The Hits and Misses of 2012:

The year 2012 is drawing to a close, so this should be an appropriate time to talk about the dramas that left their mark on our minds and those with which we attached great expectations but they turned out to be very disappointing. The good thing about this year was that there were far more hits than misses. The year 2012 gave us some very entertaining and engaging plays. In fact when I sat down to make a list of these plays; it was almost awe-inspiring to know that Pakistani dramas are regaining their vitality. Here is a list of dramas which in my opinion were big hits and some of them were so impressive that they are sure to stay with us for a very long time. Quite interestingly, many of the mega hit plays of 2012 were based on novels.

1. Hamsafar:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Any drama discussion for the year 2012 should start from Hamsafar. There are many people who believe that there was nothing outstanding about Hamsafar, it was yet another story of make-ups and break-ups. That actually is right to some extent but that does not change the fact that Hamsafar was one of the most watched dramas in the past decade or so. Not to mention how so many of us waited for the new episode to go on air every week. When Hamsafar went on air, Saturday nights really were Hamsafar nights. I remember feeling frustrated when Ashar refused to listen to khirad and the misunderstanding continued for years. Hamsafar was engaging and engrossing, the characterization was spot-on and all the actors were well-suited for their role. Personally, the ending did not appeal to me much and I would have liked to see Ashar beg and plead more before Khirad finally went back to him.

The play Hamsafar aired on Hum TV, it was based on a novel written by Farhat Ishtiaq, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and produced by Momina Duraid.

2. Maat:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Maat started in 2011 but ended in Feburary 2012, so technically this would count as a play for this year. This was another play that kept me glued to my TV screen and I found myself rooting for Aiman just like so many other people out there. Amina Sheikh totally nailed her character as Aimen and no one could have played the greedy, selfish Saman better than Saba Qamar. Honestly speaking, the ending of Maat was much more satisfying than Hamsafar. Unlike hamsafar,In this particular case I really felt like the man (Faisal) also paid for his wrongdoings.

One more thing worth mentioning here is that after the success of Maat, many of the writers started writing plays on the same lines and a never-ending line of dramas portraying sibling rivalry started. The viewers have had enough of this concept now and it is actually very refreshing to see two sisters enjoying a normal healthy relationship in our plays. It is sad when the writers start following a formula and kill the originality of dramas.
Maat aired on Hum TV, It was an adaptation of Umera Ahmed’s play. The play was directed by Amna Nawaz Khan and produced by Momina Duraid.

3. Ek Nazar Meri Taraf:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

I am sure this is another play that was watched by many and barely needs any introduction. Alishba Yusef’s portrayal of Siffat is still fresh in the minds of many and there are so many of us who cried with her. Ek Nazar Meri Taraf was the story of a young widow, who is forced to go in a never-ending period of Iddat by her mother in law. Siffat’s life takes an even tragic turn when she finds out that her dead husband Haider was cheating on her. The writer Zanjabeel Asim Shah tried to raise and answer many questions regarding the position of a widow in our society and showed that a widow has as much of a right to move on with her life as anyone else.

Ek Nazar Meri Taraf was another play that kept me coming back for more and although there were times when I grew weary of watching Siffat cry, at the same time I eagerly waited to see her happy ending.
Ek Nazar Meri Taraf aired on Geo, entertainment. It was written by Zanjabeel Asim Shah, directed by Owais Khan and produced by Media City.

4. Tishnagi:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Tishnagi definitely counts as another hit on my charts. It aired on Express Entertainment, a channel that is not watched as widely as many of the mainstream channels but I remember stopping to watch Tishnagi while switching channels and it had me hooked instantly. The refreshing thing about this play was the acting and the direction in particular. Tishnagi was the story of a young girl Manahil, who marries the love of her life Nabeel without the consent of her parents and later she is faced with some very troubled times. What I enjoyed the most about this play was the flow of the story and the characterization. But I must add that as the play drew to an end, it somewhat lost it’s charm and the ending was anything but satisfying. Overall, it made for good entertainment and stood out at least for me.

Tishnagi aired on express Entertainment. It was written by Faiza Iftikhar, directed by Babar Javed and produced by A & B productions.

5. Durr-e-Shehwar:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Durr-e-Shehwar was not just another play; it was a work of art. Given the fact that majority of our plays deal with marital issues, it really was nothing short of a feat that Durr-e-Shehwar got so much attention even though it was another story of a troubled marriage. What made Durr-e-Shehwar stand out was its balanced approach, the inspiring dialogues (we will never forget the father daughter conversations, the letters) and the message it put forward. All the actors did a commendable job, it was brilliantly scripted and directed to perfection and the most talked about play of recent times. Hum TV definitely deserves credit for giving us plays like Hamsafar and Durr-e-Shehwar.

