This was by far one of my favorite episodes of Ehd e Wafa yet, and for good reason! Episode 17 showed the growth each character had underwent and how they were dealing with the harsh realities of life in their own unique way. Saad has made his father extremely proud, but his trials are not yet over as the new army base poses a totally new challenge for him. Shahzain manages to placate his brother-in-law and father-in-law with regards to running for the election, but his future does not seem so stable. Dua has moved into her new life with her mother, and seems to be doing her best adjusting to this environment. And we finally got to see some more of Shehryar and Shariq and where they had gotten to in life! Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable episode that made up for some of the shortcomings of the previous ones.
Ahad Raza Mir truly dominated this episode with his acting! The young actor has really proven himself lately in every drama that he is not just talented but versatile as well. His portrayal of Saad has made the character sympathetic for the audience and lovable at the same time. Alizeh Shah is another young actress who has proven herself lately, and this episode really made me root for her character.
With this episode we begin to see that Dua is a driven young woman who is dead-set on supporting her mother by herself without any help from anyone. This independent spirit is a breath of fresh air in terms of female representation on screen and Alizeh Shah is the perfect young actress to be the face of it! And of course, while his scenes are brief flashes, Adnan Samad Khan has really made a place in the audience’s hearts and become a fan favorite, especially since he represents the lower class who have been only represented through negative stereotypes. It is nice to see someone representative of the actual majority of Pakistan getting such a positive personification!
The writing of Mustafa Afridi is a huge contributing factor
to the success of this episode, as he neatly brought together all the
characters without leaving any plot holes. The fact that Shahzain is the one
left out from the group was pretty realistic since his ego had always been the
biggest. But the way Shehryar and Shariq’s future has turned out was a sight
for sore eyes! The writer’s way of dealing with Dua’s character was also exceptional
since most dramas would have found it easier to make her the damsel-in-distress
stereotype but Mustafa Afridi has given her her own separate story arc that is
interesting as well as a learning experience.
Saife Hassan’s direction of many of the scenes also has provided the episode with the much-needed aesthetic, as many of the frames are breathtaking to watch and are an equal mixture of wide-range and close-up shots. His masterful direction alongside Mustafa Afridi’s talented script and the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this episode really made it my favorite episodes of all!