We as Pakistani’s are blessed to have television as the most accessible form of entertainment. And no other industry can satisfy our dramatic cravings as compared to our own. It’s good to see that actors today don’t shy away from portraying roles that require them to go an extra mile. A good TV drama brings out the best from them, however at times; there have been instances when a particular actor outshined their fellow co-stars. Here are 8 actors who garnered more praise than their fellow actors.
Imran Ashraf in ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kadri’
‘Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’ was Imran Ashraf’s big-ticket to fame and success. His character Bhola was someone that made us laugh and opened doors of sympathy for mentally disabled people. Rarely do we see actors making such daring choices and getting so deeply involved the way Imran did. He inhibited Bhola and played out the nuances meticulously. His facial contortions and body language were the highlights of the enterprise. His chemistry with Iqra was staggeringly lovely. His biggest achievement lies in the fact that after a point he made us forget the actor Imran Ashraf.
Amar Khan in ‘Dil-e-Gumshuda’
Though we had seen glimpses of her acting credentials in ‘Ghughi’ and ‘Belapur Ki Dayan’ but ‘Dil-e-Gumshuda’ was her first bona fide hit. The deliciously wicked Alizeh was winningly performed by Amar Khan. The sequences between Aagha Ali and Hina Altaf were plain ordinary but viewers got intrigued whenever Amar entered the frame. Her expressive eyes handle a range of emotions with finesse. Besides looking breathtakingly stunning, Amar expressed, emoted, and acted like a marvel in every scene.
Ahsan Khan in ‘Qayamat’
Ahsan Khan off late has been extremely versatile in terms of selecting his projects. Khan added yet another feather in his cap when ‘Qayamat’ hit the bull’s eye. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that ‘Qayamat’ is Khan’s best performance to date. He delivered a spotless and flawless act by staying extremely true to the narrative. He was in complete sync with his character Rashid like a fish takes to water. He surprised with his brilliant acting prowess, be it his mannerism, gestures, or dialect; Khan aced all the dimensions.
Sarah Khan in ‘Sabaat’
‘Sabaat’ belonged to Sarah Khan. No two opinions on that! With a streak of sugar-coated roles, it was a big gamble for Sarah Khan to shed her previous image. Here, she as Miraal dared to be different and proved herself as a classic performer. She commanded the role like an expert, her attitude, her stubborn nature, and her fear of never losing came across as natural. She simply outshined the other leading lady Mawra Hocane. Not to forget, she also set the bar that a woman can look modern and stylish without unnecessary skin show.
Yumna Zaidi in ‘Pyaar Ke Sadqay’
In today’s day and age where actresses seek to fit in a mould without the fear of getting stereotyped, Yumna Zaidi is one actress who has shattered glass ceilings with her diversified body of work. Mahjabeen from ‘Pyaar Ke Sadqay’ cemented her position in the top league of actors. The transformation with her attire and adapting the silly, naïve and adorable traits to look the character was worthy of lavish praises. Not even once, she went off track, ‘Pyaar Ke Sadqay’ worked big time because Mahjabeen made it come alive.
Minal Khan in ‘Jalan’
Minal Khan took our breath away with the rollercoaster that was ‘Jalan’. After endless variations of the damsel in distress, Minal Khan’s avatar Nisha was compelling. She was an unflinchingly nasty girl on a mission to attract his older sister’s husband; giving us a refreshing twist on the typical bad girl narrative depicted on screen. She was luminous and sure-footed with her part and emerged with flying colours. Her sequences with Emmad Irfani were electrifying.
Kubra Khan in ‘Alif’
Husn-e-Jehan can be easily ranked as a shining star in Kubra Khan’s repertoire. She submitted herself to the role of a popular actress and dancer of the bygone era who gives up her career for love. Many sequences caught our breath. Khan not just looked bewitching but performed convincingly, pushing the envelope yet again. She emoted through her expressive eyes; her love and vulnerability fall upon perfectly. The drama serial also evoked the quest for spirituality in every individual.
Ahmed Ali Akbar in ‘Ehd-e-Wafa’
Ahmed Ali Akbar owned Shehryar and delivered a terrific performance with conviction. Not just the character was the favourite amongst viewers but was also the best written out of the four. He was the surprise package of the play. Right from facing the ups and downs of life and realizing that hard work is the key to success; he left a strong mark. Not to forget, his emotional sequence with Khalifa Sajeer Uddin left viewers moist-eyed.