The Most Memorable Characters Of 2012

The year 2012 was absolutely fabulous in terms of good quality dramas, the year started off with bidding farewell to some unforgettable plays like Hamsafar and Maat and just when we thought that Pakistani dramas could not get any better we were very soon hooked to plays like Durr-e-Shehwar, Bilquess Kaur and Shehr-e-Zaat. There were plays like Ek Nazar Meri Taraf, Yahan Pyaar Nahi Hai, Thakaan, Annie Ki Aye Gi Baraat and Kuch Pyar Ka Pagal Pan which glued the audience to the TV screens. I already talked about the hits and misses of 2012 in my previous article, so now I would like to talk about some of the characters in the plays of 2012 that will never be forgotten and their memories are etched in my mind forever. Here is a list of some awe inspiring characters from 2012.

abbaSami Sahib From Durr-e-Shehwar:

Anyone who watched the play Durr-e-Shehwar must have fallen in love with Abba’s letters and the heart felt conversations that Durr-e-Shehwar had with her father. Despite of his fears and worries for his daughter Sami sahib knew that with his support his daughter will be able to pass gracefully through a very problematic phase of life. Mohammad Ahmed played this role beautifully and every second girl wanted that she should have access to Sami sahib’s letters in order to keep her strong during difficult times. A very kind, just, brave, loving and adorable character etched out superbly by non other than Umera Ahmed.


aimenAimen from Maat:

Yes, she was too good to be true and little did we know that there will be a line of such characters after this play but I remember that at the time when I was watching Maat, Aimen came across as a very loving sister, who I wanted should win at all costs. Aminah Sheikh impressed us all with her acting skills in Maat and portrayed the character perfectly.




siffatSiffat from Ek Nazar Meri Taraf:

There was a time when I felt like the play Ek Nazar Meri Taraf was being stretched unnecessarily but I have to admit that while I was watching this play Siffat’s character seemed so real that I found myself worrying for her, forgetting that it was just a character in a drama. Siffat was innocent, vulnerable and in a very difficult situation. Alishba Yusef nailed the character right from the start and I have never seen her crying so much on screen. Honestly speaking, there was no other character that made me cry so much all through the year.





Naani From Shehr-e-Zaat:

Naani’s dialogues from Shehr-e-Zaat gave us a lot to think about and an opportunity to reflect upon things that we generally do not give a second thought to. Naani was gentle, caring and had so many pearls of wisdom to share with her viewers. Samina Peerzada has to be everyone’s favorite nani and I am no different; she is very graceful and extremely talented. Naani’s character was excellently conceived and brilliantly acted out, one that would stay with us for a very long time.





bilquessBilquees Kaur from Bilquees kuar:

Bilquess Kaur always came across as a very dominating and controlling woman who would have done anything to make her kids stay under one roof. Bushra Ansari played the Sikhni, who converted to Islam, married to a seemingly docile Muslim husband but also kept her Sikh values intact. There were times when we felt for Bilquees because she seemed like a very sensitive person who longed to be loved just like anyone else but there were many many times when Bilquees just seemed like a very selfish woman. The truth revealed in the end changed how we felt about Bilqeuess altogether. The story may have had loopholes and the ending may have seemed rushed to many but overall Bilquess Kaur’s character was a very unique one. Faiza Iftikhar deserves due credit for etching out such a multi-faceted character.

uroojUrooj From Mere Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley:

Mere Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley started off on a very positive note and we all loved Urooj’s character until he fell victim to the storyline. Urooj was confident despite of his disabilities and Shehryaar Munawar completely won us over with his acting and charm. When Urooj was truned into a mere caricature, we all felt gravely led down but it was great while it lasted and this is another character that I will remember for a very long time.



saimaSaima Chaudhry From Annie Ki Aye Gi Baraat:

