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Pakistani Historical Drama Serials

Best Pakistani Historical Dramas

Historical dramas can be a powerful way for a country to showcase its culture and allow viewers to connect with their past, heritage, and national pride. However, while the Pakistani drama industry is known for producing some blockbuster serials, it has yet to fully explore the potential of historical dramas to highlight its heroes and cultural values.

In contrast, India’s drama industry produces numerous dramas each year that explore mythology and history, both real and imagined. Its audiences take pride in watching these dramas and learning more about their culture.

To reach a wider audience and represent Pakistan’s rich history and heritage, the drama industry should consider experimenting with different genres, including historical dramas.

Several factors have contributed to the lack of historical dramas in Pakistan, such as budget constraints, concerns about historical accuracy, and a preference for contemporary storylines. However, creating such content requires a collective effort from Pakistani cinematographers to embrace the art of historical storytelling.

Despite the limited number of historical drama serials produced to date, Pakistan still has some iconic shows that are worth exploring. If you’re interested in learning more about these dramas, keep reading.

Shaheen

Shaheen is an acclaimed historical drama that originally aired on PTV in 1980. Based on a novel by Nasim Hijazi and adapted by Saleem Ahmad, it was produced by Pakistan Television Corporation.

The story follows the expulsion of Muslims from Granada in 1492 and the subsequent downfall of the Muslim Empire. Throughout the drama, viewers witness the bravery, spirit, courage, and faith of Islamic heroes.

The talented cast includes Ismail Shah as Badar Bin Mugheera, as well as other notable actors such as Saleem Nasir, Shakeel, Tahira Wasti, Misbah Khalid, and Mazhar Ali.

With its historical setting, powerful storyline, and outstanding performances, Shaheen has secured its place as a memorable and inspiring historical drama in Pakistani television history.

Not only does it provide insight into a significant historical period, but it also serves as a source of inspiration for viewers.

Akhri Chatan

Akhri Chatan is a legendary Islamic historical drama released in 1985 on PTV. It is based on Nasim Hijazi’s novel. The story depicts the Central Asian conquests of the infamous Mongol leader, Genghis Khan, and the devastating impact he had on the Khwarzam Sultanate.

The drama highlights Genghis Khan’s brutal conquests and military genius, as well as the unwavering willpower and courage of Sultan Jalal-ud-Din Khwarzam Shah. It also showcases the deteriorating condition of the Abbasid Caliphate of Baghdad during Genghis Khan’s conquests.

Qasim Jalali’s direction brings historical events and characters to life. It makes the drama visually captivating and emotionally engaging. This iconic work celebrates the resilience of its characters in the face of adversity.

Daastan

In 2010, Hum TV aired a Pakistani historical drama called Daastan that was adapted from Razia Butt’s novel Bano. The show gained popularity due to its captivating storyline, impressive performances, and depiction of the partition of British India in 1947.

Daastan follows the journey of Bano, a Muslim girl from Ludhiana, Punjab, during the partition. Fawad Khan portrays Hassan, a Hindu boy who falls in love with Bano, representing unity and love. The talented ensemble cast includes Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan, and Samina Peerzada.

Daastan was praised for its sensitive portrayal of historical events and human tragedies, highlighting themes of love, loss, sacrifice, and the resilience of humanity during a significant period in South Asian history.

Ba Adab Ba Mulahiza Hoshyar

Baa Adab Ba Mulahiza Hoshiyar is a satirical historical drama that was aired in 1990 on PTV, adding a classic to the list of Pakistani historical dramas. It was written by Atha Shah Khan and directed by Haider Imam Rizvi.

This drama focuses on the medieval-era tyrant king. He is a narcissist and self-obsessed. He allows corruption in all the departments of his government. He allows the corrupt to carry on with their gambling only when they provide him his cut from the earned money.

The cast of this drama includes Qasim Jalai as King Jabir-ur-Daulah, Arsh-e-Muneer as the Queen, Malik Anokha as the prince, Subhani Bin Yunus as the historian, and Aftab Aslam as the queen’s brother. All of the huge supporting cast of this drama also adds to the charm of this drama.

Ba Adab Ba Mulahiza Hoshyar is still loved and known for its funny and satirical sequences, which lets its viewers compare it to the political conditions and corruption of country Pakistan.

Babar

Babar is a popular historical Pakistani drama that was aired in 1993 on Pakistan Television PTV. It was written by well-known novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia and directed by Qasim Jalali,

Although Babar was a low-budget drama, it gained immense popularity and praise because of its incredible acting.

