Must-Watch Dramas On My List (Currently On Air)

What makes a play a must watch for you? Generally speaking, the ingredients that make a drama stand out are a well written script, good acting, good direction and quality production values. Having said that, I must add that there are rarely plays that have all these four qualities, therefore lowering ones expectations every now and then and compromising on a few things that may not matter that much depending on a person’s interest sometimes proves to be fruitful. I used to be very choosy before, there were many times when I gave up on a drama right after watching the first episode only because the production values did not seem up to the mark or the characters did not instantly click with me. That was such a bad idea; as a result I missed some great plays while they were on air like Kuch Pyar Ka Pagal pan, Dastan, Akbari Asghari and many others. The sole reason for not watching these plays was that I didn’t warm up to them right from the get go. Later, on the recommendation of friends when I watched these plays, I realized what I missed out on and decided never to give up on a play right in the beginning. So, I am what you can call a very patient viewer now, I give myself time so that a play can grow on me and two of the plays on my list in particular are the ones which did not click to me instantly.

I think these five plays are not to be missed in this season and if you have not been watching them, I highly recommend that you do. I am not going to rate the plays but would rather line them up alphabetically. However, if I were to rate them Talkhiyaan and Zindagi Gulzar Hai would top my list.


Yes Dil-e-Muztar has enough going on for it to make it a must watch despite of the minor glitches here and there. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but the direction is superb, the production values are worth raving about and the lead pair melts your heart. Sanam Jung, the talented  newcomer, literally lights up the screen with her beautiful smile. Her apt portrayal of an innocent naïve girl who is madly in love with her cousin is perfect. Dil-e-Muztar also marks the debut of Shehzad Kahsmiri as a director and he has definitely proved that he is very good at what he does. Imran Abbas makes his comeback to Pakistani television with this serial and is doing a brilliant job of playing his character. Sarwat Gillani is equally convincing as the neighbor who goes out of her way to help Adeel and Silla out in time of need.

Dil-e-Muztar is a love story which has been directed in such a way that it is nothing short of a visual treat. It may not have any outstanding dialogues but the storyline is sweet and simple and keeps you glued to your TV screens. It is definitely a must watch for all the hopeless romantics out there, your heart will go out for Silla in particular. Dil-e-Muztar has been written by Aliya Bukhari, directed by Shehzad Kashmiri and produced by MD productions. You can watch it Every Saturday at 8 pm on Hum TV.




Mirat-ul-Uroos is one of those plays that gradually grow on you and you find yourself waiting for the next installment every week. When the play started it seemed repetitive and the characters appeared to be very black and white. I was afraid that it might be another story about sister rivalry but had faith in the writer. Mirat-ul-Uroos has certainly proved to be much more than just another story about two sisters who are poles apart. In a very apt manner it puts forward the plight of the middle class in our society. The different tracks are very relatable and the dialogues have Umera Ahmed written all over them.
In the beginning most of the leading actors seemed like total misfits but they seem very comfortable in their respective roles now. The story is unfolding nicely and the direction has been excellent too for the past few episodes. The production values fail to impress but overall it is a good effort and definitely worth catching up with. Mirat-ul-Uroos has been written by Umera Ahmed, Directed by Anjum Shehzad and produced by 7th Sky. It airs every Thursday at 8pm on Geo Entertainment.



This would be another play that failed to impress me in the first few episodes but I continued watching it only because it is a Samira Fazal play and we all know that Samira Fazal is someone whose intelligent scripts manage to entice you sooner or later. After fast forwarding the first few episodes, things started shaping up for me when Natasha got married, I really enjoyed her dilemma in the beginning and the character as a whole is as interesting as it gets!! She makes me laugh and makes my blood boil…love her or hate her but you want to see more of her. Watching Zeb and Mikaal having those conversations, which sometimes tend to go around in circles is thoroughly entertaining. Vasay Chaudhry is spot on as Mikaal and Amina Sheikh is the perfect Zeb. Mira Sethi makes her acting debut from this play and she fits perfectly in the role of a stubborn younger sister who thinks she can do no wrong!

Yes Silvatein is a story of two sisters who are completely different from one another and do not get along but the way it has been presented on-screen makes it a must watch. The fun and witty dialogues, interesting characters and the unpredictable storyline is what makes Silvatein a must watch play. Like all of Samira Fazal’s scripts, there are no heroes or villains in this play so you may find it difficult to side with one character in particular. The ‘competition’ between the two sisters makes for a very interesting storyline. Silvatein has been written by Samira fazal, directed by Sheherzaad Sheikh and produced by Six Sigma Entertainment. Watch it every Thursday at 8pm only on ARY Digital.