Durr-e-Shehwar was written by Umera Ahmed, directed by Haissam Hussain and produced jointly by Six Sigma and MD Productions.

6. Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Mata-e-Jaan hai Tu was another play that was followed religiously by many but there were many viewers who felt that Sarwat Gillani and Adeel Hussain were not exactly the best choice for playing Aabi and Haniya and failed to relate to the romance between the two. Personally, it took me sometime to warm up to Haniya and Aabi but once I did it turned out to be quite a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I have to admit though that my interest in the play lessened in the last few episodes because of Aabi’s “mysterious” disappearance. Mata-e-Jaan had a certain freshness about it that cannot be denied. The OST of the play was extremely melodious sung by Bilal Khan but unfortunately it failed to get the attention it deserved.

This play aired on Hum TV. It was directed by Mehreen Jabbar and produced by Momina Duraid.

7: Shehr-e-Zaat:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

This is one of those plays that don’t need any introduction and since it recently ended, it is still fresh in our minds. Shehr-e-Zaat had to be the most thought provoking and the most talked about serials of 2012, just like Durr-e-Shehwar. Some people may disagree with how the overall message was presented on screen but the fact remains that it was a serial that many people found extremely inspiring and left a deep imprint of viewer’s minds

Shehr-e-Zaat aired on Hum TV. It was written by Umera Ahmed, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and produced by Momina Duraid.





8. Thakan:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Thakan was another play of 2012 which got massive viewership. The play revolved around Sadaf; a girl who works day and night to provide for her family but does not get due recognition. Saba Hameed played Sadaf’s mother who because of her insecurities refused to give her daughter the love she deserved. I must say that I lost interest in Thakan somewhere along the way because of the repetitiveness and the fact that Saba Qamar was playing a somewhat similar role in Yahan Pyar Nahi Hai at the same time too.

Thakan aired on ARY digital. It was written by Faiza Iftikhar, directed by Amin iqbal and produced by A & B productions.

9. Bilqees Kaur:

The Hits and Misses of 2012:

Bilqees Kaur was another extremely gripping play of 2012 with some amazing performances to it’s credit. The characterization was spot on and it was acted out beautifully. Bushra Ansari won our hearts as Bilqees and the story had some very interesting twists and turns. Most of the people were very disappointed with the ending and there were some loop holes in the script as far as the time period etc was concerned, minor details that many people thought did not go in line with an otherwise excellent script.

Bilqees Kaur aired on Hum TV. It was written by Faiza Iftikhar, directed by Adnan Ahmed and produced by Momina Duraid.

I must add one thing here, that the numbering does not mean one drama was better than the other. There were many other plays in 2012 that were widely followed but I do not think they were mega hits. I followed some of them and did not follow others. But here is a list of those plays and I will leave it for you people to decide whether they were hits or not and also share with us how you felt about these dramas.

Yahan Pyaar Nahi hai
Meri Ladli
Mere Qatil mere Dildar
Zard Mausam
Annie Ki Aye Gi Baraat
Kuch Pyaar ka Pagalpan

Now for the dramas which I thought were complete disappointments and need to be mentioned in particular because I for one had great expectations from these plays.

1. Mere Dard ko Jo Zuban Miley:

Yes this play deserves to be on top of the list because I had faith in this play right till the end but MDKJZM turned out to be a lost cause. It was play with so much potential, we had some loveable characters played brilliantly by some very talented actors and the direction was good too but the story went completely haywire and it turned out to be the biggest miss of the year!

2. Mera Saeein 2:

The viewers had enormous expectations from this sequel since the prequel was a big hit. But unfortunately the sequel had nothing new to offer.

3. Sanjha:

Sanjha was another play which could have been the next big thing, the reason being that the storyline was completely different and it introduced some great newcomers. Sanjha could have been very effective in raising awareness about human trafficking but the story completely lost it’s focus after the first few episodes and the play failed to deliver.

4. Maseeha:

Maseeha was definitely a huge miss. A weak storyline, flawed direction and characters that left you perplexed made Maseeha one of the worst plays that aired on Hum Tv in 2012.

