Tuesday TV: Dramatic Changes in the TV Lineup
Tuesdays have been fairly light lately with only a couple of shows worth watching. However, with two shows added to the lineup this week, it’s becoming difficult to decide what’s worth watching
Pakistani viewers have just gotten a couple more shows added to their list of choices for Tuesday night. Tuesdays have generally been a “slow” night in regards to worthwhile shows, but that’s about to change. With some big names attached to new shows, there’s a lot more to choose from – which puts some other shows at risk if they do not wind up their (less intriguing) stories soon. Here are some thoughts on some (mildly) worthwhile shows to watch on Tuesday nights.
Ruswai heads the list as the show most near its conclusion point. Starring Sana Javed, Mekaal Zulfiqar, Adnan Jaffar, Osama Tahir and Mina Tariq in leading roles, along with Seemi Raheel, Irsa Ghazal and Usman Peerzada, the show intended to be about a rape victim and her fight for justice. While it’s unfortunate that the show has taken this long to turn its focus towards its heroine, Sameera, it has finally brought Warda and Hamza’s overdrawn watta-satta story to a happy point. With a maximum of maybe 2-3 episodes left, the story is now focusing on Sameera’s fight for justice – a fight that should have begun long ago. Still, the latest episode of Ruswai took a positive turn and was engaging, which is a refreshing change from the past bulk of episodes.
Episode Rating: 4/5
Kashf is directed by Danish Nawaz, which is promising in itself. Written by Imran Nazeer, who has written dramas like “Nazar E Bad,” Kashf also seems to touch upon the topic of the supernatural. With Hira Mani and Junaid Khan in leading roles, the show also stars Waseem Abbas, Lubna Aslam, Munazza Arif, Saleem Miraj and other talented faces. In the show, Kashf (Hira Mani) is haunted by dreams which often seem to become a reality. While she’s in a relationship with Wajdaan (Junaid Khan), it seems her dreams will come in between their romance when one of her predictions affects his family. The premise of this show is captivating and the first episode is highly promising with a tight pace and an interesting sequence of events from start to finish.
Episode Rating: 4/5
Raaz E Ulfat
“I cannot stand such girls. I hate such hypocrites.” Unfortunately, this line also highlights how the first episode of “Raaz E Ulfat” plays out – over the top, melodramatic and with situations that come across as trying too hard. “Raaz E Ulfat” is about Mushk (Yumna Zaidi), a girl from an overly conservative family (annoyingly so) where her father controls everything. When she begins her masters, she befriends Sabiha (Komal Aziz), who introduces her to a new way of living – and complications arise in the process. While the story is interesting, the first episode is off to a rocky start with its cheesy dialogues, unnatural acting and dramatic scenarios. Whether the presentation picks up from here or not remains to be determined, but with Siraj Ul Haq directing, one expects great things with his past track record.
Episode Rating: 2/5
“Mera Dil Mera Dushman” (ARY Digital) and “Tera Yahan Koi Nahin” (Hum TV) are also two shows that air on Tuesdays and have their own following. “Mera Dil Mera Dushman” stars Alizeh Shah and Yasir Nawaz and deals with forced marriage while “Tera Yahan Koi Nahin,” starring Farhan Ali Agha and Savera Nadeem, focuses on unrequited love between two older individuals.
Unfortunately, both these shows are dragging out their respective storylines, pushing them to the bottom of the “must watch” list. Har Pal Geo’s “Munafiq” also airs on Tuesday nights. There’s the list of shows available to watch on Tuesdays. Ruswai, Kashf and Raaz E Ulfat are the top choices presently, but it remains to be seen if the two new shows are able to hold/pick up their pace as the stories unfold.