Sometimes it's just not worth it to write lengthy essays on certain dramas. A few lines to get the point across can be more than sufficient. After watching my batch of dramas on Tuesday and Wednesday, these were the thoughts I was struck with. This will be short and to the point!
Chup Raho: What started off as a promising drama quickly began to tailspin in episode 2. Are you seriously telling me that Numair is so egotistical and unafraid of God/the law/his in-laws that he practically attacked Rameen in front of her own father? And then after causing his father-in-law to have a deadly heart-attack, he stormed out of the room? This is not a rapist at this point, but rather a murderer. Flaw #1. Now onto Flaw #2: Rameen's THICK MOTHER. When your daughter is trying to tell you something, what's with the "Saaf saaf baat karo" crap? How empty headed do you have to be to understand that your daughter is terrified of her brother-in-law and doesn't want to stay there? AND now Flaw #3: Rameen herself. OK. Numair took you to his flat. Then what? You forgot to tell your mother about what happened to cause your father's death? INTERESTING.
So at this point, Chup Raho has turned my brain mildly to mush after episode 3. Disappointing. But I'm holding on to hope that it will look up.
Daraar: There are some dramas that carry a lot of expectations with them - and any Umera Ahmed drama instantly carries that burden. That being said, I cannot FATHOM how this drama is so terrible. I'm hoping it will pick up SOMEHOW and hit realism at some point. But with such an unlikable lead character with the world's most ANNOYING family full of matlab and greed, I'm having a hard time getting on board with this one.
Koi Nahi Apna: Only one episode left here. The biggest flaw with this otherwise nice drama is the character of Alvira (Sarwat). Definitely an Akele Hum Akele Tum remake, this drama has fared well in all regards. But with Alvira, it hasn't been realistic. Alvira felt neglected, misunderstandings were caused by her father, she went to court, she won, she had a confrontation with Hamza's lawyer who clarified everything and then two seconds later, she's waving teddy bears and all sorts of cheap junk at her parents, talking about all the expensive shopping she's done for Shiza. The character itself is a bi-polar one and also very unlikable. The other downside is Hamza's mother, who he should literally just kick out of his house. She wasn't nice to his wife, wasn't even nice to her own granddaughter and is nasty to Hamza. The worst kind of mother in all regards. Otherwise, I have liked the pace and story of this show. But I'm looking forward to the last episode, as it's definitely time to end.
Last and definitely least, we come to Izteraab, possibly one of the most irritating dramas on air in a while. Each and every character had shades of grey in almost an annoying way. The highlight of the drama was the character of Duaa, who despite being the other woman was a very positive, good person. On the other end, Shahzaib and Zara were very strange, twisted people. The only thing I can give this show plus points for is not going the expected route. I was expecting to see a sick Zara pass away, leaving Duaa to care for Shahzaib and their children. Instead of this Stepmom ending, we saw more of a "Judaai" (Bollywood - Sridevi) ending, with Duaa peacefully and willingly stepping out of the picture to make way for this now happy family. While I didn't necessarily agree with the ending, at least it had some shock value. I'm glad this show is over though. It was a thorough waste of a good cast.
On that note, I'm going out of town for the long weekend, so there won't be any posts from me until next Tuesday or Wednesday. Hope everyone has a good weekend!