Short and Sweet Stories Of Pakistani Dramas Dominated Indian TV In 2014

Typical saas-bahu sagas, the unusual and infinite stories of the Indian small screen were dominated by Pakistani dramas in 2014. This was evident from the success of finite series like ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ and ‘Humsafar’ from Pakistan, which not only won the hearts of Indian audiences but also ranked very high on the charts.

The year saw megastar Amitabh Bachchan making his debut in fiction space on TV with ‘Yudh’. Co-produced by Amitabh’s production company Saraswati Creations and Endemol India, the show was appreciated for its concept but failed to make its mark. Many new shows were launched in India in 2014, but hardly any one of them found viewership. Social media was bombarded with the comments and suggestions of Indian viewers that ‘It was time for the Indian TV to reinvent and bring new concepts and learn from Pakistani dramas’.

Here’s a list of Pakistani shows that clicked with the audience this year and have definitely left audiences wanting for more.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai struck a chord with its zeal and youthful romance between the lead characters – Zaroon played by Fawad Khan and Kashaf Murtaza played by Sanam Saeed- who hate each other but eventually fall in love. A heart-warming story, it highlighted the intricacies of life. The show was instantly appreciated for its realistic approach and finite number of episodes. Aired on Zindagi channel.

Humsafar, which again starred Fawad Khan along with Mahira Khan in the lead roles, was about a couple who were forced into marriage. A different concept which caught the attention of Indian viewers in Humsafar is that It’s not a typical Indian love story where the eyes meet and the wind blows, but a gradual and slow building-up of emotions. The show was started Oct 14 and concluded Nov 7. Now, Mahira is all set to enter Bollywood with ‘Raees’, a film that stars Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Maat The show focused on sibling rivalry, where a girl is competing with her own sister. The drama portrayed things like materialism and ambitions without overdoing it which was again a very different and very realistic approach. The show was launched in July and was wrapped up in August.

Aunn Zara Another show from Pakistan, which was comical in nature, appealed to the masses specially the role of dadi was the highlight of the show. The story was about what happens when a guy spoiled by his mother, grandmother and aunts gets married to a tomboy.

Wow! seems like Pakistani shows gained a lot of popularity and appreciation in India in 2014. Now lets see what year 2015 brings for Pakistani Shows!!!

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