2022 brought us so many new shows and faces. Pakistani dramas continue to win hearts across the world. This year, many new dramas and actors made their debut and fans can’t help but love them. While this may be true, there is a huge paradigm shift in the Pakistani industry with dramas finally ditching conventional love stories. Today’s writers and producers are showing a lot of interest in bringing out different story elements that highlight social issues. The recently aired dramas have made a special place in the hearts of the audience. The reason behind this is to highlight unconventional issues in society that we don’t recognize.
Best Pakistani Dramas To Watch In 2022
2022 brought us so many new shows and faces. Pakistani dramas continue to win hearts across the world. This year, many new dramas and actors made their debut and fans can’t help but love them. While this may be true, there is a huge paradigm shift in the Pakistani industry with dramas finally shedding conventional love stories. Today’s writers and producers are showing a lot of interest in bringing out different story elements that highlight social issues. The recently aired dramas have made a special place in the hearts of the audience. The reason behind this is to highlight unconventional issues in society that we don’t recognize.
Parizaad is a Pakistani television series based on the novel of the same name by Hashim Nadeem, directed by Shahzad Kashmiri and produced by Momina Duraid Productions. It first aired on Hum.
The character in the novel is Parizaad, a black-skinned hard-working college student. Throughout his life, Parizaad has struggled with self-esteem and confidence. He finally achieved what a man extremely desires.
Apart from what society thinks of him, is Parizad a hard-working, respectable and well-mannered student? He leaves an indelible impression on everyone he meets.
This play follows him as he travels through life, meeting friends and enemies as he struggles to reconcile his inner conflict of choosing between his genuine love of poetry and a practical career that could support his family.
Sang e Mah launched on HUM TV just a few weeks ago. The drama has already aroused the interest of the general people across the country. For various reasons, this drama is unlike any other. One of the highlights of Sang e Mah is Atif Aslam’s first television appearance. Not only is he in command of the project, but he is also in charge of it.
The culture and habits of the tribal areas of the Northwest Tribal Territories of Pakistan are also depicted in this drama. For those who don’t know, Sang e Mah is an invention of Momina Duraid. The cast of the drama includes Hania Amir, Kubra Khan, Atif Aslam, Nauman Ijaz, Omair Rana, Samiya Mumtaz, and Sania Saeed.
Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi’s 7th Sky Entertainment label produced Badzaat, a Pakistani romantic drama television series that premiered on Har Pal Geo on March 2, 2022. Misbah Nousheen wrote the script and Siraj-ul-Haque directed it. The main protagonists of the series are Imran Ashraf and Urwa Hocane.
The story revolves around a large joint family whose tangled family ties make everyone feel angry and insecure about their lives. Wali is a dazzling young man who has a reputation for being obnoxious and arrogant.
Daniyal is envious of Wali’s personality and will go to great lengths to smear or ridicule him. Anabia is a polite and respectful young woman who travels to a wedding with her mother.
Phaans is a drama series based on the genuine story of a sexual assault survivor. The main leads of the drama series are Sami Khan (Samad), Zara Noor (Zeba), and Shahzad Sheikh (Sahil). Phaans surpassed 5.8 million viewers in its first episode. It is also one of the top ten Pakistani dramas of the year.
Sahil was the one who sexually abused Zeba in this drama, but no one believed Zeba because Sahil had a mental illness. She was not in good mental health. Sahil’s mother and sister Hafsa later learn that he was a criminal who sexually assaulted Zeba and the other maid.
Shehnai is a Pakistani drama that premiered on March 18, 2021 on ARY Digital. Ahmed Bhatti directs this iDream Entertainment production. The main roles are played by Ramsha Khan and Affan Waheed.
Meerab and Bakht’s life is controlled by their parents. Both are forced to marry each other. As a result, they teamed up to call off their wedding. Meerab was later dumped by the boy who liked her. She was also betrayed by the girl who liked Bakht. So, after many twists and turns and a roller coaster ride, they get married.
6.Yeh na thi hamari Qismat
Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat, a Pakistani series on Hum TV. The drama, directed by Syed Ali Raza Usama and produced by Six Sigma Plus Productions and Next Level Entertainment, was directed by Syed Ali Raza Usama. Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat’s playwright is Seema Munaf.
In the drama Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat, Muneeb Butt, Hira Mani, Noor Hassan, and Aiza Awan star. This is the story of two sisters who unexpectedly get married in the same house and the difficulties they face.
