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20 February Wednesdays 2019 dramas:

Tajdeed e Wafa has shifted to Wednesdays becoming a new contender for Kaisa Hai Naseeban and Qaid. However, it surely has a lot of competition as the other two dramas are bringing their best to the table every week! What has been happening in these dramas and are they worth watching in the future? Read on to find out!

Kaisa Hai Naseeban (ARY) IDream Productions

Tensions flare high in this highly popular drama! Ahmed’s manipulative nature is expanded on even more when he is confronted by Mariam’s parents about the way he treats Mariam. By manipulating and lying to them, Ahmed manages to get out of receiving any repercussions. The parents themselves blindly trust him and instead instruct Mariam to be more patient. In one particular scene her father tells her that homes are made through sacrifice, and refuses to hear out Mariam’s side of the story. The only one person who seems to be showing a semblance of intelligence is Affan who hears out Mariam and will hopefully help her. The drama has done such a wonderful job in raising awareness about marital abuse and we have enjoyed every minute of it. By being both meaningful and well-made, Kaisa Hai Naseeban has really nailed it with its story!

Qaid (Geo Tv) Showcase Productions

Reham’s story continues as the members of the house plot in their own different ways against her. Tasleem tries to brainwash Ashir’s mother into believing that Farah would be a far better choice for Ashir and Ashir’s mother starts to agree with her and urges Ashir to spend time with Ashir. Only Bari Apa shows any pity on Reham as always but this time she advises her to take a divorce from Ashir to save herself. But for the first time we get to hear Reham’s side as she refuses to get a divorce and insists on staying in that house. The biggest reason for this is obviously that she has nowhere else to go as apart from her mother the rest of Reham’s family has shunned her. This episode didn’t offer anything new in terms of development of the plot and was rather disappointing and we can only hope the next few episodes make up for that!

Tajdeed e Wafa (Hum Tv) MD Productions

As Arsal’s mother get sicker day by day, Arsal and his father decide to return to Islamabad without disclosing the truth to Asher and sneak out of the house while Asher is at work. Much to Vareesha’s happiness, they come to stay with them but not to ask for her hand as Vareesha had hoped. She gets increasingly frustrated and Arsal gives her false hope of marrying her to get rid of her, and when his father tells him to decide Arsal clearly rejects Vareesha. On the other side, Asher and Hareem become more friendly as Hareem takes care of the children regularly; she also urges him to let the children meet Neha. While the development of Asher and Hareem was a nice addition, Arsal’s character seems to just get worse day by day. Even his father who was initially shown as a bad person begins to attempt to redeem the way he had behaved with his wife. But Arsal and Vareesha are the only two characters that are dislikeable and we hope they change for the better.

Verdict

For this one, our vote is with Kaisa Hai Naseeban! As we already said, it is raising awareness about an extremely important issue which is marital abuse, and explores the different facets of it instead of the typical abuse scenario. It shows how people around the abused person refuse to see the truth and help them, and through Mariam’s story we see a bigger picture of the problem. The actors playing Mariam and Ahmed, Ramsha Khan and Muneeb Butt, are perfect for the roles and round off the quality of the drama pretty well!

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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