5. Mujhe Roothne Na Dena:

The primary reason I looked forward to this show was that I wanted to see Komal Rizvi act and the first few episodes did keep me glued. But, gradually I completely lost interest and I honestly felt that this was another play which could potentially be one of the good plays. It touched some important issues like that of children who are abused at a young age and the way girls are exploited in our society but Komal Rizvi, who should have been the star of the show left me with the feeling that she should just stick to singing. The play took one ugly turn after another and turned out to be a disaster.

The idea of writing this piece was that we should be able to talk about the plays that went on air in 2012. I hope this article will help you take a trip down the memory lane and give rise to an interesting discussion.


Fatima Awan.


My name is Shozib Ali. I have done Bachelors in Media Sciences. Currently Working as an administrator and content writer for reviewit.

  • mostly i agree with u,its a good review indeed.waisay now I can recognise ur voice(as we read a voice speaks in our head..atleast in mine it does;))as soon as I read first few lines of ur review without looking at the name:)Sirat e mustaqeem ka zikar nahi kiya apnay!

    • Mrs. Asim, thank you so much for reading and commenting. Ap awaz ki baat kur rahi hei meinay tu mind mei ap ka face bhi imgine kiya huva hai;) i guess it is only natural when you know someone but have not seen them. Jee bilkul Sirat-e-Mustaqeem deserved a lot more acknowledgement, too bad it went almost unnoticed.

          • gg wo toa apnay tanhayian wali baat say guess krhi liya hoga:) as i guessed abt u ,late 30s yes:)waisay u cant at all guess it if u see my pic;) or meet me,waisay apko meri taraf say invitation hay k jb b UK aain toa please meet me.

        • Honestly speaking I did not rememeber the Tanhaiyaan conversation:) But I am glad my guess was right. nai G late 30s mei janay mein abhi dair hai…you know every year counts;) You know sometimes I find it very strange that there are so many of us who know each other so well but if we were ever to cross paths we would not even recognize each other lol Thank you so much, I will definitely visit if I visit Uk and if you ever come to lahore, you must tell me, I would love to see you.

          • bilkul i was thinking the same about not atrange life is.oh i didnt complete my sentence there n it mixed fact i didnt guess u to be late 30s ( as u said k u were quite young when that play was aired,g bilkul i think 22 k baad say hi each year counts:) Lahore is my home,hoping to visist before summer starts there,coz mr Asim thinks that he could have serviv summer in pakistan had he been used to sit in oven:)

  • The best dramas of 2012 according to me are
    1. Durreshewar
    2. Humsafar
    3. Bilquis Kaur.
    And in this particular order.
    Rest of the dramas that you mentioned are strictly okay.

  • Yes,I totally Agree with U Fatima On the listings Of the Drama,
    Though In my opinion Some Numbers Should Be back and Forth By what I liked More in that,But truelly Those Serials From which I expect The Most which u named Did not Happened what They should be like,

    and Some From which i was Not expecting Much Success Did Great Jobs….

    • Zee Zee the numbering is for the sake of numbering only and has nothing to do with how i rate a play. It is more about which play went on air first.

      • i know That Fatima ,
        Thts Y i have written In "my opinion" Means Whether u did rate It or not !

        • Your opinion is higly valued Zee Zee:) Which five plays were your most favorite? If I were to list mine it would be Durr-e-Shehwar, Maat, Hamsafar, Bilquees kaur and ENMT.

  • First Of all…thank u sO much fOr respOnding sO quick…really u did a great jOb…very well written :))
    I feel very prOud when it cOmes tO pakistani drama…i hOpe next year is sy b zaida hit dramas prOduce wishes frOm my side :)

    • You are most welcome Xadee but I also want you to express your opinion on the dramas too and also tell me which one was you favorite:)

      • Mjy tOu sub hi achy lagty han…mashALLAH all are dOing very agr mjy apny tOp fav. dramas rank krny hn tOu..i'll say…
        1.sher e zaat(becOz Of its spiritual element)
        4.ek nazar meri taraf

  • very well written review …dramas which u have mentioned in the hit list were all very amazing and no doubt they deserve to be placed in 2012 hits and so is da case with the flop ones ….
    i must say your opinion matches with mine to a freaking extent lol ….so obviously i liked your analysis….thumbs up :)

    • Thank you rbia. I hope you will continue visitng and commenting:) Your opinion is highly valued.

  • nice article.

    my fav are durr e shehwar .it has a great impact on me

    humsafar i liked it. sheh r zaat i havnt watch but planning to watch it

    • Zam zam i agree, Durr -e-Shehwar was something special. Thank you for reading the article and commenting.

