akistani movies and TV shows aren’t only watched on local channels but also has viewership on one of the biggest streaming platform Netflix. People love to entertain themselves on weekends with a good Pakistani serial or a movie which they can watch with their families.
So, if you’re looking for the best local entertainment to watch this weekend on Netflix, here are some recommendations.
1. Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Zindagi Gulzar hai is among the best Pakistani dramas ever made and it’s a favorite for most of us. The star cast of this drama includes Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, and Samina Peerzada, who made the drama a big sensation with their flawless acting skills.
The story revolves around the lives of Kashaf and Zaroon. Kashaf belongs to a middle-class family dealing with the problems every normal household experiences while Zaroon is a typical chauvinist male who expects women to idealize him.
The drama highlights the difference in the status quo, emotional instabilities, insecurities, and all the ups and downs a relationship goes through when two people with a different mindset meet.
Humsafar is a classic tale we all know and shed a few tears for. It’s one of the best Hum TV dramas and the biggest hit of Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan’s career.
It’s a romantic and heartbreaking story of Ashar and Khirad who fall in love after an arranged marriage. Ashar’s mother played by the evergreen Atiqa Odho has evil plans to destroy the marriage because she doesn’t like the small-town girl as her daughter-in-law.
The drama then moves ahead with Khirad facing her own battles with her daughter and Zaroon living a separate life. Their daughter’s illness brings them together but still, they weren’t ready to face each other after long years of separation.
Khaani has a different tell-tale. We don’t see such dramas in Pakistan. It stars Sana Javed and Feroze Khan in the lead roles. The whole premise of Khani revolves around a politician’s son who killed a boy and later falls in love with the sister of the young man he murdered.
The drama put forward the power, politicians have in this country and how they can easily manage to get away with the sins they committed. Feroze Khan’s character Hadi falls in love with Khaani AKA Sanam(Sana Javed) when he noticed how brave she is.
Khaani is shown as a timid girl at the beginning of the drama and then we see her transformation as she becomes courageous, brave and a grown woman after the murder of her twin brother.
4. Sadqay Tumhare
Sadqay Tumhare is Khalil-Ur-Rehman Qamar’s close to reality creation and is an interesting drama to watch. The story shows a childhood engagement between Shano and Khalil played by Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik respectively.
The drama represents the time of 1980s and revolves around the people in a village. Shano is a girl who believes in her childhood engagement and wants to marry her fiancé whom she has not seen for many years. On the other hand, Khalil doesn’t feel the same way about his engagement and is not so serious about making it a reality.
The story becomes interesting when Shano and Khalil meet after years and fall in love. But later Shano’s mother doesn’t want them to get married due to some issues of the past.
Cake is an outstanding 2018 film and is quite frankly a masterpiece. It’s a family drama that showcases estranged family members coming together and trying to reconnect with each other because of their ageing parents.
The movie presents outclass performances by Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh, Adnan Malik, Beo Raana Zafar, Syed Mohammad Ahmed, and other actors. Cake is based on the lives of two sisters Zareen and Zara. It’s a story about how different scenarios can shape our lives and how important family is because of everything they do for us.
It’s a movie with high ratings, tons of critical acclaims, and immense love from the audience. It’s a must-watch Pakistani movie on Netflix.
6. Chalay Thay Saath
Chalay Thay Saath is a 2017 movie starring Syra Yousuf, Kent S. Leung, Mansha Pasha, Zhalay Zarhadi in the lead roles.
Syra Yousuf’s character as Resham is a doctor by profession. She’s on a journey with her friends to discover her past and future. She meets a backpacker from China named Adam and they both fall in love during the trip.
Chalay Thay Sath displays some scenic views from Pakistan and the cinematography is breathtaking to watch. It’s an amazing cross-cultural movie that you should not miss.
Dukhtar is a 2014 film based on the serious topic of child marriages. Allah Rakhi played by the amazing Samiya Mumtaz is not happy with her ten-year-old daughter Zainab’s marriage to a much older tribal leader. Her husband fixed the marriage of his daughter to make peace between the rival tribes.
Allah Rakhi was herself married at the age of fifteen by her family and she doesn’t want her daughter to go through the same trauma. She flees in hopes of safely reaching Lahore with her daughter and is on the run because the tribal men are after them. She manages to get a lift from a truck driver Sohail played by Mohib Mirza.
The story is eye-opening and deals with the complexities of child marriage. Dukhtar is a film you won’t regret watching because of the issue it has highlighted.
8. Teefa in Trouble
Teefa in Trouble is a comedy movie that tops the rankings of one of the best comedy films made in Pakistan. The star cast includes Ali Zafar and Maya Ali.
Teefa played by Ali Zafar is witty and charming; he is given the job of kidnapping Anya (Maya Ali) by a local gangster named Butt Sahab. Anya is the daughter of Butt Sahab’s childhood friend Bonzo who is a multi-millionaire based in Poland.
Butt Sahab wants Anya to marry his son but Bonzo declines the proposal which enrages Butt Sahab and he orders Teefa to kidnap Anya. Teefa saw the opportunity of making money and agrees to it but things take a turn when he falls in love with Anya.
Teefa in trouble is comedic excellence and you will have a great time watching the movie unfold. So, clear your schedules and watch the movie with your loved ones and also with a bucket full of popcorn.
To Wrap It Up
Whether you are a Pakistani or not, these dramas and films can rule your heart and leave you with an amazing experience.
Although Netflix Pakistan doesn’t offer a wide variety of Pakistani craft, the ones available on the streaming service are worth watching. If the viewership for Pakistani content remains the same or multiplies then we might experience an increase in the collection on Netflix.
So, are you going to watch these Pakistani movies and TV shows on Netflix? Don’t forget to comment your top picks below.
I am a Netflix buff who is an economist by degree and writer by passion and keep exploring things on the side.