Thursday Drama guide: which drama to watch?

It is always a struggle to decide which channel to tune in to on Thursdays, especially with all the excellent choices in dramas being aired nowadays. ARY’s ‘Koi Chand Rakh’ with its amazing soundtrack and stellar cast, Geo’s ‘Baba Jani’ in which Faisal Qureshi as always dazzles us and last but not the least, Hum TV’s beautifully poignant and aesthetic ‘Aangan’. It can certainly be a difficult task to decide which of these is worth watching, but don’t worry! We’re here to help you out with that.

Koi Chand Rakh

Let’s start with this week’s episode of Koi Chand Rakh. Rabail (Ayeza Khan) finally has a baby daughter and her marriage with Zain (Imran Abbas) begins to see its final days. Nishaal (Areeba Habib) falls prey to even more jealousy to the point where she has to consult a doctor. It must be confessed that this episode did not impress us at all. The dialogues were so clipped and stagnant that it was painful to watch, and many times the acting itself of the supporting actors felt disheartened. Ayeza Khan does a phenomenal job in the emotional scenes she has, but it gets overshadowed by the lack of any enthusiasm by the other actors in their roles. While the story itself is entertaining to follow and has certain potential, there are aspects of the drama that stop it from leaving any lasting impact. The cast might be glamorous but Koi Chand Rakh falls just short of being perfect.

Baba Jani

Meanwhile, Geo’s ‘Baba Jani’ takes off from Asfand (Faisal Qureshi) trying to marry Nimra (Madiha Imam) to his elder sister’s son. Najiba however continues to be resistant to the idea even though her son Omair is shown to be genuine and actually likes Nimra. But the biggest point of concern in these episodes was Saqib; he tries his best to wiggle out of the true accusations Nimra had against him by manipulating and deflecting. For now, Baba Jani has maintained a steady grip on the audience through well-paced drama and action. It does not risk any rapid change in the storyline, instead relying on a tried-and-tested formula of a well-intending protagonist and the many manipulating antagonists surrounding him. While this in general has worked well for Baba Jani and we find ourselves watching the drama still, this cyclic narrative might become tedious to watch every week. However, a huge thing that works for Baba Jani is the dynamics between the father-daughter relationship aka Asfand and Nimra. Faisal Qureshi and Madiha Imam play their roles wonderfully and maintain the ups and downs of a father-daughter relationship throughout. So while the narrative style of the script is repetitive, the characterization is a delight to watch.

Aangan

And then the year’s most awaited period piece: ‘Aangan’. The drama has still continued the same level of beautiful setting and casting, the latter expanding more in this week’s episode. Muzaffar, the patriarch of the household, dies and triggers a storm which results in his three sons selling their childhood home and going their separate ways. Along them, the numerous characters such as Ama Jaan, Salma’s newborn infant and Muzaffar’s illegitimate son all scatter as well. Then the timeline jumps forward and the most awaited character, Sajal Aly’s Chammi, is introduced. Until now we had fairly loved the storyline even though we stayed mostly for the eye-catching setting. But this timeline jump results in a jumbled mess as I could not differentiate between all the new grownup characters. It took some time to remember who was who and by then most of the drama had ended. A little clearer script would have helped a lot, and especially some distinguishing quality in between the brothers as well, who were so indistinguishable that I still can’t remember their names. In the end, the dreamy set and cast can only hold our attention for so long before we lose interest due to the confusing storyline.

Verdict:

All three of these dramas are so unique in their own way as well as genre and concern that it can be difficult to compare them. However, since they air on the same day my suggestion would be that if you’re looking for some typical Pakistani drama that is thrilling and entertaining and you don’t pay too much attention to things like acting or quality, Koi Chand Rakh would be your safest bet. Not only is it the highest rated drama of all three, it also isn’t too convoluted or complex to distract you and in the end does has the thrilling factor down to perfection. Since it is the most popularly liked drama currently, of all of these dramas, Koi Chand Rakh comes out at the top. But if you want a more peaceful evening with a distinguishable family drama and a more slow  paced action, Baba Jani will be perfect for your Thursdays. For me personally, the drama that truly stood out was Aangan. It has factors like visuals, music, dramatic tools, a romantic air and a historical narrative that make it stand out. It certainly is an acquired taste, with certain dense dialogues and the poetic atmosphere. But I thought Aangan is doing exceptionally well and will likely get better ratings in the future as well.

Which of these do you think is a better choice? Let me know in the comments!

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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