  • Thanks for the wonderful article. I love your list. I know this is the list of the most successful plays of this year. Kindly share your thoughts on the best plays of this year also. According to me the best of this year has to be Humsafar, DeS, BK and the ongoing AnC.

    • Mona S I agree with your list with the exception of ANC, only because I am not following it:) BK, DeS and Hamsafar, all were great. I really enjoyed watching Maat too.

      • I did not enjoy Maat at all so I stopped following it. I felt it was one of the weakest scripts of Umera Ahmed, she's had quite a few of those as well. It had typical black & white characters, which annoy me. I would not include that in the list of best dramas. It was just an average play according to me.

        • Mona S, i agree the characters were all black and white but i did follow it very rleigiously. If it were to go on air now i probably won't like it all that much. Which plays are you following nowadays?

          • These days I'm religiously following ANC, Meri Behan Maya, QSKB( ok don't kill me)& Manjali. I'm watching some other shows as well but not regularly.
            I have to say that this is a very competitive season with so many good shows going on. I don't ever remember such a tough competition like this.

          • lol no don't worry I won't ;) I know alot of people who really like QSKB. I know Saturday Nights are totally rocking with some very good dramas. I am watching Meri Behan Maya too but I am not enjoying it as much as some other shows like Bari Apa and Tanhaiyaan. I never watched Manjali and I have a feeling that I missed out on a good play. So many good plays and so little time…what to do!

          • Try ANC. You'll enjoy it if you're watching MBM. Both these plays have a Disney movie or Harry Potter feel to them.
            Manjali has some really good dialogues. There was this really disgusting side track of extra marital affair, but thankfully that has ended.

          • Mona s, You know what honestly speaking my daughter forces me to watch enough Disney movies on the weekend with her, so I guess there isn't room for more:) I am glad we Pakistanis managed to make such a drama, it really is a big deal. I am not enjoying MBM now because I think the cast could have been so much better. I really like Annie Jaffrey but cannot say the same for Bindiya, Neelam Munir, Danish taimoor and the girl playing Naima!

          • Lol, I know what you mean honey. Mine are all grown up so I miss that time when we used to watch Disney movies with with. So my alternative is that I watch them on my own. ANC has that feel plus I can watch it at my home without going out anywhere.
            I agree with you about the MBM cast.
            Anyways thanks for replying.

  • Hi Fatima, Love the website and reviews. Keep up the great work and good luck for everything:)
    I totally agree with your list of favourite dramas
    for me it would be
    Dure shahwar
    Humsafar although i had read the novel before but the dramatization was superb too unlike Sez
    Bilquess Kaur
    and last but not the least Bari Apa
    why dint u mention Bari Apa? Bari Apa is the only play i watch with interest these days. The acting of Savera, Noman ejaz, Aisha khan all expressions are exceptional. also Khalu ghazanfar is so graceful:)

    • Lol Zara, I like Ghazanfar so much that I fail to see his flaws! He is such a gentleman and Waqas Khan has done an amazing job. These are all the plays that have ended, if Bari Apa continues till January, it will be included in the next years’ list. It is my favorite play too:)

  • Dureshewar, Bilquis Kaur & Humsafar.

    Rest of your list is okay too but these 3 were the best ones.

  • All the dramas that were on top of the list were my top ones too. Humsafar, maat, sheh r zaat, durr e shehwar were all my fav ones. I didn't get to watch ek nazar meri taraf but i watched a few episodes and it was good. I was so energetic about mere dard ko jo zuban mile and it was at the peak in every episode but in the last episode it just fell to the bottom.

  • u forgot 2 put ashk in the list…………………..i think ashk also deserves 2 b in this list

  • Nice article.But my most favorite drama is Thakan.And list is :
    4.Mere qatil mere dildar.

  • Mery qatil meray dildaar and yahan pyar nahi hey was also hits….both stories has lesson in it…by the way your list is good….like your article…

  • tottaly agree wid farah sadiq DRR E SHEHWAR was best amoung all then HUMSAFER and BILQUEES QUOR i will also include mere qatil mere dildar in top 5 …….durreshehwar jese drame bohat kam hi bante hain lyk pichle saal DAAM tha kuch hat k zaberdast

    • Thank you axfar. Yes Durr e Shehwar was my favorite too, amazing dialogues and we can never forget the letters that were exchanged between the father and daughter. Yes daam was an exceptional play too and so was Doraha.

  • review was superb,my fav dramaz were,

    Humsafar,durr-e-shehwar,shehrezat,ik nazar meri taraf,mere charagar nd ashk

    And the serials im following nw a days r

    Sitamgar,madiha maliha,mera yakeen,manjali,mil k b hum na mile(daily soap),meri behn maya,mi raqsam,aik naye cinderella.

