Pakistani dramas offer more than just saas-bahu stories. There, we said it. Gone are the days when 9 out of 10 prime time dramas would focus on saas-bahu shenanigans and hook the audience through this never-ending game of cat and mouse. Don’t believe us yet? Well, we have got a list of current Pakistani dramas that are more than just saas-bahu stories.
It is a fact that our drama industry is progressing. We’re seeing interesting stories, college romances, and inspiring family tales that were previously the outsiders, not the norms. Now, we see parents supporting daughters in Kuch Ankahi, young people falling in love in Muhabbat Gumshuda Meri, and a timeless romantic in Jhoom; all making this a good time to be alive as a Pakistani drama enthusiast.
Stick with us as we look at some of the best current Pakistani dramas without the needless Tarka of saas-bahu stories in them.
Jhoom may seem all too common to our audiences; a fiery, young male lead, a calm, and composed female lead – where have we seen this before? In a dozen other Pakistani dramas. Duh!
But there is something refreshingly different about this pairing; the casting. Haroon Kadwani lives up to the hype; he is not a 40-year-old playing the typecast young rebel. Haroon looks his age, he is perfect in Jhoom, and the budding romance with Zara Noor Abbas, without the heavily broadcasted family drama, is refreshing to watch.
Kuch Ankahi is changing narratives one step at a time, and we’re loving it. While the lead trio of Sajal Aly, Sheheryar Munawar and Bilal Abbas Khan look as graceful as ever, we’re roped in by the brilliant discussions, the trust shown by parents, and the passionate yet clever female lead.
Kuch Ankahi has our vote of approval. Maybe, and it’s a strong maybe, Kuch Ankahi may not be a huge hit with the audience, but we’re sure a decade ago, the story wouldn’t even make it to the discussion room. And that is exactly what we call progress.
Ehraam e Junoon
When we heard Neelam Muneer and Imran Abbas starring together in Geo TV’s Ehraam e Junoon, we expected fire. And fire is what we got. The drama looks at love as an emotion that beats among all of us, despite our upbringing, economic status, and other factors. Neelam Muneer is ravishing, and we could watch the drama for her alone. It’s a plus that the story has us hooked as well.
Yunhi, as the name suggests, is a breezy romantic. It gives you a bit of intellect, some bits of love, important lessons on the repercussions of letting go of your culture, and a refreshing story that you may not have seen before. Maya Ali, as Kim, is empowering and stubborn in the right sense. We like her, and from where we see it, so do others.
Muhabbat Gumshuda Meri
You’ve got to hand it to Hum TV here. Just when they lead you into believing the muhabbat will be gumshuda in this one, you see it is all about young, sweet love. Here we are taken into the world of Khushhal Khan and Dananeer Mobeen as Saim and Zobia.
The leading pair look ravishing together, and our drama audience is rooting for them. We’ve got to appreciate the casting in this one.
Pyari Mona takes our audience through the qualms and problems of overweight women in our society. From relationship issues to tolerating constant taunts and torments, Sanam Jung is a diva as Mona. The drama addresses a very important social problem and shows Mona navigating the challenges of life with her weight. Mona’s father is shown to be a supporting figure, and we are all for the father-daughter duo.
To add to this, we believe other prime time dramas such as Mujhe Pyaar Hua Tha and Tere Bin are also doing without dominating saas’s and conniving bahus. These are good signs for our industry, and the growing diversity in stories will definitely fare well.