With diverse plots and realistic portrayals, Pakistani television plays not only offer interesting storylines but also manage to keep the audience hooked to their TV screens; and hence generate high numbers on the ratings chart. Be it a play or a morning show, ratings are of utmost importance as it defines the success of anything that goes on air.
Instep lists down five TV plays that have received highest ratings last month and are among the top 10 names in the ratings chart, as compiled by Medialogic Pakistan.
Consistently topping the charts is Feroze Khan and Sana Javed starrer Khaani – currently on air on Geo TV. Directed by Anjum Shahzad, Khaani offers a unique take on love and relationships amidst themes of power and politics. Written by Asma Nabeel, Khaani follows the story of Feroze Khan, who represents the powerful kin and Sana Javed, who comes from a less privileged background. Khan essays the role of Mir Hadi, the only son of a politician (essayed by Mehmood Aslam), who uses money and power to his advantages and gets away with the murder of an innocent. Sana Javed plays the titular character of Khaani, a brave and courageous girl who fights against injustices. The story that started off by tackling important issues such as power-play, politics, class difference and murder, Khaani’s focus has now shifted to the complex relationship between Mir Hadi and Khaani. But with Khaani getting married to Arham, what will happen next, time will tell.
Also leading the ratings chart is Geo TV’s Silsilay, which is a family oriented play revolving around complicated relationships. Written by Samra Bukhari, the play features Junaid Khan, Momal Sheikh, Muneeb Butt and Hiba Bukhari in pivotal roles. Silsilay follows the story of two sisters, Abiha and Hira, who live with their aunt after their mother’s separation from their father. Since they are dependent on their aunt, they have to bear all the injustices and mistreatment that comes their way. But now these two sisters are not willing to put up with any sort of ill-treatment and are keen on leading an independent life. However, we’ll have to wait and see how things unfold for the sisters in the upcoming episodes.
Ghar Titli Ka Par
Ghar Titli Ka Par airs on Geo TV every Thursday and is an engaging tale of love, marriage and friendship. The plot revolves around the lives of four individuals including Shafaq (Aiman Khan), Kamran (Ali Abbas), Aazar (Shahzad Sheikh) and Anji (Sanam Chaudhry). Manipulative and dominating, Anji, who is friends with Shafaq, exploits people to her advantage and knows how to achieve what she desires. She will go to any extent for her personal gains and uses her friend Shafaq since the latter belongs to a well-off family. Shafaq, on the other hand, is a simple girl who cherishes her friendship with Anji, unaware of her intentions. Anji’s family gets her married to a middle class guy, as opposed to what she had wished for herself and her future home. What will be her next move is yet to be seen.
Zara Noor Abbas, Bilal Khan, Affan Waheed and Iqra Aziz starrer Khamoshi is a tale of pain and sufferings. The story surrounds the life of the protagonist Arsala, (essayed by Zara Noor). She goes away from home to earn a living for her family and provide them a better lifestyle. Not only does Arsala leaves her home but has to bear the loss of the love of her life to her sister Naeema (Iqra Aziz). While it seems life has better plans for her when a rich and kind man, Shahram (essayed by Bilal Khan) expresses his love for her and wishes to marry her, things take a turn before Arsala can accept the proposal. What is in store for Arsala, we’ll find out in the upcoming episodes.
The play is about relationships and the twists and turns that create misunderstandings. Starring Junaid Khan, Aiman Khan, Faizan Khawaja and Kinza Hashmi in lead roles, the story is engaging and keeps one hooked to their TV screens. Rushna (essayed by Kinza Hashmi) falls in love with Arham (Faizan) whom she hasn’t seen and mistakes him with Mehraab (Junaid Khan), who plays Arham’s elder brother in the play. Rushna’s cousin Mirha (Aiman Khan) is subjected to her chachi’s (Saba Faisal) atrocities because she is an orphan and a burden on the family. Mehraab is a protective elder brother, who is willing to do anything for his younger brother and has fallen for the innocent and pretty Mirha. But the way Rushna reacts when Faizan Khawaja goes to her house to ask her hand in marriage leads to misunderstandings and things begin to change from their onwards. Let’s wait and see what happens next.