Remember the time when Pakistani dramas ruled the television screens, capturing our hearts with compelling stories and unforgettable characters? Well, we would like to think they still do; but whether it’s the nostalgia or something else, we feel dramas hit quite differently a decade ago. The stories just felt natural and the names who are big superstars today, were just starting out.
As we stroll down memory lane this Thursday, we can’t help but think of the dramas from 10 years ago that are still worth re-watching. These gems not only entertained but also left a lasting impact on our cultural landscape.
Which ones made it to the list? Diva explores…
Mohabbat Ab Nahi Hogi
A drama that may not have boasted A-list actors back in 2014, but its storyline resonated deeply with viewers. Starring Ali Rehman Khan, Armeena Rana Khan, and Syed Jibran, Mohabbat Ab Nahi Hogi explored the intricate dynamics of family relationships, particularly the conflicts within in-law relations. The narrative courageously delved into gender roles, portraying the protagonist Fizza (Armeena Rana Khan) navigating societal expectations and forming a unique bond with her lively brother-in-law. The drama left us pondering the boundaries of informal relationships and the societal norms that dictate them.
Mohabbat Subh Ka Sitara Hai
Centered around the disparities between the haves and have-nots, Mohabbat Subh Ka Sitara Hai told the tale of Romaisa (Sanam Jung) and her marriage to wealthy businessman Nabeel (Mekaal Zulfiqar). The plot takes an unexpected turn when Nabeel’s tragic demise reveals a shocking twist in the inheritance. This drama skillfully wove a narrative around selfishness within all segments of society, urging us to reflect on the impact of wealth on human relationships.
Now this one is definitely for the Maya Ali fans! Shanakht explored the journey of self-discovery, a theme that resonates strongly with the younger audience. The story follows Quratulain (Maya Ali), a devout Muslim criticized for her dedication to Islam. The narrative challenges stereotypes by depicting Quratulain’s love story with her cousin, breaking free from the conventional portrayal of religious individuals. The drama celebrated the idea that religious couples can have successful marriages, shattering societal misconceptions and promoting acceptance.
A drama that changed the fate of Faisal Qureshi’s TV popularity, Bashar Momin, a drama about a powerful man with a dark past, captivated audiences a decade ago – and still continues to do so. Bashar Momin wove a tale around the consequences of hate and the transformative power of love. Despite his controlling nature, Bashar’s love for his sisters adds a layer of complexity to his character, emphasizing the importance of compassion in an individual’s journey toward humanity.
Closing our nostalgic journey is the ever-popular Pyaray Afzal, featuring Hamza Ali Abbasi in a stellar performance as Afzal. The tale of Afzal’s journey, filled with love, heartbreak, and redemption, resonated with audiences on a profound level, making it a timeless classic that continues to be celebrated. It not only stood out just for its engaging storyline but also for its exceptional character development. Afzal’s evolution from a carefree young man to a person grappling with the complexities of life and love struck a chord with viewers. The chemistry between Hamza Ali Abbasi and Ayeza Khan, who played Farah, added an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative, making their love story one for the ages!
Which drama from 2014 do you love and still cherish? Tell us in the comments section below!