Muntaha, the older sister, is a well-educated and goal-oriented professional. After marrying a rich man, Alishba, the younger sister, is thoughtless and always wishes for an easy life.
7. Pehli Si Muhabbat
Shehryar Munawar and Maya Ali, an overrated couple, made their film debut with Pehli si Muhabbat, a successful drama series. In this drama, the love and affection of Rakshi and Aslam are shown.
Faiza Iftikhar, the writer, put a lot of effort into this story and Anjum Shehzad, the director, brought the writer’s words to life. This drama debuted on ARY Digital on January 23, 2021 and is now considered one of the top ten Pakistani dramas of the year. As a result, the plot of this story revolves around two childhood friends who become lovers. However, his love is rejected by his family.
8. Safar Tamam Hua
Safar Tamam Hua, a new drama series on HUM TV, is now airing. From the very first episode, this drama depicts family dynamics in a unique way, piquing our interest. Rija is the first character to catch the audience’s attention; she has obvious cognitive issues and acts very naive and childish.
Khala (Samina Ahmed), mother of two sons, Jamal (Syed Jibran) and Sami (Samina Ahmed), raises Rija (Ali Rehman Khan). Rija’s father remarried and moved away from the family. She also takes care of Anoushey (Madiha Imam), the son of her other brother and a man who lives with them but who is a musician emotionally and mentally attached to the “tawaif culture”.
Qayamat’s story is about a beautiful young woman whose life choices are influenced by those around her. As those closest to her continually make the same mistake, jeopardizing her future, all hell breaks loose. Ifrah, like her parents and her older sister Samra, is from lower middle class. She values honesty and effort.
Ifrah and Samra’s parents find themselves in a difficult situation when Ifrah’s uncle Mukhtar asks for Samra’s hand in marriage for her son Rashid. The families accept the proposal without consulting Samra, but shortly after the wedding, Rashid mistreats Samra until she is involved in a tragic event, leaving Ifrah to bear the consequences.
Amanat is a variation of a love story. The epic story of Amanat is full of romance, emotion and suspense. The exceptional acting talents of Urwa Hocane and Imran Abbas add to the mystery of this drama. Imran Abbas takes on a new role in the drama series Amanat. Urwa Hocane is an up-and-coming model and actress who promises a lot.
She co-starred in the drama “Mushk” alongside Imran Ashraf and won the hearts of fans with her fierce character Ella Guddi. In Amanat, Urwa Hocane will have a new look and personality.
Next Level Entertainment, which has produced a plethora of other award-winning works, produced Amanat. This project will be supervised by Shahid Shafaat, a talented filmmaker.
10 Pakistani dramas that should be on your mind
Every year the list of top Pakistani dramas adds more names loved and cheered on by local and global audiences. In addition, the incorporation of new acting faces (male and female) is also generating a spark of interest at the local level. Is the scope of the Pakistani drama industry finally changing for the better? We would love to know your opinion about it in the comments section. But first, let’s talk about the top 10 Pakistani dramas to start with.
We know that if you have come here, you would be looking for the top 10 Pakistani dramas of 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. We will give you an overview of which drama performed the best in Pakistan during these years. You can also check out our list of the best Pakistani dramas of 2021 here.
The best way to spend free time specifically for women in Pakistan is to watch dramas while having a cup of steaming tea or coffee while eating snacks. Well… we should be proud of the fact that Pakistani dramas are widely seen all over the world. So, if we take a look at the reel of dramas for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, several of these have been marked as blockbuster series and here we have compiled a list of the top 10 unforgettable dramas of the year:
1. Raqeeb Se!
A completely different love story from the past that changes the life of a well-established family. Raqeeb Se is like a classic love story that has featured some legendary actors in strong roles that are unforgettable. The main cast of this drama includes Nauman Ijaz, Hadiqa Kiani, Sania Saeed, Iqra Aziz, and Faryal Mehmood. There is much more to reveal in this love story, so keep watching. The drama airs every Wednesday at 08:00 p.m. m. on HUMTV.
Dunk is another amazing drama airing and receiving a lot of praise on ARY Digital. The main cast of the Dunk drama series includes Nauman Ijaz, Sana Javed, and Bilal Abbas. Dunk’s story also covers cases of bullying, however, it has been considered a new aspect. Each new episode opens a new chapter of the story, so don’t miss out. You can watch it Wednesday at 08:00 PM only on ARY Digital.
