Drama Review | Raqs-e-Bismil | Cast & Characters

I know, I know… It has been almost a year since Raqs-e-Bismil started to air. The question is, why now? Well… there are three reasons that I’m watching the drama now. And there is only one reason I didn’t watch it earlier. Let’s get to both.

Raqs-e-Bismil is a Pakistani television series premiered on Hum TV from 25 December 2020 to 9 July 2021. It is directed by acclaim film director Wajahat Rauf and produced by Shazia Wajahat under Showcase Productions. It features Imran Ashraf and Sarah Khan in leads.

My sole reason to not-watch the drama when it started

The teaser didn’t entice me enough. It came across as a dark and serious drama, something that I avoid if I know beforehand. I like rom-coms and romance. This one promised to have some romance, but the premise just wasn’t good enough

My reasons to watch the drama

1: Hashim Nadeem’s writing

Parizaad is one of the most intriguing and engaging drama at present.

2: The current lot doesn’t have the kind of romance I like. I hope that Raqs-e-Bismil has the intense romance that you can feel. The current lot isn’t as engaging either. If they are, I have to wait for a week to watch the next episode.

3: Imran Ashraf

Imran Ashraf brings the characters to life in a way that you start to fall in love with his story. Whether it is Adam from Mushk or Bhola from Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, he wins our heart every time.

4: The title itself: Raqs-e-Bismil

Ram Prasad Bismil used to dance a lot. His dance is called Raqs-e-Bismil… Just kidding… Raqs-e-Bismil means Dance of the Wounded. The title itself is so poetic. I can expect this drama to have one of the finest written dialogues.

5: Binging is fun.

Cast & Characters

Moosa and Family

Imran Ashraf as Moosa

Male protagonist. he is a bit of an extremist, something we don’t want to see in a protagonist.

Mehmood Aslam as Pir Qudrat Ullah Shah

Moosa / Essa’s father. He is too stubborn and arrogant regarding his Syed caste. A man who never bends for his rules even if a woman is pleading for mercy.

Nida Mumtaz as Hajra

Moosa / Essa’s mother

Momin Saqib as Essa

Moosa’s younger brother. He isn’t as fierce as Moosa but he fears (see what I did there?) his brother and his father

Anoushay Abbasi as Sakina

Moosa’s cousin and razayi sister

Javeria Abbasi as Khadija

Sakina’s mother, Moosa’s razayi mother


Zohra & family

Sarah Khan as Zohra

Female protagonist

Gul-e-Rana as Anna ji


Farah Nadir as Saeeda



Rashid Farooqui as Saranga


Saleem Mairaj as Murad a.k.a. Namurad


Furqan Qureshi as Malik Shahryar


Taha Humayun as Kamran

Sakina’s lover


Farrukh Darbar as Guru ji


Benazir Khan as Chanda

Zohra’s best friend

Fariya Hassan as Sitara

Moosa’s fiancée

Shehzad Malik Pir Fazal as

Sitara’s father

Shazia Qaiser as Shaista

Sitara’s mother


Sajid Shah as Shehbaaz Gill


Azeem Sajjad as Tauqeer


Tahir Jatoi as Faizi

Laila’s bodyguard and Saeeda’s husband


Noor Alam


I will add more names as I go along.