Stories that redefined the television screens in 2018
This year is about to end and some of our favorite dramas have just begun. We’re looking at you team Aangan!
Undoubtedly we had a great year in terms of stories that made headlines. From dark play to a light hearted comedy we got every flavor to enjoy.
Here are our top picks for 2018:
Dar Si Jati Hai Sila
This dark play was written by Bee Gul and directed by Kashif Nisar. The play was about a young girl named Sila (Yumna Zaidi) who is a victim of sexual assault at the hands of Joi Mamu (Nauman Ijaz) and is always scared of speaking up.
The play garnered a positive response and exposed the many fissures in society that prevent victims of abuse from speaking up. The play also starred Kiran Haq who had a fantastic character that also made rounds on social media with the famous dialog ‘Nikah main hoon, qaid main nahin!’ [I’m in your Nikah, not in your prison!].
This hilarious Ramzan serial became a phenomenon. Starring Farhan Saeed and Iqra Aziz in central roles, the drama was written by Saima Akram Chaudhary and was directed by Ahson Talish. A young squabbling couple is tied into the bond of Nikah but they hate each other’s guts and want to break up. They come up with various unsuccessful schemes to make this happen but eventually fall in love.
Iqra Aziz’s fantastic portrayal of Ajiya Nazakat Ali, Saeed’s grumpy but romantic Arsal and the hilarious supporting cast of Samina Ahmed, Farah Shah, Adnan Shah Tipu, Nabeel Zuberi, Tara Mehmood, Farhan Ali Agha and Nadia Afghan, who inspired a thousand memes as Shahana, became the stuff of legends.
Aiman Khan, Muneeb Butt, Hajra Yameen, Hina Dilpazeer and Yasir Hussain come together in this strong drama serial that is all about some very important social messages. Penned by Asma Nabeel and directed by Ahmad Kamran, the play talks about the domestic and sexual abuse of workers, feudalism, elitism, people exploiting religion and wealth for their own personal vendettas and agendas and how women are forced to stay into abusive marriages due to social and familial pressure.
Aiman Khan plays the young girl “Meeru” who has been attacked by an influential landlord (Yasir Hussein) and is forced to flee to the city where she ends up working for a rich begum sahiba (Hina Dilpazeer). Even though Faiza Begum (Hina Dilpazeer) pretends to be a very religious and pious person in front of everyone but in reality she is thoroughly evil and extremely exploitative. A drama like that has a very good message for the audiences that true humanity lies in how we treat those who are weaker than us.
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
Faiza Iftikhar creates a nuanced and darkly comic play in which she creates relatable yet larger than life characters. Iqra Aziz, Syed Jibran and Imran Ashraf star in this beautiful play that also has a wonderful soundtrack as well. Faiza’s characters are a breath of fresh air in the line of many female characters that are often one-dimensional and fail to evoke sympathy or love from people.
Imran Ashraf’s portrayal of a differently abled young man is also inspiring dozens of people and has garnered him a lot of praise.
This much anticipated play is based on the novel by Khadija Mastur and is screenwritten by Mustafa Afridi and directed by Ehteshamuddin. Its multi star cast includes Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir, Sonya Hussain, Mawra Hocane, Hira Mani, Ahsan Khan, Madiha Rizvi, Shahroz Sabzwari and Ali Rizvi.
A partition based play that had been much awaited by many seems to be quite the game changer due to Sajal Aly’s firecracker character and as a partition play that comes eight years after the hit drama serial based on partition ‘Dastaan.’ Though we are still waiting for the first episode to go on air, the teasers and OST have absolutely higher our expectations of the play.