    Really lookin fwd for zindagi gulzar hai

    • Thank you twinkle:) Keep visitng and commenting. yes i am really looking forward to ZGH too.

  • Mata-e-jaan is in your list Really? I think that was the most lame drama i have ever watched. What was the twist? Tears and Depression?

    • oh plzzz….mata e jaan was the best drama of the year… doubt its some episodes were an enigma but at the same time it was a very well managed drama serial………….thumbs up for mata e jaan h tou:)

  • Lush article !! No doubt really!!!!!

    But the only bit I felt was bad was tht humsafars ending wasnt satisfying I must say that humsafars ending couldn't be better!!!! (no offence)!! It was just like your article!M LUSH!! :)
    Keep writing!!

  • I totally agree with ur list…. Bt Durre Shehwar was the biggest standout for me… A typical story of marital problems yet so well presented tht it dnt seem cliched at all n those letters… Every single one gave me goosebumps…. Loved every moment of tht play … N I thnk it's by at the most relatable play.. DeS wasn't spineless… She was just compromising and that's wht I loved the most <3

  • very nice review,i agree vd u bt according to me maat-e-jaan was nt dat much good, cuz i had lots of expectations…bt how can u forget 'Jo chaly tou jaan se chaly gai' was also great drama,great acting n great story line..

    • par don't you think that it was to much over due to some dialogues with qavi uncle……we cant see such type of plays with our family….

  • you say right that haniya and aabi characters are to much bakwas they bring the story to a disaster place they are true criminals i hate themmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • plz plz include khushi ek roag in competition.meri ladli n merey charaghar n kaafir thy r also seserve to concern

  • article bohat acha hai lakin aap nay hit plays mai manjali ka zikar nahi kia manjali k dialoges zabardast thay direction acting sab khuch acha tha mere khayal say manjali ko aap ki hit list k plays mai hona chahiye tha

  • I agree with your list completely. I really enjoyed meri laadli and initially kafir too, but kafir's ending was just pathetic.

    • Quraitalain I just watched the first few episodes of Kafir & the language being used in the play really put me off, but I know many people followed it. Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated:)

  • I lovethe enitre baraat series because it offers relief from the really heavy serious dramas, and everyone's comic timing was great. Many of us would never want it to end.

  • Very well written Fatima ! Mine fav were:
    MEray Qatil
    Ek nazer meri taraf
    Mata- -ejaan
    and Duurre shewar.
    Currently there are some other plays which are quite related to social issues like Daagh, Mein gunahgar nahi, Na kaho tum mera nahi, Banndi and Kaho na kaho. Obviously HUM TV is leading in good stories while ARY has strongest productions like a&b. I also like Mera Yaqeen due to its good script and versatile acting of Faisal, Sawera and Ms. Buccha.

    • Thank you Mrs. Adnan Faisal Qureshi and Savera Nadeem are my personal favorites too. I really like Nimra Bucha too but I am also getting tired of watching her In the same kind of roles over & over again. I would love to see her in a different role.

  • agreed with all of them but in my opinion MAANJALI should also be enlisted as it was a nyce drama

  • Nice review Fatima! My favorite ones were
    durre Shehwar
    Matae jaan
    Ek nazar meri taraf
    Annie ki ayegi baraat would definitely a hit in myopinion because that was one of tne few dramas that my husband watched with me and we enjoyed it, I had some issues with humsafar because after reading the novel I had so much expectations although leading cast acted well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Tishnagi I watched it online after reading this review and was a great drama superb acting by Faisal Quraishi, Sarwat and Aijazz Aslam amd Mahnoor. Do you know a good news about FQ he just won the best actor award for Roag in TV media award. Roag is my most favorite drama did you watch it? Heads off for writing this review Fatima.


    • Thank you liking the post UAG , wow that is great news. No, i did not follow roag till the end, i saw the first few episodes and for some reason could not follow it till the end but I have heard many people saying that it was a very good play. I remember it was a very sad story. Faisal Qureshi is a brilliant actor and an asset for our idustry. I really liked the OST of tishnagi too, it grew on me for sure.

      • Fatima Roag was a true story and the way it was portrayed was brilliant, you should watch it and Roag won the best drama award as well if this was on air in 2012 then this would be no 1 on my list. Please watch it you will love it trust me.

  • i guess shehr e zaat , durr , thakan n maat r theeee best ……………. superb serials n must be watched again n again

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