Hum TV has truly revived drama in Pakistan, some of its mega hits has created the same sensation and excitement among masses that was once associated to PTV prime time dramas. Here are my top five picks of Hum TV hits for you to watch and enjoy, feel free to add your favourite dramas to the list by commenting below.
Winner of more than 15 awards, Dastan was first aired on June 26, 2010. Based on Razia Butt’s novel Bano and dramatized by Samira fazal, Dastan is the story of pre 1947 era that revolves around a Muslim girl Bano who lives in Ladhuniya. The story is knitted around Bano’s family and deals with all hardships Bano in particular faces during partition. It was a tribute to all those girls who silently sacrificed their honour, virtue, happiness and lives for the sake of a new Muslim country, Pakistan. It was the very first time a drama was made on this subject, it got huge appreciation from audience and critics. Being a mega cast project, it has a huge cast including Sanam Baloch (Bano), Fawad Khan (Hassan), Mehreen Raheel, Ahsan Khan, Saba Qamar, Saba Hameed, Qavi Khan and Babrik Shah. This is that one drama that has everything perfect in it let it be screen play, locations, acting, direction, editing or production. The on screen couple of Sanam Baloch and Fawad Khan was a big hit, both of them received an overwhelming response from their fans. Want to learn something and be entertained at the same time? Watch Dastan!
The most watched Pakistani drama Humsafar surely doesn’t need any formal introduction. Admit it, we all have that one aunty in our family or that one friend who cried on the separation of Ashar and Khirad more than Khirad did herself. Directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and written by Farhat Ishtiaq, Humsafar is the story of Ashar (played by Fawad Afzal Khan) and Khirad (played by Mahira Khan) who get together by an arranged marriage and then gradually fall in love with each other. Their relationship is later threatened by evil plotting of Fareeda (played by Atiqa Odho) and Sara (played by Naveen Waqar) but the couple finally gets over all troubles and misunderstanding, thus drama ends on a very happy note. The best aspect of the drama, without any doubt is the sizzling on screen chemistry of Fawad and Mahira, both of them got a huge fan following right after Humsafar. Humsafar was declared “The Phenomenal Serial” in the first Hum Awards, and entire team including writer, director, singer, lyricist and actors were rewarded for their efforts. Due to its immense popularity, Humsafar was broadcasted on an Indian Channel, Rishety as well.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Zindagi Gulzar Hai is the blockbuster of this season, an extremely popular play that got the audience hooked to Hum TV once again after Humsafar. Zindagi Gulzar Hai is not your traditional romantic comedy nor the story of a love triangle rather it is a beautiful blend of all feelings; hatred, love, disappointment, happiness, tears, joys and jealousy. It is a complete package for all those who are fond of realistic social dramas. Writer of the play, Umera Ahmad has beautifully discussed various social issues such as gender discrimination, class difference and women empowerment in the play. Cast of the drama includes the perfect gentleman of the decade Fawad Afzal Khan and Sanam Saeed. There is no “too good to be true” virtuous character in the drama, rather both main characters Zaroon (Fawad) and Kashaf (Sanam) go through a process of complete evolution, during which they learn about their flaws and overcome them finally. A must watch for every Pakistani, specially for those who are looking forward to watch something that addresses to the common issues of Pakistani society. Kudos to the director, Sultana Siddique and complete team of Zinda Gulzar Hai, this play was like a real gust of fresh air; a play that wasn’t corny yet very relate-able.
Adnan Ahmad’s Mera Naseeb was another brilliant play by Hum TV that went on air on April, 2011. It was the mega star cast that first caught the attention of audience and later on the terrific story glued them to their TV Screens. Who can say no to a drama that stars Roobina Ashraf, Samina Peerzada, Sakina Sammo and Bushra Ansari? It’s a treat watching all four legendary ladies performing in one single drama. Other cast includes Syra Yousuf, Sanam Saeed, Adeel, Imran Aslam and Imran Abbas. Mera Naseeb is a beautiful reflection of a traditional family that is striving to survive in modern Pakistan. It is the story of two generations; present of Shazia (played by Sanam Saeed) and Nazia (played by Syra Yousuf) is shaped by the past of their elders. Both girls are married by their mothers at a young age and then struggle hard to adjust in their new homes, keeping their husbands and in laws happy. The essence of this drama is no doubt its story so a big thumbs up to Samira Fazal. Apart from the drama itself, its OST got equally famous, that was sung by Komal Rizvi.
Mein Abdul Qadir Hun
Mein Abdul Qadir Hun is the play that gave a huge break to Fahad Mustafa, soon after the play went on air, youngsters specially teen boys started following his style, particularly the black specs that Abdul Qadir wore in serial. Mein Abdul Qasir Hun is the story of a young boy Abdul Qadir who is the only son of two very busy parents. His character goes through three major transformations and then Abdul Qadir emerges as a calm, enlightened and peaceful personality. Though the serial was aired in 2010, its OST is still popular among masses; strong vocals of Ifti is something that you cannot ignore easily. A beautiful play that has so much lessons to offer to its viewer, watch it if you haven’t already!