TV drama Cheekh goes south and solely respectable performing is propping it up

Somebody please clarify to me why Pakistani writers love to tug a narrative till they lose the aim of mentioned story? Why is the overdose of melancholy and tragedy so crucial?

Cheekh, a drama began out with a reasonably sound script desirous to make a distinction and wanting to provide girls a voice – but someplace after episode 15, it misplaced monitor of its objectives. At this level Cheekh would possibly as properly have been titled ‘Aansoo’. Don’t get me flawed; there are some good scenes and contours, however they’re few and much in between.

Slightly recap

Cheekh is the story of Mannat (Saba Qamar) getting justice for her pal Nayab’s homicide (performed by Ushna Shah) that her [Mannat’s] brother-in-law, Wajih commits. Mannat is married to Shayaan, Wajih’s older brother. The case is lastly in courtroom and hearings have begun.

Wajih (Bilal Abbas Khan) goes to final extremes and crosses many strains to harm Mannat emotionally and bodily, with no regard for his personal brother or for the results. From importing a video stating Mannat is getting again at him as a result of he rejected her, to having her mom’s home vandalised and locking her up in her personal storeroom, Wajih does no matter he can to hurt Mannat.

Mannat and Shayaan (Emmad Irfani) be taught they’re anticipating however once more, due to Wajih, she sadly loses the infant. Wajih’s lawyer (Shabbir Jaan) not solely encourages all of this, however presses him to do extra to scare and break Mannat. He lies in courtroom, exhibits a cast suicide observe by Nayab, and even will get the inspector to lie on the stand.

Yawar, the older brother (Aijaz Aslam) is getting uninterested in Wajih’s ways however nonetheless does nothing to cease him. We be taught that it’s he who’s unable to have youngsters and never his spouse, Shahwar (Maira Khan). He had reviews faked 5 years in the past trigger his ego is larger than his conscience and he’s a weak, weak man. When Shahwar finds out the reality, she pretends that she is anticipating and all hell breaks free when he lastly acknowledges that he can’t have youngsters after which… look forward to it… he divorces her! This maybe is essentially the most preposterous finish to that relationship, and I’ll focus on why.

Haya’s (Azekah Daniel) character has a random epiphany after Wajih tells her he lied about Mannat having emotions for him. She nonetheless doesn’t imagine that her brother killed Nayab, however not solely does she apologize to Shayaan and Mannat, but in addition helps Nayab’s household.

Ramzan Ahmed (Nayab’s father, performed by Noor-ul-Hassan) loses his job and home and find yourself on the road because of Wajih and his thugs. Shariq sees them at a mazaar and calls Haya after bringing them dwelling with him. Haya arranges for a home and takes monetary accountability for the complete household.

In episode 21, Mannat realizes that not solely did this battle take every part from her, but in addition from her husband. It’s additionally the episode the place Mannat’s mom constantly will get threatening telephone calls telling her to cease her daughter from going to courtroom or they’ll kill her.

That’s it women and gents, the final 4 paragraphs are episodes 15-21. I’ve no clue as to why author Zanjabeel Asim has dragged the script a lot. There are quite a few pointless scenes like Ramzan’s spouse leaving him after he loses his job after which coming again – solely to finish up on the streets (by the best way his spouse’s make-up was fairly excellent for somebody who doesn’t even have meals to eat).

And the interplay between Haya and Shariq the place he throws a glass in entrance of her automotive, although the interplay simply earlier than that was fairly nice and well mannered… that scene was utterly misplaced, even for a flashback. The scene the place the househelp Lalu is framed for stealing Wajih’s telephone and will get beat up, solely to have Yawar apologize to him justifying it as Wajih below stress was additionally ridiculous.

However one of the essential scenes that completely horrified me was when Yawar divorces Shahwar. Don’t get me flawed, the divorce was completely crucial. Shahwar was lied to and disrespected for five years, made to really feel “incomplete,” and Yawar handled her like he was doing her a favour by not asking for any youngsters although he was the one with the medical situation.

However for the scene to have an effect or change narratives, Shahwar ought to have been the one to go away Yawar and ask for a divorce. This may not less than have preserved her respect.

As a author, you possibly can inform no matter story you need – you might have an opportunity to alter ideas and narratives, so why not? Why should one feminine be humiliated to the core simply so one other can considerably battle?

Cheekh is meant to be a narrative a couple of girl (Mannat) getting justice for her pal’s tried rape and homicide by her brother in regulation. She goes towards everybody to do that with the one assist being her husband. However by making each different girl within the drama seem weak, the present appears to be suggesting that if one girl seeks justice, all different girls pays the worth for this.

Udaari handled this situation much more sensibly and with rather more sensitivity although inside that drama, an enormous distinction of sophistication and assets existed between abuser and abused. Nobody misplaced something due to the battle. The ladies all stood as one to get justice — which they did. It was laborious, however different girls weren’t humiliated to get justice. This proves that the misogyny proven in Cheekh simply is not crucial.

Additionally pointless is the plot level that exhibits Mannat dropping her unborn child. In selecting this, the author is (once more) saying girls ought to simply be quiet or lose every part they’ve in the event that they wish to battle. The overdose of tragedy and melancholy that Mannat and Shayaan must undergo is ridiculous.

There have been some good scenes although. All of the scenes between Mannat and Shayan are literally fairly nice, particularly the one the place she hears him crying within the lavatory and the dialog they’ve afterwards may be very actual. For as soon as, a husband has been proven to not solely stand by his spouse, however to even be delicate and actual about what he himself goes by means of after the lack of an unborn child. Males normally aren’t proven like that in Pakistani dramas, so I do give the author factors for that.

Emad Irfani brilliantly portrays Shayaan in each method. Not as soon as does he tremble or lose sight of his character. He’s made to undergo a wide range of completely different feelings and he does all of it, flawlessly. The one different individual I’ve seen who is ready to do that is Fahad Mustafa!

Bilal Abbas Khan – this man rocks as a psychopath. Wajih is relentless – he’s calculated, he doesn’t in any respect care about who he hurts, or the results afterwards, and he’s even there to rub their noses in it. If he had been to promote his soul to the satan, the satan would give it again! I haven’t but seen a psychotic character like this in Pakistani dramas and Bilal Abbas Khan aces it. There’s a scene the place Shayan confronts Wajih saying “agli dafa waar karna hai to mere saamne karna, peeche nahi,” and he immediately with out considering says “completed!” This guys is phenomenal!

Saba Qamar is as shut as anybody can get to being in comparison with Marina Khan. She too has to undergo a wide range of feelings and is ideal in all of them.

The one individual I’m actually shocked about is Aijaz Aslam. I used to be by no means a fan and at all times thought he was OTT, however he suits into Yawar’s character like a glove. Yawar is that this confused and weak egomaniac and for some purpose, he has me feeling for him at occasions. It’s a really advanced character and Aijaz Aslam does full justice to it.

As flawed because the plot is, Cheekh’s script does enable for layered characters.

By way of route, Badar Mehmood does an honest job with the script he has. He extracts full perfection from his characters and provides us an amazing visible. The enhancing isn’t as as much as par because it has been beforehand both as 21 episodes might simply have been delivered in 14-15 episodes.

I imagine there are 5-6 episodes left so hopefully they’ll be higher than the previous couple of episodes. I actually want ARY had offered Cheekh in double episodes – it might have been extra tolerable then.