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Genre Drama
Written by Larry Pontius
Directed by Mehreen Jabbar
Starring Mahira Khan
Humayun Saeed
Ahsan Khan
Deepti Gupta
Ismat Zaidi
Shehryar Zaidi
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
Original network ARY Digital
Original release 30 June 2011 (2011-06-30)

Neeyat (English: intention) (Urdu: نیت‎) was a 2011 Pakistani drama aired on ARY Digital starring Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed, Ahsan Khan and Deepti Gupta.[1] This drama was directed by Mehreen Jabbar and written by Larry Pontius.[2]

Neeyat is going to air on Zindagi from 22 December 2015 every Monday to Saturday night 10:20pm.


Its all about emotions that still exist within few inhabitants of an emotionless society of New York, as they have their roots back to the socially bonded society of east.

Set in New York, Neeyat is the story of a Pakistani citizen Sikander, living and working on a temporary visa. He has been dating Aaila- a student at Columbia University pursuing her master's degree. Aaila belongs to a very strong political family back in Pakistan but maintains limited contact with them. Ismaeel happens to be a close friend of hers- a photographer by profession, he thinks he can win her over even though he is aware of her relationship with Sikander. Upset over finding out Sikander is made redundant and faced with the possibility of him moving back of Pakistan, she proposes he marries an American Citizen- a contract marriage that will allow him to remain in the country. Sikander retaliates explaining it may result in legal complications but Aaila is adamant and finally convinces him. It so happens that she runs into Mariam- an American Citizen of Pakistani origin who works as a part-time waitress and is a struggling actor barely making ends meet. The proposition of having a place to live and money in exchange for a contract marriage seems like a lottery win for Mariam and she immediately agrees to it. However, once the marriage takes place, Mariam starts wanting more- she becomes attuned to living a comfortable, stable life with a man she starts developing feelings for. Slowly but steadily, she manages to sow the seeds of discord between Aaila and Sikander and eventually succeeds is drawing them apart.

Devastated by her break-up with Sikki, Aaila finds comfort with Ismaeel. The two of them continue growing closer until Ismaeel finally proposes. Aaila is initially hesitant but gives in thinking she must move on as Sikki has too. Sikander, trying his best to keep his sanity intact while balancing his life, runs into Aaila and is shocked to know that she is engaged. In a moment of unreconciled thoughts, he proposes to Mariam and asks her to be his wife- for real this time. Ecstatic at the thought of having her dreams turn into a reality she agrees. Aaila is confused after her meeting with Sikki and decides to pursue him but is once again shattered after finding out he has married Mariam. Ismaeel struggles for attention and it is later revealed that he was suffering from some sort of mental disorder and will require treatment.

Mariam, who is being blackmailed by her ex-fiance realizes that she can’t keep up trying to conceal her past from Sikki and makes him suspicious. Sikki feels trapped in his marriage and regrets his rash decision but sees no way out either. Aaila isolates him further because she is too broken to take a chance with him again. After a series of misunderstandings, Mariam finally realizes that she can never be truly happy until she stops lying to herself. She decides to leave Sikki and give him his life back and Aaila finally comes around and agrees to start afresh with Sikki looking forward to a better tomorrow.



  1. ^ "Drama Serial Neeyat By Mehreen Jabbar". 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Pakistani tv Dramas: Drama Neeyat on Ary Digital". 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 

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