I never followed Annie Ki Aye Gi Barat very religiously but whenever I did it was because I needed a dose of laughter which only Saima Chaudhry, the designer from Faislabad could guarantee. Buhsra Ansari has proven to be the queen of the comedy time and again and this character suited her perfectly. Saima chaudhry’s go for it and get it approach was also one of the reasons why I liked her so much and really enjoyed the character.



minahilMinahil From Tishnagi:

Tishnagi was one of those plays that you just catch on-screen by chance and you get hooked on it without even realizing it. Minahil was played to perfection by Sarwat Gillani. Minahil was a strong and determined girl who did everything in her power to save her marriage. Although the ending of the play was very disappointing but Minahil’s character was one of the few good characters in 2012.

All the characters I mentioned are from the plays that ended in 2012, please feel free to add to the list and also share your opinion about the characters that are there in the list. I am quite certain that this New Year will give us some more lovable and memorable characters. I already like so many of them. We are truly blessed to have some very gifted writers, directors, producers and actors who bring us wholesome entertainment all through the year.

Fatima Awan.

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  • nida_zaidi

    Fatima, I have always loved your write ups but this one is my favorite, probably becux you hav mentioned all of my favorite ones here 🙂
    Happy new year, more power!

    • FatimaAwan

      Thank you so much Nida for liking the post. I am glad we all enjoyed the dramas in 2012. A very Happy New Year to you and your family too.

  • batul

    u missed samina peerzadas character in durre shewar

    • FatimaAwan

      Batul if I had a choice I would add Older Shehwar, mansoor and even Mansoor's brother and mother in the list! i absolutely loved all the characters in Durr-e-Shehwar. Yes absolutely loved the older Durr-e-Shehwar but I thought i should choose one naani;)

    • Zoha Malik

      its on 4th no. dar it written Nanni 🙂

  • shamimsaleem

    Sirat-e-mustaqim is not mentioned in any list. Its unfair for such nice drama and samgh khan n farah tufail did excellent characters of mustaqim n aapa. They should be part of given llist.

    • FatimaAwan

      Shamim, I know so sorry for that, I know it was a very good play since a few friends who watched and reviewed it told me so. Can you please tell us all a little about Mustaqeem's character? I watched the first few episodes and in those episodes he was shown as a careless but very sensitive young man.

  • saba

    really good piece of writing….keep it up Fatima
    and all the characters are superb

    • FatimaAwan

      Thank you saba, i am glad you like it. your encouragement means a lot to me. Keep reading and commenting.

      • Fari

        you should had include Mahnoor Baloch as DeS as well.. She played character superb
        Moreover, Babar Ali in Aik Nazar meri taraf was also remarkable

        • FatimaAwan

          Fari you are right sanam Baloch and Samina Peerzada both were spot on as Durr-e-Shehwar and I really liked Babar Ali's character in ENMT too. Thank you for adding to the list, keep reading and commenting.

  • Mrs Asim

    Thanks Fatima:) waisay its good k u wrote this article otherwise iska bhi wo hashar hona tha jo is type k baqi articles ka huwa, mean each and every person who commented presented his or her own list, ur choice is really good, n m thinking to watch aik nazar meri taraf. one character that I liked n u didnt mention was Mustaqeem from Sirat e Mustaqeem. loved this article.

    • FatimaAwan

      Mrs. Asim, thank you for motivating me to write this piece:) You should watch Ek Nazar Meri Taraf, it is a very different story and Siffat is sure to make you cry a lot! People who followed SeM tell me that it was one of the best plays of 2012 but it did not get the attention it deserved maybe because it didn't air on one of the leading channels, what a shame. My special request to all SeM fans to please write a few lines from Musaqeem's character since I did not watch th show because of lack of time, you know how this year was, too many good dramas and too little time.

      • Mrs Asim

        u r welcome janab, n yes I will sure watch ANMT. Mustaqeem was really an adorable character, it was written very well n Sami khan's innocent looks and good acting made it a memorable character. (though it kept on reminding me the hero of Hashim Nadeem's Bachpan Ka December:)

        • FatimaAwan

          I will definitely watch SeM once youtube is back.