Talkhiyaan is nothing short of a masterpiece. Watching the play is like watching a beautiful art movie; the scenes are breathtaking, the way it has been directed is equally spectacular and the characters leave you speechless. Sanam Saeed plays the character of Bibi beautifully although the character is so complicated. You will see Hina Bayat playing a completely different character in Talkhiyaan…Apo Ji is nothing like the sweet and subtle characters that Hina Bayat has been playing till now. Shamim Hilali is equally remarkable as mama ji; another character which has many layers. The drama touches upon many tabooed topics but does not bore you for a second. It has a lot of unexpected twists and turns which keep you hooked. The OST has been sung beautifully as well but sometimes it seems overpowering when you have to listen to the entire song in almost every episode. Talkhiyaan will take you in a world of its own and once you start watching it you wouldn’t want to stop. The child artists Mehre sagar and Sabina are simply brilliant as Jugnu and Zoyee. There are many new actors in the play like Sarmad Mirza, Summer Nicks, Adnan Jaffar and others. Everyone is extremely well-suited in their respective roles and the characters have been etched out beautifully.

Talkhiyaan has to be the most underrated drama of the season and deserves much more attention than it is getting. The prime reason for this could be that it airs on Express Enetrtainemt, which isn’t yet one of the few channels that are followed by the viewers more religiously. Talkhiyaan has been written brilliantly by Bee Gul, Directed by Khalid Ahmed and produced by Seema Razi and Raziuddin Ahmad. You can watch it every Sunday at 8pm on Express Entertainment.

MW12Zindagi Gulzar Hai:

Zindagi Gulzar Hai has to be the most viewed and also the most talked about drama of this season. The excitement with which many of us looked forward to the show was unmatchable. The play has given rise to some very interesting and heated discussions on gender roles. Zindagi Gulzar Hai is not just another love story but the play highlights the role a woman can play in a society and the difference she can make. Zindagi Gulzar hai has a very interesting storyline, we quote the dialogues from the play over and over again because they are totally worth it, the acting by all the characters big or small is spot on but the direction can be a little disappointing at times. There have been a lot of times when we have been left wondering about certain important events that should have been shown. Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed have done a commendable job and the rest of the actors are just as convincing.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai is a must watch because it has brilliant dialogues, an intriguing storyline and some great performances to its credit. Zindagi Gulzar hai has been written by Umera Ahmed, Directed by Sultana Siddiqui and produced by MD productions. It airs on Fridays at 8pm on Hum TV.

Which plays are must watch on your list and why? I would love to give the plays recommended by the readers a go.

Fatima Awan.

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 in detail. An enthusiastic writer, thinker, and political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full-time mom.

  • Following all except Talkhiyaan. Each & every play has something different but so much to offer. I am glad you're following Silvatein but never saw you commenting on it's thread for which I thought you ain't following it? :)

    I love love love Mirat ul Uroos. Had a chance to go to our family friend's place from India & I showed them a whole 21 episodes of Mirat ul Uroos, they were all praises for the play & their mother said 'ye burhoon ko bohat pasand ayega' I said even at this age we like this play too. Umera Ahmed's such a gifted writer Masha Allah that her writings cater all kinds of people from different backgrounds & ages. She is the best!

    • Zahra, You know Silvatein comes on the same day as Mirat ul Uroos and next day there is ZGH and all the discussion that keeps me occupied, so I usually watch the show a few days after it goes on air but I will make it a point to comment on your next review:) Yes Umera Ahmed truly is one of the best writers we have. Try giving Talkhiyaan a shot too.

  • I see all except MuU! You have described each and everyone very decently! I agree to each and every word.Talkhiyan! Wow.It's amazing.Every episode of it leaves you speechless ! A must-watch for everyone!

    • Yes Talkhiyaan was super and the end was perfect too. It is definitely a play I won't forget for a very long time.

  • I agree with all except Silavtein, & Fatima I'm really disappinted that how can you include it in the list? It has nothing special to offer, tried to watch some episodes but it proved to be an ordinary piece of work, rest are outstanding!

        • Well I agree with you that it is a masterpiece. Although we have seen so many dramas based on sisters' rivelry but this is different and as we are saying masterpiece because it doesnot reflect the rivelry over a guy or money or anything which we have already seen it is another angle of misunderstaning which you can see rarely but it truely exist.

