The advent of digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime has heralded a new era of entertainment across the globe. There has been a paradigm shift, especially with respect to the available choices to viewers in terms of avenues to enjoy their favourite films and TV shows.
Pakistan is no exception to this global phenomenon either. The presence of the local content is gradually increasing on almost all the big streaming platforms, but especially on Netflix. We have, therefore, compiled a list of all the Pakistani movies on Netflix, so that if you are interested, the process to enjoy your favourite Pakistani movies becomes easier.
Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai
Feroz Khan and Sajal Aly starrer is an intense romantic drama that explores the struggling relationship of a couple with different dreams and takes on life. Peppered with beautiful music and some intensely emotional scenes, the film could be a good watch with your loved one over a weekend
Set in the backdrop of a patriarchal society in northern Pakistan, Dukhtar explores the struggle of a mother who leaves no stone unturned to save her daughter from getting married to an elderly male. The film is a tragic road trip drama with some beautiful visuals to impress you.
If you like Dukhtar, you would love Moor, and vice versa. Starring Hameed Sheikh, Shaz Khan, Samia Mumtaz, and Sonya Hussain, this is one gem of a movie. With some breathtaking cinematography and a heartbreaking story of a family in Balochistan that gets hit by corruption in Pakistan Railways, it is a film you would love in your cozy winter bed.
Another beautifully shot film that follows a young couple across Pakistan which is confused about their respective life choices yet ready to take an adventurous path. The film is an impressive audiovisual treat with some beautiful faces like Osman Khalid Butt and Ainy Jaffri and is available on Netflix.
Talking about beautifully shot films, Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf, and Ali Rehman Khan’s Janaan is also available on Netflix. This romantic comedy deals with an unconventional love-triangle, child abuse, and just pure love, all set in the beautiful valley of Swat.
Since we are on the subject of comedies and romance, Netflix also has Yasir Nawaz’s debut film, Wrong No. Starring Danish Taimoor, Sohai Ali Abro, and Javed Sheikh, this one is about a butcher’s (Javed Sheikh) son (Danish Taimoor) who wants to be an actor against his father’s wishes. The film has comedy, romance, and a lot of action too.
But if it is the action that you are seeking, go a little authentic with Shaan, Ayub Khoso, Amina Sheikh, Hameed Sheikh, and Shamoon Abbasi starrer spy-thriller, O21. Set in the backdrop of corporate warfare and geo-strategic games, this one is a smart film in terms of its subject surrounded by a lot of darkness.
If you are watching O21 and haven’t yet watched Waar, what are you even doing? More action, more depth in terms of story, and more of Shaan and Shamoon caught in some high-octane spy-games. Waar was one of the first films to come out of the new-age Pakistani cinema and actually kick-started the entire revival process. It’s a must watch in that regard.
Chalay Thay Saath
For a change of mood, however, go for Syra Shehroz starrer romantic film, Chalay Thay Saath. Set in the northern areas of Pakistan, the film tells a story of how a Pakistani girl and a Chinese boy on vacations fall in love with each other.
Featuring the hunky Bilal Ashraf and the versatile Mawra Hocane, Rangreza is a romantic comedy. It explores various music genres of Pakistan as well as its socioeconomic divide that creates hurdles for two lovers to make the choices according to their own will.
Ho Mann Jahaan
Another well-made sweet romantic comedy starring the global icon Mahira Khan alongside Sheheryar Munawar and Adeel Ahmad could be found on Netflix. The music and dialogues of the film are something awe-inspiring, and the film is a light-hearted retreat from the intense dramas like Sacred Games or Birdbox that you may be binge-watching over Netflix.
If you are, however, in the mood for an intense drama, this Hameed Sheikh, Imran Abbas, and Sadia Khan starrer may just be the film for you. Abdullah focuses on the Kharotabad Incident which took the lives of four Russians, and one Tajik in 2011. One of the victims of the tragic incident was a woman seven months into her pregnancy.
Chupan Chupai starred Ahsan Khan and Neelum Muneer and is a comedy of errors in the genre. It revolved around three friends whose lives take a chilling turn when they cross paths with Babu, and his alter ego girlfriend, Pari.
Talking about Pari, there is also a local horror film on Netflix named, Pari. Directed by Syed Atif Ali, who also co-wrote the script with Muhammad Ahsan, the film revolves around a couple, Mehwish, Shehram, and their daughter Pari (who is actually a devil).
Teefa In Trouble
Last, but definitely not the least, we have Ali Zafar and Maya Khan starrer blockbuster, Teefa In Trouble. This action comedy has everything a good masala film needs to have, and if you are anywhere in the world except for Pakistan, you can enjoy it on Netflix. Yes, the availability of the movie is for the international audience only while the locals can enjoy the film on Iflix.
This much Pakistani content to enjoy and you are still sitting here? Well, get glued to your screens and get hooked to Pakistani content as the list only grows bigger, especially from next month onwards as the Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat starer Load Wedding is all set to debut on Netflix too.