India is in love with Pyaare Afzal

Published: August 27, 2015
Fans across the border excitedly tweeted their love for the drama.

Fans across the border excitedly tweeted their love for the drama.

Rarely does Hamza Ali Abbasi manage to steal hearts, but his drama Pyaare Afzal has garnered much love from audiences across the border with his inimitable performance.

The Pakistani drama — a huge hit in Pakistan — is currently being aired on Indian TV channel Zindagi TV. India seems to be smitten by Afzal played by Hamza, as they pour their love for him on Twitter.

Written by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar and directed by Nadeem Baig — the story revolves around a carefree man Afzal Subhanallah who is the only son of Maulvi Subhanallah.

Read: Runaway hit ‘Pyaray Afzal’ to grace TV screens again

He falls in love with Farah (Ayeza Khan), a rich mill owner’s daughter, and asks for her hand in marriage. Considering his carefree attitude, the parents refused and a heartbroken Afzal leaves Hyderabad and moves to Karachi. Soon, he becomes caught up with the wrong people and becomes an infamous gangster working for the government.

Due to its immense popularity, the last episode of the romantic drama was screened in various cinemas across the country and became the first TV serial to hit the big screen.

Read: Indian channel served legal notice for airing Pakistani drama

First it was Mahira and Fawad’s hit romantic drama Humsafar, then Fawad Khan’s Daastan (renamed Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam) and now Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Pyaare Afzal. India is loving every show that Pakistanis are producing and it doesn’t seem to be because of the actors per say, the scripts have fans wanting more.

Read: Fawad Khan all set to impress Indian audience in comic role

The script, dialogue delivery, background score and overall finesse of the drama won Indian over and they couldn’t stop gushing about it

Here are some of the reactions:

Their love did not go unnoticed. Khalil-ur-Rehman saw the positive response his show garnered and took to Facebook to express his gratitude to all Pyaare Afzal fans in India.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Khurram
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:29PM

    When I first read that PA is going to be screened in India, I knew it will be a huge hit. Its one of the most finest serials Paksitan has ever produced.Recommend

  • Mansoor
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:30PM

    No one who can resist the charm of Piyare Afzal. Amazing drama.Recommend

  • Salman Naseer
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:33PM

    The article does not mention if the last episode has been aired on Zindagi or not. If it is still to conclude, wait till the last scene. My Indian friends, it will break your heart in a way you would want it broken a thousand times again!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:02PM

    Pakistan might be Punjabi, but India is not Punjabi. We don’t watch Punjabi India.Recommend

  • Aug 27, 2015 - 5:11PM

    @ajeet: Do you guys even read before commenting?Recommend

  • sahil
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:18PM


  • Bilal
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:18PM

    Note for Tribune
    Hamza Abbasi ALWAYS steals hearts. Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:19PM

    Urgent need to get this Jihadi literature off our screens.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:23PM

    Firstly, this is not a movie but a drama. Secondly, it is in Hindi/Urdu language and not Punjabi. Thirdly, Pakistan is not only Punjabi and dozens of other languages are spoken here.Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 27, 2015 - 5:55PM

    Your statement clarifies the level of literacy. I wish the column was in hindi, maybe then you would have read it a little before whining.Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 27, 2015 - 6:12PM

    need to ban this nonsense.Recommend

  • Usman777
    Aug 27, 2015 - 7:33PM

    Ajeet. We are not a ‘punjabi’ country. Although if u dont have a punjabi friend , i highly recommend u make one to color your life.

    Even within punjab there are other ethno lunguistic groups such seraiki, jats, kashmirirs, urdu-speakers.

    We are the worlds biggest pushtun country.
    We are sindhis. Baluch. And 20 more ethnic groups. We r also kashmiris. They r the one that raise pak flags in srinagar. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 27, 2015 - 7:46PM

    Thank god I don’t have your type of literacy. There are lots of states in India where Hindi or Urdu is nit spoken.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 27, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Indian: yes need to ban this <== nonsense!!!Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 27, 2015 - 9:02PM

    Looks like only Saif and some male Indians don’t have faith in Pakistan, whose opinions could be cared for even a bit anyways.


    How does it feel your women enjoying Pakistani shows while you try to incite them against us?Recommend

  • Abhijit
    Aug 27, 2015 - 10:47PM

    I haven’t watched this show , however what strikes me is the claim that they are very popular in India. The TRP’s don’t reflect the claim.

