New Dramas For The New Year ~ Jan/Feb 2018 Serials

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.

Mah-e Tamaam
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.

Noor-ul Ain
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.

Zun Mureed
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.

Akhri Station
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~

23 replies

  1. Thanku so much SZ for compiling the list.. makes it easy to remember what is coming next.. I am looking forward to Noorulain.. i like thr way they have only showed pictures as a teaser.. makes it something to look forward.. and maybe also Ghughi.. yet to read the novel but already know the story .. n ye tou lagta he thek lamba chalega..
    ZanMureed .. thougg the name is not interesting but writer n cast have tempted me to watch that.. to be honest i was not at interestrd in Azfar Rehman new drama.. but this writer Sumera hameed has written some v.famous novels so i will give it a try. .. Parwarish not sure butAkhri Station definitely


  2. SZ…thank you for the article….but I am literally tired from the drama’s I am watching and which do not seem to end ever… I think I am going to boycott Hum TV entirely. Will follow Sajal’s new drama and will try to give Yumna’s drama a shot, but no patience for anything else…. I’m burned out lolz..


    • @Seher: Hey! I so agree with you! I am so done with dramas for the most part … Have you been following OR? I am so so upset with the past two episodes .. just waiting now for it to finish to write up a final overview .. I dont think Ive felt this let down by drama in the recent past as I have been by this one … almost makes me want to take a long sabbatical …


      • @SZ…tell me about it… last Friday’s episode was awful. How could Sassi break like that and only after that lame declaration from Qasim….Sooo disappointed, I had such high hopes for both these characters. I’ve lost complete faith in this writer. Hum is making it worse by dragging it endlessly. All their drama’s have been nothing but disappointment. I think ARY is the only decent place to watch anything good. Are you still watching Aangan. That’s the only good thing on these days.

        I do look forward to your final analysis, but it is very hard for me to understand where they are taking female leads in drama’s these days. Very very disappointing.


        • SZ did you see Noor Ul Ain’s trailer… it looks like complete BS… I really hope Marina Khan is not playing a stereotypical character…….:(


          • Seher: yes, NuA looks more of the same old. I might do a first ep review of it strikes my fancy, otherwise might give it a pass .. seems like yet another class difference based love story and I don’t know abt others but I’m so done with this .. might just watch for marina but otherwise not much there. I think of all the stuff in the newer lot, Aakhri Station looks the most interesting, promising, if for no other reason than the fact that it’s only seven eps and i think that’s abt the right amt of patience I have for a story these days, but dekhte hain ..


            • LOL…seriously 7 ep’s sounds amazing. Mini series are the way to go. I had heard that Noor ul Ain would be the remake of the Korean drama Descendants of the Sun. Unfortunately I guess that was not true.


        • Ufff!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how shaken up I was/am with that whole ep and the way the camera lingered on sassi’s face as she broke down .. what kind of misogynists and perverts have we viewers turned into that ppl were applauding that as great acting and going wah wah .. as a woman it was so disturbing to see another woman’s (even a fictional one) breakdown and humiliation so graphically played out for the world to see.. and all for what? Just because she dared to challenge patriarchy? And then Meena held up as a role model?? Really?? I am so disappointed in this pop psychology pseudo philosophy half baked approach to serious issues and that too in a very confused society like pakistan….


          • I know my first thought was that how can he be like that to Sassi, wheras what about Meena and Tipu? Meena got away with it because she converted? That is the way to get rid of your sins what a bs.
            Why could Sassi not just tell him that she does know her limits and nothing happened. Wasn’t this whole experience teaching her something? Like how to stand up for herself, was that not the reason why she slapped Waji? The writer had no idea how to take the story forward after the whole Qasim and Sassi wedding scene… what a waste of time. My take away from this drama is only that you should never put anyone on a pedestal because you will just get hurt.


