We ended the year 2019 in high spirits and great plans to execute in 2020. And then COVID-19 happened. A question that often strikes my mind, that what if there would have been no TV dramas by our side during the lockdown? Thankfully dramas in 2020 proved to be our savior; they gave us a ray of positivity during difficult times. The narratives powered by realism and innovation truly made the dramas unique and unforgettable. What else one could ask for? Relaxing all day, having tea or coffee; munching on snacks, and enjoy watching our favorite drama.
The New Year is drawing upon us and so is the time to have a short trip down the memory lane. Before the memories of 2020 become history; let’s pay a final ode to the best dramas we saw this year. Now before we move on let us clarify on some facts i.e. choosing the best five wasn’t an easy task. It’s wasn’t just about choosing a hit show with the highest ratings; there were other peripherals to consider as well. The ones that have made it to the list had these things in common: a coherent plot, intelligent writing, strong performances, and good directions. Read on
1. Pyar Ke Sadqay
Director: Farooq Rind
Writer: Zanjabeel Asim Shah
Production: HUM TV
Cast: Bilal Abbas Khan, Yumna Zaidi, Yashma Gill
Pyar Ke Sadqay was a drama of many pleasures. It had all the ingredients of a classic light-hearted romance with deeper tones of emotions, comedy, garnished with some real social issues. The plot revolved around Abdullah (Bilal Abbas Khan), an innocent, honest guy; who is bullied and labeled as a loser. Yumna Zaidi (Mehjabeen), a lively, childlike girl who dreams to top in her exams but miserably fails to do so. Mixing this brew to the fullest was director Farooq Rind who was interested in exploring the darkness and insecurities that reside within the hearts of ordinary people. We were glued to the screen, with the fear of not missing any moment. The result was a delicious play that delivered more than our expectations.
Director: Shehrazade Sheikh
Writer: Iqbal Bano
Production: 7th Sky Entertainment
Muqaddar was a gem of a serial just like a glass of ice water on a hot sunny day. The captivating play with an ensemble cast perfectly captured the vexing issues on the face of this earth ‘Feudalism’. It also highlighted the issues related to patriarchy that still exist in the social fabric of our society. ‘Sardar’ Saif Ur Rehman (Faysal Qureshi) the obsessive stalker willing to do anything to get the woman of his interest – a young Raima (Madiha Imam). The multi-layered story explained in detail the fallouts of the tragedy of harassment and concluded towards a shocking climax. Towering performances by Qureshi and Imam made this a thrilling watch.
Director: Danish Nawaz
Writer: Imran Nazir
Production: HUM TV
Cast: Hira Mani, Junaid Khan, Sabeena Farooq
Kashf came across as a well-crafted thriller that had the right balance of romance, intrigue, and feelings. It had a universal theme of a damsel in distress that mostly has a terrific mass appeal. The plot revolved around Kashf (Hira Mani) a girl gifted with an extraordinary ability to foresee an occurrence. She was the eldest of three sisters and a doting daughter; her dreams eventually turn into realities proving to be a curse for some and a phenomenon for others. Kashf gracefully unfolded the trials, tribulations, fears, and hopes of people. Bolstered by great performances the serial maintained a level of exceptional quality with every episode ending on a cliffhanger, leaving the viewer wanting more.
Director: Shahzad Kashmiri
Writer: Kashif Anwar
Production: HUM TV
Cast: Sarah Khan, Mawra Hocane, Ameer Gilani, Usman Mukhtar
Sabaat was a gripping tale of power, classism, and love. It had that intrinsic spiritual quality that connected instantly with every individual. The plot revolved around Anaya (Mawra Hocane) and Hassan (Ameer Gilani) two individuals coming from different worlds, study at the same university. Soon they cross each other paths; fall in love and their relationship gets rejected by Hassan’s sister Miral (Sarah Khan). The unique thing about the show was the depiction of human emotions and the differentiation between the good and bad. The characters were flawed yet believable and women were showcased with an empowering aspect. Fabulous performances by Sarah Khan, Mawra Hocane, and Usman Mukhtar made this serial standout.
Director: Amin Iqbal
Writer: Sarwat Nazir
Production: ARY Digital
We rarely get to watch thrillers done to perfection. Dushman-e-Jaan was a murder mystery folded with allusions of a psychological thriller. It was undoubtedly the surprise hit of the year that struck all the right notes with the viewers, giving them a much-needed break from the saas-bahu fiasco. In an engaging premise, Hatim (Mohib Mirza) is a sensitive person due to his disturbing childhood. He meets Ramsha (Tooba Siddique) a strong-headed girl who supports her family. They have different ideologies but sooner she develops a soft corner for Hatim. Later after a heated argument, Hatim leaves Ramsha at a deserted place where she gets raped and killed. In the guilt of blaming himself the narrative moves forward and unveils more twists and turns. The drama was highly watchable due to the performances especially by Madiha Imam who has been on top of her game; earning numerous praises with back-to-back hit projects.
Here’s hoping that 2021 will end the pandemic and the entertainment industry of Pakistan will bounce back with its full glory.