“Sinf E Aahan” is a show that arrived with much excitement and fanfare. Starring a spectacular cast, including Sajal Aly, Yumna Zaidi, Ramsha Khan, Kubra Khan, Syra Yousef, Dananeer Mobeen, Yehali Tashiya Kalidasa, Sheheryar Munawar, Sonia Mishal, Saba Hameed, Usman Peerzada and many others, the story has been written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Nadeem Baig. While Pakistani drama viewers essentially expected the female version of “Ehd E Wafa,” that’s the exact opposite of what “Sinf E Aahan” is turning out to be. After twelve episodes, a story has yet to be established.
Like last week, we find ourselves once again comparing “Sinf E Aahan” to “Ehd E Wafa” – but it’s difficult not to. After three episodes, “Ehd E Wafa” had a story that kicked off and carried it through to the end. With “Sinf E Aahan,” the show has been through 12 episodes now and lacks a true story entirely. Rather than building upon its female leads lives and showing their life journey, we are “treated” to lengthy training sessions and excruciating “journey” montages of each female character through now-ridiculous letter writing to their families. It may have been sweet initially, but after two episodes of this, it is now incredibly boring. And some girls still have yet to “write” their letter – will this continue on for another episode as well? Dananeer Mobeen’s Sidra has been the highlight of the last two episodes with her light-hearted comments, but otherwise, this has become a drag with no real goal in storytelling.
Will “Sinf E Aahan” become a wasted endeavor? There is so much scope here with Sheheryar Munawar and Sonia Mishal’s story, Rabia and Mehjabeen’s rivalry, Nathmy’s father’s mystery, Shaista’s potential love story…..there’s so much to uncover here and yet, we are getting episodes that feel like absolute “fillers.” It’s understood that ISPR sponsored this show, but as viewers, we cannot watch a show about absolutely nothing. Is this a training brochure? Yes, absolutely, we should feel patriotism – but patriotism is felt, not hammered in through repetitive dialogues and sequences without soul. Unfortunately, this episode put “Sinf E Aahan” in a position that viewers have been sensing approaching for the past few weeks – in the slot of “boring,” leaving many viewers wondering if “Sinf E Aahan” will pick up soon enough….or will it ultimately end up being exactly what it is at this moment….an advertisement for joining the army and little else? This would be a disappointment, so we can only hope that the story picks up in the coming week or two before viewership falls.