To honour this success, here's a top ten list of some of the classic, old (and by old, we're talking days when there was no channel except for PTV!) but never forgotten dramas that define Pakistani television and have stayed with us forever:
Known for its witty dialogues and the strong, endearing, candid character of Sana (played by Shehnaz Sheikh), Ankahi was quick to reach cult status. It had a star studded cast including Javed Sheikh, Shakeel, Behroz Sabzwri and Jamshed Ansari. Inspired by Ankahi, Bollywood released the movie Chal Mere Bhai in 2000 with the same story line as the drama.
Written and directed by two of the most acclaimed women in TV, Haseena Moin and Sahira Kazmi, Dhoop Kinarey is still considered one of the best Pakistani dramas. A fast paced story of doctors working together in a hospital in Karachi, lead actors Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi quickly became a favorite on-screen couple (the old school equivalent of Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan)
Directed by the acclaimed Shoaib Mansoor, this action and thriller drama was so popular that it set a new rating for Television Rating Points (TRPS) in Pakistan. It follows the lives of three young, happy-go-lucky friends who have just joined the army, and teaches the very important lesson of leading a purposeful and passionate life.
Considered one of the most realistic depictions of Pakistan, Waris is a story of a feudal family, their struggles to maintain their land and wealth, and the inter-family differences and tussles that lead to their downfall. Although it had only 13 episodes, drama-watchers remember the streets being deserted at the time it would air.
Dupatta begins very dramatically: a car careens out of control on a street and turns turtle. Cut to an operation theatre, a surgeon hard at work; and then another swift cut to a more relaxed room, where a nervous young woman (who looks a little like a young Madhubala) is talking to a doctor.
One day, while Bulbul is out singing and dancing, an errant wind sweeps off her dupatta and deposits it in the hands of a passing rider, a handsome young city-dweller named Roshan (Ajay Kumar). Roshan and Bulbul have a mild and teasing tiff, and fall in love almost immediately.
Connected to society is the absurd representation of the rich and poor. In almost every serial, the implication of a rich woman is her lavish apparel and rude behaviour. The poor, on the other hand, is the one with ordinary clothes with dupatta constantly over her head.
There is a need for constant watch by the scriptwriters, channels and producers to put a full stop to such regressive content. The creators should evaluate the right kind of content before a drama airs at prime time. In a way, they are giving values and ideas to the masses, especially the youth, that will take a practical shape in their lives.
Literature is representative of its nation and is largely influenced by whatever takes place in the country to which it belongs. Since drama is one of the genres of literature, it is ineluctable to avoid the socio-political aspects of Pakistan starting from the point of inception of Pakistani drama. Different forms of government have influenced the storylines, the themes, and the cultural representation of the country in different ways, as a result of which Pakistani drama seems to have gone through various stages, at times good and at times bad.
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