        • Re: female leads, I think in one of these threads I have written a long winded comment abt my thoughts on the regression in female leads, also posted a videos conversation from ladies within the industry on this exact topic


      • OR:what a disappointment! i stopped following it looong ago and have no interest in finding out whats going on, very unlike me (if i start something, i have to watch it till end).. but as u said these dramas have changed us too… now i dont have enough patience.. AAAA, OR, Teri Raza, Baaghi, and now Khudgharz too.. enough of this headache.
        Aangan, DSJHS, Shayad are on my watchlist these days


        • @Atty: I think even drama makers dont expect viewers to watch anything through the entire length.. all this seems like a big joke to them … I dont know if you watch any of the interview shows on YT, but I was watching some recently with Kubra Khan, Ushna Shah, Haniya Amir, etc and when asked abt their drama serials, they all had absolutely no clue when what serial would end or if it was still running .. they had all moved on to other projects, and some on to third projects … and this makes me wonder ke bas hum hi loag pagal hain ke seriously dekhtey hain … the real joke is on us .. hum hi loag bewakoof hain … look at Sajal for instance .. since OR, she’s finished Noor ul Ain and now shes doing Aangan.. and here tau OR has no even ended as yet …
          Honestly, Im so done with these dragfests and the pointless stories jo start kaheen se hoti hain aur khatam kaheen pe ..

          Aangan I started watching, and I think its interesting in terms of characters, but the larger story is pretty routine and barely moving .. Shayad I can’t watch anything with Sadia Khan.

          I’ll gove Noor ul Ain a try tom because of Marina and Aakhri Station cause its 7 eps. Baqi dekhte hain …


    • @TM: Hey!

      Re: Khudgarz: I tried the first double episode but all that shaadi talk talk talk (why do these ppl talk so much in serials these days???) bored me to death and I literally fell asleep on my couch and when I woke up from my short nap, because it was a double ep, it was still running and the actor playing Aamina Sheikh’s abba was still going on abt the shaadi like an energizer bunny and saying dialogues like beta tumhari ammi hoti tau aur baat thi .. larki ki bohot zimmedari hoti hai aur tum apne ghar ki hojao etc etc …Im paraphrasing but basically this type of lingo was enough to put me off this serial …

      That said, I am hearing good things about this one, but I have neither the himmat nor the inclination to watch another one of these pyscho ko sanwaro type stories …

      You tell, are you watching?


      • I am not but am reading the reviews on reviewit. The reviewer waxes lyrical about it each week. Aap ka jawaab had me 🤣🤣! Your wittiness is what I ❤️ about you!


        • @TM: It’s not just reviewit, I’ve seen a lot of ppl on various social media forums praising this serial a lot, which makes me think there might be more to it .. but its just not my kind of a story line and with these double eps its almost impossible to catch up … basicaaly don’t take my word for it … main ne khud bhi properly nahin dekha hai so I dont want to mislead you.


            • @TM: I watched the first episode but was very disappointed. Pinjar is a personal favorite – I refer to novella not the movie – and to see the beauty and poignancy of that writing destroyed and turned into yet another long drawn out feudal/honor drama, with the added takleef of it being turned into a fancy dress party, was not something i want to endure for the however many more months .. I might tume in when it gets closer to Partition tie in the story to see how they deal wit the “love story” but otherwise nope not for me. Also, if you take away all the hype do you really think its any different from anything else that we’ve seen before? I ask this because this is the exact same question I am asking myself these days before i start watching anything new …. and I find this save me a lot of wasted time and effort.

              Anyways, mera jawb tau lamba ho gaya and you should totally ignore my rambling and feel free to share your thoughts. I will and do totally respect your views if you are enjoying it … Im just wired thori alag se ab kuch kar nahin sakta mera


  3. I agree!! I was very underwhelmed when I saw the promo for NuA. I’m surprised Marina Khan signed on — it doesn’t seem like the play has anything new to offer. Also I would really like to see Imran Abbas play a different role — I feel like we have seen this character played by him many times before (but I guess, if it worked in the past — the production companies believe it will work again). I like Sajal Ali but I think I’m going to have to pass on NuA. I stopped watching OR a couple weeks ago and I’m glad I didn’t see last week’s episode — it would have been too upsetting. I may try Akhri Station but we’ll see.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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