  • zara

    fatima plz review meri behan maya recent ep

    • FatimaAwan

      Zara I will do a joint review this week Inshallah. I am really sorry for not posting one last week.

      • straight forward

        fatima aap itni farigh huti hu, study bhi ker lia karo kabhi….

        • FatimaAwan

          Straight forward I usually don't reply to such comments but your comment made me laugh. abhi mei grade 8th mei hun na is liye zida study ki zarurat nahi prti lol Thank you for your advice though;)

          • saba

            really Fatima?
            I cant beleive yr u r simply superb lyk any mature writer really…….

          • FatimaAwan

            Lol Saba noway it was a joke! I am married with kids and educated too lol that is why the comment made me laugh and I wrote a reply that would satisfy the person who wrote it since she thinks I go to school!

          • Mrs Asim

            best joke of 2013;) lol

          • FatimaAwan

            lol Mrs. Asim since you know me so well, you must be wondering what I was talking about lol. Janaab abhi tu 2013 shru huva hai. Any new year resolutions?

          • Mrs Asim

            mmm no resolutions as such, only duain:)

          • FatimaAwan

            That is great. Remember me in your duas please.

          • straight forward

            fatima i m not aqal se paidal k app ko school going samjhon, it could possible only in case if u failed atleast 20 times in 8th.
            i think ur kids must be brought up by dadi jaan, thats y u mostly available here:) werna bachun k sath itna waila banda, noooo way:)

          • waqas

            hahahhahahhaha wellsaid love it

          • FatimaAwan

            I could very easily delete your comment but I won't because it says nothing about me but a lot about you. But I am not going to entertain another personal comment. Feel free to comment on the article though.

          • mona

            itni straight forwardness badtammezi aur judgemental attitude bhi acha nahi hota hope u get a badtammez judgemental husband and mother in law like urself,,,u have very narrow minded and urdu mediam galion ke schoolon mein parhne wali soch,,,i must say fatima commented very well that she can delete ur comments easily but wont as it shows truly what a lowlife charcterless person u r and ur mentality…..

          • saima

            ap bhi tu waily hi ho ju comments kurny ke liay itna waqt nikal laity ho .

        • Huma

          That's true Fatima r u the one who puts all eps so u own dramasonline,com

          • FatimaAwan

            I don't post drama videos and I do not own the site!

  • S.Shah

    I think Saba Qamar as Saman stood out more than Aamina as Aimen.

  • Iqra_Zafar

    Thankyou so much Fatima for sharing the list really love all these characters 2012 truly brought some amazing dramas and characters for us!!

    • FatimaAwan

      I am glad you liked the list Iqra. Yes 2012 was great and Here is wishing our drama industry all the best for 2013.

  • Hassaan

    Good choice but many characters are not mentioned like Maheen and Bebo Khaala from soap serial Dareecha, Mahira Khan for Humsafar and Shehr-e-Zaat and many more.

    I personally think that more research is required. Hope u might also agree

    • FatimaAwan

      Hassaan thank you so much for adding to the list:) I just mentioned the characters that are very close to my heart. I am glad you took time out and shared with everyone your personal favorites. Keep reading and commenting:) your feedback means a lot to us:)

  • Hassaan

    Not to forget outstanding performance of Saba Qamar in Main Chaand Si.

  • noor hamza

    i was meant to write something about a character here but unfortunately i am really annoyed with the small window that appears to the left of my screen (telling me about tweets and likes… BAD usability) and moves up and down as i do occupying a chunk of my screen (the sentence could be longer).. could you please get rid of it or is it the user's job to fix this ?

    • FatimaAwan

      Noor, so sorry about that, you must be on the phone because it really is very difficult to leave a comment from the phone. I will get it fixed soon. Thank you so much for the feedback.

      • noor hamza

        No Fatima, I was not on the phone. Thank you for fixing the problem.

