After watching yet another episode of Ehd-e-Wafa which failed to hold my interest, I actually sat down and tried to figure out exactly why a drama I had so many hopes and expectations from did not turn out to be as interesting as I was hoping it would be. This episode wasn’t all bad, it had some cute moments and some funny scenes but lately I have been having a really difficult time connecting to the characters on a deeper level. So far, the reason for this is that Ehd-e-Wafa was promoted as a story of friendship “dil ka dil se hua hei Ehd-e-Wafa” yet the friendship between these boys ended so bitterly. Also, just like many other viewers out there I was expecting all the four boys to be the focus of attention yet clearly Saad and Shahzain are taking the lead. The connection which was established with these four boys was based on their friendship and love for each other yet that is one part of their lives which is clearly over for now. Also, I was expecting this drama to be more like Alpha Bravo Charlie in which the entire focus was on the training and the journeys of the boys as part of the armed forces but it seems like the writer is going to show their journeys in different fields of life. All of these changes would have been great if the story was not all over the place and if the relationship of all these boys with their families was explored a little more.
Ehd-e-Wafa has the same issue which Aangan had – the screen time has not been divided properly and the story definitely does not have the flow which keeps you looking forward to more. Shahzain’s track is putting me to sleep – it is neither entertaining nor meaningful. Saad’s track is interesting but it leaves a lot to be desired. This track gives you a few emotional moments and is the only reason why I tune into this show now. Zara Noor Abbas as Raani is cute but her scenes too are getting repetitive.
Shahzain did not change his mind after all and was seen convincing his mother to go to Dua’s house with his proposal. Shahzain’s way of getting back at Saad shows his narrow-mindedness but thankfully he will soon change his mind after he falls for the vibrant and witty Raani. There were some words from Shahzain’s dialogues which were censored in this episode and there were quite a few conversations which focused entirely on Shahzain’s plans to marry Dua. Raani on the other hand likes Shahzain and will most probably win him over soon. Shahzain is definitely not a likable character and so far his track has been more confusing than anything else.
Saad told his mother about Dua and although their conversations for the most part were written well but Vaneeza Ahmad’s performance was strictly okay. Her dialogue delivery was quite plain whereas Ahad Raza Mir acted really well in these scenes. It was however good to see a few scenes covering their bond. Dua too came to the park hoping she would get to meet Saad which means that she likes him now. It would have been nice to see Dua and Saad meeting a few times before Saad left for the Academy. Saad joined the military academy and contrary to expectations he was actually ready for all the drilling. Saad’s scene with his father was sweet, he finally got the hug and the ‘approval’ he was looking for. When Saad was with his friends, he went along with everything they did and enjoyed it too. His scenes in this episode however showed that he took life more seriously now. That incident at the college changed Saad more than anyone else since he is clearly afraid of upsetting his father more than ever now…which makes me wonder if Saad was always a ‘good boy’ with a bad company! Perhaps that is why it was easier for him to cut all ties with his friends.
Some of the scenes at the academy were funny and others made me feel for the boys. Some of these scenes also had been-there-seen-that written all over them. My favorite scene from this episode came at the end since I was wondering why these boys were being forced to speak in English. I liked the officer’s dialogue about how life will change for these boys after a few years. Saad’s new friend has an interesting background, his acting is organic and it seems like he might form a special bond with Saad in the upcoming episodes. This track definitely needs more emotional moments to make it more relatable.
Tonight’s episode of Ehd-e-Wafa just like the previous one had its high and low moments. The visuals and the locations were stunning as usual but the story so far is not taking off. Overall, this episode of Ehd-e-Wafa failed to impress. I am highly disappointed by the fact that two of the boys are the chosen ones especially because Shehryar and Shariq had such interesting personalities. Their backgrounds too made me inquisitive, I definitely was looking forward to seeing more of them. Shehryar will make an appearance in the upcoming episode and Shariq it seems will be shown only after he gets somewhere in life.
How many of you watched tonight’s episode? Do share your thoughts about it.