Drama Guide: find out which drama did well on Saturday!

The choices of dramas for Saturday are diverse and entertaining. Three dramas have made it to our list. Ranjha Ranjha Kardi has a very promising cast, as well as it is one of the finest offerings of HUM TV. We also have Khudparast on ARY which continues its conflict between morally ambiguous characters, and also the newly started ARY’s Cheekh which promises to be another social commentary drama. All three of these dramas have relatively high ratings and are entertaining for different and unique reasons. Let’s analyze last night’s episodes of each of these dramas and conclude which is worth your time!

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi (Hum Tv) MD Productions

I feel like at this point, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi could do no wrong! Excellent writing and dialogues, tremendous efforts on the director and producer’s part, top-notch music and set, unprecedented acting by underrated actors…..this drama truly has it all! This week’s episode showed Noorie (Iqra Aziz) getting married to our favorite character on television right now, Bhola (Imran Ashraf). We finally get a more in depth perspective of Bhola’s world, the way his mind works and the negative way everyone around him treats him. A shocking revelation was his friends who treat him in a despicable way, and are also the same men who had seen Noorie run away from her house. So it certainly will cause a conflict in the future episodes. For now, Noorie is still unaware of her husband’s mental condition. The steady rise of action in every episode of this drama is commendable, as they build up enough tension before finally the character like Noorie snaps. Apart from being fun to watch, it is a treat to understand the dynamics of the characters and the story as well. Iqra Aziz and Imran Ashraf have truly proven that the right role can bring the best out of actors. After seeing Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, it is impossible not to measure up other scripts against it!

Khudparast (ARY Digital)  Big Bang Entertainment

Khudparast has the same formula for conflict that it depends on in this week’s episode as well. Frankly speaking, it is getting tedious watching these characters, none of whom have any defining quality that we relate with. The most jarring scene however was Beenish getting beaten up by her husband after Uswa accuses her of having an extra-marital affair with Hannan. It’s horrible on Uswa’s side that she would throw her own husband under the bus just to get back at Bakhtawar but honestly at this point we don’t expect anything better from these characters. Unless you want unnecessary headaches and anxiety, Khudparast really falls short of impressive and is not a worthwhile watch. Perhaps if you don’t want to invest too much attention into what you’re watching, this drama might work for you. It doesn’t require a lot of attention and the action is circular and repetitive.

Cheekh (ARY Digital) Big Bang Entertainment

While it is merely on its second episode, ARY’s Cheekh is causing a lot of excitement in the drama community with its fresh and engaging plot. By this episode we become privy to many things. Yawer (Aijaz Aslam) acts shady around the police investigator and hides evidence, leading us to suspect he either witnessed the events that led to Nayab (Ushna Shah) jumping off the roof or was the reason why. Moreover, everyone is immediately convinced that Nayab tried to commit suicide due to her father forcing her to marry an older man. There are so many factors in this drama that all tie up together. The mysterious air of the story is extremely well done and something not typically done in Pakistani dramas; while the main topic of the drama is probably going to be a rebuke against rape, this smaller factor was a surprise for me. I feel like either our dramas never venture into the thriller/mystery genre, or they go very wrong with it. Cheekh has for now done it excellently, revealing only parts of the plot to the viewer. It certainly has kept us curious to know more. By the end of the second episode, the police investigator Amir Khan reveals that Nayab had been physically violated. It comes as a shock to all of Nayab’s family and friends. But I think the way Yawer had been reacting way before he knew of this fact hints that Yawer knows the full details of what happened. There are so many shady characters that it is hard to know who to trust. Nevertheless, with amazing acting and a plot that thickens with every episode, Cheekh is our favorite one of all!

Verdict:

Cheekh definitely comes out on the top in these three. From the people who made Balaa, this type of a drama doesn’t come as a surprise but we hope they continue this same level of innovative television content. It has the highest rating for a good reason; it’s fresh, it’s well-written and every second spent watching it is time well-spent because every scene has weight and importance.

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi comes second, but only because Cheekh was a surprise for us. Otherwise, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is one of the best dramas we have seen which has maintained the same level of quality throughout. We definitely suggest giving it a watch, and I personally think it is a huge leap forward for the drama industry.

Khudparast is not necessarily a bad drama, but when compared with the above two, it certainly is a typical Pakistani drama with not much depth.

We’d love to know what you thought of these three 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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