There are new additions to the Pakistani drama industry every year but there are only a handful of new actors who impress the viewers with their acting skills. With the advent of private channels and so many new production houses, the new actors have more opportunities now. That is the reason why we see new faces on our television screens more often now. Social media definitely plays an important role in helping these new actors carve their own identity and reach out to their fans. Some of these actors got the wonderful opportunity of working with the most talented team right at the beginning of their careers. There were others who were only seen on screen for a short period of time but their performance left a lasting impression. Sometimes a single scene can say a great deal about an actor’s potential and at other times there are a variety of scenes that clearly show an actor’s range. Acting is a challenging profession that requires a lot of hard work. Therefore, no matter how naturally gifted an actor is, he or she will not be able to make it too far if there isn’t a certain level of commitment and passion involved.
Here is a list of those new Pakistani drama actors of 2020 who have what it takes to make it big in the industry.
Ameer Gilani made his acting debut with the drama serial Log Kya Kahenge but he got recognition from his second project Sabaat. He is one of those few new actors on the list who played the leading role in a star-studded drama serial early on in their career. Ameer Gilani has always been passionate about performing arts, it is something he did for fun but never thought that he would one day get to live his dream. He started his showbiz career as a model and when he was offered Sabaat, he did his homework before taking it up. He read the script and prepared himself to play Hasan’s character. He lost weight because he needed to look leaner for the role. Hasan’s character is rather complex and Ameer has done complete justice to it. Ameer Gilani is happy with the choice he made and he takes his acting career really seriously. Once he completes his studies he intends to pursue his passion with even more dedication.
Hina Javed instantly had the viewers’ attention when she made her first appearance in Mere Pass Tum Ho as Hania’s sister. Hina Javed had a lot of difficult dialogues but she did complete justice to her role. This was Hina’s best acting venture and she was really excited to work with such a good team. Hina Javed is really passionate about acting and she performs well too therefore this list would be incomplete without her.
Hadi Bin Arshad
Hadi Bin Arshad made his television acting debut with the blockbuster drama serial Alif. He played the role of Jahangir Sultan in the drama. His character did not get a lot of screen time and exited from the story early on but Hadi’s performance left a lasting impression. He is a young actor who decided to play a role which had a lot of room for performance, as his debut. This suggests that he is the kind of actor who is already quite confident about his acting skills. The viewers would definitely want to see more of this talented actor. Hopefully, we will get to see him playing another meaty role which gives him the opportunity to show more of his good acting skills. He has the potential to be an outstanding performer if he continues to choose the projects he is a part of, wisely.
Fatima Sohail was a television presenter before she decided to start acting. Everyone is well aware of the circumstances in which Fatima Sohail started this new journey. She made her acting debut by playing a negative character in the hit drama serial Mera Dil Mera Dushman. Through this character, Fatima convinced the viewers that she had the potential to be a good actor. She has the confidence and the skills, hopefully we will get to see her in substantial projects in the future.
Tania Hussain made her television debut with the drama serial Kashf. She played a supporting character in the drama and she impressed the viewers with her debut performance. Her character went through a few transformations in the drama, Tania Hussain made sure that each one of these changes is portrayed well on screen. She has the kind of acting skills that can make you love and hate the character she plays on the screen. Her mother is a well-known Pakistani model who recently started acting.
Arshia Akbar started her showbiz career a few years back as a child star from the drama serial Udaari. Since then she has played some supporting characters including the one she is playing in Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat. Arshia always had the confidence needed to become a great actress. With time her acting skills have been groomed even more and we can already see how good she would do in different characters.
Rimha Ahmed recently caught the attention of the viewers when she played an important supporting role in the drama serial Uraan. Rimha was also part of the web series Churails. She has what it takes to make it big in the industry; good looks and natural acting talent. Rimha has also appeared in popular Pakistani dramas such as Khaani and Choti Si Zindagi. She also played a leading role in TV One’s drama Rock Star. She is the daughter of a famous Pakistani actress Rashida Tabassum who has played supporting roles in many popular dramas. Although Rimha Ahmed is only 20 years old, she herself feels that she is an old soul. She describes her own personality in these words, “An old soul stuck in the body of a 20-year-old. Tired of this superficial world. Can’t stand Fake, Judgemental, or negative people. I like cheesy songs.”
Abul Hassan is another new actor who has shown through his performances that he has the talent to be a good actor. He played Ali’s role in Soteli Mamta and made his presence felt. His role and acting in Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat is further evidence of his abilities as an actor.
Maha Hassan is another young actress who started her acting career with two of the biggest blockbusters this year. The great thing is that in both these dramas, Ishqiya and Nand, the characters she chose to play were equally confident and level-headed. Maha Hassan does not only have a screen presence but she seems to be really wise considering she chose to start her career with characters that were not typical or done-to-death. Maha got proper training for acting from NAPA and completed her studies before joining the industry.
Adnan Samad Khan
Gulzar Hussein from Basti Malook won the Ehd-e-Wafa viewers over from his very first appearance. The fact that Adnan Samad Khan was so perfect for the role he was shown playing, made him an instant hit. His role for the most part was comic but he also nailed some of the scenes which showed a more serious and responsible side of his character. Adnan Samad Khan is definitely a newcomer to look out for. He has tons of confidence and he also knows his craft well. As long as he chooses the projects he works on in the future carefully, he will surely be doing wonders.