  • 1 Drama should be added that is Rehai the best drama wd very emotional and based on reality wht do u think FATIMA ? :)

  • Great article Fatima and as usual you have hit the nail on the head . Sometimes we can hate someone in a certain role but love them in another. I hated Abi from Mata e jaan but I love Adeel Hassan in Silvatein and Mera Naseeb. I am so glad you like KPKPP …we need a sequel :0 I really have to make time for Talkhiyaan everyone who watches it gets hooked . I have to disagree about Mirat … sorry just cannot handle it's overt preachy tones.

  • Totally agree with you on all accounts …. Tried watching talkhiyan but somehow didn't get hooked on to… Currently liked watching tanhai and humnasheen…

    • Kavi yes I am following Hamnasheen too primarily because of Faiza Hassan and Adnan Siddiqui. The story isn’t extraordinary but for some reason it has kept me hooked right from the get go. I am not watching Tanhai but have heard a lot about it.

      • Thanks for the reply…
        Humnasheen is apparently developing into a very interesting story and I am hooked on to … Tanhai I love the young bubbly girl and its treat to watch her… Sorry don't know her name

    • Oh Of course it has no comparision but I believe that every drama has a different story. So they become comparable lol just kidding. I know in what context you are saying this but I am afraid that after watching last few episodes of ZGH girls might be getting image of very mature and overly handsome husbands.

  • ap ka opinion bohat acha hai lekin zindagi gulzar shoro mein to bohat acha tha! a1 par aj kal wo kisi ke sath beth ke dekhne wala nhi rha

    • I disagree I think zindagi gulzar is just too good.and uss may aesa kuch nahi hai k you cant watch it with anyone .I don't why people over exaggerate things.

    • its a cute romance in its limit.. it shows how sum of us can b so expressive n sum like to keep it hiddn ,,

      • Oh wow MissAsh what a wonderful way of seeing it. I totally agree with you that it is showing us that silence also plays it role and sometimes action speaks louder than words. They way ZAROON is expressing his love and affection to his wife is ideal.

  • @Fatima Awan…I am Glad my top 3 favourite dramas are including in your Must watch drama list….
    1)Zindgi Gulzar hai

    But i am amazed that why you mention dil-e-muntazar at first…i even didnt watch it i dont like the girl sanam jhung she is over rated….rest are grt dramas ideed….

    So today is Zindgi Gulzar hai Day,,,
    Cant wait to see followed by your review after wards

    • Amir I mentioned it in the In the beginning that I lined them up alphabetically and if I was to rank them based on my favorite shows that ZGH and Talkhiyaan would have topped the list. Talkhiyaan ended this week but all the episodes are available on dramasonline and I highly recommend it.

    • Sorry Amir, I don't agree with you about Dil-e- Muztar. These situations in Dil-e-Muztar happen in real life in every society and Sanam Jung is not over rated, ' Pasand Apni Apni '. She is far better than average looking girls in " Silwatein" in an uninteresting story.

  • manjali is also one of the best plays … with amazing classic dialogues n storyline … its a must watch serial

    • Yes Esha I have heard a lot about Manjali and its amazing dialogues but these are the plays that are on air right now. Which plays are you watching nowadays and which ones are your favorites? Do share.

  • i didnt watch any drama like Talkhiyaan in my life….what a wonderful acting….casting…and the set…i m just impressed!!
    before watching top favourite drama was zindagi gulzar hai… but now on

    number 1: TALKHIYAAN
    number 2: Zindagi gulzar hai

    and i m glad to hear that ur most favourite dramas are also those 2..thanks FATIMA AWAN very good article

    • yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! my fav. drama is also TALKHIYAN evn more than ZGH . n I also yhink the drama deserves much more attention that what it is getting . n I am glad to see that u also think that kuch Pyar KA Pagalpan WAS A WORTH-WATCHING drama n i think it was also under-rated though it deserved much moooooooore .

    • Fatima Gul I agree with you about Talkhiyaan. This drama was a masterpiece… no doubt in the history of Pakistan TV.

    • my GOD talkhiyaan jesa drama mene kabhi ne dekha nt as just story even direction and cast my god speechless,,matchless,,isko no 1 hona chaye ,,bcz baqi sary dramy jo chal rahy hain ya jo list me hain vo already undrstood hain talkhiyaan ak naya sbject tha ,,,,,agr mery ilfazkhalid ahmed tak puhnch ry hain to me request krti hu k vo phir khuch asa he project kry plzz,,

    • My pleasure Fatima…yes Talkhiyaan is the kind of play the stays with you, definitely a must watch.

