This Monday was another great lineup of dramas for us to watch! Aatish, Dil Kia Karay and Bandish were equally thrilling and of high demand overall. We have been following each of these dramas closely for the past few weeks and can honestly only say that we are impressed with the way they have recently developed.

Aatish (HUM Tv) MD Productions

What an episode! After this episode, we definitely know which drama is in our top favorite dramas. This episode, the aftermath of Shehryar’s discovery dawns on him finally as he begins to mull over his mistakes; perhaps his biggest discovery is when he finds out Asma was pregnant with his child. But since he can’t find her anywhere, the guilt begins to eat his conscience away. On the other hand, Salar runs after Maria to try to convince her to come back but he too faces a staunch Maria unable to forgive him. While the supporting characters in their right have impressed us, it is the two leading actors Azfar Rehman and Hina Altaf as the characters of Shehryar and Asma that really have us hooked! In this episode, the acting range of Azfar Rehman really became the highlight of the show as he managed to display a series of emotions ranging from guilt and sorrow to anger in a very excellent manner. We’re especially fond of the fact that the character of Shehryar is played so naturally by him that we can’t tell the difference sometimes! The equally talented Hina Altaf also kept her acting prowess in the spotlight with a different approach; while Asma’s pursuit of some sort of shelter marks most of her storyline, Hina Altaf gives it more dimensions by adding in extra emotions in every facial movement. Both of the actors complement each other and have made Aatish one of the most enjoyable and well-made dramas we have seen yet!

Dil Kya Kare (Geo Tv) 7th Sky Entertainment

Continuing on its storyline that is softer than other dramas but equally compelling to watch, Dil Kia Karay introduced a new plotline when Saadi and his father get robbed by people who secretly are trying to threaten them regarding their business deals. Saadi and Aimen finally have their waleema this episode and throughout, Arman puts on a brave face to hide his own pain. Feroze Khan seems to really be owning this character, which is quite different from his other roles in Romeo Weds Heer, Khaani etc. This serious yet sensitive character however really seems to be suiting him. The only thing that would help this drama more would be to introduce more diverse plotlines to make it more interesting while maintaining its characters.

Bandish (ARY) Big Bang Entertainment 

Quite a lot happened in last night’s double episodes that had us excited! Madiha finally receives a rude awakening when her husband Junaid tells her he has married another woman and doesn’t want to live with her anymore. Here we start to get some insight into these characters’ previous lives, as Madiha reflects on the time when they were young and in love. This scene was a nice break from the grimness of the rest of the drama. Aleena continues to be possessed and starts to instigate the other family members. Sania and Hania, already devastated from the fact that their father has a second wife, refuse to let any more suitors visit them until their troubles are over. But when they call a religious peer to visit their house and he tells them about the black magic hanging over their house, it seems as if their troubles have only just begun. The episode ended when Madiha runs into Sumbul herself and we finally find out a connection between the two and the story starts to make sense; Sumbul was Madiha and Junaid’s university friend who loved Junaid. But something happened between them that made Sumbul so vengeful. We are loving the way the story is unraveling as new things are discovered each episode. The pacing in that way is good as not all is revealed in an instant; this is a sign of good writing, and Bandish is definitely in good hands!

Verdict

Such a tough choice, but we already know which drama we loved this weekend: Aatish! Good writing, well-directed sequences and two talented leading actors to die for…. what isn’t there to love about this drama! Bandish and Dil Kia Karay are not far behind and have good characteristics as well, but Aatish has made itself a special place in our hearts as it reaches its climax and is nearing end.

We would love to know your thoughts on these dramas!

Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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