This star-studded drama serial includes cast members, Tanveer Jamal as Mehdi Khawaja, Nasrullah Khan as Khalifa Nizam Uddin, Intizar Hussain as Lat Chand, Babar Ali as Humayun Mirza, Aftab Zuberi as Ahmed Khan, Tahir Rizvi as Khawaja Kalan. M.D Gul as Hassan Khan, Ishrat Hashmi as Buwa Begum, Mehak Ali as Maham Begum, and Mishi Khan as Mubaraka Begum.

With top-notch writing by Fatima Surayya Bajia and outstanding performance by the high-rated cast members, Babar drama has enhanced the eyes of millions. Not only is this drama visually appealing, but the dialogues and monologues of the main characters have made the audience completely love this drama.

Aangan

Aangan is a Pakistani drama television series that was aired in 2018 on Hum TV. It is based on Khadija Mastoor’s novel. This drama is directed by Ehteshamuddin and produced by Momina Duraid Production.

It follows the lives of a Muslim family in Lahore, India, during pre-partition British India. The story follows the struggles, dreams, and relationships of family members as they fight with societal norms, political changes, and the impending partition of the subcontinent.

The star-studded cast includes Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir, Mawra Hocane, Ahsan Khan, and Sonya Hussyn. The drama received acclaim for its compelling storyline, beautiful cinematography, and attention to historical detail.

It skillfully portrays the complexities of family dynamics, societal norms, and the impact of historical events on individual lives. As a highly acclaimed Pakistani drama, Aangan left a lasting impression on the audience with its engaging storytelling and memorable characters.

Labbaik

Labbaik is a famous Islamic historical Pakistani drama that was aired in 1996 on PTV Television. It was written by renowned drama writer Khan Asif and directed by famous director Qasim Jalali.

This drama serial focuses on the life events of Muhammad Bin Qasim. He was a seventeen-year-old Muslim Arab Commander of the Umayyad Caliphate. He is famous for leading the conquest of Sindh. He conquered Sindh by defeating the Raja Dahir who was the ruler of Sindh at those times.

In this serial, the lives of common Sindhi and Punjabi folk are shown, how they are influenced by the conquest, and how the behavior of Muhammad Bin Qasim influenced them to embrace the gift of Islam.

The cast of this magnificent historical drama includes Babar Ali, Subhani Bayunus, Iram Tahir, Fazeela Qazi, and Yar Muhammad Shah. This drama was produced by Pakistan Television Corporation and Shalimar Recording Company.

This kind of drama should still be made because of the strong messages they have in them. This kind of drama has a strong impact on the narratives of the public and due to this, it can change whole ideologies.

Sultan Nooruddin Zangi

Sultan Noorddin Zangi is a famous Pakistani historical drama serial that was aired on PTV in the 90s. It was written by Zahoor Ahmad and directed by Qasim Jalali.

This drama focuses on the life events of Sultan Norrudiin Zangi. It revolves around his dream in which he saw Jews and their ill wish for Prophet Muhammad PBUH. This drama shows how Sultan Nooruddin follows his dream and identifies two men identical to his dream. Sultan eventually makes their plan flop.

The cast of this drama includes Zahoor Ahmad, Talat Hussain, Nasreen Shugufta, Mehboob Noor, A Kalam, Ejaz Hussain, Samina Peerzada, and Tahira Wasti.

Conclusion:

It is concerning that there are not many historical dramas in the Pakistani entertainment industry. These dramas can provide entertainment, and education for the audience and let them connect with cultural heritage.

With the advent of technology and production capabilities, Pakistani TV channels have the potential to create, revive, or produce new historical dramas that capture the essence of the past and appeal to modern audiences.

Supporting and encouraging historical dramas will inspire the entertainment industry to explore this genre more deeply. It bridges the gap between the past and present and allows the nation to celebrate its cultural heritage and preserve its history for future generations.

FAQs

Which is the oldest drama in Pakistan?

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Khuda Ki Basti and Alif Noon are the oldest dramas in the Pakistani industry.

Which is the best historical drama in Pakistan?

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Akhri Chatan is the best historical drama in Pakistan. It portrays the impact of the conquests of Genghis Khan on the Khwarazm Sultanate. 

How many historical dramas are there in Pakistan?

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There are only 10 to 15 historical dramas in Pakistan.

Which is the best Pakistani actor in a historical drama serial?

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Zahoor Ahmad is the best actor in a historical drama serial. He plays Genghis Khan in Akhri Chatan.

Which is the most famous Pakistani drama?

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Hamsafar is considered the best drama serial in Pakistan.

Which are the golden days of Pakistani drama?

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­The 1970s & 1980s are considered the golden days of the Pakistani drama industry.

Which of the Pakistani historical dramas are on Muslim Kings?

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  • Shaheen
  • Akhri Chatan
  • Babar
  • Labbaik

These historical dramas portray Muslim kings and their conquests against enemies.

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