After last night’s episode, a few things have become clear. Firstly, the drama has been dragged on for so long that at this point even the writer  has started repeating plot devices and events. And secondly, for a cast that is so talented and hard-working, it is disappointing that the drama is losing its touch because of being dragged. No doubt the leading actors and even the supporting cast have made Cheekh so dynamic even now, but I could not find any other positive aspect in this episode. A resolution must be reached quickly in the drama before it drags on for far too long.

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This week’s episode could literally be summed up in the same manner as last week’s. Wajih tortures Mannat, the law generally favors Wajih’s side and Mannat suffers in silence. There are so many repetitions of these three scenes within every episode that the pattern has become obvious to every viewer. Either the writer got tired of coming up with new plot devices or just thought this tried-and-tested formula would work each time.

However, as we have seen through examples of other great dramas that fell prey to this very fault, it never is a good idea to drag on something that is better ended. And for a drama that depends so much on the element of shock and suspense, it is the basic requirement for any murder-mystery to keep everything in the plot in flux. How this simple aspect could have slipped through and ended up ruining such a good drama is beyond anyone. But the general air regarding this episode is the same: in their attempt to try to keep the drama going, the makers of Cheekh have ended up ruining the biggest advantage they had.

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There was one saving grace for the episode and that was the acting. Even in the really bad episodes that seem unsalvageable, the actors have been brilliant and done so well. Saba Qamar has given the role of Mannat such dimension that she can quite possibly be one of our favorite female characters. It certainly is not the actors’ fault that the writing of the show has steadily deteriorated and become dragged. Their talent is depicted in the way some  of them make the most dislikeable characters loveable.

Aijaz Aslam as Yawar has really shined in that role, and even though Wajih’s character is the biggest example of lazy writing, that doesn’t stop Bilal Abbas from making him one of the scariest villains of TV. Thus, while the writing can be criticized certainly for being flawed, the actors have done their job to the best of their abilities and deserve their respective credit for it.

While it is disappointing to see how much they have dragged Cheekh, there still might be some saving grace for the drama if they end it in the next few episodes and wrap up all the loose ends nicely. It would have made sense to drag it this way if we didn’t know who the murderer had been, but since Wajih was revealed as the culprit a long time ago it makes no sense for this long time period. However, once again, the actors have done their best and they deserve to be appreciated for their hard work and dedication!  

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What were your thoughts on this week’s episode of Cheekh? Do 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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