The popularity of Pakistani dramas has been huge ever since the beginning of their production in the 1960’s. These television shows gather large audiences in front of the TV screen not only in Pakistan, but also in India and the Middle East. Thanks to the modern means of communication, they can be watched from any corner of the globe. Traditionally, they have covered topics such as love and the achievements of famous people, but recently they have started to touch upon various social issues as well.The Main FeaturesMost Pakistani dramas have traditional format. They fall into two main categories. These include telenovelas, which tell one story in many episodes, and anthology series, which tell a different story in every episode. There are also miniseries, but they are not as common as their counterparts. Most series are in Urdu, but there are ones in other languages spoken in the country as well. Watch video in link below
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While these series have traditional formats, they have unique length. They typically end in less than one year. They do not have hundreds of episodes like the popular Western soap operas. They do not have seasons like the traditional anthology series. The small length is actually considered a benefit since the risk of audiences getting bored with a show is extremely low.The drama series cover a range of topics. The traditional ones include love and romance, family ties, betrayal and honor. In recent years, the shows have began to cover socially important topics like domestic violence, child marriages, racism and the fight against terrorism. Most series are based on novels which are adapted for television, but this is not always the case.Romance is undoubtedly the most popular genre for Pakistani dramas. It includes recent award-winners like Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Aunn Zara. It has two main subcategories. The first one is middle-class drama which typically tells the story of two people fighting for their love in an urban setting.