Pakistan Television Corporation has been home to some of the most outstanding drama serials. Although the public remembers these dramas by the name of their specific characters or their stories, the main contribution in these dramas was made by the people behind the scenes. Among these people is Rashid Dar, one of the best drama directors Pakistan Television has ever produced.
Being the director of the classic PTV drama 'Sona Chandi', he made the city audiences fall in love with the simple village life, with the main character Sona and Chandi playing a village couple who end up coming to the city. The drama was one of the most successful comedy plays produced by PTV and ran for a good few years. The drama serial was written by veteran playwright Munnu Bhai and was also aimed at creating awareness among the masses about different issues.
Later on, Rashid Dar directed a long play titled 'Ragon Main Andhera' in the year 1983 as part of a series of long plays. Penned by Younis Javed, the long play depicted the lives of police officers with Rahat Kazmi, Irfan Khoosat and Jamil Fakhri as the cast members. The play ended up becoming so popular that PTV Lahore Station decided to make a whole serial out of the theme. With Qavi Khan replacing Rahat Kazmi in the serial, the series went on to become the longest running play on PTV, creating characters that are remembered even to this day.
Apart from these two dramas, Rashid Dar directed a number of other unforgettable plays. His directorial projects include popular dramas such as 'Darya', 'Patt Jhar', 'Manchalay Ka Sauda', 'Fareb', 'Khwahish', 'Ghubaar', 'Hazaron Raste' and 'Musaafat'. All of these dramas have been evidence to Rashid Dar's expertise in the art of direction and the way his dramas left a lasting impression on the viewers of these dramas.