Hum Awards: Can you predict the best drama of the year?

Film & Drama   July 10, 2018
This year’s strongest HUM Awards contenders are a mix of established veterans and rising stars.

The Hum Awards are taking place on July 28 in Toronto this year and the competition will be tough.

Popular dramas like Yakeen Ka Safar, Sammi, Daldal, Alif Allah Aur Insaan and O Rungreza dominates in all categories. Though predicting the best drama of the year is really difficult but we thought to make it simpler for you.

Here we take a look at the best dramas nominated this year:

Yaqeen Ka Safar:

Written by Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Shehzad Kashmiri, Yaqeen Ka Safar was a super hit drama that starred Sajal Ali, Ahad Raza Mir, Shaz Khan, Hira Salman, Farhan Ali Agha, Sabiha Sumar and Mani.

It was the story of a rise and fall of various characters and some of the story lines were very realistic and brutal which is why it gained popularity among men and women who saw a story that was more than familial tensions and conflicts. The play also resulted in a cult like status of the love story between Dr. Zubiya and Dr. Asfandyaar.

Sammi:

Written by Noor ul Huda Shah and directed by Saifee Hasan, the play was the story of another important social issue: blood marriage. Starring Mawra Hocane, Adnan Siddiqi, Haris Waheed, Ahad Raza Mir, Sania Saeed, Rehan Sheikh and Madiha Siddiqui, the play showed the story of how honor becomes the reason behind violence, bloodshed and further unfair practices in our society.

There were also many accompanying themes such as gender bias when it comes to having children and educating women which were also shown in drama serial Sammi.

Khamoshi:

Starring Affan Waheed, Iqra Aziz, Bilal Khan and Zara Noor Abbas is the story of materialism versus integrity. Written by Aliya Bukhari and directed by Ilyas Kashmiri, Arsala and Naeema are two sisters who have landed in opposite streams of life due to time and circumstance.

The story gained popularity with the masses due to its simple theme of good triumphing in the end and dark versus light ideals. Naeema’s negative character especially gained a lot of popularity as well as Zara Noor and Bilal Khan’s pairing.

Alif Allah aur Insaan:

Written by Qaisera Hayat and directed by Ahson Talish, the play starred Ushna Shah, Kubra Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqaar, Imran Ashraf, Shehzad Sheikh, Farhan Ali Agha, Sana Fakhar and Usman Pirzada. It also spoke of themes of materialism versus spiritualism.

Ushna Shah’s character ‘Reena’ and Kubra Khan’s character ‘Nazi’ were both victims of their own desires. Imran Ashraf portrayed the difficult role of a transgender who changes his life and Mikaal Zulfiqaar also portrays a spiritual transition in the drama.

Daldal:

Written by Qaisera Hayat and directed by Siraj ul Haq, the play starred Zahid Ahmed, Armeena Khan, Muneeb Butt and Kinza Hashmi, this is a story of illegal immigration and working hard instead of searching shortcuts.

The play had many themes of wealth, poverty, status and true love standing the test of time. Kamran (Muneeb Butt) is a young man who works hard whereas Shuja (Zahid) attempts to get a shortcut which lands him in a human trafficking situation. Shuja goes through a lot of trouble when he lands in London and the play has an important message for all those who attempt to go for this shortcut.

O Rangreza:

Written by Saji Gul and directed by Kashif Nisar, the play starred Sajal Ali, Bilal Abbas, Sana Fakhar, Noman Ijaz, Irsa Ghazal, Omair Rana and Hamza Firdos, O Rangreza was the story of “Sassi” a headstrong woman who stood up against the male hypocrisy around her and suffered the consequence of being exploited at the hands of patriarchy.

Captivating writing and dialog by Saji Gul and artistic direction by Kashif Nisar as well as some spellbinding performances by the lead actors made O Rangreza a fantastic watch. It made you laugh and cry and had some very difficult themes as well – such as Sonia Jehan’s progressing illness, Mammo’s sacrifices, Sassi’s rise and fall and Qasim’s brokenhearted journey.