In every drama serial, the supporting cast plays just as important a role as the main cast. Such characters are used to facilitate the lead characters and help in the development of the story. A lot of times, the writers add a lot of layers in these characters to show how they also have it in them to shape the story and add more depth into the situations. There are a lot of times when the supporting cast overshadows the main cast because of their strong and convincing performances.
Pakistani drama industry is filled with such immensely talented actors and actresses who may not play the lead roles but always do justice to the supporting roles they are assigned with. It goes to show that for all these hardworking artists, a role big or small doesn’t matter, what does is how realistic and measured their acting is and how they get to portray their characters.
Let’s take a look at the 15 best supporting actors that Pakistani drama industry currently has:
Ali Abbas is a measured actor like his father Waseem Abbas. It doesn’t surprise the viewers that he had this acting in him because he definitely takes it after his father. Ali Abbas has the tendency to adapt to any role that is assigned to him and do complete justice to it. Although Ali Abbas often plays supporting characters, he makes his presence felt and makes sure that his performance is not forgotten or undermined in any given way. Currently Ali Abbas is being seen in Geo TV’s Deewangi and he has taken a very different role than usually what he does, but he has given it a perfect treatment and makes it exciting for the viewers to see his character. Ali Abbas doesn’t shy away from experimenting and takes up different roles. He definitely is one of the best supporting actors of Pakistani drama industry.
Meharbano is picky about the projects she chooses, however due to her theater background, she shows how acting comes naturally and effortlessly to her. Meharbano’s dialogue delivery is one of the strongest aspects of her acting. She has a few dramas to her credit but now she is seen in more dramas and makes her presence felt. She is playing the role of Shanzey in currently on air drama serial Ghalti and is one of the best characters of the lot, not to forget with phenomenal acting done by her to make this character memorable.
Sami Khan is one of the finest actors that Pakistani drama industry has seen. Sami Khan has been a part of the industry for a long time, therefore he has done some dramas as a main lead too but now he has ventured into supporting roles, which gives him a lot of margin to take up different characters and experiment more. Sami Khan’s performances in Inkaar or Ishq Zahe Naseeb showed that acting not only comes naturally to him but he has all the tactics up his sleeve to make it flawless. Sami Khan’s best performance was in the drama serial Khudgarz where he surprised his fans by showing that he had it in him to do justice to such complicated roles too.
Usman Mukhtar is the recent find of the industry. He has a theater background that is why he gets to adds dimensions into his characters. He rose to fame after the drama serial Anaa went on air and people loved his and Naimal Khawar’s pairing in the drama. Usman Mukhtar became an overnight sensation and this is the reason, his fans and Pakistani drama viewers in general started looking forward to his next venture. Usman Mukhtar is the kind of actor who excites his fans and makes them anticipate his projects. This is one of the reasons why his association with the drama serial Sabaat was used as one of the selling points of the drama. People are looking forward to his entry in the drama and they know they will not be disappointed. Usman Mukhtar is the kind of actor who does not rush and believes in the quality of his body of work.
Mansha Pasha has been a part of the industry for a very long time. Her first ever drama was Humsafar and she has been actively acting in different dramas ever since. Mansha Pasha has shown improvement over the years and she makes her presence felt in every drama that she is a part of. It was until recently that Mansha Pasha took a negative role of Shumaila in Surkh Chandni asn wowed the viewers with her phenomenal performance. Mansha Pasha’s another memorable performance was of Aliya in Mohabbat Subha Ka Sitara Hai. It was the kind of performance that left an impact and this is the reason, she bagged a well deserved award for that role too.
Paras Masroor is one of those few actors who are super selective and picky about the roles they choose. Along with being a supporting actor, Paras Masroor is more of a character actor, therefore he selects those roles in which he gets a lot of margin to perform. Paras Masroor is one of those few talented actors who literally own up every character that is assigned to them. He comes up with different looks and experiments with different get ups for each of his dramas. Paras Masroor’s performance in Hum TV’s drama serial Sang e Marmar as Torah Khan remains unforgettable till date. He is currently seen in Hum TV’s Ye Dil Mera and ARY Digital’s Jhooti and in both the dramas, his performances remain very convincing.
Aamna Malick is one of those actors who are comparatively new to the drama industry but she has already earned a name for herself. She played the role of Sila’s cousin in Dar Si Jati Hai Sila and the ease and effortlessness with which she played the role of Zaynee showed that she had that spark in her. Currently she is seen as Aiman in ARY Digital’s popular drama serial Mera Dil Mera Dushman and she has made a mark yet again with her brilliant performance. Aamna Malick has it in her to overshadow the main leads because she has refined acting skills.
