Year ends…

So I had huge plans for the blog for December. I wanted to do posts on best/worst drama serials and actors of 2016 + a post on naml before the last episode in December. I have been able to do none of that.  However, I plan to do these posts in January instead. Currently I’m in pakistan and enjoying holidays with family so it’s rather hectic.

Wishing all of you happy holidays and happy new year. See you all in 2017.

Recommended pakistani drama serials


Whenever I ask someone to recommend a drama, the usual response is Aangan Terha and Tanhaian. If I ask for recommendations from the recent ones, the response is usually just Humsafar and Pyare Afzal. Fortunately Pakistani drama industry has a lot to offer other than these extremely popular serials. Here is my list of must watch dramas of recent times (in no particular order):

  1. Kankar: domestic abuse is shown quite a lot on Pakistani TV but this one also talks about dealing with it. Loved Fahad mustafa in a negative role.
  2. Qaid e tanhai: I’m a huge Faisal qureshi fan. He is simply the best when it comes to facial expressions. Give him a story penned by umera Ahmed and a Co star like sawera nadeem and the result has got to be better than awesome.
  3. Daam: what’s not to love about Daam. Story by umera Ahmed of two best friends from different social classes, Sanam Baloch and Amina shaikh have given one of the best performances of their lives. Sanam Saeed was a new Comer back then but her performance was better than any seasoned actor.
  4. Doraha: love, love, love it. Story about love, jealousy and family politics narrated in a way like never before. And then of course, there was humayon Saeed too in it 😉
  5. Vasl: ayesha khan’s best performance in my opinion. She played the role of a much older woman and did it with aplomb.
  6. Diyar e dil: I started watching Diyar e dil because of the beautiful locations but soon fell in love with the story and it’s characters like most other people. This is also one of the few plays which forced me to read the novel too.
  7. Dil lagi: undoubtedly love story of 2016. Story of a strong woman who stayed with her husband because she fell in love and he gave her respect, not because that was something she was expected to do.
  8. Mera Naam Yusuf hai: directed by mehreen jabbar, I had huge expectations from this one and it didn’t disappoint. One of the best performances by Maya Ali and Hina bayat. This one too has a lot of strong women and lots of life lessons to learn from.
  9. Jackson Heights: story of a lot of people going to USA to fulfill their American dream told beautifully by mehreen jabbar. Nauman ijaz has outdone himself.
  10. Malal: I myself know a lot of cowards who might like someone but will get married to the girl of their mom’s choice. Beautifully portrayed by mehreen jabbar. Written by umera Ahmed and studded with awesome performances by deepti Gupta, Faisal Rehman and sarwat geelani.
  11. Rehai: Kashf foundation is an NGO that believes in women empowerment and they also like to raise awareness about social issues through television. Rehai talks about a young 10-12 year old girl getting married to a 40 year old man. Packed with powerful performances by actors like Nauman ijaz and samina peerzada, it’s definitely a must watch.
  12. Besharam: This serial is still on air and it’s like breath of fresh air. Although I didn’t like the first 2-3 episodes much, I have now fallen in love with all the characters. Of course the usp of the serial is the chemistry between Zahid Ahmed and saba qamar.
  13. Udaari: one more serial by Kashf foundation and it talks about child abuse. Written by Farhat ishtiaq and actors like bushra Ansari, samiya mumtaz, Ahsan khan and urwa hocaine have made it an unbelievably amazing serial. Must watch!
  14. Main sitara: a completely different story of a girl from a humble background wanting to become a successful movie actress. Written by Farhat ishtiaq and with not a single dull moment through out, it is an absolute must watch.
  15. Mata e Jaan hai tu: I have watched it twice and have read the novel too. It’s a romantic story but it’s not just about a boy falling in love with a girl but about importance of every relationship in life.

How many of these have you watched?

Mere Humnawa (review) episode 1

Writer: Rahat Jabin

Director: Abdullah Badini

When Dil lagi ended, I wasn’t too sure what ARY Digital’s plans were but on Monday morning, as a habit, I opened up YouTube hoping to find something useful that might have replaced Dil lagi. I was quite pleased to see that the drama serial that replaced dil lagi stars Alishba Yousuf. I know it’s not her comeback serial as such because I think one more of her plays is on air these days but as I’m not watching it,this one is the real deal for me. The last drama I watched that had Alishba Yousuf was Main Abdul Qadir Hoon and I truly loved her so I’m quite excited to say the least. There are two leading men: azfar Rehman and Nauman ijaz and by the looks of it I can see it will be a love triangle but I’m hoping it will have something new to offer.

Alishba (Alishba Yousuf) is a well educated, lower middle class girl whose widowed mother (huma nawab) has worked very hard all her life. Alishba is engaged to her khala (seemi Pasha) ka beta, Haris (azfar Rehman) who also belongs to a lower middle class family and has been looking for a job for past two years. They are both very much in love and consider themselves lucky to have each other. Alishba lands a teaching job at a college and her mum starts thinking that Alishba will be spending most of her salary on her husband and his family. She has started contemplating of marrying her daughter off to someone with a good job and a better social class. She has started taunting Haris over his joblessness and Haris is now quite worried. This has led him to take up a job in Dubai. Alishba’s mum is quite happy with this development. However, Alishba is very unhappy with this decision. In the last scene, Alishba’s mum has an accident with Nauman ijaz’s car who I think will have a big role to play in the development of the story.

From the first episode, there isn’t any great performances to talk about but I’m still quite hopeful. The story also seems a little clichéd as of now but I’m looking forward to the later episodes as I am hoping that the treatment would be a little different

Did you watch the first episode? Let me know your views