The good the bad and the ugly of Pakistani dramas
What makes a drama last a lifetime in our memories? Is it stories that reflect our own lives or the ones which allow us to step into a whole new world through a looking glass? The very best ones make us love the characters, argue their dilemmas and root for their success- no matter how far removed they are from our own experience.
2012, has been a good year and we have seen some of the best productions of recent times. My insincere apologies if I missed out on some of the staggering work of a creative genius but I think we got most of the (good) stuff covered at least.
Note: in the reviewers/critics’ (main categories) choice Humsafar, is deliberately excluded because it has already won everything bar a Nobel Prize, and people need something else to talk about at parties. The team at dramapakistani conducted two sets of public polling online. One for nominations from each channel’s best dramas and performers, while, the Best of 2012 was chosen from the most popular nominees in another set of public polls.
The results were fairly predictable but surely well deserved. The reviewer’s choice awards were not easily made. After spending literally hundreds of hours watching, and analysing dramas with blog readers across three continents, I’m sure you can tell we take our dramas very seriously!
People’s Choice: Humsafar
Reviewer’s Choice: Bilqees Kaur and Durr-e-Shahwar
Our nominations reflect the diversity of our reviewers; the younger crowd rooting for Sirat E Mustaqeem and married ladies, for the poignant journey of Durr-e-Shahwar. Bilqees Kaur was unforgettable because of its unsentimental realism, laugh-out-loud humour and seamlessly blended story track- from Faisalabad to Lahore to New York.
We could not decide, so we have combined our winners!
People’s Choice: Sarmad Sultan Khoosat
Reviewer’s Choice: Haissem Hussain
Three nominations were made: Sultan Sarmad Khoosat for Sheher-e-Zaat, Adnan Ahmed for Bilqees Kaur and Haissem Hussain for Durr-e-Shahwar. The winner was an easy choice, Haissem Hussain by a landslide.
Haissem Hussain wove magic into this well-worn story, bringing out strong performances from his entire cast. At times Haissem Hussain and Sarmad Khoosat simply surpass their medium, carrying their work above the level of a humble drama to a renowned movie at a cinematic level.
People’s Choice: Farhat Ishtiaq
Reviewer’s Choice: Samira Fazal
The backbone of Pakistani dramas is their highly talented writers, who manage to raise even the most mundane stories to masterful interpretations of the current human condition. Farhat Ishtiaq’s simple yet beautifully written story could not have failed to touch anyone’s heart.
It was a difficult decision between Faiza Ifthikhar for Bilqees Kaur and Roag; Sarwat Nazir for Sirat E Musteqeem; Umera Ahmed for Durr-e-Shahwar and Sheher-e-Zaat; and Samira Fazal for Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan.
The winner was Samira Fazal. The sheer brilliance of her script was able to overcome production and editing flaws.
People’s Choice: Sanam Baloch
Reviewer’s choice: Sanam Baloch
Saba Qamer’s amazing portrayal of the selfish Saman in Maath had us screaming at our television screens. While Mahira Khan, was a close runner up in the people’s choice for her popular performance as Khirad in Humsafar.
However, Sanam Baloch’s unmatched portrayal of a younger and passively aggressive female in Durr-e-Shahwar proved to be popular and widely appreciated.
People’s Choice: Fawad Afzal Khan
Reviewer’s Choice: Mikaal Zulfikaar
Fawad Khan nuanced portrayal of Mujtaba in Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan. There was intense competition from Faysal Qureshi, whom we loved as the hapless Shaikhoo in Jahaiz. Sheheryaar Munawar’s outstanding job as the mute Arooj in merey Dard Ko Jo Awaz Miley, did not go unnoticed nor did Sami Khan for excellent work as Mustaqeem.
However, the winner simply had to be Mikaal who surprised us by his performance as the archetypal Mummy’s boy, Mansoor. Let us just say we fell off our chairs with a collective “hain??”
Reviewer’s Choice Best Soap: Nikher Gaaey Ghulab Sarey
We hate soaps; the very word makes us shudder. However, two of them impressed us so much that we were glued to our television screens, reluctant to blink just in case we missed something.
The clever story of Dareechey, combining psychology and superstition, served as a great canvass for Imran Aslam’s magnetic portrayal of Faizan Shah. However, the winner had to be NGGS; the story of this dysfunctional family had its viewers riveted. We cannot forget Sabreen Hasbani as pure bad luck- cursed by fate, Saima Bhabi
Surprisingly good serials
Ek Nazar Meri Taraf, this particular serial turned shaky beginnings into highly recommended endings.
Kaffir…… We still don’t know why.