The beginning of 2018 has seen a few new drama serials but for the most part it has been the carryover serials from the mid-later part of 2017 that have held the viewers’ interest. Now with several of the big name/mega serials gradually winding down here’s a listing of a fresh new batch of serials making their way to our TV screens.
Will these serials manage to catch our interest and keep us hooked? Will they offer intriguing story lines? Have any of the makers dared to push the envelope? How many among these are iterations of the same old? Kitni aurtein royengi aur kitna ziyada royengi, kitne Prince Charming dekhne ko milenge aur kitne bad boys honge, strong women ke label ke saath kitni buddhu larkiyan dekhne ko milengi? Kiya in sab mein se koi ek bhi “normal” relatable character/pairing hogi?
This is just a sampling of questions running through my mind as I write this post, and I’m sure many among you are also nodding as you read along. Ab let’s see. We’ll give the serials a fair shot and wait for answers emerge over time. Ok, so let’s see what in store for us in the coming few weeks!
This period drama is based on Amrita Pritam’s classic novella Pinjar and has been adapted for screen by Amna Mufti. Produced by Adnan Siddiqui and Akhtar Hasnain’s Cereal Entertainment and directed by Iqbal Hussain, this Partition era serial boasts an ensemble cast featuring Adnan Siddiqui, newcomer Amar Khan, Hamza Firdous, Rashid Mehmood, Mohsin Gillani, Asma Abbas, Haris Waheed, Tahira Imam, Ayesha Farooq and other. Ghughi starts today, 25 Jan on TV One.
This social drama starts 29 Jan on HUM TV and is based on Amna Riaz’s novel by the same name. This adaption for screen has been done by the author herself. Mah-e Tamaam is directed by Kamran Ahmed, produced by MD Productions and stars Emmad Irfani, Naveen Waqar, Wahaj Ali, Ramsha Khan, Hafsa Butt, Leyla Zuberi, Manzoor Qureshi, Syed Afraz Rasool, Zia Gurchani, and Seemi Pasha.
Meri Nanhi Pari
Written by Naila Ansari this is the story of Shiza whose daughter is a patient of thalassemia. And if this was not enough Shiza also has to deal with an abusive husband and undergo lots of other trials and tribulations. Basically, seems like a keep a tissue box handy, kinda over wrought, issue-based story this one. Produced by iDream Entertainment, this serial is directed by Ali Faizan and stars Aisha Khan and Gohar Rasheed. Nanhi Pari is slated to start early February on ARY Digital.
Written by Adeel Razzaq and directed by Farooq Rind this one is produced by Six Sigma Plus and will air soon on ARY Digital. The cast includes Naveed Shehzad, Rehan Sheikh, Saba Faisal, Yumna Zaidi, Zahid Ahmed and Saad Qureshi. Set in the feudal context, Pukaar looks like yet another story where Yumna Zaidi is a qaidi tortured by an evil matriarch. In Pinjra she faced the wrath of Jannat Bibi and was a prisoner in her haveli, in Dar Si Jati Hai Sila she is at the recieving end of Bari Apa’s nefarious scheming to keep the residents of Noor Manzil under her control and here it is the autocratic Lali Maa in her grandiose mahal.
This Sajal Aly- Imran Abbas starrer is being eagerly awaited by many. For the fans of the two stars this is a fresh pairing and Sarmad Khoosat fans this serial marks not only his return to the director’s seat, after Mor Mahal, but also his return to love stories, after the super succesful Humsafar. Oh, and it also brings Marina Khan back to TV screens in a serial length project. Noor-ul Ain is written by Edison Idrees Masih and is produced by iDream Entertainment. This serial will be telecast on ARY Digital. The air date is yet to be announced but the first look has started making the rounds.
Apart from these, that are ready to air, here are a few other names making the rounds.
This one is a Moomal Entertainment Production, penned by Amna Mufti and directed by Ahmed Kamran. The cast is a long list of favourites included among them Shamin Hilali, Hina Bayat, Khalid Anam, Omair Rana and also stars Nadia Khan. Check out some BTS pics.
Teri Meri Kahani
This one stars Noman Masood, Azfar Rehman, Daniyal Raheal, Saboor Ali, and marks the debut of model Saheefa Jabbar. Written by Sumera Hameed, directed by Ali Raza and produced by Moomal Entertainment, this one is slated to air in February on HUM TV.
This one stars Shahroz Sabzwari, Mansha Pasha, Sonia Nazir, Tara Mehmood and Aly Khan. Written by Seema Munaf and directed by Owais Khan Parwarish is expected to air on Urdu 1.
Also, even though we haven’t really heard any updates in a long time, the Sanam Saeed starrer Akhri Station, written by Amna Mufti, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and co-produced by Sarmad Khoosat and Kashf Foundation, should also be somewhere in the release pipeline.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a mere sampling of what the Pakistani TV Drama industry has in store for us for the next couple of months.
So, anything here that tickled yor fancy? What are you planning on watching? Let’s not only discuss these dramas but also do a DRNR poll – which dramas will be finding a home on your watch list?
Looking forward to hearing from you all!
Written by SZ~