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The Maestro’s of Screen

The Maestro’s of Screen

Pakistan TV drama industry produces tons of dramas bringing them to our screens every season with a variety of actors showing their potential. However, actors are only one of the major participant, a dramas’ success depends on its production, editing, writing and direction. In recent times, a few Pakistani directors and writers have made a name for themselves, that their dramas are acknowledged and praised even if their name is attached to it because they deliver quality. Let’s take a look at the few big names in our TV drama industry.


This name is not unknown to many. Umera Ahmed is one of the leading writers of Pakistan whose dramas or books are appreciated everywhere. One of Umera’s works, Zindagi Gulzar hai has earned large appraise in India as well. Umera Ahmed tends to highlight social issues in a nuanced way among her characters that is relatable and not overbearing.

Her credits include Malal, Vasl,Meri Zaat Zara-e- Benishaan, Daam, Zindagi Gulzar hai, Shehr-e-Zaat.


Farhat Ishtiaq rose to fame through the hit 2011 drama “Humsafar” starring Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. This drama adapted from her novel was the talk of the town when it aired. At that time Farhat was known to write romance novels but when she stepped into the drama industry she has proven that she can write equally interesting dramas on social issues by penning Rehai and Udaari.

Her credits include: Hamsafar, Mer Humdum mere dost, Bin Roye, Rehai, Udaari, Dayar-e-dil.


Despite being in the industry for many years, Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar rose to fame through the drama Pyaray Afzal. What makes him unique than the other writers are the dialogues. His dialogues are written in a manner to be extremely simplistic yet conveying the right amount of emotional punch and depth. His dialogues would not be long lines exploring life but short lines indirectly explaining the whole situation that eventually amuses the viewer. His collaboration with director Nadeem Beyg has brought a few gems to the Pakistani drama industry.

His credits include: Manjali, Pyarey Afzal, Sadqey Tumhare, Zara Yaad kar.


It is inevitable to talk about Mehreen Jabbar when it comes to Pakistani directors. She has directed tons of dramas, most of them being critically acclaimed. Mehreen chooses to direct unique stories and makes the best out of her actors. Her few collaborations with writer Umera Ahmed have been television masterpieces. Mehreen has also vented out in filmmaking by directing two films, Ramchand Pakistani and Dobara Phir se.

Her credits include: Doraha, Malal, Daam, Vasl, Mera Naam Yusuf hai, Jackson Heights, Coke Kahaani.


Apart from being a director, Sarmad is also a screenwriter and actor. He has shown his versatility in his projects that range from serious dramas to funny sitcoms. Sarmad’s career was boosted by his hit dramas Humsafar and Sheher-e-zaat but he has always been a prominent name in the industry. He has recently directed and acted in the movie Manto.

His credits include: Humsafar, Ashk, Shehr-e-zaat, Mera Yaqeen, Mor Mahal.


Starting her career as an actor, Marina Khan has steadily stepped into direction and has given everybody’s favorite Kis ki Ayegi Baraat series. Though she has few credits to her name as a director than as an actor, Marina’s four part series of Kis ki Ayegi baraat has been memorable and enjoyable for most people. Hence, Marina counts in those people who make the best out of the work they do and are appreciated accordingly.

Her credits include: Azar ki ayegi Baraat, Dolly ki ayegi Baraat, Tanhaiyaan Naye silsile, Takkay ki ayegi Barrat and Annie ki ayegi baraat.

Pakistan has many talented directors and writers which cannot be included in a single list. The likes of Haissam Hussain, Nadeem Beyg, Anjum Shehzad, Amna Mufti, Samira Fazal and Aliya Bukhari have brought us equally good shows as the ones mentioned above. This teamwork of writers and directors has made Pakistan television industry able to produce some good quality dramas that are also internationally recognized.



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