“Sinf E Aahan” is a large budet show written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Nadeem Baig. This show has a spectacular cast, including Sajal Aly, Yumna Zaidi, Kubra Khan, Ramsha Khan, Syra Yousef, Dananeer Mobeen, Tashiya Yehali Kalidasa Usman Mukhtar, Ali Rehman Khan, Asad Siddiqui, Asim Azhar, Usman Peerzada, Saba Hameed and many others. The story follows seven main female characters through their army training and the struggles they face to get there.
The thing with “Sinf E Aahan” is that it’s a well-executed show with fascinating characters (if not too many) and an interesting storyline. Unfortunately, it’s just taking too long to pick up pace. Forgiveness for constantly comparing it to “Ehd E Wafa,” but it’s the closest story in terms of content – however, when “Ehd E Wafa” first began, viewers immediately began complaining about the slow pace and how the story wasn’t beginning quickly enough – and “Ehd E Wafa” took off after three episodes. Here, “Sinf E Aahan” has been given more than enough time to give its audience a strong storyline-based narrative, yet at episode 11, we are still waiting for many questions to be answered, many stories to take off.
Mahjabeen (Kubra Khan) and Rabia’s (Sajal Aly) feud has yet to be touched upon. In episode 11, both Pariwesh (Ramsha Khan) and Shaista (Yumna Zaidi) are seen encouraging the two to put a stop to their feud and become friends again. Pariwesh and Shaista are in an awkward position, as they are loyal to their respective “first” friends, but are also warming up to their own roommates. But again, this is the only movement the story sees here with both Mahjabeen and Rabia shutting down this idea.
Likewise, Nathmy (Tashiya Yehali Kalidasa) still maintains a shroud of mystery regarding her father’s mystery friend. Rabia uncovers Nathmy’s “secret” in this episode and very sweetly exposes her to the other girls, shocked that they have been insulting this girl in Urdu and she understood all along. These make for some humorous, cute moments of bonding. But will we only be given tidbits of story progression in each episode like this, because it’s simply not quick enough.
And last, Kiran (Sonia Mishal) and Usama’s (Shehryar Munawar) circumstances surrounding their marriage are such a slow, tedious reveal when we can certainly see what’s coming from a mile away. Is it necessary to reveal the story this slowly? How recently did they get married? Obviously it’s been some time if their daughter considers Usama her father, so why is their relationship still so stiff? It’s time we started getting these answers! Also, Kiran’s ex-friend is horribly intrusive and the sequence between her and her husband was an unnecessary one as her husband simply came across as rude and uncaring.
Really, other than this, episode 11 shows the letters written by Mahjabeen, Rabia and Shaista to their families. This is to highlight the progress these women have made in their journey through their training – and certainly, they have, but did these letters and the associated video montages need to be so lengthy? It’s Mahjabeen’s letter that makes the most impact, not only on her parents, but also on the audience as we’ve seen Mahjabeen’s progress through her training and she has come so far. Shaista’s letter is also very sweet, particularly her Daadi’s reaction and the reaction of her family members. Rabia’s letter is written to her brother Daniyal (Usman Mukhtar)…..speaking of which, will the “heroes” of the show ever truly have anything to do? When will they get a chance to perform?
It sounds as though this is one big complaint – but it’s not. This is a story full of great content and intriguing stories and we simply want to know more about them rather than each episode consisting of 50% filler content. “Sinf E Aahan” is a very strong show and one that the audience looks forward to each week. The complaint is only one and that’s regarding the pace, which needs to pick up. Otherwise, direction, cinematography, story, acting, everything is simply wonderful. We just need less of those drawn out training sequences and more of an actual storyline.