Aliha Chaudhry has been associated with showbiz for a few years now but she got noticed more than ever recently when she played the role of Asmara in Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat. She started her career as a VJ, then she started singing, modeling was next and in 2018 she ventured into acting. Aliha is a confident actress who has impressed the viewers with her performance in Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat.
Durr-e-Fishan Saleem who is playing a supporting character in the drama serial Dil Ruba is a University of London graduate. Her acting skills are impressive and she also has a pleasant screen persona. She has the looks and a natural knack for acting therefore this list would be incomplete without her. She has played the role of a loving and innocent sister in Dil Ruba without overdoing different elements of her character. Durr-e-Fishan’s career started on a perfect note and we are pretty sure she will make it big in the industry.
Javeria Kamran played a rather complicated and at times twisted character in the popular drama serial Anaa. Although this was Javeria Kamran’s first television appearance, she gave an impressive performance throughout. Everyone hated Nashwa for the longest time but the viewers loved Javeria’s performance throughout. Javeria Kamran is definitely off to a great start. In 2020 she starred in the drama serial Sabaat alongside Sarah Khan. Javeria is good looking and talented, she will surely make a name for herself in the industry in a few years. Javeria started her television career as a host on Atv’s live music show and her big break came when she was offered to play Nashwa’s role in Anaa.
Hareem Sohail is a young actress who made her television debut with the drama Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat. She is the daughter of a well-known television actress Beena Chaudhry. Hareem Sohail started working in dramas when she was only 7 years old but she had to discontinue acting because she needed to give time to her studies. Hareem always wanted to be an actor since she grew up watching films and acting was always her biggest dream. The role she played in her debut drama was rather unusual and bold. This was definitely a bold choice on her part to start her career with such a role. Her performance has been impressive throughout even though she is working with the top actors of the industry, you never feel that this is the first time that she is facing the camera.
Muhammad Hunbal, Khurshid of Ehd-e-Wafa also made a brief appearance in the popular drama serial but the viewers loved his performance. He did really well in a role that was both entertaining and emotional. Muhammad Hunbal emotes really well which is why he did exceptionally well in the emotional scenes. Saife Hassan is a talented director who always extracts the best performances out of even those actors who are performing for the first time. Muhammad Hunbal and other new actors who worked in Ehd-e-Wafa were definitely lucky because they got such a good director to lead them.
Fareeha Raza is a new actor in the Pakistani drama industry who is playing the role of Aksa, Momina’s friend, in the drama serial Alif. Fareeha Raza has given a decent performance throughout. She has given the character she is playing the right treatment by never going overboard. Fareeha Raza has also been part of a web series therefore she was in a way acquainted with acting before working in Alif. Fareeha Raza is definitely a natural and she is sure to go a long way.
Abbas Ashraf Awan
We all hated Atif in Sabaat but the actor playing the role did complete justice to his character. Abbas Ashraf Awan is a new Pakistani actor whose performance in Sabaat has been right on point. He played a supporting character in the drama and his performance never disappointed. With some grooming, Abbas Ashraf can easily play leading roles in dramas.
Sehar Khan has already played the lead in dramas as she started her career last year. Most of the dramas she played the leading role in were not too popular therefore she caught the viewer’s attention more than ever playing Roshni’s character in Mushk. She is also one of the most promising young actresses right now who will surely be seen in other quality dramas in the future too.
Areeba Shahood also made her acting debut with the drama serial Anaa. She played a character that was rather simple but went through a lot. Areeba Shahood’s performance was great throughout. She also has an acting style which is different. She added grace to the character she was playing. Areeba is Shahood Alvi’s daughter therefore it does not come as a surprise that acting comes naturally to her. She has what it takes to make it big in the industry.
Mujtaba Abbas Khan
Mujtaba Abbas Khan made his debut in acting with the drama serial Tera Ghum Aur Hum. He is playing a supporting role in the drama but unlike so many other new actors lately, he has a definite grip on his dialogue delivery and his portrayal is always perfect. Mujtaba’s performance shows that no role is small or insignificant if the actor playing the role, breathes life into it.
Naeema Butt made her acting debut with a powerful role in the drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa. Although her character was not a permanent part of the drama, her performance left the viewers in awe of her talent. She played the role of Ghazala, Shariq’s sister, in the drama. There are few actors who start their acting careers with roles that are not run-of-the-mill and Naeema Butt is one of them. She also played a leading role in the drama serial Daasi. Naeema Butt has already shown that she can do different kinds of roles. She is the most talented and versatile among the new actors.
Momina Iqbal has already done a film and has played supporting characters in a few dramas. Ehd-e-Wafa was her first big drama but like the other dramas she has worked in, in Ehd-e-Wafa too she has been given limited screen time. Momina Iqbal has a pleasant personality and she has the potential to make it big in the industry. Now she will be seen playing a leading role in the drama serial “Bhool Ja Aae Dil”.
Laiba Khan started acting purely by chance, she never imagined herself as a professional actress but now she has already worked in some popular dramas such as Mera Dil Mera Dushman and Tarap. The fact that she got such solid roles early on in her career goes to show that the producers have faith in Laiba’s talent as an actress. Laiba Khan’s siblings are already child stars and her sister Eman played the leading role in the drama serial Damsa and she has been associated with the industry for many years now. Laiba started taking interest in the field because of her sister.
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