5 Performances That Contributed To Sana Javed's Stardom

With Dunk, Sana Javed Continues To Play Strong Characters That Contribute Towards Her Rising Stardom

5 Performances That Contributed To Sana Javed's Stardom
Sana Javed

They say that actresses in Pakistan don’t have much to do except look pretty and cry on screen. Obviously, they have seen Sana Javed in action, for she has graduated from supporting roles to roles that support women. In her upcoming play Dunk, the teasers of which are out, she seemingly plays a university student who is sexually assaulted by her professor, and decides to take a stand against him. This is not the first time she has done something this explosive on-screen; her career is full of such characters that have made strong women love her for she represents them.

Sana Javed as Lubna in Pyare Afzal (2013 – 2014, ARY Digital)

She was not playing the lead in Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s super hit drama but it opened doors for the young actress. As the younger sister of leading character Farah (Ayeza Khan), she was the one who came up with the plan of asking Afzal (Hamza Ali Abbasi) to play Farah’s love interest so that their parents can call of her engagement ceremony. However, neither of the girls knew that Afzal was in love with Farah for a long time, and that complicated matters for all of them. This Nadeem Baig drama helped Sana Javed graduate to the A league and she intelligently planned her next steps to becoming of the most recognized faces in the country. The people who associated her with Pyare Afzal were soon to be shocked for she made the most of the bigger roles that were offered to her.

Sana Javed as Mahnoor in Zara Yaad Kar (2016, HUM TV)

Within two years, Sana Javed became Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s leading lady in Zara Yaad Kar, where she was paired with a rising star Zahid Ahmed. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the role was a sort of prototype for Mehwish in Mere Paas Tum Ho, penned by the same writer. Here Sana Javed’s Mahnoor is married to Zahid Ahmed’s Hadi and while he is in love with her, she detests him for his low income, and standard of life. When she meets Waqar (Yasir Mazhar) she wants to marry him without knowing that he is a fraud who doesn’t love her. Sana Javed’s performance made her a household name and people detested her character for divorcing a caring man and going for someone who was all fake. Sounds a lot like Mere Paas Tum Ho, right? Well instead of killing off Hadi here as he did in Mere Paas Tum Ho, the writer made him opt for someone who actually loved him, and he made his ex-wife marry the servant of the man for whom she left him. Served her well!

Sana Javed as Sanam Ali Khan in Khaani (2017 – 18, Geo Entertainment)

What’s the best way to make the audience forget your most memorable performance? Do another memorable one that is even better than the previous one and Sana Javed did just that with Khaani. Written by Asma Nabeel and directed by Anjum Shahzad, Sana Javed plays a strong woman here who refuses to forgive the man who killed her twin brother. She excels in the character of ‘Khaani’ and makes the audience believe that if you know what’s right, it’s better to stand for it than take a fall against someone who believes he is in control. Khaani was not just the most-watched play of the year, it engaged the audience like never before, thanks to Sana Javed’s stellar performance. She didn’t get an award for her performance but the audience loved Khaani so much that it broke all records and is now available on Netflix.

Sana Javed as Afreen in Darr Khuda Se (2019 – 2020, Geo Entertainment)

After playing the powerful character of a girl who wants nothing but justice for his twin brother’s death, Sana Javed changed gears to play another strong character in Darr Khuda Se. Written by Sarwat Nazeer, the play reunited Sana with her Khaani director Anjum Shahzad who made her deliver her second masterclass performance under him in two years. Here she plays an employee Afreen who slaps her womanizer boss (played by Imran Abbas) when he tries to harass her in office. He then makes sure that her life is ruined but she stays adamant and tells her parents that even if they don’t believe her, she has Allah on her side. In the end, she manages to prove her innocence which in fact is the innocence of all those women who face workplace harassment every day. During the second half of the year, it was pitted against another Sana Javed starrer (Ruswai, more on that below) and her fans were delighted to watch two of her dramas on one day.

Sana Javed as Sameera in Ruswai (2019 - 2020, ARY Digital)

And then there was Ruswai where Sana Javed’s performance was at par with Khaani, if not better. Written by Naila Ansari and directed by Rubina Ashraf, the drama made the audience realize that our society has no sympathy for a rape victim when in fact they should; it also taught the audience how the heinous act destroys the life of a woman in our society. Sana Javed was the best thing about the drama and it helped the careers of both Minna Tariq and Osama Tahir who played her sister-in-law and brother on-screen respectively. Sana Javed’s solid performance made the audience relate to her, and it was instrumental in making the drama popular as the viewers waited each week to find out what would happen next. Had her character Dr. Sameera not stood for what’s right, and challenged her own parents and the parents of her husband whose attitude towards her changed for no fault of her own, Ruswai might have gone down as just another play. Its closeness to reality and ability to engage the viewers made it one of the most popular dramas of 2020.

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