Top 4 Unconventional Male Leads From Recent Pakistani Dramas

Pakistani dramas have evolved in many ways through the years. Nowadays, writers have more pressure than ever to pen down scripts that attract the general public.

In doing so, very often, the writers tend to stick to certain stereotypes which are often the trademark of all commercial dramas. Thankfully, there are still certain writers who believe in thinking out of the box.

These writers have given us a few male leading characters who have redefined the term “hero”. These male leads are unlike any other because they do not fit the ‘box’ in which most producers and writers think Heroes fit best!

Bhola – Ranjha Ranjha Kardi

Best Unconventional Male Leads From Recent Pakistani Dramas
Imran Ashraf as Bhola in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi had an unusual and intriguing storyline. It was penned down by Faiza Iftikhar. Its main protagonist Bhola set a new precedent by winning over the viewers completely.

Bhola has to be the most memorable character we have seen in Pakistani dramas lately even though he was anything but run-of-the-mill. Bhola made the viewers laugh and cry at the same time. His dialogues and even his antics literally went viral.

Bhola represented those people who are often sidelined in society and even our dramas. This character gave such people a face and a personality. It changed the way people look at people with developmental delays and other such issues. The viewers were completely invested in Bhola’s journey and it gave Imran Ashraf more recognition than ever before.

Parizaad – Parizaad

Parizaad is one of the most appreciated dramas at the moment. The writer Hashim Nadeem has given us some of the most memorable male leads in the past. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that his new male lead in this drama serial has already won the viewers over within a few weeks!

Parizaad is a young man whose outward appearance does not match his name. In a time when good looks are major criteria for a male lead, Parizaad stands out not only because of his looks which do not fit in the hero criteria but also because of his personality.

He has been shown as someone who has faced constant rejection and is a sensitive person who registered everything he ever went through.

Best Unconventional Male Leads From Recent Pakistani Dramas
Ahmed Ali Akbar in and as Parizaad

Parizaad’s personality and his journey have the viewers completely hooked. The situations this character has been through and his dialogues which represent his state of mind make this character one that is refreshing and touching at the same time.

Through this character, the writer has also questioned many social norms in an intelligent manner. Ahmed Ali Akbar’s outstanding performance has definitely given this character the edge it needed to truly stand out. This unusual hero has won the viewers over just as Bhola did.

Very few characters get the kind of attention and love which this one has been getting right from the start.

Abdullah – Pyar Ke Sadqay

Pyar Ke Sadqay was another blockbuster that told the story of individuals who are usually not the leading characters in dramas. The script was penned down by Zanjabeel Asim Shah and her main male lead Abdullah was definitely an unconventional one!

Abdullah was the kind of young man we rarely see in Pakistani dramas. His character also served a bigger purpose. It also represented so many such young men who do not get representation in dramas as leads often. It won’t be wrong to say that Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’s popularity gave producers an incentive to show such stories.

Best Unconventional Male Leads From Recent Pakistani Dramas
Bilal Abbas Khan as Abdullah in Pyar Ke Sadqay

Abdullah was introduced as a child who never got the love and attention of his parents. He was verbally and physically abused by his step-father and as a result of that, he ended up growing into a confused adult. Even with all his ‘shortcomings’, Abdullah had the most interesting personality.

His character was well-etched-out and the viewers couldn’t help but feel for him. Abdullah’s sensitive and caring nature was also often shown through different scenes. He was an unconventional male lead who made the viewers fall in love with him.

Towards the end, Abdullah did test the patience of the viewers but overall he is among the top unconventional male leads who kept the audience glued to their television screens. Bilal Abbas’ superb performance throughout made this character truly unforgettable.

Danish – Mere Pass Tum Ho

Mere Pass Tum Ho told a story that was a rarity for Pakistani drama viewers. Most Pakistani dramas show the plight of women, this one showed the plight of a man whose wife, the love of his life, broke his heart.

Through this character, the writer Khalil-ur-Rehman showed how heartbreak affects a person who had trusted someone with their eyes closed. Danish’s world revolved around his wife Mehwish, when she betrayed and left him, he did whatever he could to get over her and eventually ended up being a really strong individual.

Although Danish had more courage to face the world and take risks after Mehwish left, he never got over her. He remained madly in love with her right till the end but also could not take her back.

Best Unconventional Male Leads From Recent Pakistani Dramas
Danish | Mere Pass Tum Ho

Danish died of heartbreak and left a lasting impression on the viewers. He was a male lead whose vulnerabilities became his strength.

Humayun Saeed had to showcase the pain of a husband who got betrayed by his wife and also the only woman he loved with all his heart. He did complete justice to the character, making it memorable.

Mashfak Qureshi is an entertainment journalist, who brings facts and knowledge in the simplest form and believes in questioning.

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