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

Wednesdays are a busy time for us all, and there is no headspace to decide which drama to commit to watching on this day. Add onto that a long list of choices…we understand your dilemma perfectly! On HUM, the drama Tawaan airs on these days, Qaid on Geo and Kaisa Hai Naseeban on ARY. Each of these has already developed a plot and storyline and so one can only watch one of these at a time. So which one of these dramas is worth your time?

Tawaan (Hum Tv) Momina Duraid Productions

Syed Wahb Jafri’s latest directed play Tawaan follows the story of two separate couples who have their lives destroyed by a seemingly unrelated death of one of them. It is a romance and a thriller, and the plot is extremely engrossing to watch. Wednesday’s episode showed Shehroze (Emmad Irfani) pay a group of men to stop Zaman (Asad Siddique) on his way to work and beat him up really badly. This accident results in Zaman being critically injured and being hospitalized fighting to stay alive. As if this wasn’t enough, Shehroze also secretly manipulates Zaman’s new fiancée into believing that Zaman would remain crippled for life. The drama is fun to watch but if you have been keeping up with the story, it has become too stretched out at this point. The entire revenge arc has been saturated to the point where Shehroze appears childish and his original motive for revenge is no longer sympathetic. The drama had started on a really high note but has now fallen prey to the usual problem with such dramas; it fizzled out before it could really take off.

Qaid (Geo Tv) Showcase Entertainment

Qaid also has a unique and interesting storyline. Zara Noor Abbas plays Reham, a girl about to marry her college friend Ashir (Syed Jibran Shah) when tragedy strikes on her wedding night and she is arrested and faces years in prison for a crime she did not commit. The plot is extremely interlinked and connected, and the actors do a tremendous job playing their respective characters. Unlike Tawaan, Qaid keeps the audience interested in the storyline and does not drag out the plot too much. However, the production of the drama is not as impressive as one would hope. There are too many unnecessary monologue scenes and flashback sequences to events that we just saw a few minutes ago. It all makes the drama somewhat painful and tedious to watch and no one has the time to watch repetitive content such as this.

Kaisa Hai Naseeban (ARY) Idream production

Dramas focusing on social issues generally tend to do better in today’s social atmosphere, explaining why Kaisa Hai Naseeban feels much more enjoyable to watch as well as worth our time. It also has a largely younger cast playing flawed yet humane characters and not just villainous caricatures. Ramsha Khan and Muneeb Butt both do a wonderful job and are such talented actors that they make the story worth noticing. While the topic of domestic abuse is a touchy one and can easily be misconstrued, for now Kaisa Hai Naseeban has tackled it with grace and tact. It has  not overdone it for sensationalism because dramas focusing on social issues also turn that problem into a commercial commodity to sell to viewers, destroying the point of such a drama. Hopefully, Kaisa Hai Naseeban will not fall prey to this corporate manipulation and continue its excellent production and story.

Verdict

By a large margin we prefer Kaisa Hai Naseeban over the other two dramas. It has a fresh story, it doesn’t resort to typical Pakistani drama stereotypes and it has young fresh faces of the acting industry who are the rising stars. Tawaan and Qaid are not necessarily bad dramas, they’re just depicting stories we have seen countless.

What did you think? Which of these dramas did you enjoy watching more?

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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