The Pakistani drama industry has come a long way. Every year, we witness addictive and touching stories that keep us entertained. However, behind the success of every hit drama is the contribution of a director.
This article lists five of such Pakistani drama directors who have worked hard to provide us with quality entertainment.
1) Mehreen Jabbar
Mehreen Jabbar is an accomplished director who has more than twenty dramas to her credit as well as a highly acclaimed feature length film, Ramchand Pakistani.
She studied film-making in the United States. Some of her well known Pakistani dramas include Doraha, Malaal , Vasl and Daam.
Mehreen manages to bring the best out of the actors who work in her dramas.This has helped her dramas to gain recognition and loyal fans everywhere.
2) Haissam Hussain
Haissam stepped into the direction scene in 2007. Ever since then, he has been very active in directing telefilms, dramas as well as plays.
He is the director of hit dramas such as Noorpur ki Rani, Aik Nayee Cinderella, Dur-e-Shehwar and Ishq Gumshuda.
However, his drama Dastaan is the most well-known and he won numerous 2010 best director awards due to this.
This drama is still remembered as the perfect blend made up of a strong story line, powerful acting and flawless direction.
3) Sarmad Sultan Khoosat:
Sarmad is not only a director but also an actor and script-writer. He is the son of Irfan Khoosat, an accomplished actor and producer of his time.
Sarmad started his acting career in 1998. However, his first project as a director and actor came in the form of Shashlick, in which he played the role of “Cheekoo” for which he is still remembered by many.
Ever since 2007, Sarmad has been directing dramas that have made people sit up and recognize his potential.
His biggest success as a director is the highly acclaimed drama Humsafar which won numerous awards of the year including best director at various award functions. Humsafar has garnered a huge fan following of both Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis alike. Other hit dramas directed by Sarmad include Pani Jaisa Pyar and Sheher-e-Zaat.
4) Marina Khan
Marina khan has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 yeas now as an actress, TV host and producer/director.
In 1985, she made her debut as an actress in Tanhaiyyan, whose sequel Tanhaiyyan Naye Silsilay she directed in 2012.
Her most notable work consists of the Kis Ki Ayegi Baraat drama series. The four seasons that made up this series became the talk of drama and comedy lovers everywhere.
The humor and wittiness that Marina Khan managed to bring into the series have justified her place as one of the most beloved personalities on Pakistani television.
5) Anjum Shahzad:
Anjum Shahzad has made a name for himself as a very capable director in a short span of time.
His dramas have touched on sensitive issues amongst other topics. Some of his hit dramas include Thoda Toda Pyar, Khuda aur Mohabbat and Mirat Ul Uroos. He also directed the remake of the 1966 movie Armaan. The remake has the same name and was aired in 2013 as a telefilm.
Read my review of Armaan (2013) here.