3. Khuda Aur Mohabbat!
Khuda Aur Muhabbat has finally aired on Geo TV. The first episode hit the screen on February 12. It has a coveted cast of Iqra Aziz, Junaid Khan, and Feroze Khan. The drama is written by the same novel writer Hashim Nadeem, directed by Syed Wajahat Hussain, and produced by Abdullah Kidwai and Asad Qureshi. It is the third season of one of the most popular dramas Khuda Aur Muhabbat. The story is the same but created differently for a whole new experience for viewers. Watch it every Friday at 08:00 PM on Geo TV.
Raqs e Bismil Drama is a story of sacrifices in search of true love. As soon as this drama series aired, viewers specifically went crazy after seeing Imran Ashraf in a completely new look. Brilliant actors like Sarah Khan, Zara Sheikh, Mehmood Aslam, Anoushey Abbasi, Momin Saqib and Furqan have come together to make it the hit of the year. Raqs e Bismil is directed by Wajahat Rauf. Raqs-e-Bismal airs on HUM TV every Friday at 20:00.
One of the best new dramas is Phaans which is airing on HUM TV. The drama is based on a dark side of relationships and the subsequent mental and physical abuse. Although we have seen so many dramas that are based on rape and sexual abuse, this drama highlights how the lower class deal with pressure in such a situation. The main cast of this drama includes Zara Noor Abbas, Sami Khan, Ali Tahir, Shahzad Sheikh, and Yashma Gill. You can watch the drama series Phaans every Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on HUM TV.
6. Pehli Si Muhabbat!
Pehli Si Muhabbat is the love story that will keep you involved in every scene until the end. The main cast of the Pehli Si Muhabbat drama series includes Maya Ali, Sheheryar Munawar and Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY). The story revolves around how the lovebirds face the most difficult circumstances to have each other for life. It is a strong game of expressions and how the impossible becomes possible while fighting bravely to the end. Don’t miss it and watch Pehli Si Muhabbat every Saturday at 08:00 p.m. m. at ARYDigital.
7. Safar Tamam Hua!
Safar Tamam Hua is a new drama series airing on HUM TV. Since the very first episode, this drama has portrayed family relationships in a different way that instantly grabs our attention. Rija is the first character that caught the attention of the viewers, the one with some visible cognitive disabilities, very innocent and childlike in his behavior. Rija is raised by Khala (Samina Ahmed), a woman with two children of her own, Jamal (Syed Jibran) and Sami (Ali Rehman Khan). Rija’s father has left the family and remarried. She also raises Anoushey (Madiha Imam), the daughter of her other brother, a man who lives with them, but is a musician who was very involved with the “tawaif culture” and is still there emotionally and mentally. Don’t forget to watch Safar Tamam Hua on HUM TV every Monday and Tuesday at 20:00.
Among so many serious and emotional dramas, here we have on the list a romantic comedy-drama series – Shehnai, which is a delight for the viewers. The drama airs on ARY Digital every Thursday at 08:00 p.m.
Affan Waheed and Ramsha Khan have worked together on multiple drama series, however this one is going to be unforgettable. Shehnai Drama has Affan Waheed as Bakht while Ramsha Khan plays the role of Meerab.
Fitoor narrates a love story that transcends above all because the lover is forced to forget about the worries of the past and the uncertainty of the future. Despite being a successful architect, Haider feels that his love life is missing as he still lives with the memories of his love interest. On the other hand, Dilnasheen, who comes from a middle-class background, is deeply in love with her best friend’s brother, Hamza. Both agree to be together forever without realizing the difficulties they will have to overcome. Living in her present, Dilnasheen’s life takes an unfortunate turn when she crosses paths with Haider. The main cast of this drama includes Faisal Qureshi, Wahaj, Kiran Haq, and Hiba Bukhari. Don’t forget to watch it every Tuesday at 20:00 only on Geo Entertainment.
Qayamat is the story of a beautiful young girl whose life decisions are dominated by those around her. Eventually, all hell breaks loose when the people closest to her repeatedly make the same mistake, making her future bleak. Ifrah along with her parents and her older sister Samra belong to the lower middle class and believe in hard work and honesty. Ifrah and Samra’s parents find themselves in a difficult situation when Ifrah’s uncle Mukhtar asks for Samra’s hand in marriage for her son Rashid. The families agree to the proposal without receiving Samra’s approval; however, shortly after the marriage, Samra is mistreated by Rashid until she comes across a tragic incident that leaves Ifrah to face the dire consequences. The main cast includes Ahsan Khan, Neelum Munir, Amar Khan, and Haroon Shahid. Don’t forget to watch the drama series Qayamat every Wednesday at 20:00.
