Pakistani dramas that dared to break social taboos!

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From the era where there was only one channel, P.T.V that has no doubt presented some of the most memorable and classic dramas which have made their mark in the drama industry to the time where we have many other channels in Pakistan, all doing a great job! With an increase in new channels popping up we have fresh emerging talent from actors to writers to directors in the industry. Pakistan is known for having a command in making great drama serials and now with a variety of new channels and great performers and directors we have started representing our country all over the world. As the social media has great power now, drama producers and writers have also taken a responsibility of creating a positive impact on society with dramas that tackle tough and bold social issued to raise awareness and break the silence on taboos.

Here is our pick of some of the great dramas with a clip of their official teasers,  that dared to break social taboos and have helped in bringing awareness to the society!


Cheekh was directed by Badar Mehmood, a crime thriller that took the social media and the drama industry by storm, staring Saba Qamar, Ushna Shah, Bilal Abbas and Emaad Irfani in the main lead roles. Cheekh had very sound script which aimed to specifically give voice to the women of our society. The culprit, Bilal Abbas was accused of murdering, Ushna Shah (after an attempt to rape) who was from a very poor background and was a close friend of Bilal Abbas’s sister and Saba Qamar who was married to Bilal’s brother. Cheekh was about Mannat, (Saba Qamar) seeking justice for her friend Nayab (Ushna Shah) where the whole family stands against her except her husband, Shayaan (Emmad Irfani). In this journey she faces a lot of humiliation from her in-laws, life threats from the lawyer of the culprit, loses her husband, mother and faces a miscarriage yet stands strong and proves, Bilal Abbas guilty! The drama also sheds light on how Shayaan goes out of the way, cuts off himself from his family to support his wife, Mannat dues to which he received a great amount of appreciation for his character.


Ranjha Ranjha Kardi:

Directed by Kashif Nisar, starring Iqra Aziz, Imran Ashraf and Syed Jibran in main lead roles, emerged as one of the most iconic dramas in Pakistan. It’s a story of a poor slum girl who has a dream to live a respectable life but faces a lot of hardships to find such a living standard. It highlighted autism and how such children should be treated in our society. It brought great courage and confidence to parents of such children that they can even lead a better life. On the other hand it highlighted issues such as marital rape as well. Overall the drama had a strong script with addressing issues that usually our society is not much comfortable in talking out. Iqra Aziz portrays a character of a strong girl who changes her future by studying hard, working in a factory and further gains respect by getting married to Imran Asfraf (Bholla) and helping him cure a bit from his disease.



As the name depicts, Hassad is all about jealousy and it how it affects an individual. It addresses the issue of evil eye and how its existence can destroy one’s life and relationships. The cast includes Minal Khan, Shahroz Sabzwari, Areej Fatima and Noor Hasaan in lead roles. The drama highlights the issue of jealousy and evil eye which Areej Fatima has for Minal khan in the serial. Minal and Shahroz are happily married with being head over heels in love and the way, The way Shahroz loved and cared for his wife is what Areej could not handle and continuously wanted to create misunderstandings among them. The drama takes a twist when Armaan (Shahroz) passes away and Naintara 9minal) is left all alone. It has also shed light on how a widow is treated in our society. Eventually the drama has left a strong message for the audience that people who create hurdles for other can never stay happy themselves even.



Directed by Danish Nawaz, Khaas is another story of a self-obsessed man and how he belittles his wife. The star cast includes Sanam Baloch, Ali Rehman, Anam Gohar and Haroon Rashid in main lead roles. Sanam baloch who came from a family where girls are raised not less than boys and who is an intelligent and a strong girl who gets married to Ali Rehman who has been a pampered son who thinks that he is very good looking, smart and superior of all. Somehow his spoilt nature brings trouble to his wife by emotionally abusing and making fun of her personality  in public and private. The drama highlights the issue of such men who are narcissists and cannot handle the fact that their wives can look or better than them in life.


Ishq Zahe Naseeb:

Directed by Farooq Rind and produced by Momina Duraid starring Zahid Ahmed, Sonya Hussayn, Yumna Zaidi, SAMI Khan and Zarnish khan in main lead roles. The series focuses on split personality disorder portrayed by Zahid Ahmed which has entangled the audience in its web. The mystery and intrigue around him makes his character very interesting and has drawn a lot of attraction, as there hasn’t been any such drama made on such a personality before. Sameer (Zahid) developed a split personality because of a  dark past from childhood where his step mother used to lock him up in the basement and his numb mind found an imaginary friend, Sameera (Yumna Zaidi) who was supportive and caring. Sonya (Gohar) on the other side has a strong character which she portrayed brilliantly in the drama and how she with her soft character is making space for herself in Sameer’s heart is spell binding. We hope that the drama continues to entertain the audience with the same strong grip over the script.