These five TV shows from across the border, most of them romances, have won our mushy hearts. Two of the shows star Fawad Khan, who Indian audiences know from the Bollywood movies Khoobsurat, Kapoor and Sons and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’
Starring Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, Zindagi Gulzar Hai is the top-rated Pakistani show about two individuals who make the marriage work despite their different personalities and backgrounds.
Director: Sultana Siddiqui
Writer: Umera Ahmed
Cast: Sanam Saeed, Fawad Khan, Mansha Pasha, Waseem Abbas, Khalid Ahmed, Hina Khawaja Bayat, Kanwar Nafees, Ayesha Omar, Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui
Seasons: 1 (2012-2013)
One of the most-watched Pakistani shows of all time, Humsafar is the story of a married couple, Ashar (Fawad Khan) and Khirad (Mahira Khan) who are in deep love. The story takes a turn when the two get separated by Khirad’s mother-in-law.
Director: Sarmad Sultan Khoosat
Writer: Farhat Ishtiaq, Zakir Ahmed
Cast: Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Atiqa Odho, Naveen Waqar, Noor Hassan, Sara Kashif, Behroze Sabzwari,
Seasons: 1 (2011-2012)
Based on the writer Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s real-life love story, Sadqay Tumhare follows Shano and Khalil played by Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik as they cope with various hurdles before marriage.
Writer: Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar
Cast: Mahira Khan, Adnan Malik, Farhan Ali Agha, Samiya Mumtaz, Saniya Shamshad
Seasons: 1 (2014-2015)
Khaani is the story of a girl who avenges the murder of her only brother. The brother is supposedly killed by a well-known politician.
Director: Anjum Shahzad
Writer: Asma Nabeel
Cast: Sana Javed, Feroze Khan
Seasons: 1 (2017)
A Pakhtun girl comes to Pakistan from Canada and falls in love.
Director: Azfar Jafri
Writer: Osman Khalid Butt
Cast: Hania Aamir, Saad Zia Abbasi, Bilal Ashraf, Nayyar Ejaz, Ajab Gul, Ali Rehman Khan, Armeena Rana Khan
Seasons: 1 (2016)