Sana Askari has been associated with Pakistani drama industry for a long time. She has played numerous supporting roles in different dramas. Sana Askari makes it look very easy when it comes to acting. Her dialogue delivery coupled with her soft voice is nothing short of a treat for the viewers to watch her on screen. Sana Askari often takes up negative roles and does complete justice to them. Currently, she is seen in ARY Digital’s Ghalti drama serial and has played it convincingly.
Osama Tahir debuted in Hum TV’s Dar Si Jati Hai Sila. He left a mark and made an impact with his brilliant acting. Osama Tahir has since then been a part of a lot of different dramas but every single time, he has taken up a different role. Osama Tahir is the kind of actor who has a unique approach towards his acting career and he doesn’t believe in the monotonous work. This is the reason, in such a short span of time, he has worked in dramas belonging to different genres. He was recently seen in ARY Digital’s drama Ruswai and garnered a lot of appreciation for his performance.
Zarnish Khan has done a few dramas as the main lead but it seems she has ventured into playing supporting characters and ever since, she has taken up such roles which have given her a lot of creative freedom and margin to perform. Zarnish Khan has always garnered appreciation for her work but recently, she has polished her acting skills even more. The way Zarnish Khan takes up her characters goes to show that she puts in a lot of hard work and does her part of the research to understand how she is going to approach it. Her performances in recent dramas such as Hum TV’s Ishq Zahe Naseeb and currently on air Ye Dil Mera have shown the viewers a different side of her as an actor that they had not seen before. She has left the viewers speechless with the kind of acting she has done in both these dramas, hence making it to the list of best supporting actors of Pakistani dramas.
Salman Saeed has over the years carved a niche for himself. He has been a part of the industry and has experimented a lot in different roles. Salman Saeed has a natural flair for acting, this is the reason every performance of his is just perfect. Salman Saeed’s natural dialogue delivery which is subdued and subtle sets his performances apart and gives him a uniqueness as an actor. He believes in being experimental with his performances, this is why he has started venturing into different roles which allow him the liberty to perform. Salman Saeed’s performances in Khudgarz and Do Bol were brilliant and now in ARY Digital’s drama serial Mera Dil Mera Dushman, his performance remains stronger than ever. The best part about his character is that he doesn’t give away much and leaves the viewers guessing what his intentions are.
Mizna Waqas is a born actor. She is effortless and phenomenal. Along with being a supporting actor, Mizna Waqas is a naturally talented actor who is multi faceted and versatile. This is the reason Mizna Waqas does justice to the variety of roles that she takes up, be it comedy, negative or even dramatic. She is the sort of actress who makes it a treat to watch her perform.
Hajra Yamin is one of the comparatively new finds of the industry. She made her debut with Sanam Baloch’s comeback drama Teri Raza. Although Hajra Yamin started off with smaller roles, she has marched her way up and has now become one of the promising supporting actors of current times. Hajra Yamin has a theater background, therefore she has a lot of knowledge when it comes to the acting craft and skills. She knows the art of voice modulation, this is why she sounds like a dream in all her dramas. Her latest role of Ramsha in Hum TV’s popular drama serial Ehd e Wafa has earned her a lot of appreciation and has helped her prove herself further.
Ali Ansari has been a part of the Pakistani drama industry for 5 years now. In the span of his active years, he has worked in a lot of different dramas as a supporting actor. Ali Ansari surely has not only shown growth as an actor but has definitely come a long way. Now Ali Ansari is one of those actors who makes his presence felt in every drama that he is a part of. Ali Ansari is currently seen in Geo TV’s Muqaddar and has given this performance all of her energy. Ali Ansari has over the years evolved into such an actor who doesn’t hold back while performing, because of which he is able to convey all the emotions realistically.
Hajra Khan is a very strong performer. She has been a part of many dramas and has always played her part well. She is the kind of performer who knows how much emotion should be displayed in order to make the performance feel realistic and just right. This is the reason she never goes overboard and always measures the emotions she puts into her acting to showcase the mental and emotional state of her characters. In Hum TV’s Ishq Zahe Naseeb she played the role of a mean daughter in law while still having a quotient of comedy to it and Hajra Khan played it perfectly. Currently she is seen in Hum TV’s Kashf and is playing a role of a financially independent and strong-headed woman and has given it just the right approach. She surely is a very strong actor.
This concludes the list of best supporting actors that Pakistani drama industry currently has. Which of these supporting actors are your favorite and who do you enjoy watching on-screen? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.