While we all stay indoors in order to maintain social distancing, here are a few local recommendations for your viewing pleasure that you can find on Netflix. Interestingly enough there are quite a few Pakistani movies available on the platform but very limited Pakistani dramas available at the moment. Out of the content available we have picked our favorite ones that are definitely worth going back to.
1.Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Sanam Saeed and Fawad Khan starrer stole our hearts back in 2012. The strong female lead Kashf and the dashing yet carefree hero Zaroon will forever remain one of our favorite characters. Written by ace playwright Umera Ahmed, Zindagi Gulzar Hai is a strong willed woman’s story about transcending the societal unfair triumphs, making a life for herself and her family before settling for a married life. A thought provoking narrative with amazing characterization and transitions in character arches as the story progresses, we don’t mind watching it over and over, will you?
The cult classic Humsafar,that gave audience the massive hit Jodi of Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan, is on Netflix. The romantic story has been penned by Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Sarmad Khoosat. The stellar cast also includes Naveen Waqar, Atiqa Odho and Saba Faisal. Take a walk down memory lane with Khirad and Ashar’s unplanned union, their highs and lows with resilience hardships and heartbreak along the way.
3.Teefa in Trouble
Ali Zafar and Maya Ali starrer action comedy is the latest addition to the Pakistani films on Netflix. The lighthearted film is certainly worth catching especially if you are in mood to cheer up amidst these testing times.
Set in the heart of Swat Valley, the visually alluring film certainly has a repeat value. Written by Osman Khalid Butt, Janaan is a hearty family film with themes of love and friendship. Starring Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf and Ali Rehman Khan, Azfar Jafri directorial is certainly a good film to revisit.
Critically acclaimed drama film Cake digs deeps into a dysfunctional family with rather eccentric parents succumbing to effects of old age, their bitter middle child who is left alone to handle affairs while their son and other daughter are abroad settled in their lives. Cake is deep, honest, raw and thought provoking family drama that will make you reach for the tissues throughout the film. If you are in for something serious this is certainly one to watch.
Directed by Bilal Lashari, action packed film Waar is on Netflix as well. Waar follows the theme of counter-terrorism and patriotism. The action sequences and cinematography is impressive along with an ensemble cast including Pakistan’s forever favorites Shaan Shahid and Hamza Ali Abbasi.
7.Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor
The animated series Allahyar and the Legend of Markhoor is also on Netflix. We rarely see animated feature films coming out of Pakistani cinema. Sadly out of the few out there only Allahyar and short film Sitara are currently on Netflix. Allahyar is a story of a young boy living in Northern Pakistan who takes it upon himself to save a talking markhor from hunters hence embarking on an adventure making furry friends along the way. If you have children who enjoy animation in Urdu this is certainly a must watch. The film has wonderful lessons of kindness towards all living things.
Which one is your favorite?