The Rise of Pakistani Dramas in India A Look at Ishq Murshid

The Rise of Pakistani Dramas in India: A Look at “Ishq Murshid”

“Ishq Murshid,” a Pakistani drama beloved in India, combines romance, cultural depth, and stellar performances. It is a must-watch for fans of compelling storytelling.


In recent years, Pakistani dramas have carved a niche for themselves in the hearts of Indian audiences, becoming a household name across the country. 

One show that stands out is “Ishq Murshid,” a romantic, light-hearted television series that has captivated viewers with its engaging storyline and memorable characters.

About “Ishq Murshid”

Directed by Farooq Rind and produced by Moomal Entertainment and MD Productions, “Ishq Murshid” stars Bilal Abbas Khan and Durefishan Saleem in the lead roles. 

The show premiered on 8 October 2023 on Hum TV and quickly became a favourite among viewers for its unique plot and charming portrayal of love and societal norms.

Plot Overview

Ishq Murshid
Ishq Murshid

The story revolves around Shibra Salman, a strong-willed, intelligent young woman from a modest background who values her principles and family above all else. 

She encounters Shahmeer Sikandar, a wealthy young politician educated abroad who hides his true identity to win her love, as Shibra dislikes politicians.

Shahmeer’s complex past, including the tragic loss of his mother and his strained relationship with his father, adds depth to his character. 

His encounter with Shibra at a friend’s wedding sets off a series of comedic and romantic events, leading him to devise a plan to disguise himself as a poor man to win her heart.

The drama unfolds as Shahmeer, disguised as Fazal Bakhsh, goes to great lengths to be close to Shibra, even involving himself in a heartwarming act of kindness that brings him closer to her family.

Cast and Characters

The show boasts a talented ensemble cast, including:

  • Bilal Abbas Khan as Shahmir Sikandar/Fazal Bakhsh
  • Durefishan Saleem as Shibra Sulaiman
  • Omair Rana as Dawood, Shahmeer’s father
  • Samiya Mumtaz as Zubaida Sikandar, Shahmeer’s mother
  • Salma Hassan as Safia, Shibra’s mother and along with other notable actors contributing to the rich narrative fabric of the series.


The original soundtrack, “Ishq Murshid Mera,” composed by Ahmed Jahanzeb and with lyrics by Sabir Zafar, has been well-received for its melancholic classical pop genre, which adds an emotional layer to the series’ overall ambience.

Production Insights

The anticipation for “Ishq Murshid” began early, with Bilal Abbas Khan announcing the project on social media in March 2023. 

The first look of the lead actors and subsequent teasers released in the months before the premiere built significant buzz around the show.

Reception and Impact

“Ishq Murshid” has achieved remarkable television ratings and YouTube viewership, reflecting its popularity and the audience’s love for the storyline and characters. 

With consistently high ratings across episodes, it has set benchmarks for success in the television industry.


“Ishq Murshid” is more than just a television series; it is a testament to the growing influence and appreciation of Pakistani dramas in India. 

Its engaging plot, relatable characters, and cultural nuances have bridged gaps, bringing audiences closer across borders. 

As “Ishq Murshid” continues to enchant viewers, it underscores the universal appeal of storytelling, love, and resilience.

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