Some of the best dramas of 2019 and 2020
1. Mere Pass Tum Ho!
Drama series Mere Pass Tum Ho has been the talk of the town since the moment it aired. The main cast of the drama series includes Ayeza Khan, Humayun Saeed, and Adnan Siddiqui. It has broken all the previous records with the viewership that continues to grow day by day. The story has been written by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, while Nadeem Baig has directed the drama series. As for the theme of the work, it is a rich composition of emotions that define the relationship between husband and wife specifically at this time. You can watch it every Saturday on ARY Digital at 08:00 pm and if you missed the previous episodes, it is suggested to watch it on YouTube. We believe that this drama would also be in the top 10 Pakistani dramas of 2019 and 2020.
This is our number 2 on the list of top 10 Pakistani dramas. This drama is based on the novel written by the greatest writer of all time, Umera Ahmad. It was the most anticipated series this year as Umera Ahmad has never disappointed anyone with the story that arouses emotions. Another special thing about this drama was that Hamza Ali Abbasi was going to appear after a long interval and the fans were of the opinion that if Hamza is there, it will surely be something special. The main cast of the drama includes Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sajal Ali, Kubra Khan, and Ahsan Khan. The drama series Alif has been directed by Haseeb Hasan. The story of this drama revolves around the spiritual element and that is the basic attraction for the viewers. You can watch it every Saturday at Geo Entertainment at 08:00 pm.
3. Ranjha Ranjha Kardi!
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi was a charming series of the year for the viewers. The story of this drama proved that Pakistani dramas can take you out of the world with wonderful direction by Kashif Nisar and deep philosophical plot by Faiza Iftikhar. The main cast of this drama included Iqra Aziz, Imran Ashraf, and Syed Jibran. Imran Ashraf played the character named Bhola whose fame touched the immortal grounds. If you want to see how the new talents in the drama industry are striving for acting excellence, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is definitely the best example. This highly successful drama aired on Hum TV and now you can watch it on YouTube in case you missed it.
4. Do Bol!
Do Bol is one of the most watched dramas of 2019 with an amazing story that is something different from traditionally produced series. Although Hira Mani was not being considered among the notable actors in the industry before this drama, if we say that this project also turned out to be quite a revealing talent for Hira, it would not be wrong. He proved that the choice of him for the character of Do Bol was successful. On the other hand, Affan Waheed acted amazingly as usual and thus the chemistry between Gaiti and Badar turned out to be an everlasting charm for the viewers. The drama aired on ARY Digital and if you missed it, you can now watch it on YouTube.
Another addition to the hit dramas of the year 2019 is Ehd-e-Wafa, which is not a romantic story but instead covers the extraordinary journey of four friends. The drama is an ISPR sponsored production and its theme is how the four partners struggle to make a living. The main characters of the drama include Ahad Raza Mir, Osman Khalid Butt, Wahaj Ali and Ahmed Ali Akbar. Ehd-e-Wafa has been written by Mustafa Afridi and directed by Saife Hassan. This series airs on Hum TV every Sunday at 08:00 p.m. m. You can also watch it on PTV Home and YouTube.
Khaas is a drama series that gradually gained popularity with each new episode. Initially, it seemed to be a typical story, like other make-up and relationship breakup series, but eventually it turned out to be something very interesting in terms of the twists and turns that the writer Sarwat Nazir added to the plot. Sanam Baloch stood out in a different character this time, while Ali Rehman and Haroon Shahid also did an outstanding job. The theme of the drama covered all those issues related to disputed marital relationships that are not usually addressed. Danish Nawaz, as the director of the play, magnificently brings to life all the characters in this story. It aired on Hum TV and is now available on YouTube to watch. After the release of the first 3 episodes, Khass topped the top 10 Pakistani dramas of 2019 charts.
