• 24 Feb - 02 Mar, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Analysis

Pakistan’s entertainment industry may not be moving in the right direction but for some handsome hunks, it is as easy to shine as ABC. Be it TV, films or both, they are always ready to impress with their acting prowess. They were a hit last year and they will prove to be a force to reckon with this year as well. Let’s check out who they are and what does this year have in store for their fans.


You may have seen him in Baby (2015) but Mikaal Zulfiqar is all set to make his proper film debut in Pakistan (don’t count Godfather please!) with Cake. Although his role isn’t that of the protagonist, his appearance in the trailer will make you fall in love with him. Add his ongoing TV projects and he is bound to have a great year that will be followed by Sher Dil in 2019.

Last/Current Projects: Alif Allah Aur Insaan (TV), De Ijazat (TV)
Upcoming Projects: Cake (Film), Sher Dil (Film)


For someone who was supposed to make his film debut in Pakistan in 2007, Ali Zafar has come a long way. Each year he comes up with a PSL anthem but this time, the teaser of his film Teefa In Trouble will be shown ahead of the opening ceremony. Directed by Ahsan Rahim and featuring Javed Sheikh and Maya Ali, Ali Zafar is all set to heat up the competition this year.

Last/Current Projects: Coke Studio, PSL anthems
Upcoming Project: Teefa In Trouble (Film)


He may be Humaima Mallick’s kid brother but like his sister, he is all set to rule hearts. Feroze Khan started Khaani as the worst possible guy on the planet but is now being hailed as the most loved person. He will reteam with director Anjum Shehzad and actress Sana Javed for Romeo Weds Heer where the Khaani duo will create a different kind of magic.

Last/Current Projects: Khaani (TV)
Upcoming Projects: Romeo Weds Heer (TV)


For the last 25 years, Faysal Qureshi has been coming to your TV screens in different avatars. He doesn’t show any sign of slowing down as well – every morning he does a morning show followed by his drama assignments that always generate the best ratings. Watch out for Khalish where he has joined hands with his Bashar Momin director to create another gem for his fans.

Last/Current Projects: Waada (TV), Zakham (TV)
Upcoming Project: Khalish (TV)


He came, he saw and he conquered – that’s Ahad Raza Mir for you. The youngster has been flying high since his debut last year and is all set to raise the bar higher in 2018 with improved performance. Not only is he making his father Asif Raza Mir proud but also carrying on the legacy of his grandfather the great director Raza Mir.

Last/Current Projects: Sammi, Yakeen Ka Safar (TV)
Upcoming Projects: Aangan (TV), Parwaaz Hai Junoon (Film)


He was the child molester in Udaari, the handsome hunk in Chupan Chupai and has lent his voice for a kid in the upcoming animated film Tick Tock. To top it all, he will also be playing double role in Ehteshamuddin’s upcoming TV play Aangan where he will be paired opposite Sonya Hussyn as well as Mawra Hocane.

Last/Current Projects: Haasil (TV), Chupan Chupai (Film)
Upcoming Projects: Aangan (TV), Rehbra (Film), Tick Tock (Animated Film)


It has been more than two decades since he made his debut yet Humayun Saeed is going stronger with every project. Dil Lagi was his comeback on TV that was followed by Punjab Nahi Jaungi that went onto become the highest grossing Pakistani film of all time. With his upcoming sequel of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, he is all set to take the competition to a whole new level – both as an actor and as a producer.

Last/Current Project: Punjab Nahi Jaungi (Film)
Upcoming Project: Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (Film)


He is perhaps the only actor who can sell any brand, host the most successful game show, act in a film that is likely to be a blockbuster and stay away from TV by choice. He is Fahad Mustafa who can do no wrong since turning producer on TV. This Eid ul Adha, he will be coming to all the screens near you with two films that have been labelled blockbusters even before their release.

Last/Current Project: Na Maloom Afraad 2 (Film)
Upcoming Projects: Load Wedding (Film), Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (Film)


A doctor by profession, a restauranteur by accident and an actor by choice, Syed Jibran needs no introduction when it comes to TV plays. He can play the ideal boyfriend, the evil brother, the villainous husband as well as the good son (adopted son if you talk about Khudgharz) with ease. This year he has a couple of projects in his armory that might surprise the competition.

Last/Current Projects: Khudgharz (TV), Ek Thi Rania (TV)
Upcoming Project: Tum Se Hi Taaluq Hai (TV)


He has emerged as one of the finest actors of the last few years – he can play the good guy, the bad guy or even the good guy who turns bad and later turns good like no one else. People were surprised to see him in Rehan Sheikh’s Azad that took four years to get released but his debut as the leading film hero might happen this year. Till then he will keep you entertained on TV with his back to back hits!

Last/Current Projects: Daldal (TV), Azad (Film)
Upcoming Projects: Pukaar (TV), Jhol (Film)


Danish Taimoor makes a comeback to TV this year after staying away from the medium for 3 years in which he did films – a lot of films by Pakistani standard. After Wrong No. and Mehrunisa V Lub U, he returned to TV although two of his films are in the pipeline. Interesting, isn’t it?

Last/Current Project: Mehrunisa V Lub U (Film)
Upcoming Projects: Ru Baru Tha Ishq (TV), Wajood (Film), Tum Hi To Ho (Film)


Five hit plays in one year is not a joke – Sami Khan proved to his fans that if you have the talent then being the antagonist or protagonist doesn’t matter. If you thought that people hated him for his character in Rasm-e-Duniya, he came back with Khudgharz; he proved to be the ideal boyfriend in Be Inteha but then broke hearts in Tau Dil Ka Kia Hua. He will be making his long-awaited comeback to films with Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s next later this year and is all set to dazzle in Mohsin Ali’s Pal Do Pal on TV.

Last/Current Projects: Tau Dil Ka Kia Hua (TV), Khudgharz (TV), Aisi Hai Tanhai (TV)
Upcoming Projects: Pal Do Pal (TV), Kaaf Kangana (Film)


    Wasif Riaz commented 5 years ago

    I’m wonder, fawad khan , Hamza ali abbasi, Bilal Ashraf and Ali Rahman aren’t in the list ...

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