Ever since the plot theme of Surkh Chandni had been revealed, the anticipation for its release had been high. Starring an ensemble cast including Sohai Ali Abro, Osman Khalid Butt, Asad Siddiqui, and Mansha Pasha among others, the story revolves around the heinous crime of acid attack and the lives of the victims after it.
With the release of the first episode, it is exciting to see the cast in different roles than they’ve dabbled in before. Sohai Ali Abro plays Aida, a soft-spoken and conflicted girl who is living under the shadow of her hateful brother and his wife who make sure that life is hell for her. She is shown to be in love with Ammar (Osman Khalid Butt), and the two want to get married. Enter Jawad (Asad Siddiqui), the main antagonist of this seemingly innocent love story.
Given the trailers, it was obvious that Aida would be a victim of acid attack and the first two episodes make it clear that said acid attack is done by Jawad, her vile neighbour after she refuses his Rishta and multiple advances. Asad Siddiqui brilliantly portrays Jawad, his facial expressions and dialogue delivery are enough to make you hate him at first glance. For so many of us, he would remind you of the loafer who makes unwanted advances, stares, and catcalls. Given his charming personality, it is a nice surprise to see Asad Siddiqui pulling of this vile character so effortlessly.
Though the storyline is pretty clear until now, it would be interesting to see how the drama industry manages to show this crime on the small screen. It doesn’t only include the story of a girl who has been attacked, it further shows the evilness, inhumanity, and sheer revolting mindsets of the people behind this inhumane act. With the noteworthy performances by the cast, the unique plot, and the brilliant direction, Surkh Chandni would definitely be a good and educating drama to indulge in.