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Featured: A Review of the Pakistani Drama “Koi Chand Rakh”

About “Koi Chand Rakh”

Koi Chand Rakh is a 2019 Pakistani drama serial that originally aired on ARY DIgital from 19 July 2018 to 14 February 2019, for twenty eight episodes. It was directed by Siraj-ul-Haque, written by Maha Malik and stars Imran Abbas, Ayeza Khan, Areeba Habib and Muneeb Butt in pivotal roles.

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The Synopsis of “Koi Chand Rakh”

So basically ARY describes it as:

Koi Chand Rakh is an extraordinary tale of love, obsession, sacrifice, and heartbreak.

Zain, played by the dapper, Imran Abbas, is an easy going guy who doesn’t take life seriously and believes in enjoying it to the fullest. He has an intense obsession with beauty.

Rabail, played by the gorgeous, Ayeza Khan, is a loving and pure-hearted girl who’s a doctor by profession. Her parents died while she was still an adolescent.

Nishal, played by the stunning, Areeba Habib, is a beautiful girl with style and a fiery personality who is full of life.

Umair, played by the suave, Muneeb Butt, happens to be Nishal’s carefree and self-centered brother who, since childhood, has feelings for Rabail. Since childhood, Umair has had a strong bond with Rabail which develops into one-sided love as he grew older.

Zain and Rabail

Zain has certain criteria for his life partner and when he meets Nishal, he thinks that he has found the love of his life. But a series of misunderstandings and confusion result in his marriage with Rabail, who, in no way, meets his expectations of a life partner.

This leads to events that affect the lives of all three; especially Rabail’s, who is forced to sacrifice on every single step. Rabail and Nishal come face to face as they realize that they are sharing Zain.

Sabiha Sumar as Nafeesa Niazi and Tanveer Jamal as Asad Niazi, are the maternal uncle and aunt of Rabail who have looked after and raised her after her parents’ demise and are the parents of Nishal and Umair who are exactly opposite of Rabail. They both are carefree and self-centered in nature.

The Good Points of “Koi Chand Rakh”

Portrayal of Women

The best part of this drama is it’s portrayal of women. It does a spectacular job of treating women as equal to men, just with a different role in society. It can be a little heavy handed at times, but it does a marvelous job, and I was truly appreciative of the portrayal.

Typical in Pakistani dramas, meek and submissive women are seen as ideal, whereas fun-loving or authoritative women are seen as tyrants, however this cliché was thoroughly debunked in this drama.

Themes

This is not a lighthearted drama, if you looking for something light and fun, you won’t find it here. This drama has serious themes of betrayal, heartbreak and self-subsistence. The characters each face the consequences of their actions.

Character Growth

Character growth in this drama is superb, with each character having layers and depth, and being affected by what happens in their life. Each of the main characters goes through a journey of transformation; learning and growing from their mistakes.

Acting

The Acting is great, especially from the second male lead, he makes you really empathize with his role.

The Bad Parts

The drama “Koi Chand Rakh” was at times extremely angst-ridden, with lighthearted moments coming few and far between. The serious tone can drag if you don’t take breaks. The excessive commotion can get tiring.

The parental characters are frustrating and judgmental, in a typical and cliché Pakistani drama style. Their scenes seem forced and annoying at times. Especially from the female lead’s parents; I spent most of them pressing skip.  

There is a distinct lack of developed side character, each being a caricatures of real people., oftentimes their actions seem forced by the needs of the plot.

Overall Thoughts

It is a good angsty drama. If you want to watch something serious, go for it. I rate this show a 8/10.

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