        I have to say Binquees Kaur was a very well conceived character and Bushra Ansari was perfect for it.
        Do make a list of badly conceived characters now please. For me, Zenya from Tanhayan Naey Silsilay would top the list! I will write more about it if you make that list.

        cheers 🙂

    • FatimaAwan

      Problem solved, you can leave a comment now:)

  • ffgfghg

    fatima i really like your writing skills .i wish you a very happy new year.GOD bless you.

    • FatimaAwan

      ffgfghg thank you so much for liking what i write and a very Happy new Year to you and your family too. Stay Blessed.

      • saba

        hahaha fatima good joke

  • sania

    Hi Fatima, no doubt that u r a very good writer, falak from sheher-e-zaat was an unforgettable character, Mahira khan performed very well, I was expecting her in ur list and just surprised.

    • FatimaAwan

      Sania thank you for the appreciation and for adding to the list. Keep reading and commenting:)

  • Zahra Mirza

    Ah! I'm commenting on some article after a long long time because I totally liked it. 🙂
    I completely agree to the choice of all the characters you've mentioned.
    My personal favourite were Durreshahwaar's father & Nani from Shehr-e-Zaat & of course Bilqees Kaur. Rest were good too & my personal suggestion is Dur-e-Shahwaar herself because I really loved her character & aslo Ebaad from Mata-e-Jaan. These two characters are really memorable. 🙂

    • FatimaAwan

      Thank you for liking the article Zahra and for commenting. Durr-e-Shehwar was a true masterpiece and yes Sanam Baloch and Samina Peerzada both were brilliant as Durr-e-Shehwar. Even Safita the saas had a great screen presence, and I really like how well etched out Shandana and her husband's characters were and they were acted out brilliantly too.

      • Zahra Mirza

        Yes, Dur-e-Shahwaar had brilliant characters & all of the actors did a wonderful job in acting out the characters but my least favourites from the drama were Shandana & her husband lol, because of their constant bickering I muted their scenes always.

        • FatimaAwan

          Lol really? I thought Shandana and Haider were true representatives of many young couples nowadays. The constant blame game, unwillingness to conpromise, the impatient nature and the immature attitude was portrayed so so well.. I am sure many young couples could relate to them and then the way Shandana & Shehwar were completely opposite in their approach gave one a lot to think about too. Shandana always discussed her problems in front of Sophie & Shehwar always let her children believe her father was the ideal partner right from day one. I remember one particular episode was dedicated to Shandana & Haider alone & I thought it covered all the different aspects of their troublesome married life perfectly.

          • Zahra Mirza

            Yes, I agree to what you've said but I really didn't like their yelling & found it a bit too much. I know it was another representation of the harsh reality but their characters failed to impress me. No doubt every girl's first hero is her Father but the way Shandana reacted after discovering what her mother had faced was unnecessary. She should've understood that it does take a lot of effort in every marriage to make it work so the same happened to her parents too & they succeeded plus whatever happened to Shehwaar wasn't the doing of her husband but mostly her mother-in-law.

  • hadi

    falak n khirad also memorable characters played by Mahira khan

    • FatimaAwan


  • Lubnarashid

    Shahood Alvi should be on number 1 in Khushi Ek Roag Baber Ali is in Ek nazar meri taraf should be added ,bushra ansari should p on number 2 and bilques kaur and sameea pirzada on number 2 Shahood Alvi should Be on number 1 on Khushi ek roag

    • FatimaAwan

      Lubna Thank you so much for taking time out and commenting. I watched KER off and on and yes Shahood Alvi's character did come across as a very loving and just one. Oh yes, Babar Ali was simply brilliant in ENMT, I never thought he had it in him!

      • Lubnarashid

        im glad u dont mind my commnts :=)

        • FatimaAwan

          Of course not Lubna, I am glad you shared your thoughts here:) keep reading.

