The A-Z of Entertainment That Defines The Scene Today

The entertainment industry in Pakistan is evergrowing and in every way, always evolving. Many names become a part of it, and just like that, a plethora leave without anyone batting an eye. However, amidst all the changes that we see it go through every day via cinema and television, there are just some names and things that always stick by.

Exploring such names and phenomena who have been game-changers in every aspect, Diva looks at the new A-Z of entertainment that is truly defining the media scene today.

Who made it to the list? Here’s the lowdown…

A is for

Ali Zafar: For being the new bhai in town and for always being a top-notch entertainment provider.

Atif Aslam: For being the perfect singer to come out of the industry in the last few decades.

Abdullah Kadwani & Asad Qureshi: For making 7th Sky Entertainment the most loved production house in the country.

Asim Raza: For adding brilliant colours and visuals into our industry.

Ahad Raza Mir: For continuing the acting legacy started by his iconic father.

Adnan Siddiqui: For proving his acting mettle with every role he gets.

Ahsan Khan: For being an all-rounder of entertainment.

Ali Rehman Khan: For being able to experiment with his roles.

Aiman Khan: For being an entertainer on television and social media!

Asim Azhar: For making us croon to his hit single, one after another.

Azaan Sami Khan: For providing new energy into music composition!

Aima Baig: For being an outspoken part of the music industry!

Ayeza Khan: For essaying a role that made us love to hate her!

Abida Parveen: For being a legendary icon of Sufi soul.

 

B is for

Bilal Abbas Khan: For being a versatile actor in every way!

Bilal Ashraf: For proving that he can be the superstar if he wants to!

 

C is for

Coke Studio: For changing the outlook of Pakistani music.

Cinema: For providing top-notch entertainment in the worst of times.

 

D is for

Danish Taimoor: For being a solid performer, regardless of the medium!

 

E is for

Ehteshamuddin: For being a director who can make us fall in love with any of his narratives.

 

F is for

Fahad Mustafa: For being the people’s favourite entertainer!

Fawad Khan: For paving pathways for Pakistani superstars everywhere.

Feroze Khan: For his brooding acting!

Faysal Qureshi: For sustaining time with his talent in the industry.

Farhan Saeed: For successfully transitioning from music to acting!

 

G is for

Gohar Rasheed: For being immensely underrated and still shining through.

 

H is for

Hina Dilpazeer: For proving that her acting repertoire goes beyond just one genre.

Hania Amir: For bringing a fresh face and talent to the industry.

Hareem Farooq: For proving that actresses can produce good films too!

Humayun Saeed: For being the original hero of the modern era!

Hamza Ali Abbasi: For his on and off-screen ability to keep us hooked.

Haseeb Hassan: For making palpable films!

Hadiqa Kiani: For being the experimentative pop diva we needed!

 

I is for

Imran Ashraf: For successfully transforming himself into one of the most sought-after names.

Iman Aly: For showing her mettle in a multitude of roles.

Iqra Aziz: For being the perfect new addition to the list of actresses with great promise!

Imran Abbas: For his more than perfect looks!

 

J is for

Junaid Khan: For not only a great transition into acting but also for his continuous success on TV.

Junoon: For having the perfect reunion for thousands of die-hard fans!

 

K is for

Khalil ur Rehman Qamar: For overshadowing all his work by being a part of every controversy there is.

Kubra Khan: For being the perfectly-accented actresses of the industry who still has tons of promise!

 

L is for

Lollywood: For being the stepping stone for modern Pakistani cinema.

 

M is for

Momina Duraid: For creating countless hits on television and film!

Mansha Pasha: For becoming one of the most sought after names via Laal Kabootar

Mehwish Hayat: For being Pakistan’s pride and for never letting anyone get her down.

Mahira Khan: For being a favourite of the industry and millions of fans in every way!

Maya Ali: For proving she is a top-notch film actress with hits like Teefa in Trouble and Parey Hut Love.

Minal Khan: For being a part of TV’s favourite twins.

Muneeb Butt: For proving that he has tons to give beyond just his good looks.

Mawra Hocane: For being able to make a strong footing for herself in the industry.

Mikaal Zulfiqar: For constantly reinventing himself.

Meera: For being a successful part of the old and new with the utmost ease.

 

N is for

Naumaan Ijaz: For proving he has a brilliant range to his acting skills!

Nabeel Qureshi: For bringing us thought-provoking entertainers each year!

Nadeem Baig: For being the new Nadeem Baig in town!

Neelam Munir: For proving she’s more than just an item girl!

 

O is for

Osman Khalid Butt: For being an outspoken actor with a conscience of gold!

 

P is for

Profits: For making production houses go after each other in a bit for TRPs and box office numbers!

 

Q is for

Quratulain Baloch: For bringing a unique voice to the industry!

 

R is for

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: For continuing the traditions left by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and further enhancing them!

Ramsha Khan: For being a new favourite on TV!

 

S is for

Salman Iqbal: For making ARY into one of the most-sought after conglomerates in Pakistan!

Sarmad Khoosat: For being true to himself and making cinema for the likeminded!

Saba Qamar: For proving she’s the leading lady in every way!

Sajal Aly: For being the industry’s favourite doe-eyed beauty.

Sonya Hussyn: For proving she’s unique and her roles, even more!

Sana Javed: For making her mark on television and making people obsessed with Ruswai

 Sohai Ali Abro: For proving she’s the perfect fit for strong roles for women.

Saqib Malik: For perfectly transitioning between ads and cinematic experiences.

Shehryar Munawar: For constantly improving his acting repertoire and making us groove to Haye Dil along with him!

Strings: For being a part of the industry for three beautiful decades!

Sania Saeed: For making us realise what amazing acting skills look like.

Samina Peerzada: For making stars reveal their truest of feelings.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: For being the ONLY Pakistani to get two Oscars!

Shehzad Roy: For being an icon of music, philanthropy and anti-ageing!

 

T is for

Taher Shah: For proving this angel will not go anywhere, anytime soon.

Tooba Siddiqui: For being able to have the best of both worlds.

 

U is for

Urwa Hocane: For making help me Durdana happen!

Ushna Shah: For being her feisty self and being unapologetic for it.

Usman Mukhtar: For carving his niche in mainstream television roles!

 

V is for

Vasay Chaudhry: For making us laugh with his scripts and wit!

 

W is for

Wajahat Rauf: For making entertainers, time and again.

Wahaj Ali: For making it into the big league with his acting repertoire.

 

X is for

Xtras: For all the randoms that show up and disappear each year!

 

Y is for

Yumna Zaidi: For being a new TV fave.

Yasir Hussain: For his antics on and off-screen.

 

Z is for

Zahid Ahmed: For proving he’s not afraid of essaying difficult roles!

Zara Noor Abbas: For being the perfect new addition to film and TV.

Zeb Bangash: For providing us with her mellifluous voice.

 

Who is your favourite amongst them all? Tell us in the comment section below.

Shahjehan Saleem
Shahjehan Saleem

The author is the Editor of Diva Online as well as a film & fashion critic. He is also a professor in the Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST, Karachi. Socio-cultural theories and geography fill up the rest of his time.

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