    Not saying that the shows on Zindagi are bad, just that there is almost no hard data to support it. I watched Zindagi Gulzar Hai and a bit of Humsafar and loved them….but I haven’t met very many from my part of the country actively following ZindagiRecommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 28, 2015 - 1:44AM

    Lol…i have first time heard about this guy and his serial… Just put his pic on any Indian site n i don’t think anyone will recognize him Recommend

  • Vicky
    Aug 28, 2015 - 1:50AM

    @Azi…99.99% Indians don’t know the name of top pak actors and their movies….even our tv serial actors hv much more money and fame then top pak actors…
    and how does it feels when your actresses keep coming India to work ..while you try to incite them against us? :)Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 28, 2015 - 5:53AM

    Pakistani scripts remind me of what Bollywood once was – before it got that awful name. India needs to concentrate more on the story-line than glitz and pizzazz.Recommend

  • Wowowow
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:10AM

    Warning. This drama has an extreme downer endingRecommend

  • Amandeep singh
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:13AM

    India is In love with this serial??? Lol…hahaha so unknown actors from unknown serials claim their popularity on unknown basis,,,don’t know how many unknown serials claim their popularity, when Indians are not aware of those serials :)
    just go to any Indian site you can rarely find any news related to pak in our mediaRecommend

  • ABC
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:14AM


    We all know people like you sacrifice everything to watch Pyaare Afzal and then come here to show you hate it. I feel sorry for you and your mental healthRecommend

  • indian punjabi
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:54AM

    the reason for low trps of this channel is not so good production techniques no lighting no hd content no set building they mostly shoot on real location woth natural light, need better budgets, and indians cant relate to havings two wifes or three wifes which these dramas usually show,,, Recommend

  • Ash Kumar
    Aug 28, 2015 - 4:05PM

    I have liked ‘Humsafar’ and ‘Zindagi Gulzar hai’ but this guy is insufferable. I guess all the things he says in his personal life have put me off. And it is true that a LOT of people in India like Pakistani dramas. They are much better executed, the stories are better, the length is bearable. Recommend

  • Aug 28, 2015 - 5:01PM

    I am from india and i watch ..pyare afzal..i like it. But among my frnds only one watch zibdagi. Even my mualim neighbor dont watch zindagi… they see tarak mehta when i watch pyare afzalRecommend

  • Nomi
    Aug 28, 2015 - 11:55PM

    Rest assured, we love it here in Kashmir.Recommend

  • Ayati
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:08AM

    I love watching Pak dramas. Many of them are excellent. Having said that pls dont go hyperbole by saying “India loves this and that drama”. Half the population of India doesnt even understand Hindi/Urdu and they have their own dramas in regional languages. Even in Hindi built, many dont identify with the culture shown in Pak dramas.Recommend

  • sweeets
    Aug 29, 2015 - 2:33PM

    Well those who are saying that pakistani dramas are not watched there so let me remind you that there are fans of pakistani dramas since 1980’s Many of your actors like Amitabh and Ranbir kapoor stated that they even bought cassetes of our pakistani dramas and used to watchh them not even this kajol stated that indian drama maker should learn from pakistani drama.Does nt it seens like its enough if the pakistani content was not worth in Indai the channel must had take off injust few nonths but despite that the channel celebrated 1 year with please stop you drama bazziii.If pak dont have a film background but it has a huge tv industry that indian tv cant match its one step how foolishely they make unrealistic and buzzz dramaz.The urdu is our faith and that is the success of our industry we love it.Recommend

  • Gazala
    Aug 29, 2015 - 11:02PM

    This serial is fab.m in love with this one
    Starcast, music story evrything is just perfect
    Best serial so far
    Yes m in love with pakistani drama pyare afzalRecommend

  • situ
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:07AM

    i love this serial..way better than humsafar for god’s sake…humsafar was too much emotional to handle..this one is awesome!! love the cast specially hamza..and the dialogues are too good. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:00AM

    Oh God, when did we ask Indians to air Pakistani dramas, and if there is no liking for Pak drams then how come u are calling fawad, Ali, Mahira, to get a place in ur film Industry or any other industry is just a matter of how popular that particular Actor is….if they were not followed neither loved they wouldn’t have given lead roles, If i tell u about 80’s Indians used to lined up in ques out side a video shop to rent out the cassettes of Dhoop Kinarey and other hit dramas…it is well understood that even though u like them but accepting it….no way… India is changing and that’s good, all those who have access to twitter are sharing sensible comments but those who can only visit our pages cannot digest the headlines…hahahaRecommend

  • Lila
    Sep 10, 2015 - 2:12AM

    Hey, I just wanted to say that I don’t endorse this or any similar articles. We are indeed going hyperbole. I’m not proud of these or any other comments stating India’s obsession with our dramas. They have their own much bigger industry. Besides, not all Pakistani dramas are that good. If something is good, any reasonable person will appreciate it. So, if ZGH nn Humsafar were liked, it is a credit to Indians themselves; they can appreciate good from bad. Also, that goes to show that we should have faith in ourselves. I didn’t wish to comment, but thought to defend my country; there are reasonable people here too.Recommend

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