  • rose

    Hello fatima , Am your regular reader on and i really appreciate your writing skills plus the way you criticize and all your analysis … well the list you mentioned above contained all the characters of 2012 which left mark on our mind but i will say FALAK from SHEHR_E_ZAAT should be here , the way Mahira khan played it was so well that still now some of her scene and dialogues are in front of my eyes …it was so unique character and was perfectly played …and offcurce Saman from MAAT was also great job …these two characters are missing in this list which surely undoubtedly let a mark on not mine many other audience mind …one more request to your website please can you ask to remove that small window of tweet and facebook on left side which moves up and down when u scroll page is really irritating and make it so difficult to write …thanks and regards

    • FatimaAwan

      Rose thank you so much for the appreciation. Yes I absolutely loved the dialogues in Shehr-e-Zaat but I must admit that Mahira Khan is not a personal favorite, but that is my personal opinion and I know that there are many viewers who loved her as Falak. Yes Saba Qamar was brilliant as Saman. Thank you for adding to the list and leaving your comment. The problem has been fixed, thank you for informing us.

      • Mrs Asim

        very true, Saba qamar was very brilliant as Saman, I feel as she picked her pace after Uran, coz there is great diffrence in her acting before and after Uran, n she is still brilliant in NKTMN.

        • FatimaAwan

          Mrs. Asim I am not following NKTMNH but Saba Qamar is a very good actress indeed.

      • rose

        thankyou for your response 🙂 i appreciate …:)

  • waqas

    well the best character is skipped by u writer……saba qamar in MAin channd si

  • Sonia

    Good job Fatima u r doing very great

  • sundas fatima

    Urooj from meray dard ko zubaan milay did a brilliant work because for a long time I thought he really can't speak in real life .And offcourse dur-e-shehwaars father .

  • sami

    i totally agree wid the list except the last one. BK and Naani are the two superb characters done by our legends.

  • Baacha

    Excellent list Fatima I always enjoy ur article lovely do writing always we want to read ur article and ignore stupid comments , I am also mother ,dr, and busy too much but some time on net to read ur article and other articles good luck

    • FatimaAwan

      Baacha thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and reading what I write, it really means a lot to me. You know all this time I was thinking you were a guy;) I love reading your comments, they are always so well thought out & articulate. Keep reading and commenting:)

      • Huma

        Good job Fatima that is very good

  • be_simple

    Arayyy O REE Qotamaaaaa . Where is Shakoorn andd Rooof Afza (with due mazraat) but i miss Hina DILPAZEER here

  • Pisces

    great post…
    missed dur e shahwar

  • farheen jiya

    Ashar Hussain and Khirad from humsafar

    were most memorable characters, touches everyone heart very deeply

    how u all forget?

    • halima

      han na us ko kaisay bhool gay this is not fair

  • aasma

    urooj and sifft………………………………………………………………………………………………….lovelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Sagitarian ice

    really Abba's character in Durr-e-Shehwaar was amazing abd heart touching….I agree

  • uroog is best to express his feelings in kahi un kahi and other as well

  • Shizza

    Hello, Fatima.
    That’s a good write-up. However, I feel you missed out upon two very classy, popular and followed characters. Namely Khirad and Ashar of Humsafar.
    Correct me if I’m wrong though. 🙂

    Shizza Asif

  • Sara

    What about Khirad and Ashar in Humsafar and now Zaroon and Kashaf in Zindagi Gulzar Hai

  • Sara

    I think i am too late to post a comment i did not see it 9 weeks ago, maybe because i did not get the time

  • Aiman

    Sami Sahib!!! His acting was WOW in Durr-e-Shehwar….
    i just loved his role as a really concerned father!!!
    Hats off!!

  • murad lakhani

    among all above i saw bq and i cannot describe in my words the extra ordinary performance by bushra sahiba.
    no more comment is possible for her
    long leave bushrs ansari ,proud of our country.

  • saba

    sifat and saima chaudhry

  • Marrium

    Its very well written.

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