Jalan (Urdu: جلن‎, lit.'Jealousy') is a Pakistani television series premiered on ARY Digital on 17 June 2020. It is produced by Fahad Mustafa under Big Bang Entertainment. It stars Minal Khan, Areeba Habib, Emmad Irfani and Fahad Sheikh.The first teaser of the series premiered on 3 June 2020.[1][2][3][4]

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GenreRomance Drama
Written bySidra Sehar Imran
Directed byAabis Raza
StarringMinal Khan
Areeba Habib
Emmad Irfani
Fahad Shaikh
Theme music composerBackground Score:
Salman Khan
Deniss Tanveer
Sk Studio
Opening theme"Bhoolne Ki Koshish Karna" by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes31
ProducersFahad Mustafa
Dr. Ali Kazmi
Production locationKarachi
Camera setupMulti-camera setup
Production companyBig Bang Entertainment
DistributorARY Television Network
Original networkARY Digital
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJune 17 (2020-06-17) –
December 16, 2020 (2020-12-16)
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The serial received huge criticism due to its misogynistic and regressive approach.[5][6][7]


Nisha( Minal Khan ) and Misha( Areeba Habib ) are two sisters who belong to a middle-class background. Nisha is a selfish girl who is used to snatching better things from her sister which Misha gives her happily. Misha is nicknamed Meenu by her family. Nisha likes her cousin Ahmer( Fahad Sheikh ) who loves her intensely and becomes engaged to her. Later Asfandyar's( Emaad Irfani ) proposal comes for Meenu. Seeing that Asfandyar comes from a rich and elite background, Nisha becomes jealous of her sister and tries to point out flaws in him, but the two eventually get married, much to Nisha's distaste.

Nisha seeing her sister's expensive gifts and big house trying to break her engagement with Ahmer, behaving rudely with him in the process. Both of their families and Ahmer disagree, and instead set the wedding date. Nisha starts plotting her evil plans and makes Ahmer look bad in front of her parents by accusing him of bringing a knife to kill her, leading to their engagement being broken, while she also tries to come closer to Asfandyar, trying to manipulate him.

Ahmer confronts Nisha with Asfandyar in a Mall, where Asfand is seen holding Nisha's hand. Misha asks Ahmer to go away and never come back. Ahmer tries to tell Misha about Nisha's character but she ignores him. Nisha comes back home and tells this to her mother and father. They call Ahmer's mother and ask to keep Ahmer away from Nisha. Ahmer's mother passes away.

Tanveer(Nisha's father) and Sajeela(Nisha's mother) go to Lahore to attend her funeral and leave Nisha at Asfand's home as they think it is inappropriate for Nisha to go there. Nisha tries to get closer to Asfand, standing very close to him, going places without Misha and many more plans. Asfand also shamelessly falls in love with her.

After some time, Nisha's parents think that Nisha is attached to Asfand's house so they decide to come back. Nisha's parents go to pick Nisha but she refuses, her father forces her to go back home and Meenu also ask her, so she unwillingly goes. Aside, Misha finds out she is pregnant. Soon, Ahmer is forced into a wedding with Areej but Areej loves Ahmer. Nisha then continues to separate her sister from Asfand, who shamelessly falls in love with her and thinks about divorcing Meenu. One day, Misha finds out about their affair, she throws Nisha out of their house and gets ill and is shifted to the hospital, where Nisha's parents hear Nisha and Asfand talking romantically.

Nisha is forced to marry one of her cousins, but she runs away from her house and goes to Asfand's house where he welcomes her. A while later, Asfand's sister Kinza comes to Pakistan to visit him and sees Nisha with him in his house. His sister demands him to go and get Meenu from her home, but instead, she goes there and finds out about Nisha and Asfand's relationship. Kinza slaps Asfand for his betrayal and calls him disloyal, which ends up in Asfand divorcing Misha in front of her family and Nisha, where Misha faints and is taken to the hospital, where she gives birth to her son, Hadi Asfandyar.

