Content is considered to be the backbone of any play if it has been well scripted then it will surely attract the audience’s attention, just like the importance of direction, cast, and the performance of the actors, the screenplay also matters.
In the field of television play Bano Qudsia, Fatima Surraiyah Bajia, Ashfaq Ahmed, Anwar Maqsood, Haseena Moin are considered notable writers of Pakistan who introduced the finest entertaining content for their viewers.
In the current era, we have picked five top-rated writers who have changed the pattern and set the trends in the entertainment industry.
➔ FAIZA IFTIKHAR
Finest screenwriter, author, and novelist who is known for her romantic and social plays in the Pakistan entertainment industry. Faiza Iftikhar is one of the rare writers who has the ability to maintain humor with serious artwork. She started her career by writing for private tv channels and has been active in penning down back-to-back hits for TV. The most important thing about Faiza is she didn’t stick herself to a specific genre or plot. The prominent writer managed to establish herself as a writer who knew what the audience wanted to watch. Her plays and scripts are completely different from others that’s why they took public attention. Along with the entertainment her scripts also carry powerful messages which she brilliantly delivers in a light-hearted way.
Dramas that showcase her efficiency and creativity include:
Akbari Asghari, Aunn Zara, Bilqees Kaur, Aik Nayee Cinderella, Main Sitara, Pinjra, Aangan, Khoya Khoya Chand, Meri Zindagi Hai Tu
In the industry, serials by Faiza Iftikhar that set a new benchmark and became popular among the masses are as follows:
Dil Lagi, Aap Kay Liye, Baba Jani , Bandhay Ek Dour Se and Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
➔ ZANJABEEL ASIM SHAH
An acclaimed screenwriter who knows how to address hardcore, sensitive social issues with perfection on a TV screen. Zanjabeel is one of those writers who have a good command of the suspense thriller genre with romance. Her serials kept the audience glued to their seats. In her script, each character is well crafted whether it is positive, negative, or grey, it has a unique place in the drama. The important thing about her plays is every character has its significance, and roles are well designed. Even if a person doesn’t enjoy the plot of the drama will surely be bound to the characters.
Rather than staying focused on the usual saas-bahu-centric stories the renowned writer believes to think out of the box and highlight those matters which should get the limelight in mainstream media with decency.
Bashar Momin, Fitoor, Balaa, Cheekh, Saat Pardon Mein, Mere Bewafa, Koyal & Pyar Kay Sadqay are the dramas from which she gained appreciation from the public.
➔ UMERA AHMED
A well-known author, novelist, and writer who needs no introduction! Umera Ahmed is considered one of the top-ranked screenwriters in Pakistan. She gives many hit plays to the Pakistan drama industry and has also won awards for her popular dramas. What makes Umera Ahmed an exceptional writer from the other ones is her unique way of narrating the storyline, she knows how to address societal issues smoothly with impressive dialogues, In fact, on social media platforms, her dialogues from the script are quoted over and over again because it keeps depth in it and touches the audience’s heart. Most of the serials of the renowned writer are usually based on family-related issues and that is why people get attracted to her plays.
From the Tv screens, Umera Ahmed makes her debut as a writer in the digital world and penned down web series named Dhoop Ki Deewar and Aik Jhooti Love Story from which she also receives an overwhelming response across the border.
Meri Zaat Zarra e Benishan, Doraha, Maat, Laa Haasil, Man o Salwa, Uraan, Thora Sa Asmaan, Kankar, Durr e Shehwar, Miraat Ul Uroos, Laal, Shehr e Zaat, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Alif
These are the plays of the ace screenwriter that turned out to be the masterpiece.
➔ MAHA MALIK
A well-reputed novelist who started her career through Khawateen digest and has written numerous novels and plays for television, with the time she became the leading writer in the Pakistan entertainment industry. Maha Malik has been bold in her writings on highlighting various matters whether it is related to social, domestic, or spiritual issues.
Jo Chalay Tou Jaan Se Guzar Gaaye, Haal e Dil, Meri Ladli, Na Kaho Tum Mere Nahin, Ranjish Hi Sahi, Mere Meharbaan, Koi Chaand Rakh, Raaz e Ulfat, Tum Kon Piya, Khasara are the top ranked serials penned down by Maha Malik.
Ongoing serial on Geo entertainment, Ae Musht e Khaak of Maha Malik starring Feroze Khan and Sana Javed, has been widely praised by the audience. The story is about two individuals who are different from each other and can be described as “a compelling tale of the longstanding rivalry between good and evil.”
➔ KHALIL UR REHMAN QAMAR
A Playwright, screenwriter, and director who somehow remained in the headlines for his controversial remarks have given mega hits to Pakistan’s drama industry and set new records. The celebrated writer has been writing dramas for more than two decades. As compared to other writers Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar has a unique way of storytelling in his script every character has its own importance, and the uniqueness is the main reason for his successful serials that engages the audience. Most of his dramas have been love stories with tragic ends.
Some of his work includes:
Boota From Toba Tek Singh, Laal Ishq, Bunty I Love You, Man Jali, Zara Yaad Kar, Tou Dil Ka Kiya Huwa, Mera Naam Yousuf Hai, Tumhein Kuch Yaad Hai Jana, Pyar Kay Sadqay, in addition to recent widely famous projects Muhabbat Tum Se Nafrat Hai & Mere Paas Tum Ho
Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar also has an immensely popular film to his name. He penned down the script for Punjab Nahin Jaungein.