2017 has showcased dazzling talent in television. Our male actors have gone above and beyond, pushing boundaries and exhaling the most magnificent and illustrious acting in dramas. Pakistani television has always cast audiences into an immersive state, hopelessly attaching body and mind to emotive characters onscreen, and while this is nothing new, these particular male artists have ultimately done what only the finest actors can do – they bring society from blur into focus, bringing forth new outlooks that we never knew existed.
So without further ado, here are 2017’s best male performances ladies and gentlemen (in no particular order).
Noman Ijaz, ‘Sang-e-Mar Mar’
Veteran actor Nouman Ijaz shone as the ruthless, unkind father raising his family in a rural Pashtun tribe. With a crisp accent, an incredibly terrifying physical presence and facial expressions to raise all hairs, Noman once again proved himself as one of Pakistan’s greatest living legends.
Paras Masroor, ‘Sang-e-Mar Mar’
Paras played the vengeful Torah, vowing to spill blood after his Bengali mother is unjustly murdered for not being of a Pashtun heritage. Paras was a silent plotter and his hushed planning onscreen went hand in hand with aching nights where he basked in his mother’s memories. We hope to his more of this impeccable talent in 2018.
Adnan Siddiqui, ‘Sammi’
Adnan shone as Rashid and kept the drama afloat as the unsung hero; and while Adnan continues to defy norms with his growing array of roles, it’s his particular stint on ‘Sammi’ that projected the actor as someone who sets the screen ablaze, even if he hasn’t got a single dialogue to roll out.
Bilal Abbas Khan, ‘Rasm E Duniya’
New kid in town Bilal has already proven himself quite the actor, and he’s only joined in on the race. While his role on ‘O Rungreza’ put him on the map, it was his character, the romantic Faarib on ‘Rasm E Duniya’ that displayed a mature side to his fiery talent, thus reinstating the fact that he isn’t just a pretty face. The boy can act to save his life.
Sami Khan, ‘Rasm E Duniya’
What can one say about Sami Khan? The man has been in the acting gig for a lifetime, and kudos must go to him for outshining each and every time. While playing an antagonist Harib, we can’t help also root for him with guilt – that’s the beauty of an actor really, to get audiences on your side despite being so despicable.
Imran Ashraf, ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’
Imran Ashraf, my goodness sir – take a bow. The phenomenal actor raised the bar as transgender Shammo, and while the drama might have fluctuated in storyline time and time again, it is Imran Ashraf who soared higher than cloud nine. Where is his Oscar? Where is his Emmy? Shammo is a character that will forever be cherished – a character very few can pull of so beautifully.
Shehzad Sheikh, ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’
Shehzad Sheikh came in full bloom as Basit, the humble man with a sturdy moral didactic compass. Shehzad’s softness exudes unfailingly, and his role as the budding artist from a lower class just adds to the many roles this man impeccably seeps into. Bravo!
Zahid Ahmed, ‘Daldal’
Zahid Ahmed outdoes himself as Shuja, the man who is blinded by money, and will do just about anything to attain it. Zahid is fantastic, he’s brooding, he’s lovable, and he’s hateable too. He invokes such emotion within the audience, it’s hard to not be utterly bedazzled by him.
Ali Kazmi, ‘Baaghi’
Ali Kazmi does such a great job of being gloriously sadistic and very vicious, this man deserves an accolade. He falls in love with Saba’s character, cheats on her once he’s bored, all the while with a cheeky smile on his face. A villain so vile, Ali Kazmi ladies and gents.
Feroze Khan, ‘Woh Ek Pal’
Often cast as the antagonist, Feroze Khan as Arish is entirely a different ballgame. He lives in his haunting past, having killed an innocent boy in a road accident, and spends his days seeking redemption. Feroze is confident in every role – there’s no denying that, and his acting skills give him all the credibility; he’s one of the best we have.
Imran Ashraf, ‘Tau Dil Ka Kia Hua’
Another nomination for Imran Ashraf as Tipu, a far cry from his role as transgender Shammo. Imran oozes into every role thrown his way, and he does it all so effortlessly, it really is no wonder this man is swiftly outbidding his contemporaries.
Gohar Rasheed, ‘Mujhay Jeenay Do’
A relatively newer drama albeit, however, Gohar Rasheed deserves early recognition as the man forced into an arranged marriage with a young child. It’s heart-wrenching watching him, and it’s inspiring at the same time – the man is the definition of a method actor.
Shazli Khan, ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’
Shaz has come a long way since ‘Moor,’ and his stint as Daniyal on ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’ further strengthens his growing archive, as the lawyer fighting for justice. His acting is commendable, and while his character has tough obstacles hurled his way, Shaz grips you as a character to treasure for years to come and root for undyingly.
Ahad Raza Mir, ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’
Ahad’s role in the latter part of this thrilling drama is award-worthy. We see the transition from a carefree young boy to a man fighting his demons after the death of his brother. Ahad is coruscating as Asfandyar, and although his facial expressions are limited to the odd few outbursts, his containment of his reserved personality is still just as riveting.
Mohammed Ehteshamuddin, ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’
What can’t this man do? Mohammed sir directs just has breathtakingly as he acts, and his role as Sajal’s father Khalil deserves appreciation and honor. He’s contemptible as the man abusing his wife, and killing her in the process – yet he never so much as stutters, as his wickedness travels through the drama; however it’s only at the time of his own death where we see him stripped down, beholding a sea of emotions that make you wonder – wow, this man really can act.
Which is your favorite performance of 2017?