The Pakistani drama industry has developed in many ways over the years. Recently, a trend that was a thing of the past has returned. ISPR is more actively involved in the drama and filmmaking process than ever before. Those of us who grew up watching dramas like Dhawan and Alpha Bravo Charlie expected the best from dramas produced by ISPR. Recently, in addition to various short films, ISPR has also produced two major dramas which were joint productions. Both dramas had a star-studded cast and an X team. There are some similarities between these dramas but there are also some factors that set them apart. Individual preferences determine who did the best work for the audience, but there are aspects of these plays that can easily be discussed objectively. The reason we feel the need to compare the two is the similarity as well as the expectations of the audience. Another reason is that they are both ISPR productions.
The first few episodes play an important role in helping viewers decide whether or not to continue watching the play. The first few episodes of Ehd-e-Wafa were not well received due to a special scene that was copied from the British show Paki Blinders. Many viewers also had reservations about male characters, some of whom did not look young enough to play. The comic element of the play was prominent in the initial episode and its cinematography. Some viewers decided not to join the show after the initial episodes and tuned in after it started.
The initial episodes of Sinf-e-Aahan’s also received mixed reactions from viewers. Some viewers had a problem with stereotypes based on where they came from and others enjoyed variations on different tracks. Overall, however, the casting was not criticized as much as the Ehd-e-Wafa casting was initially criticized. Like the controversial scene of Ehd-e-Wafa, some of the dialogues of Sinf-e-Ahan were not liked by the viewers. So the first impressions of these dramas were more or less the same. However, most viewers initially wanted to tune in to Sin Iron each week until it began to recur.
The most positive aspect of these dramas was that they provided meaningful entertainment. There is always room for improvement and we hope that ISPR’s next production will be even more exciting than both. It’s always refreshing to watch well-written dramas with strong young characters whose only purpose in life is not to get married!