Menu tries to get in contact with Ahmer to apologize for everything that happened, since she has realized Nisha was as bad as Ahmer described her, but he is in London for work, so his wife Areej picks up, which is a surprise to Misha who doesn't know Ahmer was married. Areej passes on to him that Meenu wants to apologize.

After the birth of her son, Nisha calls Meenu about her upcoming nikkah with Asfand and tells her that if she comes, she should come without her son. Menu sits there and recalls her memories, spotting a container with gasoline in the room. She ignites a fire on the balcony and jumps into it, in an attempt to end her life. Nisha and Asfand are married, after which Kinza announces that she will separate her part of the family's business and property shares.

The unfortunate events continue for Misha's family, as Misha dies in the hospital. Ahmer tells himself that he will never forgive Nisha and Asfand after all the things they did to Meenu. Asfand and Nisha go on a honeymoon where Nisha finds out about Misha's death but does not care instead becomes happy. Asfand finds out about it as her sister Kinza was distributing zakat among the poor and needy. Asfand starts to see through the greedy side of Nisha after she accuses him of cheating with her because his sister has 51% of the property and business. He begins to regret the things he did to Meenu. Ahmer returns to Nisha's life after becoming rich and is still cold-hearted towards Areej.

Ahmer also meets Hadi, Misha's son. Ahmer invites Nisha to his house where he almost falls for her when Areej walks into Nisha and Ahmer and becomes angry at her husband and leaves but Ahmer stops her. Ahmer realizes that Nisha is pure evil and Areej sincerely loves him which also makes Ahmer fall for his wife Areej. On the other hand, Nisha gets pregnant but aborts the baby which ended up in Asfand trying to kill Nisha for aborting their child. Kinza comes to wish Asfand it was his birthday and found them fighting, Nisha shouts at Asfand and reveals to Asfand why did she abort the baby and asks for a divorce. Asfand blames Ahmer to be behind this. Asfand throws her out of his house. Nisha calls Asfand disloyal and a characterless man as he shamelessly fell in love with Nisha and ignoring the women he once loved, Meenu. Asfand regrets what he did to Misha. Ahmer introduces Areej in front of Nisha's parents. They forgive Ahmer and ask for forgiveness for what they did to him. Nisha's father, on the other hand, dies from Nisha's betrayal, recalling both sisters' childhood and what Nisha did. On the other hand, Nisha is doing all possible things to separate Areej from Ahmer.

But when Nisha tried to attack Areej, Ahmer decides to go back to Lahore to keep Areej safe, calling Nisha to be mentally disabled. Nisha was now alone and was seeing Misha's Ghost constantly. Asfand recalls Misha's memories and claims to be disloyal to Misha and thinks he should die. Kinza asks Sabra(their maid) to burn Nisha's belongings. She also decides to take Asfand to America along with her, but she finds him dead while reciting namaz/prayers. Nisha drives out of the house in fear and is badly burnt in a car accident and lost all the complexion and beauty she had earlier. Ahmer and the whole family celebrates the prediction of a newborn of Ahmer and Areej. Nisha's mother now lives with Ahmer and his family. Nisha is then shifted to a women’s home as her family had disowned her. The show ends with two ladies talking about Nisha's deeds and Kinza visiting Asfand and Misha's grave.


  • Minal Khan as Nisha Tanveer, Misha's younger sister.
  • Emmad Irfani as Asfandyar, Meenu's ex-husband now Nisha's husband.
  • Fahad Sheikh as Ahmer, Meenu/Nisha's cousin, Sajeela's nephew Areej's husband.
  • Areeba Habib as Misha Tanveer/ Meenu, Nisha's elder sister, Asfandyar's ex-wife, and Haadi's mother (dead).
  • Hajra Yamin as Areej, Ahmer's wife.
  • Maira Khan as Humaira, Ahmer's sister, Meenu/Nisha's cousin, Sajeela's niece.
  • Nadia Hussain as Kinza, Asfandyar's sister.
  • Mohammad Ahmed as Nisha/Meenu's father.
  • Sajida Syed as Sajeela; Nisha/Meenu's mother.


