Things do not look good for Ayda at all in these episodes! After returning home from the hospital, not only does Ayda face backlash from her brother, Shumaila and the neighborhood for having lost her honor. She also starts experiencing the emotional turmoil and guilt which leads to her rejection of Amaan’s proposal. However, Ayda does tell her mother the real culprit was Jawad, and the episode ended with Amaan leading the police to Jawad.

First Impression: Surkh Chandini Dares To Be Different

Sohai Ali Abro as Ayda

Overall, the drama has been as dark and grim as expected, which probably won’t be a suitable watch for those unable to watch such dramas. It certainly has driven home the trauma of acid attacks and the horrifying nature of these events, since every second of the drama makes sure to revolve around the subject. No time is wasted on unnecessary scenes which is a nice break certainly. the director Shahid Shafaat deserves a special mention for carrying the subject with grace. Given the heartbreaking subject, it does get hard to watch the episodes back to back. 

Surkh Chandni Ep 3-4: Magnificent Yet Despairing Depiction Of Trauma Victims By Sohai Ali Abro

The actors are definitely keeping up well with each episode as the quality is maintained throughout. Sohai Ali Abro of course has given one of her most gripping performances to date in Surkh Chandini, and we have a feeling this drama is definitely going to bring to light her talents! Osman Khalid Butt definitely shone in these episodes more as he depicted his own character’s confusion and guilt regarding everything.

Sohai Ali Abro and Osman Khalid Butt in Surkh Chandini

Asad Siddique also deserves a special mention since his acting is so convincing I found myself hating him deeply in every scene! Many times, it was hard to differentiate between the character and the actor, which is all due to Asad Siddique’s convincing acting.

As far as the writing is concerned, it has been on par with the expectations we have of Asma Nabeel. It definitely is more focused than her other works, since the drama jumps straight into the subject and doesn’t edge around it. Many times, Surkh Chandini’s message about the brutality of this culture is brazenly presented to the audience with no filter. This aspect is something I actually find refreshing about the drama since it doesn’t tip-toe around the subject and blatantly labels it as wrong and savage.

Surkh Chandni Ep 1-2: Sohai Ali and Osman Khalid Butt in a poignant, life-changing story!

Asma Nabeel definitely deserves all the recognition for destroying this culture of silence in Pakistan’s drama and film industry and using her platform to talk about things majority try to avoid.

Asad Siddique & Osman Khalid Butt

The drama cast and crew are doing a wonderful job with this projecr by maintaining a level of quality and working hard. I hope this consistency remains till the very end of Surkh Chandni, and it doesn’t fizzle out midway like other certain dramas that lose their momentum. Surkh Chandni definitely has our full attention, and we want to see it succeed and help destroy this horrifying practice that unfortunately exists within our society.

What were your thoughts on Surkh Chandni’s episodes this week? Do 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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