Actors have the ability to mesmerise the audience with just one iconic dialogue or action, and that often proves their repertoire in more ways than one. They’re forever idolized for those specifics, and that’s why, even today, there are so many roles that have defined some Pakistani celebs forever!
Be it the golden era of PTV, where Marina Khan will always be Dhoop Kinare’s, Dr Zoya or modern-day shows like Udaari which made a character like Paa Imtiaz a central discourse in the country, there are always iconic roles that not only prove talent but make actors household figures.
What are some recent roles from the new wave of television that have done the same for these actors? Diva has the lowdown…
Saba Qamar – Baaghi
Saba Qamar has been part of many iconic shows, and in each, she’s able to carve her niche brilliantly. However, with her starring in Baaghi, she went miles ahead with her acting skills as she essayed the late Qandeel Baloch with full promise! No one’s going to forget her character Fauzia Batool any time soon!
Fahad Mustafa – Main Abdul Qadir Hoon
Fahad Mustafa may have made the perfect transition into films today and gain a massive following for it, but his television roles are where he initially struck gold. His eponymous character from Main Abdul Qadir Hoon will always be what we will love him the most for!
Mahira Khan – Humsafar
A role that pushed Mahira Khan into superstardom, Khirad in Humsafar became how people knew her all around the world wherever South Asians live. The girl-next-door image it gave her still works today and that probably will be what defines Mahira as Pakistan’s most loved actress.
Humayun Saeed – Meray Pass Tum Ho
Humayun Saeed has been a part of many great shows in his long career, but perhaps, one show that has added yet another feather to his cap in a big way is the recent, Meray Pass Tum Ho. Not only did the show have many dialogues that will be remembered for long, but his role as the cheated-on husband, Danish was something many loved wholeheartedly!
Mehwish Hayat – Dil Lagi
Mehwish Hayat has successfully made herself a huge niche in films, but it was television that truly made her a star. She’s been part of many hit shows in her career, but it was her role as Anmol in Dil Lagi that gave her massive fan following a few years ago. She’s never looked back since, and today, she’s only seen success after success.
Imran Ashraf – Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
Imran Ashraf has been a part of the industry for a while, but it all changed when he signed onto Ranjha Ranjha Kardi as Bhola! His pure acting prowess shined through and no one would ever be able to think of anyone else being able to play the character with such sheer perfection!
Sanam Saeed – Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Sanam Saeed was often considered to be a more ‘unconventional’ face for television, but it was a show like Zindagi Gulzar Hai and her role as Kashaf that changed that image once and for all! It was one of her most loved roles on TV and we think nothing has been a bigger addition to her success than this.
Ahsan Khan – Udaari
Playing a malicious character and managing to still garner massive attention and fan following for it can happen if you’re just that good of an actor, and it was proven by Ahsan Khan. His role in Udaari was just what the country needed to open up about the underbelly of society, and that is what we call amazing acting skill!
Zahid Ahmed – Ishq Zahe Naseeb
A role that was as unique as the show itself, Zahid Ahmed as Sameer/Sameera in Ishq Zahe Naseeb gave yet another new life to Zahid Ahmed’s career. The actor has proven his skills once again, and perhaps, it also has heralded a second coming of the actor now for future roles.
Maya Ali – Diyar-e-Dil
Despite being part of an ensemble cast, Maya Ali shined bright in Diyar-e-Dil and made the best space for herself in the industry. Essaying the role of Faarah alongside Osman Khalid Butt as Wali, the actress proved she has tons of spunk and will go miles ahead in the industry – which is proving true today!
Which role has been your favourite? Tell us in the comment section below.