By now Surkh Chandni has proven itself a must-watch for everyone! With a strong story and a cast that has worked together to give one of the most emotional performances of their careers, Surkh Chandni has checked all our boxes. But most important of all, there is consistency with every episode.

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This week Ayda loses the court battle against Jawad as predicted, and slowly her own family starts turning against her. Her parents experience turmoil as they have to bear people’s comments about their honor, and Ayda’s brother specially abandons her fully.

Meanwhile, Amaan continues to be Ayda’s only support and ray of light. Each character has been established pretty well until now and their dynamics within the story are solid as well.

One thing’s for sure: the acting of Surkh Chandni is definitely one of the main reasons the drama is so impactful as it is! Of course, the writing plays a large role but the delivery of those dialogues only have so much impact because of the immense effort on behalf of every cast member. Sohai Ali specially has shown herself to be more than just average with acting that genuinely is the reason I sympathize so much with Ayda! She doesn’t always reduce everything to mere crying and lamenting either; even though most of her scenes are immensely painful, they still are unique in their own right. The talented actress truly deserves praise for the effort she has put into this role, as well as Osman Khalid Butt and Asad Siddique for their equally gripping acting as Amaan and Jawad respectively.

This episode had some of the most memorable scenes, including the one in which Ayda’s father is praying in the mosque and crying. Asma Nabeel has definitely worked hard on making some scenes stand out so much. Of course, it is a dark and disturbing story to tell which might put off some viewers. But it nevertheless is a story that is necessary, and perhaps most unfortunate of all is one that speaks the truth. There might be objections to the drama only showing the suffering of the victim instead of the perpetrator being brought to justice, but just like reality it is an unrealistic direction for the story.

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Justice is rarely, if ever, served for these victims in our society. However, that doesn’t mean Surkh Chandni lacks any hope whatsoever. This episode also introduced the NGO people that had helped Ayda’s surgery, which might hint that they will be the ones helping Ayda in future episodes instead of the flawed justice system or anyone around her. So this episode definitely wasn’t all dark, and there is hope for Ayda’s future!

I’ve become invested in Ayda’s character a lot in only these few episodes, which speaks in favor of Asma Nabeel’s brilliant writing and Sohai Ali’s skills as an actress as well. I’m excited to see what the next episodes bring for Ayda and those around her.

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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