  • Fatima,
    I just wanna thank u….thank u so very much, after reading ur article, I found Talkhiyan and started to watch the drama….in last 2-3 days, I saw all the episodes and today I saw the last episode…..
    Breathtaking? it may b a small word wat I hav seen…..I really dnt hav word to explain wat I m feeling right now….Bibi, Jugnu , Zoe…Balu, mama jee…these charecters will remain with me till the rest of my life….I m amazed and impressed,,,,I m really proud, only and only Pakistani talent can give such a master piece to the entertainment world, and u know wat? watching Talkhiyaan among all other dramas of seasen was like suddenly u start reading Shakespeare while reading lots of Imran series novels….wat a story, wat a screen play…wat a direction…production values….locations…. I m really really speech less…becam addictive of OST…..well….thz again cause its only ur review through which I came to know abt this drama….and its a great hard luck for the team that this being aired frm a non famous channel… I can bet if it could have aired on HUM Tv, it certainly become more popular than "Zindagi gulzar hai" or other dramas like that (with all due respect to ZGH fans) ………..well hates off to Talkhiyan team….really really very proud to see such a master piece made in Pakistan :)

    • thankey k aap ne itna aacha bayn kia bcz i lv talkhiyaan or me chahti k isko vo fame mily jo iska haq hy,,

    • Hina I am so glad that you decided to watch it now you know what you were missing out on;) I also started watching on the recommendation of a reader and I was completely hooked. Plays like Talkhiyaan are made rarely and surely something to be proud of.

      • Itni tareef fr talkhiyaan i think m gona give a go lol although never hve enough time to keep up withmore then one darma:)

    • Oh Wow! You know, after reading this aritcle, i also felt the urge to watch Talkhiyaan, but i couldn't find it..COuld you give me the site where you watched it on?

    • Thank you for reading it Bia…long time no see, where have you been? Talkhiyaan ended this week, try and watch it dramasonline if you have time.

      • yahan hi hoti hoon bus studies mein busy rehti hoon.. koshish karo gai dekh lun. App k articles mujhe bohat achay lagtay hai aur zindagi gulzar k ilwa app kon se dramas review karti hai. Plz reply soon.

  • Following all except talkiyaaan after reading all about this drama I have to watch it now thank u sooo much and especially Fatima awan

  • I agree on Talkhiyan ! A unique piece of Art , not for everybody,s taste , but from screen play to direction, to acting, to editing, to cinematography, to pace, …everything is just rightly fits in, under rated big time…..
    ZGH is also superb but failed in editing, pace and some what feels like taken for granted in direction department, earlier episodes were done very well, but then it failed to pace the story in a smooth way, as you rightly said that feels that important bits are missing …. Never the less acting and dialogues are amazing,
    Mirat started very well with some amazingly touching dialogues regarding show offs and useless expenses in weddings these days, but now it feels like very ordinary serial and bit cliched Saas Bahu style, and again useless scenes here and there just to drag and get more out in terms of revenue from the advertisements.
    I started Dil e muztar but sorry to say my opinion about it is just the opposite ….I don't like the leads , I don't like the direction, nothing stands out to me apart of having Sarwat in it and in a very different role …
    I haven't watched any other serials yet, not sure if I want to, as I have become very choosy and cynical about the dramas these days, they are more in numbers but very very few delivers .

    • Exactly!
      In my opinion the most important drama on air is Rehaii. It's produced by Kashf Foundation which is a wonderful program started by a Pakistani women for Pakistani women. I think the play is great and fast-paced (something all the other drama seem to lack). I never thought Nouman Ijaz could play such a character and he plays it so well. The women are equally wonderful.
      I think this drama is going to have a huge impact on its audience. Its not just about battered women, its also on HOW to empower and give them alternatives.
      Highly recommended.

  • I would like to share a fact with all, the dramas that u see on tv are not totally based on the scripts . For example zindagi gulzar hai has been changed a lot , you would know this if you have read the novel , new characters have been added, situations , events , facts etc have been changed to a great extent ….the original story is umaira ahmad's but the screen writer is different , the dialogues etc are not umaira's. Same with a lot of other dramas.

  • fatima nd hina wohoooooo hve no words left to describe talkhiyaan ..m so glad i read your comments ..<3<3<3<3 the drama madly hina you are so right its a master peice nd a drama nd its charactors will be with us fr a longgg time.hats off to sanam saeed wah kia acting..i was speechless i cried so much deffo loved the ost.ive downloafed on my mob.plzzzzzz khalud sahab more projects like this.congrats to the whole team of

    • Shazia, I am so happy that you decided to watch Talkhiyaan – it takes you in a world of its own and it is so difficult to stop watching it once you start:)

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