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Pakistan’s drama industry is improving and flourishing. Pakistani dramas are considered to be among the best that there are. Sometimes these dramas take up most of our attention during the day, and we continue to romanticize our favorite characters. How many times have you wanted the exact same dress as Khirad or tried to perfect the same natural makeup look as Khaani? However, there is a downside to all this as well. Sometimes when we see a trailer with well renowned celebrities, we jump to the conclusions that it will be a good drama, and do not realize up till late what a disappointment it was. More often than not, these drama serials also start to have a load on our emotions because no matter how much we pray, that innocent leading girl still doesn’t get what she wants. That is when you realize how overrated a drama has become. Too many tragedies, too many plot holes, shallow characters and so on! So today we will talk about ten such dramas that not only failed to match the hype, but also turned out to be total disasters… Spoiler alert!
You might be surprised to see this entry into the list of overrated shows, but have faith. We have good reasons for this. Have you ever scored great on an exam where you answered the first few questions spectacularly but completely lost it for the last few questions? Well there you go. That’s how Mann Mayal performed in the exam of drama series quality. After the phenomenal success of protagonist’s Pyare Afzal and director’s Diyar-e-Dil, everyone familiar with Pakistan’s drama industry had high hopes from Hamza Ali Abbasi and Haseeb Hassan coming together. And for a while they paid off!
For the first few weeks the drama story line made sense, the actors were absolutely loveable and the story grew realistically with the perfect amount of fiction needed for a TV show. However, once Salahuddin moved to Karachi, the story line became commonplace. It was all tragedy and everyone was super nice, pious after that. Bad people had bad things happen to them, and so did the good ones. The connection between different events was also lost in the later episodes and the chronological order of actors’ appearance also got jumbled. The high rating was nothing but overrated hype. Finally, do I even need to say more on Jeena?
This drama is one of horrid nature, to be honest. Women keep suffering in every single episode until the very end. Yet they don’t raise their voice or walk away, but they keep going back to their abusers. Of course since it has to give closure to audiences, there had to be a happy ending where everyone is finally happy. On top of it, it is not just the men who are mistreating weaker women, but also the women who deem themselves better than other women. This drama had a splendid cast with the likes of Samina Pirzada, Sajid Hassan, Waseem Abbas, yet the story line was so weak and so obnoxious that all the TRPs gained for Bay Qasoor can only be explained as overrated.
Promoted as the late model Qandeel Baloch’s biopic, this drama series became hyped up from the moment Saba Qamar posted her pictures that mimicked Qandeel’s actual pictures. The anticipation of and hopes from his serial were too high, and it was expected to be an explainer of the model’s actual life. If you remember, the pre-modeling career pictures of Qandeel had also been recently leaked and then her unfortunate death had already ballooned into a national controversy. Add to that Saba Qamar’s overarching popularity, and Baaghi found itself in a pre-advertised market, but sadly it failed to live up to viewers expectations.
The drama line was meant to be a biopic without justifying or rationalizing Qandeel’s choices. However, what it turned out to be was not only glorification but her character was painted in a way that she could do no wrong. The story line was too opinionated and too ‘filmy,’ which made Baaghi fall neither as a biography not a drama. Saba Qamar’s acting was perhaps the only face saving part of this drama, but apart from that it was too repetitive. Although the pre-hype had already guaranteed the TRPs for this show, Baaghi was nothing but overrated.
Let me say this phrase – poor orphaned girl friendzones the good guy! That’s it, there’s the story, and everything else is cut and edited to fit into this dynamic. First of all the title of the drama itself is too dramatic, but it’s appropriate since the whole story line is rather dragged. And when it’s not slow it’s jumpy. Everyone likes everyone, everyone has some sort of confusion with the person they are with, and everyone has something to prove to everyone else. It was 2018, for God’s sake, a simple mobile phone conversation could have let Zain know that the girl he likes is Nishaal, and another simple phone call could have killed the ending where he would have known that Zia is not to be blamed. Also, we think it’s about time when alcoholism and drugs should not be the ultimate escape for all worries of Pakistani drama characters.
