Besharam is a 2016 Pakistani drama serial that premiered on May 10, 2016 on ARY Digital. It is directed by Farooq Rind and written by Sarwat Nazir. It stars Saba Qamar, Zahid Ahmed, Atiqa Odho, Rehan Sheikh and Fia Khan in pivot roles. The serial is produced by Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Nasib under their production company Six Sigma Plus.
Besharam revolves around three women, Sara (Atiqa Odho), Mishelle (Saba Qamar) and Sofia (Fia Khan), and apart from them the serial also has Malik Raza and Zahid Ahmed as the male figures of the story. Besharam deals with the social issues of glamor industry, upper-class family, and its struggles. Haider Bakht (Zahid Ahmed) is an aspiring politician who has aims and missions to make the country better and lives in a small house compared to Mishelle with his sister and mother. Haider’s sister is engaged with her paternal cousin Qadeer who works in a government office and has a sister Saba.
Qadeer’s father is the brother of Haider’s father who is against of Haider joining politics and wants Saba to get married to Haider but Haider refuses as he wants to focus on his career. After Haider refuses, Qadeer’s father takes the decision of breaking the engagement of Humna (Haider’s sister) and Qadeer. On the other hand, Mishelle is a top model of Pakistan and because of this fact her father Tahir Malik who is a politician shoots himself after hearing her daughter’s insult from his friends. Meanwhile, Mishelle gets in a relationship with a boy named Daniyal Ahmed, however Daniyal’s father also gets in a relationship with Mishelle’s mother which ends their relationship. The next night Mishelle and Haider get invited in a talk show in which they have a couple of arguments leading to their marriage as they both challenge each other live. As Mishelle is a daring person, she accepts the challenge and gets married to Haider but isn’t accepted by his family. This leads to Qadeer and Humna’s end of engagement and Mishelle’s mother to not look at her face again. Haider’s mother insists Haider to leave Mishelle as she is a model and can’t adjust in the family but Mishelle and Haider gradually accept themselves as a couple and to give this marriage a chance.Later on, Mishal saves Saba when she’s on a photo shoot and helps Hamna in escaping from new proposals.
The series was reviewed positively, in a review Sadaf Haider of The Express Tribune states, “Besharam provides a great opportunity to explore attitudes towards certain professions, be it politicians or models and more importantly; the different criteria we use to judge men and women in our culture.” Highly appreciated