem-e-Blighan at number 3. Considered to be one of the best tele-theatre to be aired in Pakistan’s history, the true gem about this show was how well-written the political satire existed within this show and the style in which it was written is timeless because even if you watch the show now, it can still be related to our current political scenario and it will have you in laughing fits. Truly a masterpiece written by our comedy legend, KH Moinuddin.
The runner up for this list is ‘Parchaiyan’. This show was actually an adaptation of a book, ‘Portrait of a lady’ by Henry James. However the director, Haseena Moin’smade it work with her translation and interpretation so gracefully that the show became really famous and was renowned for its dialogues. Side note, It was the very first colored drama series to be aired on Pakistan TV.
Here at the top of the mountain, we have “Waris” at number 1. Considered to be the closest depiction of Pakistan, “Waris” revolves around a feudal family as they struggle to keep their land and wealth, some family differences within and fights that lead to their downfall. Although it only aired 13 episodes, many people who watched it live that time would recall how the streets were empty when the show would air and due this, “Waris” ranks on top in our list of Top 10 Best Pakistani dramas of all time.