Another week, another string of excellent performances by our actors in dramas. At this point, it has been well established that Pakistan doesn’t have a dearth of talent. From complex and grey characters to simple, black and white ones – there’s a myriad of characters that can be found on our television screens, all thanks to the actors that perform them. Although most of them do a good job with their respective characters, some actors leave a long-lasting impact on the audience with their performances.
The child stars in ‘Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi’
Child actors haven’t always been given lead roles in our dramas. They are included in dramas just to help the story move forward. That, however, is not the case with ‘Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi’. The drama revolves around three separate timelines, and the children are the leading characters in two of those timelines. Since the children take a majority of the screen time in the drama, the audience would have gotten bored if it weren’t for their realistic performances. Of all the children, the child actors playing the roles of Allah Rakhi, Jamshed, and Naseem Zehra definitely stand out.
All three of them are dealing with ordeals of their own and the child actors make sure that the audience knows what they are going through. The credit also goes to the director Kashif Nisar and writer Amna Mufti for allowing them to shine in a drama that consists of excellent actors like Omair Rana, Yumna Zaidi, Samiya Mumtaz, Yasra Rizvi, and Noor ul Hassan.
Saba Faisal in ‘Raqeeb Se’
Saba Faisal isn’t a stranger to giving realistic and convincing performances. Throughout her career, spanning almost a decade, she has done countless noteworthy roles. And now, she can add another feather to her cap for playing Atiqa Bhabhi in ‘Raqeeb Se’. She has already become a fan favorite, which says a lot considering her character was introduced at the end of episode 5. Atiqa Bhabhi is shown to be an illiterate but extravagant woman, who cannot stop boasting about the materialistic things she owns in her life. And the most interesting thing is that such people do exist in our society, which must be the reason behind her character.
Saba Faisal, who is usually known for playing simpler roles, does an excellent job here. From the mispronunciation of English words to Atiqa Bhabhi’s mannerisms, Saba has nailed every aspect of the role down to a T.
Imran Ashraf in ‘Raqs e Bismil’
Imran Ashraf must be tired of everyone telling him how skilled an actor he is when it comes to delivering splendid performances, but there’s just no other way around it. He was still being hailed as one of the most versatile actors of Pakistan due to his performance as Adam in ‘Mushk’ when he appeared in yet another excellent role as Moosa in ‘Raqs e Bismil’.
When the drama first started, a lot of people assumed that Imran’s playing the role of a bully in the drama. However, as the story progressed, the audience found out that there are several layers to Moosa’s character. When he is in front of the person he loves, Zohra, it seems like he is the most loveable person on the planet. But when he’s out there literally shooting people for pointing fingers at his cousin Sakeena, there is no one more terrifying than Moosa. Imran Ashraf has such a great command over his craft that every time he dons a new persona for a role, it seems like the role was written only for him.
Zara Noor Abbas in ‘Phaans’
Many people still question Zara Noor Abbas’s acting skills. They complain that she either plays the damsel in distress or happy-go-lucky roles. This time, however, in Phaans, Zara has chosen a much different role, which is poles apart from the characters that she usually plays. And although Phaans is still in its initial episodes, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Zara has given her career-best performance in the drama. Those who have been watching the drama know that at the end of the first episode, Zeba, played by Zara Noor Abbas, was raped. Zeba was unconscious throughout the second episode because of the trauma she had just endured. By the third episode, Zeba was back and while she was shocked, that didn’t stop her from saying out loud the name of the culprit.
Zara was especially good in the scene where she grabs Saahil by his collar. At a time when no one, not even her family believed her, Zeba had sworn vengeance on the people who did wrong by her and Zara captured all the emotions Zeba was going through perfectly.