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Best Dramas of Top Pakistani Actors

Pakistani drama industry is blessed with the best. There are few really gifted actors who have through the years proved their credibility by choosing the projects they work in wisely. While I was shortlisting names for this list, I realized that there are also those actors who have been around for decades yet there are only a handful of dramas starring them which can actually be termed as the best. Unfortunately, many of these talented actors have also often compromised on quality. That is the reason why some of them have not exploited their potential to the maximum. Their best performances however are definitely worth watching.

This list contains the names of those actors who have been in the drama industry for a really long time. I hope that this list will give all of us a chance to talk about some old dramas which we don’t talk about often. It is also like a recommendation list for all those drama buffs who have not watched some of these dramas yet. The suggestions given by the readers will add more names to the list and will definitely give me a few new dramas to watch too.

Noman Ijaz

Noman Ijaz has been part of so many amazing dramas that it is not easy to shortlist few good dramas from his long career. Therefore, I added those dramas in which he played those characters which were unforgettable. All these dramas were well-written and executed.

ullu baray farokht nahi

He is definitely the kind of actor who owns every single role he plays and never fails to impress the viewers. I wanted to add at least one drama in which he played a positive character but the fact is that he excels in playing negative roles. There are however no similarities between these roles. Here are some of my favorite dramas starring Noman Ijaz.

Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi – Dark, raw and powerful

Sang-e-Mar Mar – A character like never before, an emotional journey

Dumpukht – Hard-hitting and thoroughly entertaining

Rehaai – Disturbing, Impactful and a must-watch

Dar Si Jati Hai Sila – The best!

Noman Ijaz

Faisal Qureshi

Faisal Qureshi is another powerful actor who has been part of some superb dramas. I must say though that even now Faisal Qureshi has a lot to give to the industry because there are so many fronts which he has not explored. Faysal Qureshi associated himself with A & B Productions for the longest time and in the process he signed some projects which were not always impressive.

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It is also a fact that even if he is part of a drama which as a whole doesn’t offer much, his performance is always up to the mark. These four dramas starring Faysal Qureshi in leading roles are my favorite. I have a few recommendations from the readers which I will be watching soon.

Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan – A classic tale of resilience and regret

Qaid-e-Tanhai – Another flawed character portrayed faultlessly

Roag – Extremely emotional and haunting

Sabz Pari Laal Kabootar – Reality stricken

Baba Jani – The most graceful character yet

Faisal Qureshi

Ahsan Khan

Ahsan Khan has been part of many dramas but there was also a time when he did not choose the projects he worked in carefully. Therefore, he has also been part of some of the worst dramas we have seen on television. Thankfully, he has played the leading role in quite a few dramas that were entertaining and which also showcased his great acting skills. Ahsan Khan is much more selective now therefore some of his recent performances showed his versatility as an actor.

Pani Jesa Pyar – An entertaining and emotional ride

Marasim – Family drama, complicated relationships

Udaari – An unforgettable performance

Aangan (HUM) – Not the best drama but wonderful ‘performances’ by Ahsan Khan

Ahsan Khan

Imran Ashraf

Imran Ashraf has been part of the Pakistani drama industry for a long time but it took him a lot of time to get recognition. Dillagi was the first drama in which Imran Ashraf got the chance to show his acting prowess. In his other two dramas which are my all time favorites, Imran Ashraf played challenging characters. The fact is that Imran Ashraf can excel at playing the kind of roles that most actors would shy away from. Just like some other actors in this list, Imran Ashraf has also been part of many dramas which were anything but impressive. We are all waiting to watch him in another good drama; ever since he has been a part of Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, he has failed to give a performance that doesn’t have shades of Bhola.

Dillagi – An emotional love story

Alif Allah aur Insan – Strong characters and performances

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi- Exciting, emotional and entertaining

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Sami Khan

I still remember the first time I was completely blown away by Sami Khan’s powerful performance. It was in the drama Sabz Pari Laal Kabootar, a drama that most viewers probably haven’t seen. This was definitely one of the best performances Sami Khan gave. Sami Khan also has the ability to outshine in any role at all. He is an expert at bringing out the nuances of his characters through his performances. He has also experimented with different roles in his career. There were definitely more hits than there were misses in his entire career.

Sabz Pari Laal Kabootar – Watch it for Sami Khan

Khudgraz – Entertaining and fast-paced

Aisi Hei Tanhai – Popular and engaging

Tau Dil Ka Kya Hua – Complicated characters, good dialogues and characters

Ishq Zah e Naseeb – Emotional journeys

Sami Khan

Humayun Saeed

Humayun Saeed started his acting career from dramas and since then he has come a long way. Although now he focuses more on films but every time he appears on the small screen, he makes his presence felt. Humayun Saeed always acted convincingly even when he wasn’t too experienced. Therefore it is no surprise that he has managed to make such a big name for himself over the years. Lately, Humayun Saeed has become the kind of actor whose name sells dramas.

Doraha – Simple yet appealing

Tum Ho Kay Chup – Entertaining and meaningful

Dillagi – Beautiful dialogues and characters

Mere Pass Tum Ho – Old story, new treatment, must-watch

Humayun Saeed

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui is another actor who is often typecast but he also knows how to give every character he plays the right treatment. He clearly enjoys acting which is why he makes sure that all his characters have a different look and style. Recently, he has been part of some of the best dramas. In the past too, he has been part of some entertaining plays.

Maat – Set a wrong precedent but a good drama nevertheless

Mere Qatil, Mere Dildar – Another negative role which Adnan Siddiqui nailed

Sammi – Meaningful and engaging drama

Mere Pass Tum Ho – A game changer for Adnan Siddiqui

Ye Dil Mera – Not to be missed!

