Incredible, underrated actors

December 15, 2019

Instep lists down five actors who played significant roles on the small screen this year but didn’t get enough recognition.

Hasan Ahmed in Surkh Chandni

Many a times, during interviews, actors who are more conveniently referred to as the ‘supporting cast’ complain that they don’t get any attention and are usually overshadowed by lead actors. Unfortunately, it is not because of their performances but the screen time, which doesn’t allow them the limelight even when they have a crucial part to play. In fact, a lot of times, these actors have meatier roles than the hero and heroine but they don’t even get a mention in previews and reviews.

As 2019 comes to an end, we pick five TV actors who deserve recognition for their powerful performances this past year.

Hasan Ahmed

Having delivered strong performances in Aangan, Beti and Khudparast last year, TV actor Hasan Ahmed has multiple drama serials to his name. This year his most significant role was that of Mukhtar, a typical Pakistani elder brother, in Surkh Chandni that followed the story of an acid attack survivor. He humiliates his sister, essayed by Sohai Ali Abro, an acid attack survivor, in the name of family honour and supports his wife in demeaning his parents. The intensity with which Hasan played the part made it believable and we are sure such brothers exist in many households.

Madiha Rizvi

Madiha Rizvi in Aangan

Madiha Rizvi is usually type-cast and essays the role of an elder sister or sister in law, somewhat similar to her character in ongoing drama serial Kahin Deep Jaley. However, her role as Chaudhrayn in Sammi was different as well as impactful while, earlier this year, she starred in Mohammad Ehteshamuddin’s period drama Aangan. She played the part of Aaliya’s mother; her character transitioned from young to old and age and Madiha pulled it off with finesse.

Jinaan Hussain

With numerous TV roles to her credit, including a key role in last year’s Baba Jani, Jinaan Hussain’s craft is very unique with a natural flair for acting. This translates on the screen as she gets into any character. Presently she is starring in Ishq Zahe Naseeb, as Sonya Hussyn’s elder sister while you can also catch her in Mere Mohsin that came to an end earlier this week. Though her recent roles haven’t been too diverse, she has some unique portrayals to her name including prominent roles in dramas like Bashar Momin and Gul e Rana, among others.

Kashif Mehmood

Having played important roles in dramas such as Bilquis Kaur and Digest Writer, Kashif Mehmood delivered a very strong performance in acclaimed drama serial Ranjha Ranjha Kardi that concluded earlier this year. Unfortunately, his performance didn’t generate the appreciation it deserved, probably because there was so much to talk about in the drama otherwise. Nonetheless, this role stood out amidst his other characters (Baydardi, Resham Gali Ki Husna) that are more or less similar.

Maira Khan

Maira Khan in Cheekh

Currently starring in Ali Rehman Khan and Ushna Shah starrer Bewafa, Maira Khan recently appeared on the big screen in Shamoon Abbasi’s Durj. In Bewafa, she plays Ushna Shah’s elder sister who isn’t content in life and so she doesn’t let anyone stay happy either. Her performance has layers while she is very convincing as the bitter sibling. This role is in complete contrast to the one she essayed in Cheekh that aired earlier in 2019 in which she was very calm and quiet most of the times. One must acknowledge that she carried both with ease and we would like to see more of her on the small screen.

Pakistani dramas and incredible, underrated actors