Annoying OSTs of Pakistani Dramas 2020

There is no denying the fact that the OSTs of Pakistani dramas are popular all over the world. They always add more appeal to the drama and the OST’s that are composed beautifully with meaningful lyrics become popular in no time. Every now and then, Pakistani drama fans and viewers see some of the OSTs of dramas becoming viral, however, that doesn’t happen with all the soundtracks. Just like Pakistani dramas, OSTs are also both good and not so good. Some of these OST’s fail to strike a chord and end up feeling like noise pollution. The fact that the directors and editors rely on overusing the OST’s also ends up making them annoying for the viewers and the appeal or the charm that the OST might have in the initial stages of the drama ends up getting lost by the time the drama ends.

Here is the list of annoying OSTs of Pakistani dramas that aired in 2020:


Ishq Zahe Naseeb

Singers & Composer: Naveed Nashad
Lyricist: Hashim Nadeem

In the initial episodes, the OST of Ishq Zahe Naseeb did grow on the viewers, however as the drama progressed, the editors become bigger fans of the soundtrack, so much so that they decided to use it to such an extent that would make the viewers fall out of love of it and guess what, they succeeded. The fact that the same soundtrack was varied and used in so many different versions throughout the drama made the viewers’ blood boil. Also, the fact that the drama has more flashbacks than the original scenes, where the soundtrack was overused made it a buzzkill as well. There was a time when the viewers were so annoyed with this OST that every time it echoed, they literally turned the volume off.



Singer, Composer & Lyricist: Sahir Ali Bagga

It is unfortunate that there’s absolutely nothing about the Ayeza-Danish project that is appealing, not even the soundtrack. The OST of Meherposh is a perfect example of noise pollution. It starts off on a soothing note but then becomes too loud in the middle that it feels like a completely different song altogether. If the composer had stuck to the original part of the OST and had stretched it a bit more, it would’ve been one of the most melodious OSTs of this year but the loud part just throws you off.

Dil Ruba

Singer: Nirmal Roy & Shani Arshad
Composer: Shani Arshad
Lyricist: Sabir Zafar

Dil Ruba had two different OSTs; the second OST in particular was and highly unappealing! In order to promote the drama, HUM decided to come up with not one but two OSTs. The singer Shani Arshad’s vocals and his composition both left a lot to be desired. Even though this was the shortest OST, it was not the least bit impactful. Even the lyrics were highly unimpressive.


Singer: Zeb Bangash
Composer: Waqar Ali
Lyricist: Sabir Zafar

Singer and composer Waqar Ali has given the Pakistani drama industry some of the most beautiful and memorable soundtracks. There was a time when all of his soundtracks used to become a superhit and were heard everywhere, however, the OST of Dulhan is definitely not his best work. The fact that Zeb Bangash literally sang it as if she was skipping all the vowels makes it amusing instead of interesting.


Singer, Composer & Lyricist: Asim Azhar

Ishiqya’s OST was overused so much that it must still haunt all those people who watched the drama. All those times when the leading lady and gentleman, in particular, had no dialogues, the director played this OST and let the viewers figure out what was going on in their minds! Not only was this OST annoying because it was overplayed in the drama but the way it has been sung and composed shows lack of creativity. The lyrics and the composition are not appealing enough which basically goes to show that Asim Azhar should not be trusted with the task even though he is really talented but he clearly cannot come up with something appealing when he is the one who is in charge completely.


Singer, Composer & Lyricist: Sajjad Ali

Who could have thought that someone as talented and dynamic as Sajjad Ali would sing the OST of the worst drama this year. We would also expect him to deliver irrespective of the content of the drama itself but sadly that was not the case. The lyrics were just as shallow as the content of the drama and even the composition wasn’t catchy enough. The composition and the lyrics did not gel in either. Sajjad Ali has a soulful voice which was wasted singing this song. The fact that this OST was used repeatedly especially ‘jhooti hu mei jhooti hi rahu gi’ bit made it even more annoying. It was like the theme song for all the jhootis out there!


Singer: Sanam Marvi
Composer: Waqar Ali
Lyricist: Sabir Zafar

Nand’s OST had to be the most dukhi one we heard this year. Not only are the lyrics full of dread, Sanam Marvi made sure that she sang it in such a way that they sound truly upsetting. Although the drama itself wasn’t as upsetting as the OST was, the director and the editor made sure that they used the ‘soya hei naseeba’ part to the maximum whenever Rabi in particular was going through hell. Since she went through hell repeatedly and the drama has been dragged to the maximum, the over-reliance on this sorrowful OST has made it truly unbearable. If Jhooti’s OST was the theme song for all the jhootis out there then Nand’s OST was one for all the dukhyaris!

Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida

Singers: Sahir Ali Bagga & Afshan Fawad
Composer: Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyricist: Imran Raza

Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida’s soundtrack may sound soothing when you listen to it a couple of times in the beginning but soon after, it starts to lose its appeal. The fact that the lyrics are all over the place and it’s basically made to put in the title of the drama makes it not such a great OST in particular. The lyricist Imran Raza decided to narrate the entire story and feelings of the leading characters while penning down the OST. And sadly he did so in such a way that you lose interest halfway through! Although Sahir Ali Bagga is a really gifted composer and singer, he failed to give this one the kind of vocals which were needed to make some of the lyrics more intense. Since the OST is so ‘detailed’ it needed some high notes which it is clearly missing. It is annoying especially listening to some of the parts from this OST being played repeatedly in the drama.


Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Composer: Naveed Noushad
Lyricist: Imran Raza

Jalan’s OST was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has sung some of the best OSTs this year and there is no denying the fact that he is one of the most talented singers in Pakistan. However, this OST’s composition left a lot to be desired, it had too many melodies and the main chorus sounded more playful than serious. Another big reason why Jalan’s OST is really annoying is that the yaad yaad part has been repeatedly played in the drama and it makes you want to stand up and do a luddi dance even though the situation shown when this OST is being played in the background is always sad!


Singer: Zuhaib Hassan & Afshan Fawad
Composer: Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyricist: Ali Moin

Umeed’s OST is an overdose of forced emotions! The singers tried extra hard to bring out the melancholy in the theme and the lyrics. In doing so, the resulting product was an OST which is not the least bit interesting. Even sad songs can have a certain appeal which Umeed’s OST lacks altogether. Even the composition is disappointing, to say the least.

Which OST did you find most annoying this year? Share your views.

Fatima Awan & Zahra Mirza