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Syed Jibran

Syed Jibran has a definite screen presence. He also does not shy away from experimenting with different roles. Even when he was not that popular, I remember finding it really easy to connect to all his characters. I will always remember him as the husband who deserved better in the drama serial Mere Khawab Reza Reza. Syed Jibran makes you feel for his characters; he can make you love or hate his characters effortlessly.

Mere Khawab Reza Reza – The original Mere Pass Tum Ho!

Shukk – Entertaining in its own way

Noor-e-Zindagi – Simple but appealing

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi – The best!

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Imran Abbas

Even though Imran Abbas has made some terrible choices lately and his make-up has gone from bad to worse but he has also given us some exceptional performances. Therefore I must give him credit for bringing his characters to life in some of the best dramas I have watched in the past few years. Imran Abbas is a brilliant actor but he definitely needs to choose his roles more wisely. Here are few of his dramas in which he did complete justice to his roles. These dramas were also entertaining and should not be missed.

Malal – A different story

Akbari Asghari – One of Imran Abbas’s best performance

Khuda aur Mohabbat – Spiritual journey, shouldn’t be missed

Mera Naam Yousuf Hei – A beautiful love story

Alvida – Entertaining and fast-paced

Imran Abbas

Zahid Ahmed

Zahid Ahmed’s latest drama Mei Na Janoo was definitely a disaster but at the same time his performance in Ishq Zahe Naseeb was outstanding. He is the kind of actor who breathes life into his characters and most often chooses the projects he works in wisely. Although he has not been around for as long as some of the other actors in this list but he has definitely enough quality dramas to his credit to be added to the list.

Alvida – Keeps you guessing

Besharam – An unusual love story

Visaal – Emotional and entertaining

Ishq Zahe Naseeb – Complex and Intriguing

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I am sure there are many other dramas starring these talented actors which appealed to many of you. Please feel free to add more names to the list. 

Fatima Awan

Fatima Awan has been a part of reviewit right from its inception. She feels very passionately about Pakistani dramas and loves discussing them to detail.
An enthusiastic writer, thinker and a political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full time mom.

  • Very well written article and good compiled list. I commented a few hours back and now my and all the other comments are not here.

    • Thank you so much Tehmina! I know right! I replied to the comments but unfortunately the comments section has once again been changed. I understand and share your frustration :(

      The good news is that I talked to the admin and have been told that now there will be no changes in the comments section.

      My sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Fatima great list but I think you should’ve added Kaafir in humayun’s best dramas it was the only drama in which he played a negative character and also nailed it. Have you seen Kaafir?

  • Great article Fatima!!
    I am glad that I have watched alot of them.
    PS: Why this comment section again 😭 Atleast the previous one had the option to edit the comment and also notified about the replies. Iss pay kuch Pata hi nai chalta…..

    • Thank you so much Pakistan Po.
      I am sure you have and do watch the ones you haven’t ;)
      Haye sorry..my reaction was similar to yours especially because hamari itne mazay ki discussions were deleted.
      The comments were getting deleted again and again so the admin decided to switch to disqus again.
      This time however I talked to him and we will stick to this one, guzara karei plz.

      • Oho!!! Chlaein abb to guzara karna hi hai🤣🤣
        Wesay switching back to discuss would have been great. I have seen Disqus working fine on some other websites now. Plus, there are suddenly so many ads. I hope that everything goes good now.

  • Nice article
    I think so that noman ijaz, FQ, Humayun and adnan have more amazing dramas in their credit. I would like to add Mano salva in noman ijaz best dramas, bashir momin, boota, meri unsuni kahani and the ghost in FQ best dramas, Mere humdum mere dost and zebo nisa in adnan siddiqui’s best dramas and zara yaad kar in zahid’s best dramas list.

    • Thank you so much Omme Nida for adding so many of your favorites to the list. I have watched some of them and will definitely watch Man o Salwa, haven’t watched that one.

  • Nice list Fatima!
    For me, Adnan Siddique’s role and acting in ‘mere humdum mere dost’ was one of his bests.
    And Sami Khan was pretty one dimensional and boring in Ishq zahe Naseeb.
    Have you watched nauman Ijaz’s ‘man o Salva’? I think it’s an excellent watch. It had Resham and Faisal Qureshi in it as well.

  • Beautifull article. It is tough to choose few dramas for every actor, coz they have many strong dramas. Bashar Momin was FQ’s iconic drama acc to me. Ghairat in which Syed Jibran has a game changer role, was also amazing.
    Also there are many other actors whom I wish were added in the article.
    Now waiting for the female actresses list :)

  • Fatima I want to thank you for adding quality articles to this section otherwise the admin on this website is bringing its reputation down. We come here to read such articles and not to read reasons for taher shah’s angel. I have always visited reviewit to choose which dramas to watch for more than 5 years. Why do you people even allow such content? I know it is not your fault but I needed to vent.

    Perfect list. Thank you.

  • I would add one more to Syed Jibran’s memorable characters – Ashir Reza from an underrated gem “Qaid.”
    Yes, the story slowed down a bit along the middle, but overall, it was a complex character in a story that wrapped up its many threads nicely; Jibran played a man conflicted between his love and revenge – stereotypical in some fashion, but also not, considering the story – and finally the only one who stood by his wife when nobody did.

    • Also, his “Ratan” from Seeta Bagri was memorable from a historical perspective, although it would have made this list if the script were slightly better…

    • Also, his “Ratan” from Seeta Bagri was significant from a historical perspective. It might’ve made this list if the script were slightly better…

  • Inkaar-Sami khan
    Dil e muztar I guess was better than alvida-imran abbas
    Chup raho-Syed Jibran(he was phenomenal in that though the drama was draggy)

  • Great article 👍 I would add Noman Ijaz character Bhatti sahab from Jackson Heights. He was phenomenal in this role.

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