Drama Guide: find out which drama did well this Sunday!

Sundays are a time for you to relax and unwind with your favorite TV shows or movies, and we know you would rather not waste your time debating which drama to watch on television. The three dramas airing on a Sunday that caught are attention are the comedy series Romeo Weds Heer by Geo, Tajdeed e Wafa on HUM and Hoor Pari on A-Plus. After watching last night’s episodes of these respective dramas we will recommend which of these is worth your time and which isn’t.

Romeo Weds Heer (Geo Tv) 7th Sky Entertainment

Pakistani comedies can either work really well or fail completely. Romeo Weds Heer tries really hard to be a slapstick comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously and to some extent, it works. It’s not too serious to watch and when one wants to relax and not think much about production or writing Romeo Weds Heer is a perfect option. However, even then, the subpar writing comes in the way of us fully enjoying this comedy. The dialogues are unnatural and the acting feels forced and scripted too. Perhaps some people might not focus too much on such details, and the drama is certainly doing very well in ratings and popularity (maybe the catchy title song and the much loved duo of Sana Javed and Feroz Khan has something to do with that). But as far as production value and writing goes, the drama has a lacking.

Tajdeed e Wafa (Hum Tv) MD Productions

This drama falls on the complete opposite end of the spectrum with its largely tragic elements of the plot. Last night’s episode continued this theme as Neha has an accident and suddenly Asher is left stranded all alone, which is tragic to see since Neha and Asher had finally made up. Arsal tries to placate Hareem after breaking up their engagement but Hareem firmly rejects any apologies he has. The drama is quite grim to watch and every action sequence is planned as if to create even more tension in the story. But there never is any relief or any solution to the problems, such as Neha’s accident coming right when their marriage finally begins to fix itself.

Hoor Pari (Aplus) Production of Mubashir Hassan

A-Plus’ Hoor Pari surprisingly falls in the middle of these two in terms of quality. It depicts the story of a widow trying to get by in life with her two daughters who she wants to marry off, but it is Fehmida’s own past that comes back to ruin her life. It is only on its episode 3 but the drama has unfolded spectacularly. However, it again falls trap to the same old clichéd storyline of dramas. My personal biggest peeve about this drama was the unnecessarily drawn out monologues on characters either crying or thinking. Monologues can be a very effective tool if done right and the actors are experienced. Here, this just ends up making the drama tedious.

Verdict

While the quality might not be exceptional, of all of these Romeo Weds Heer does end up being better than most. The other two are simply too tragic for the sake of being tragic for my taste. Although its jokes could certainly be worked upon, Romeo Weds Heer is a better distraction for my Sunday night rather than watching characters die and wail over the same old losses.

Which of these dramas do you prefer watching? I would love to know your thoughts 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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