9th February Saturday 2019 dramas

Saturday’s our favorite day of the week, and not just because it’s a time to relax. The three dramas that air on this day are all the rage, with Khud Parast, Cheekh and Ranjha Ranjha Kardi leading in overall ratings. Dramas like Cheekh and Ranjha Ranjha Kardi have also amassed a huge social media following, and for good reason! Read on to find out what is it about these dramas that has all the people so hyped.

Khud Parast (ARY) Big Bang Entertainment  

After the fallout from her baby’s death and her separation from Hannan, Uswa springs back up from recovery surprisingly quickly. In a conversation with her mother who asks her if she felt nothing for her baby, Uswa reveals her nature when she says that she couldn’t feel anything for someone she hadn’t even met. Adeel sees his chance with Uswa and does his best to convince her to marry him, but by now Uswa’s trust in love has waned and she refuses. Uswa’s own mother begs her to, as they are in the danger of losing the house. Hannan and Beenish are still at Hannan’s phuppo’s house, bearing the weight of what had happened. In one scene, Hannan encounters Uswa with Adeel and realizes he cannot escape from this harsh reality. Uswa’s true character was explored very well in this episode and although the way she talks about her dead baby is insensitive, other times the audience begin to understand her reasoning. For example, when she talks about love and how men use it as an excuse, it is very well delivered. Ramsha Khan does her best in portraying this self-obsession and is extremely believable as well.

Cheekh (ARY) Big Bang Entertainment

So much to unpack in this one episode! Let’s jump right into the main revelation: we finally find out the culprit of Nayab’s murder. As we had predicted, it was Wajih! The way the revelation unfolded was honestly one of the best scenes on TV that we have seen for a while. Mannat who had suspected Wajih for quite a while sneaks into his room and looks around, and Wajih catches her in the act. Frustrated with this constant scrutiny, he agrees to reveal everything to her as long as she keeps her mouth shut. The scene where Nayab and Wajih’s interaction is shown before she is thrown off the roof was pretty uncomfortable to watch and we’re glad the show’s director decided to not make it too graphic. It was well-handled and Bilal Abbas Khan had us in shock with his acting! He reflected the conflicting emotions of Wajih so well on screen that we were honestly impressed. Saba Qamar also acted pretty well in the role of a woman stuck between a choice of her family or the truth. It will be interesting to see what Mannat’s choice will be and how Wajih will react as well. Suffice to say, Cheekh has us all hooked!

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi (Hum TV) MD Productions

While Cheekh certainly has the thrilling factor right, Iqra Aziz and Imran Ashraf have made a special place in our hearts with their characters in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. It might not have the mystery and thrill like other dramas, but it makes up for it more than enough with the beautiful writing and the heart-touching moments in the drama. This episode, Komal reveals to Noori how Bhola’s “friends” harass her on the way to college, and how Bhola is helpless against them. So Noori takes matters into her own hands and confronts the men and even beats them up. This was my personal favorite scene because you don’t just get a look into Noori’s headstrong character but also the change within her; she is no longer scared of standing up to injustice. Also, Noori starts to treat Bhola better and although it is baby steps, the two characters start to come to an understanding. Imran Ashraf’s acting cannot be praised enough and he honestly deserves all the awards!

Verdict

As always, these dramas are so close together that it is hard to decide which one is ultimately the best. While the ratings are in favor of Cheekh, the other two dramas aren’t far behind. Cheekh definitely deserves this win because it really has understood the formula for a good drama and every member of the cast exceed expectations.

On second spot, its Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. Most dramas do have adequate writing, but the writing of this drama is definitely something special. And of course, there are so many moments in the drama that promise to be memorable. Lastly, Khud Parast also pulls its own weight by expanding on each character and the actors do their best to reflect this change as well!

What were your thoughts on these 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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