24th January Thursday 2019 Dramas

After a long week, Thursdays are finally here and along with it comes three of the most popular dramas currently on air these days. Whatever taste you may have, Thursday dramas have it all! Aangan for those of you who like that vintage, historic background, Koi Chand Rakh if a more thrilling story is what you seek, and Baba Jani for those of you who prefer to sit back and relax without having to worry about unnecessary and over-the-top plotlines.

Aangan (Hum Tv) MD Productions

While it got off to a bumpy start specially with the confusing story arcs that had us all struggling to remember who was who, Aangan has taken its time this episode to settle into a steady rhythm as well as explore the characters in depth and let the audience get to know them better. It is Mazhar’s household that is in focus mostly this episode, as Safdar (Ahsan Khan) finds that he is still not accepted by Mazhar’s wife despite all these years. He also has a love interest in the form of Tehmina (Hira Mani), which was an arc that didn’t really create any interest in us. It was Aaliya (Mawra Hocane) who had our attention, since her development as she goes to a British school despite her father’s hatred was more interesting overall. We’re glad that they chose this pathway for Aaliya’s character as it makes the story more riveting. We have our fingers crossed that Aangan will continue to clarify its plot in future) episodes and does not confuse us even more!

Koi Chand Rakh (ARY) IDream Productions

Zayn (Imran Abbas) surprisingly has a change of heart and sees the error of his ways in this week’s episode as we see him beg for forgiveness from Rabail (Ayeza Khan). In a moment of sweet revenge, Rabail refuses to forgive him. And as always, Nishaal is shown crying over the smallest discrepancies and causing more trouble than she is worth. Recent developments hint that Zayn will probably return to Rabail but what will be interesting to see is how Nishaal will handle the news. The plot seems almost predictive at this point, and there is not much left to dredge up from the script. The drama has certainly been a ride from the start, making sure not a moment is left dull. Even though many times the episode was overly dramatic and some scenes seemed tacky, it continues to lead in ratings of all dramas.

Baba Jani (Geo Tv) Connect Studios

Asfand’s (Faisal Qureshi) marriage to Mehwish (Faryal Mehmood) does not turn out to be a bed of roses as Asfand had hoped it would. Mehwish and Nimra (Madiha Imam) lock heads over numerous issues around the house. The fact that his new wife and daughter are unable to get along well becomes Asfand’s new worry in life. Keeping in mind that Baba Jani has certainly known its own advantages and has used them well, it is kind of disappointing to see this new turn in the story. One of the positive things about this drama had been that it did not resort to typical Pakistani drama clichés. That is, until now. The stepmother-daughter fighting is so overplayed that watching it happen to these characters seemed unreal, especially since Nimra acting in such a manner is so uncharacteristic of what we’ve been shown. This entire new direction Baba Jani is taking seems like it’s trying to extend the time it has, but sometimes stretching out the story becomes the reason for the show’s fall in viewership.

Verdict

Koi Chand Rakh seems to have the formula right; it blends the right amount of pathos and drama with attractive cast members and uses these factors to its advantage. Perhaps this explains its extreme popularity these days. Aangan comes in a close second but has yet to find its grounding; it will probably take a few episodes before the plotline takes off. Until it does, Koi Chand Rakh is the best bet for audiences.

What do you think? 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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