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One of the most tragic deaths of perhaps our favorite character in the drama occurred this week as Shayan too becomes victim to Wajih. While Mannat starts to gradually recover, it is Shayan who is the reason why she is returning back to normal in the first place. However, Wajih puts a damper on all of that when he shows up unexpectedly and causes a scene, leading to Shayan getting hurt and then dying. It cannot be expressed how disappointing it was to see Shayan die since he was one of the few characters in the drama that actually made it worth watching and not so negative.

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Emmad Irfani’s acting in this episode was phenomenal, and specially became more heartwarming in the scenes where Shayan is shown to take care of Mannat during her recovery period. The way he takes care of her and tends to her every need was refreshing to see on television, where usually the roles are always switched. In fact, overall Emmad Irfani has really made Shayan’s character our favorite one in dramas these days and he deserves all the credit for making Cheekh worth watching! While Mannat was mostly shown recovering and didn’t really have a lot of action, Saba Qamar plays well alongside Emmad Irfani and the duo made every scene work for them. One complaint would be that Mannat’s character is missing the dynamic personality she had in the a couple episodes before, but that cannot be attributed to the talented actress who has worked really well with what she got!

Which brings us to the biggest gaping flaw that has plagued Cheekh: the writing. Zanjabeel Asim Shah definitely knows how to write a script that will get popular and grab the population’s attention, but popular doesn’t always mean good writing. The way the last few episodes have panned out,  it seems that the drama’s focus has shifted from raising awareness about issues in society to sensationalizing the grief people undergo while being victimized by such problems. At this point in the drama, it seems like so many people have suffered and have died while seeking the truth that for the common viewer, justice seems like a flawed institute with no hope for those who suffer under it. While the episode’s end did show that multiple people witnessed Wajih’s crime and gave statements against him, it seems a bit too little too late. Will this late-served justice in the drama be able to redact the initial negative impression viewers have received? And will it be able to convince us, after all the physical and mental toll that Mannat has experienced, that justice is something worth pursuing at all?

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The message of the drama seems to be garbled beyond recognition, but the cast members and those working behind the scenes on the direction has been doing their best in making this drama a worthwhile experience. So while the writing in itself is flawed, the rest of the drama is definitely worth watching if one does not take its arguable central message to heart.

  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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