6 Drama OSTs That Will Make You Forget Terrible 2020

Written By Omair Alavi

6 Drama OSTs That Will Make You Forget Terrible 2020
Best OSTs So Far!

The one industry that has been on the rise in Pakistan despite COVID-19 is the drama industry. Unlike films and theatre, dramas enter the viewers’ home instead of making them come to them. And in order to make a drama more attractive, the producers insert an Original Sound Track (OST) that is not just ‘hearable’ in the background but also features as a separate music video. With Mere Paas Tum Ho and Ehd-e-Wafa (1st version) dominating the scene in the late 2019, we decided to search for those OSTs that dominated 2020 and our search ended with six dramas, the OSTs of which will make you forget the terrible 2020. Read on:


Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: Imran Raza

Music: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Unlike most dramas, Ehd-e-Wafa had two OSTs – the first one revolved around college friends and was sung by Ali Zafar, Asim Azhar, and Aima Baig – whereas this one came out when the story matured. Sung and composed by the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, it dominated the latter half of the drama and became so popular that even when it appeared in the background score, it added to the mood of the scene. Imran Raza’s lyrics highlighted the story that changed from an all-boys’ journey into a tale of brave men of the country. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan kept excelled both as the composer and the vocalist, and even today, six months after the play’s last episode, his song is winning hearts all over the world.

Yeh Dil Mera

Singer: Shiraz Uppal

Lyrics: Shakeel Sohail

Music: Shiraz Uppal

Shiraz Uppal composed a song that had a nostalgic feel; Momina Duraid made a TV drama that revolved around two generations; together, the song Yeh Dil Mera was a fit for both as it fitted the mood of the serial, as well as the mood of the creator. It was also one of the last collaborations between Shiraz Uppal and his frequent collaborator Shakeel Sohail who passed in June this year. The 1970s-feel, the sense of mystery and the suspense feel is all there in this song that was the OST of the Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly starrer, their last play together before they were pronounced husband and wife.


Singer: Nabeel Shaukat Ali

Lyrics: Imran Raza

Music: Naveed Nashad

Nabeel Shaukat Ali is one of the finest playback singers we have in Pakistan; he is also, one of the few singers who excel in other fields of music, OST being one of them. Composed by Naveed Nashad and penned by Imran Raza, the title track of Ghalati became immensely popular before the drama was aired and remained popular because of its melody, its simple poetry, and above all, Nabeel’s soothing vocals. It was not just one of the best OSTs of the year 2020 but even became popular across the border due to Nabeel’s fandom that he gained during Sur Kshetra, the competition he eventually won in 2012.

Dil Ruba

Singers: Shani Arshad and Nirmal Roy

Lyrics: Sabir Zafar

Music: Shani Arshad

Shani Arshad has been composing and singing for nearly 2 decades and has worked wonders be it with the Ufone Team (Teri Meherbani, Yeh Ada Teri Mera Dil Churaye) or with films such as Na Maloom Afraad and Actor In Law. However, he is not far behind when it comes to OSTs and the Dil Ruba OST remains one of the best amongst those released in 2020. Sung by Nirmal Roy and Shani himself, it begins with the happy version sung by the female vocalist who, sort of, represents the happy-go-lucky life of Sanam played by Hania Aamir, while Shani Arshad essays the entry of sadness in the story where many boys had their hearts broken. Whenever the song played in the background the listeners were taken back into the happy or sad times in Sanam’s life, depending on the version that was played and only a good OST can have that effect.


Singer: Ali Zafar

Music: Naveed Nashad

Lyrics: Aehsun Talish

Ali Zafar makes a grand comeback with Mushk OST that has become very popular in the last few days. But this song wasn’t very easy to write, compose and sing; due to Covid-19, Ali Zafar and music director Naveed Nashad had to coordinate on Video Call and if you have done that, you know how difficult it would have been to sing a song in that manner. Director Aehsun Talish who also acts in the drama penned the lyrics but he took more time than he ever has to complete the task. Why? Because the drama has so many shades, that to make on OST for it was impossible, yet the team completed the task and the result is a perfect OST that adds color to an already-intriguing plot.


Singer: Naveed Nashad

Music: Naveed Nashad

Lyrics: Qamar Nashad

Naveed Nashad’s OST for Saraab fits the drama perfectly; the story revolves around a girl who suffers from schizophrenia and has no clue that the person she is talking to is a hallucination. For such a story, the director Mohsin Talat needed to have a haunting OST and Naveed Nashad along with Qamar Nashad who penned the lyrics got the job done. The drama has gained popularity because of the fact that the OST is catchy, gripping, and terrifying at the same time and that the way it’s integrated into the background score is also pleasing to the ears. Out of the six OSTs we have selected for this list, three have been composed by Naveed Nashad who follows the successful 2019 with another stellar year. And we ended the last year wondering if anyone could better the Mere Paas Tum Ho OST!

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