Saturday Drama Reviews: Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Vs Cheekh
Cheekh (ARY) Big Bang Entertainment
This episode covered the gradual psychological torture that Mannat and her mother undergo right before the court date. There were many aspects in this episode that made it really stand out. First off, the use of the burnt dupatta to emotionally manipulate Mannat’s mother was a brilliant use of symbolism as Mannat’s mother took it as her daughter’s honor being threatened.
Other smaller details such as during Mannat and Shayan’s conversations when they show a softer side to themselves in a private moment were aspects of the writing that deserve to be appreciated. The revelation of Shehwar and Yawar’s entire situation was also done brilliantly. While first we are led to believe, just like Shehwar, that she is the one unable to have children, the sudden disclosure of Yawar’s secret and his plotting and planning shows a different side to the dark secrets this family holds.
I think the way this was showed in such a measured way was an impressive aspect of the direction under Badar Mehmood. This direction also works very well in the juxtaposing scenes, where one is filled with strife and tension and the next one is a softer, more milder scene.
While majority of this episode had only positive points, the background track becomes a little distracting and over-done at times such as Wajih’s background track which is overdramatic and takes attention away from the action on-screen. However, this was the only negative aspect I could find in the working of the episode and loved how well put-together it was!
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi (Hum Tv) MD Productions
In comparison to the more fast-paced Cheekh which depends on action to push its story forward, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi has always relied on subtler details. This episode continued that as Noori and Nusrat engage in silent war against each other when Nusrat finds out about Noori’s past and uses it against her. The use of Noori’s past as the thing that keeps her under Nusrat’s control creates even more tension between the characters.
The best part of the episode was the continuous air of imminent danger, which kept the audience on edge the entire time. The direction and the cinematography both complemented this very factor as many of the scenes were close-ups of the actors’ faces, creating a more cramped and tense air in the episode. In my opinion this really has become Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’s signature style which suits the acting style of both Iqra Aziz and Imran Ashraf who rely on subtle facial expressions to reflect their character’s emotions.
The soundtrack and the background score is also Sahir’s character is a bit of a disappointment really since he doesn’t carry a distinct presence in the drama but perhaps that can be written off as the very nature of his character; we’ll have to wait and see how Sahir makes himself known in future episodes because his role is obviously important.
For those people who prefer fast-paced action, this might not be the best choice but it certainly is something different from the typical style of Pakistani dramas as it employs a lot of dramatic tools rarely used in dramas. The direction, acting and cinematography is so distinct in style that you can’t help but fall under the charm of Ranjha Ranjha Kardi!
Both dramas have been doing well among their audiences and their popularity can be felt by the massive online conversation these two dramas have ignited! The best part about both dramas is that aside from introducing the Pakistani audience to newer styles of television, they also raise important issues in our society.
This Saturday’s winner was Cheekh, with an episode that was fast-paced and thrilling while also being well-made. In comparison, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi was more slow and relied on buildup of tension instead. In the end, it can surely be said that Cheekh and Ranjha Ranjha Kardi have won the hearts of its audience!