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.
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
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.