Let me ask you two questions? Have you seen Indian Movie Saathiya or Chalte Chalte? And are you familiar with Kasauti Zindagi Ki’s Komolika? If you answer to both these questions was yes, then Congratulations! You have already seen this drama ages ago, and you have been better off that you finished the story in two and a half hours instead of waiting for a dragged, insensible, story line episode after episode. The super-hot couple of beautiful Sajjal Ali and heartthrob Imran Abbas was simply not done justice to with this drama series. It was an exciting, lively girl falling in love with a boring and bland guy – who just happened to be good looking. The girl sacrifices everything and everyone she has held dear after she fell for the good looking lad. This drama was only good to look at if you liked the two actors on your TV screen. You could have watched the show on mute for more entertainment.
For starters we absolutely fail to realize why this drama even has as much popularity as it does. This was just the depiction of every tragedy that can happen to a daughter-in-law in a desi household. Although the directors began with a star studded cast, that appears to be the only thing that might have brought viewers to this drama series. Nadia is married off to her cousin and then everyone in her in-laws house seems to have an agenda to abuse and hurt her. The extremely misfit and forced positive ending did nothing to improve the situation for the drama story as it was as unbelievable as the rest of the story. Now that is not to say that daughter-in-laws are at a disadvantage in Pakistan in a notable number, but to make an overly desensitized drama with an out of the blue happy ending is definitely not the way to highlight this issue, even if that was the purpose.
Twenty-eight episodes of watching a talented and confident woman suffering at the hands of a man, because all her confidence seemed to evaporate in front of this one man. Underappreciated and emotionally and physically abused heroine of the series decided to stay with her husband even after he had divorced her. One may think that the story was of an abused woman, and the controversial touch of illicit relationship was to get ratings. This was, at best, a cheap move by the creators of the show to put familiar faces on screen and tingle the guilty pleasures of society in as many ways as they could. Two adjectives for the show – overrated, and in bad taste!
You are probably not surprised to see this entry in the list of overrated Pakistani dramas. After all this was a rather unsuccessful attempt to channelize Pakistani viewers’ newfound taste in Turkish emperor stories and age-old interest in the Mughal Empire. If by any chance you did find it in your heart to watch this series, you would also know that it also tried to include the typical family drama stories we know so well from those never ending Star Plus dramas. The first awful point in this drama was that the drama writers thought that this in-laws tiffs and riffs would fit in any and every era.
Most of us might have gotten excited with the promotional posters that we will have a period drama with the actual culture and trends of that time period shown for modern audiences, but what a disappointment it turned out to be.
Imagine Ushna Shah and Bilal Abbas being together in a drama and it still turning out to be a disaster. Well, you can’t be blamed for high hoped if you had seen Bashar Momin before. But the primary reason for the utter disappointment from Balaa was that there was simply too much negativity. The leading lady was depicted as selfish, mean, and conniving and yet her disability was somehow supposed to make her actions appear justified. Everyone who came in her way was obliterated, some even literally. Furthermore, the character development was almost non-existent except Nigar, where the development was also towards more and more evil.
The storyline was also weak, with the most commonplace of tactics used by Nigar – catching a girl talking to a guy, bringing a husband home when there is another man planted in the room of his wife etc. etc. This kind of writing should have been left in the nineties, let alone making it one of the highlights for a 2018 drama serial.
This is one of the dramas that also brought ARY under fire for airing it, and honestly this dram should have been dropped before it even aired. The innocent young girl facing the terrors of the world around her, unaware of whom to trust – this is like every commercial Hindi movie ever! Mehak is first deceived by her ‘jealous’ friend Aleena, then the ‘evil’ van driver Sajid whose actions against Aleena somehow implicate Mehak. The storyline appeared to be rather forced to make the protagonist a victimized character. Furthermore, the whole depiction of society where rapists and blackmailers roam around freely is not what a good drama makes. Suffice it is to say that the initial promotion of the show harped on the phrase “mother of all emotional roller coasters” and that is what it was, nothing more.
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