ARY has always aired numerous dramas that highlight some of the biggest problems society faces in a way that reaches a wide array of audience members. With the new drama Surkh Chandni, the issue that is being brought to light is acid attacks, and from the first two episodes we can already predict the impact this drama will have!
The first two episodes set the stage by introducing each of the characters and their nuanced relationships with each other, establishing the conflict from the get-go. Ayda is the main character who is a soft-spoken and sweet girl in love with Amaan, her cousin. Ayda’s sister-in-law and brother are the cause for much concern for the family, but it is a neighboring boy Jawad who becomes the person who ruins Ayda’s life by stalking her endlessly.
With a star-studded cast, excellent cinematography and a story that is sure to reach the hearts of everyone, Surkh Chandni has gotten a strong start indeed!
The biggest thing that pleased me about this drama was definitely the acting of each member of the cast. Sohai Ali and Osman Khalid Butt promise much for future episodes and really established their characters well in their respective scenes. However, the roles held by Asad Siddique (who plays Jawad) and Mansha Pasha ( who plays the sister-in-law) have really stood out from the get-go.
While both having negative roles, the way they play them is translated well on-screen and truly deserves recognition! So far, the cast has worked off of each other really well and the tension on-screen is presented adequately. Of course it still remains to be seen how they develop but for the starting episodes, the cast can rest assured that they have each impressed us!
Directed by Shahid Shafat and written by Asma Nabeel, you can surely expect the highest quality of both writing and direction from the drama! The dialogues were heart-wrenching at times and fun to listen to in others. As far as the direction is concerned, everything has been smooth-sailing and actually has a very aesthetic look to it that I found pleasing to watch. The set has a vintage vibe to it which I particularly enjoyed.
For a story that is so dark and depressing, the set has reflected the nature and the theme well enough. The only matter of concern is how this story will be treated as it develops further. There certainly has been a rise in the trend of social issues in dramas and many of these projects either sensationalize topics that are sensitive or drag them out too long.
From what we have seen as of yet, Surkh Chandni is top-notch, but we will simply have to wait and see before giving a final verdict on the story itself! The first two episodes have been enjoyable and the cast are a delight to watch, a feeling which will be short-lived as the ending hinted that the makers won’t be building up too much tension for the climax.
It’ll be interesting to see how this drama fares in today’s climate where so many social issues are being addressed in below-par ways on television and thus misrepresented. Hopefully, Surkh Chandni will live up to it’s hype!
What were your thoughts on Surkh Chandni’s first episode? Do let me know in the comments!