It is said that a well written; novel, play, or in this case drama never fades away but rather remains for an eternity. It strikes a chord with the viewers. It ensures that viewers never forget the wonderful portrayal of a story that brings out all kinds of feelings emotions preventing them from ever getting over its brilliance. Pakistan has produced many such brilliantly executed dramas which have become classics. So today, let us take a look at 5 acclaimed classic Urdu dramas.
Written by Hasina Moin and directed by Shoaib Mansoor, Ankahi aired in 1982 and instantly won the hearts of many. The drama is an epic blend of comedy, romance and melodrama that leaves a permanent mark on the hearts of everyone who has ever watched it. The story revolves around Sana Murad, a high-spirited, lively, clumsy but an ambitious young girl who is not from a very well off background and wants to support her family and hence applies for job. Despite her clumsiness she somehow lands a job as a secretary for a managing director at a company. Here she meets her very strict, cold and punctual boss, Taimur, and turns his life upside down creating many problems for him due to her irresponsible nature. She eventually falls for him however, the circumstances and unsaid words ‘Ankahi’ force them to choose separate paths. The drama is a journey of laughter, love, heartbreak, maturity and understanding and is bound to make you fall in love with it.
2. Angan Terha
Angan Terha was a satirical Pakistani drama which aired on PTV in the late 1980’s. The cast included big names such as Salim Nasir, Bushra Ansari, Shakeel, Arshad Mehmood and Durdana Butt as lead roles. This magnificent script was written by none other than Anwar Maqsood, who is known as one of the best writers Pakistan has ever produced. The drama has elements of comedy and centers on the lives of Mehboob Ahmed- a retired civil servant, Jahan Ara Begum- Mehboob Ahmed’s wife, Akbar- house helper and their neighbors Chaudhary Sahib and Sultana Sahiba. It addresses multiple issues of the society such as Martial Law, military regime in Pakistan and the electoral system. The humor comes in the name of the various tenants who rent Mehboob Ahmed’s place. The guest appearance also includes big names like Moin Akhtar, Lehri, Alamgir and even Anwar Maqsood himself. The drama has become a cult classic and is a must watch. It will leave you laughing with tears streaming down your face.
Another masterpiece written by Haseena Moin, Tanhaiyaan aired in 1985 on PTV and instantly became a major hit. It centers on two sisters Zara (Shehnaz Sheikh) and Sanya (Marina Khan), who after their parents tragic death, move in with their aunt. They struggle to re-buy their previous home after learning that it had been sold due to their father’s heavy debts. Their aunt’s house is also rented and we see Sanya befriending the landlord and becoming a pain for his secretary, Qutubuddin (Behroz Sabzwari) whom she irritatingly calls Qabacha. The older sister however becomes obsessed with the idea of re-buying the house and works day in and out to have enough money but with her pursuit she becomes distant with all of her relations and their values leaving everything behind and soon enough everything comes crashing down when she realizes what she has lost in the process. The drama talks about the hardships we face and the importance of relationships. The build-up, as well as the summing up of the drama, is so superbly done that it leaves a huge impact on the viewer.
4. Alpha Bravo Charlie
Aired in the year 1998 and directed by highly acclaimed Shoaib Mansoor, the drama is loved by the audiences to this day. As the name suggests, the drama revolves around three passionate friends, Faraz, Kashif and Gulsher who join the Pakistani army under different circumstances. Initially we see different sides of these characters in depth and the carefree, happy go lucky lifestyle they lead. It also focuses on Shahnaz, the female protagonist who plays an important role of love and friendship in the lives of these gentlemen. The drama then morphs into a more serious tone and depicts their coming of age story where the friends realize that there is more to life than just funny and carefree antics. It shows the actual reality of life with all its extremities and vulnerabilities- of love, jealousy, heartache and death. The drama is a definite must watch.
5. Choti Si Duniya
This classic drama aired on PTV and is one of the most simple yet beautiful family dramas of all times. The drama revolves around the life of a villager who saves the life of a foreigner. In return, he gets an invitation to accompany him to his native land. Upon his return, he is labeled as Janu German and the whole village puts him on a high pedestal. He is even challenged for a one on one English speaking competition which ends in hilarious results. We also see the earnest and pure love of Janu German with his wife. The drama is well executed with great acting and brilliant direction. Its simplicity is what draws you in. Its light-hearted content makes you want cherish every moment of it.
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