In November 2019, it was announced that Minal Khan, Areeba Habib, and Emmad Irfani were collaborating on the project.[8] As Khan appeared as an antagonist for the first time in her career, she commented that through playing the character of Nisha, she hoped to "bring versatility to her work".[3]


On 5 June 2020, Khan announced in an Instagram post that the serial would premiere on 17 June on ARY Digital.[9]


Despite Negative Reviews Jalan Drama Received Blockbuster Ratings And Continuously Topped Slot ratings and always was in the Top 5 Pakistani Urdu weekly serials.


Jalan met with extreme negativity right when the initial teasers were released. The storyline of a girl going for her own brother-in-law was quite controversial and people began criticizing the serial.[10] After giving few warnings regarding the show, PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority) decided to ban the drama[11].[12] People said this show was taking the youth in the wrong direction, and felt this show could ruin the society.[13] Many also called Jalan's entire story predictable [14] but also admitted the viewers are hooked onto this show. Some people went as far as to bash Minal Khan with disgusting and derogatory terms,[15] but Minal Khan brushed off the hate by saying “If I say I wasn't expecting the backlash I’d be lying.. I knew it'll affect my personal life. People bash you personally”. The show started with lower ratings and views due to the negativity surrounding the series but many began to praise the execution and high production value, as well as the acting done by the cast.[16] The show started getting higher ratings and regularly topped the ratings and on YouTube, it began grabbing millions of views in hours internationally. It has gotten a lot of fame and recognition and despite criticism still intact for the serial, it has gone up in audience consumption heavily.[17]


  1. ^ "Minal Khan wants to bring versatility to her work with 'Jalan'". Daily Times. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  2. ^ "Minal Khan is getting out of her comfort zone". Samaa TV. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  3. ^ a b "Minal Khan wants to bring versatility to her work with 'Jalan'". ARY News. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  4. ^ "Minal Khan talked about her drama 'Jalan' that received much criticism". The Nation. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  5. ^ Rida Lodhi (22 March 2021). "Why the bad woman is so good for the TV industry". Express Tribune.
  6. ^ "Is Fahad Mustafa Promoting Misogyny Through Dramas?". News 360. 26 December 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  7. ^ Afreen Seher (7 March 2021). "Why are drama serials trivialising suicide?". The News.
  8. ^ "اريبا حبيب جلد نئين ڊرامي جلن ۾ جوهر ڏيکاريندي -" (in Sindhi). Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  9. ^ "Minal Khan on Instagram: "#Jalan starting from 17th June @8pm on @arydigital.tv 😍 @razaaabis"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  10. ^ "Minal Khan talked about her drama 'Jalan' that received much criticism". The Nation. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  11. ^ "List of Pakistani Dramas Banned by PEMRA in 2020 – Showbiz and Fashion". Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  12. ^ sulaiman, ghazala (2020-07-24). "Jalan: A Story That Will Be Bashed but Will Get Ratings". HIP. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  13. ^ "ARY Drama Serial "JALAN" becomes the Center of Criticism, WHY?". Humari News. 2020-06-21. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  14. ^ admin (2020-07-02). "Pakistani Dramas That Are Not Serving Any Purpose". Reviewit.pk. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  15. ^ Saleem, Hina (2020-08-16). "Minal Khan Talked About The Criticism She Is Receiving After Jalan". Reviewit.pk. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  16. ^ "Jalan – A Story Of Betrayal, Greed, and Jealousy". Trendinginsocial. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  17. ^ meter.pk/review/Jalan/ "Jalan – Review Meter" Check |url= value (help). www.review meter.pk. Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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