7. Ishq Zah-e-Naseeb
All over the year, every time something is being showcased on television, the story of which revolves around something out-of-the-box or lesser addressed issues. Hashim Nadeem has been known as one of the exceptional writers and Ishq Zah-e-Naseeb is a fine piece to prove this thing. The plot of the story has an element of suspense and uniqueness as a person with split personality disorder and his married life is shown in the serial. Zahid Ahmed is playing the leading role in Ishq Zah-e-Naseeb while supporting actors include Yumna Zaidi, Sonia Hussain, Zarnish Khan, and Sami Khan. The drama is being on-aired every Friday on Hum TV at 08:00 pm. Don’t miss it!
Drama serial Yaariyan is another blockbuster production of the year on-aired on Geo TV. It broke all the records and captured a good viewership. Ayeza Khan played a negative role in this serial and to watch it, even the viewers of other channels tuned into Geo. The prominent cast of this amazing drama included Junaid Khan, Ayeza Khan, Muneeb Butt, Hina Bayat, Mehmood Aslam, Moomal Sheikh, and Shagufta Bhatti. It is constantly gaining viewers on YouTube every day. The drama has been written by Samina Ijaz while Syed Wajahat Hussain directed it excellently.
Ruswai has hooked a good number of viewers since the time it is being showcased. It is one of the best ARY dramas in the recent years. The story of this drama serial revolves around sensitive yet important sexual abuse issues and specifically the stereotypical treatment of the society towards the victim. Sana Javaid is playing the leading role and Mikaal Zulfiqar is acting as her husband who is also very possessive about society’s reaction and treatment towards the victim who is no one other than his wife in the drama. Moreover, the twist has been added in the story with the old tradition of “Watta Satta” marriage. The drama is being on-aired every Tuesday on ARY Digital at 08:00 pm.
10. Suno Chanda 2!
The blockbuster family comedy serial Suno Chanda gathered a huge number of fans the last year and this year in continuity it has broken the record once again while bagging 2 awards for being the most liked comic serial. It has been considered as one of the best entertainment packages of the year and it was the never-ending fever sort of a feeling for the viewers, hitting the idea of the sequel of the play after success last year. The main cast of this crispy entertaining serial included Farhan Saeed, Iqra Aziz, Nadia Afghan, Farhan Agha, and others whereas the new yet wonderful inclusion of Arjumand Rahim, Raza Talish and Sabeena Farooq added up to the sweet and spicy twists of the comedy serial.
11. Pyar Kay Sadqay
Pyar Kay Sadqay is a story of two innocent lovebirds that are not much familiar with each other initially but as per the teaser, they seem to get closer by the time. The drama is a sweet romantic production and the main cast includes Yumna Zaidi as well as Bilal Abbas Khan.
The different thing about this story that makes it one of the top 10 Pakistani dramas is actually the role played by Bilal Abbas Khan who has been usually playing serious roles in blockbuster dramas like ‘Cheekh’ and ‘Balaa’.
The rest of the cast of this drama includes Atiqa Odho, Omair Rana, Yashma Gill, and others. You can watch the drama on Hum TV every Thursday at 08:00 PM.
The story of this drama is a love story triangle. The main cast of this drama includes Ramsha Khan, Feroze Khan, and Hania Amir. The story is full of twists and turns to make it something interesting to watch for the viewers. The drama is on-aired every Monday at 08:00 PM on ARY Digital so mark it in your watch list.
Another amazing drama is Jhooti staring Iqra Aziz, Ahmed Butt and Yasir Hussain in the lead roles. The story is basically about a girl who is so clever and is crazy about being married to a rich person just for the sake of money.
Parizaad is the most-watched and most-loved drama of this year. The drama is still airing on HUM TV. The story involves Ahmed Ali Akbar in the lead role playing the character of a poor, consistently rejected, and common man of the society. While this may be true, Parizaad has exceptional abilities of loyalty, truthfulness, and passion to be educated. The story unfolds as Parizaad comes across a number of tragic situations that leave him alone in the end. However, he continues to be the man he is and find the respect and wealth he never thought of. To watch the drama, click here.
15. Hum Kahan Kay Sachay Thay
Another important drama currently being aired on HUM TV is Hum Kahan Kay Sachay Thay. This drama marks the come back of Mahira Khan in dramas.The story revolves around a girl named Mehreen who has a tragic life after her father’s death and her mother’s second marriage. As the plot unfolds, the story shows how badly Mehreen is misunderstood and hated by the people she loves. Hum Kahan Kay Sachay Thay highlights how mental health issues are genuine and how a person’s silence is not their fault or fault.