Libas guide to must-watch Pakistani dramas of 2000s

After giving us some of the most popular dramas in the 1980s and 1990s, the Pakistani drama industry lost its traction for a brief period of time. This was reclaimed in the early 2000s when dramas returned with a bonus point – focusing on social issues and there has been no turning back. Here is our list of Pakistani dramas that made it big and everyone NEEDS to watch.

Humsafar

This award-winning Hum TV production revolved around the story of a separated couple Khirad and Ashar played by Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. Following the success of the show, the duo became the favourite on-screen couple locally and across the border because of their chemistry. It was also released in the UAE, UK and KSA. It is now available on Netflix as well. The epic love saga is perfectly cast and the story keeps getting better with every episode.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai

This 2012 Hum TV production made Fawad Khan a popular face across the border and a show admired by the female audience because of the strong female protagonist. A love story between a poor girl, Kashaf played by Sanam Saeed and a rich boy, Zaroon played by Fawad, focused on women’s struggle in the Pakistani society. The show recreated history when it was aired in India. Not only that, it has aired in various Arab and European countries and Iran. If you want a reality check about things in life, this is definitely a must-watch.

Udaari

This critically acclaimed series was aired in 2016, highlights a very sensitive topic of child abuse in rural areas of Pakistan. Having received global recognition, Udaari became the pioneering show in recent times that focuses on social issues. With an ensemble cast including Ahsan Khan, Bushra Ansari, Urwa Hocane and Farhan Saeed to name a few, the show managed to leave a mark on each and every viewer worldwide.

Dastaan

A tragic love story of Bano played by Sanam Baloch and Hassan played by Fawad Khan revolves around the true events during the India-Pakistan partition. The series was a big hit in Pakistan and depicted the events of rioting and chaos in 1947. In India, the viewers loved the duo’s chemistry and the flow of the storyline.

Yaqeen ka Safar

In 2017, this drama became more of a national phenomenon than a TV serial in the country, because of the brilliant storyline, the chemistry between Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly and of course, the acting. The story focuses on common issues including violence against women and the pitfall of the Pakistani justice system. The story progressed in a manner that showed how each character had embarked on an everlasting journey towards healing and that through hope and faith they did make it through life. Due to popular demand, the show was aired twice on Hum TV. It was also premiered in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and UAE.

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