Chupke Chupke was a rom-com aired during Ramadan on Hum TV. It was a perfect mix of the stellar cast, good script, great direction, superb acting, and a melodious OST. It was written in the spirit of Eid festivity by Saima Akram and directed by Danish Nawaz. The highlight of the drama was Ayeza Khan in a lively cheerful role. Osman Khalid Butt played his role to perfection balancing well between comic and intense scenes. Other cast includes Ali Safina, Qavi Khan, Asma Abbas, Meera Sethi, and newcomers Ayman Saleem and Arsalan Naseer.
Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3
Khuda aur Mohabbat from GEO TV was a roller coaster of emotions and entertainment. The story of two star-crossed lovers was penned by Hashim Nadeem and directed by Syed Wajahat Hussain. Powerful performances from the cast especially Feroze Khan and Iqra Aziz and a strong storyline had the viewers glued to their TV every week. The subtle journey from Ishaq e Mijazi (love of people) to Ishaq e Haqiqi (love for the Creator) was well portrayed in the drama.
Raqs e Bismil
Adapted by Hashim Nadeem and directed by Wajahat Rauf, Raqs e Bismil aired on Hum TV was a welcome relief from the love triangle and saas-bahu serials. Imran Ashraf’s powerful acting turned Musa into a larger-than-life character. Musa belongs to a conservative family and falls madly in love with Zohra (Sarah Khan) a pure soul escort. Disowned by his family for wanting to marry an escort, Musa turns rouge. A series of interesting events eventually led to the union of the two lovers with the consent of the family.
Pehli si Mohabbat
ARY Digital’s Pehli si Mohabbat with its star-studded cast, good OST, a script by Faiza Iftikhar, and Anjum Shehzad’s direction is one of the best dramas of 2021. The drama revolves around childhood lovers Rakshi (Maya Ali) and Aslam (Shehryar Munawar). Every episode of the drama unfolds the complexities of life. The drama addresses patriarchy, hypocrisy, and hatred quite well. The drama would have been more impactful had it not been dragged to 36 episodes.
Ramsha Khan and Affan Saeed starrer Shehni aired on ARY Digital and were quite popular among the viewers. It was written by Radain Shah and directed by Ahmed Bhatti. The storyline was not new and highlighted the pressures of getting married against will. But this time instead of getting into an unwanted relationship, the couple decides to team up and stand against it. The lighthearted approach to an otherwise serious issue made the drama quite interesting to watch.
Aulad another blockbuster from ARY Digital was written by Syed Ameer Ali and directed by Aabis Raza. A serious drama based on the tragic truth of our society, the maltreatment of parents in old age. The drama had a strong and realistic plot. The relatable situations and events made the drama extremely popular among the masses. All actors (Hassan Niazi, Sunita Marshall, Furqan Qureshi, Nabeel Zuberi, Marina Khan) performed well but Mohammed Ahmed’s acting was par excellence.
Khawab Nagar ki Shehzadi
Mashal Khan, Mikal Zulfikar, and Anmol Baloch starrer ARY Digital drama were about dreams and desires. The story is rather unusual with Mashal Khan a doctor who gives refuge to Anmol Baloch. She hires Anmol as domestic help only to see her husband succumb to the charms of the maid and marry her. In the end, truth prevailed as the audience saw Anmol being punished for all her conspiracies. Although every actor did full justice to their roles, Mashal Khan and Anmol Baloch nailed their characters.
Dunk also by ARY Digital revolves around the manipulative Amal (Sana Javed) who falsely accuses her professor of sexual harassment. Unable to face the backlash from society, the professor commits suicide. Amal confesses to her fiancé Haider (Billal Abbas) who breaks off the engagement. What follows is more false accusations from Amal this time Haider being the victim. As the drama unfolds the reality and manipulative nature of Amal become evident. In the end, justice is served as Amal’s father commits suicide and Amal is found guilty and jailed.
Is a mentally challenged person capable of rape? HUM TV’s Phaans asks this question as Zeba (Zara Noor) accuses Sahil (Shehzad Sheikh) the retarded son of her mother’s employer of rape. What follows is Zeba’s struggle to prove her allegations and the influential Siraj family’s efforts to prove her wrong.
Geo TV’s Fitoor was a story about a newly married couple Haider (Faisal Qureshi) and Dilnasheen (Hiba Bukhari) trying to understand each other. However, the ghosts of their pasts (Kiran Haq) and Wahaj Ali return to haunt them and destroy their present and future. A story of inner conflicts, love, and uncertainty, Geo TV’s Fitoor was very popular among the audience.