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Dasht (Urdu: دشت‎, Dashh-th) (English: Dessert) is a Pakistani drama television series. It is a Balochi tribal love story directed by Abid Ali and F H Qureshi written by Munnu Bhai.[1][2] Noman Ijaz and Atiqa Odho acted in lead alongside supporting actors such as Ayub Khoso, Abid Ali, Noor Muhammad Lashari, Fazila Qazi, Asad Malik & Sabiha Khanum.[2]

Written byMunnu Bhai
Directed byAbid Ali & F.H. Qureshi
Music byWajid Ali Nashad
Opening theme"Dasht" by Ameer Ali Nashad
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Producer(s)Abid Ali
Production location(s)Balochistan, Pakistan
Running timeApprox. 40-45 minutes
Production company(s)Network Television Marketing (PVT) Ltd
Original networkNetwork Television Marketing (PVT) Ltd
Original release5 February –
2 July 1993

Dasht aired on 5 February 1993 on Pakistans first private channel NTM and won critical acclaim and was a major commercial success catapulting Atiqa Odho and Nauman Ejaz onsreen pair to stardom.[2] Audiences appreciated the screen chemistry between Atiqa Odho and Nauman Ejaz the duo later worked together in several successful dramas including Nijaat (1993), Talaash (Telefilm 1994), Arzoo Jeenay Ki Tu Nahin (2014), Khan (2017) and are often referred to as Pakistan television's most loved on-screen couple.The drama also launched the successful debut carrier of Asad Malik.[3]

Music composed by Wajid Ali Nashad lyrics written by poet, critic, playwright Atta Shad.The soundtracks of the drama were equally successful and popular.The cinematography of this drama is also unique first time in Pakistani television history a series of songs were used which is well received by audiences (which is rather rare in a Pakistani drama). Atiqa Odho's balochi attire and jewellery and Nauman Ejaz dressing style Balochi chaddar & Bughti Shalwar became a trend.[4][2] Shugal Pakistan ranks the drama amongst the "11 Unforgettable Classic Dramas of Pakistan".[5]


The story is set among three warring tribes in rural Balochistan (in Pakistan). Born into this tribal warfare are Shahtaaj Atiqa Odho and Balaaj Noman Ejaz. Despite being surrounded by violence all their lives, both are gentle souls with a love of music and poetry. While both are from opposing tribes - they ultimately fall in love! Fearing that their union could unite two tribes, the head of the third tries everything to stop this from happening. The Drama was a tale of unrequited love and parental opposition while the culture, thinking and issues of tribes in Balochistan served as sidelines of Shahtaaj(Atiqa Odho) and Balaaj(Nauman Ejaz) story of two youngsters from rival tribes who fall in love.. The plot was a modern-day take on classic tragic romance stories such as Layla and Majnun, Heer Ranjha and Romeo and Juliet.


  • Atiqa Odho as Shahtaaj Hamza Salari / Shahtaj Mir Balaaj Mehdi /Shahtaj Mir Guwaraam
  • Nauman Ejaz as Mir Balaaj Mehdi (Sardar Zakaullah Mehdi's son and Shahtaj's first husband (dead)
  • Ayub Khoso as Mir Guwaraam(Sardar Hamza Salari's nephew and Shahtaj's second husband)
  • Abid Ali as Shams Shah
  • Shaista Jabeen as Duresham
  • Nena as Hani
  • Fazila Qazi as Sajjal
  • Asad Malik as Mir Bebarg Mehdi (Mir Balaaj and Shahtaj's son)
  • Noor Mohammad Lashari as Sardar Nadir Jumbail(Antagonist)
  • Rasheed Naz as Sardar Zakaullah Mehdi(Father of Mir Balaaj Mehdi)
  • Mohsin Gillani as Sardar Hamza Salari(Shahtaj's father and Mir Guwaraam's uncle) (dead)
  • Sabiha Khanum as Dai mah
  • Zahid Saleem as Nuro
  • Robina Arshi as Sakeena


Studio album
GenreDrama soundtrack
ProducerAbid Ali
No. Song Singer(s) Length
1. "Pehlta Asman Hai Peghalta Aftab" Ameer Ali Nashad 01:45
2. "Washi e Bah" Humaira Chaudhry 05:58
3. "Yeh Ankhein Haseen Ankhein" Humaira Chaudhry 05:59
4. "Rabab Kehta Hai Muj Se" Humaira Chaudhry, Ali Raza 04:26
5. "Yeh Dil Bhi Zakhm Hai" Humaira Chaudhry 02:30
6. "Mein Ne Kushboo Ko Bhi Cho Kar Dekha" Humaira Chaudhry 03:20

Critical receptionEdit

In 1993, Atiqa Odho & Nauman Ejaz onsreen pair "shot into stardom" following the release of Dasht. According to critics "The drama which proudly displayed Baloch traditions, was memorable in terms of its dialogues, plot twists, superb acting, cinematography and music.[2] Dasht was Abid Ali's first self-produced and self-directed drama serial which became a hit project of its time and this happened to be the first ever private production in Pakistan.


  1. ^ امین, سعدیہ (2014-08-05). "ہر دور کے سب سے مقبول 20 پاکستانی ڈرامے". Dawn News Television (in Urdu). Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  2. ^ a b c d e امین 2014.
  3. ^ "Heroes or Uncles?". Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  4. ^ Qamar, Saadia; Sara; peace; Samar, Abeer (2014-12-20). "Naumaan Ijaz: Keeping it real". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  5. ^ "11 Unforgettable Classic Dramas of Pakistan". SHUGHAL. 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2018-03-12.