Directed by: Saife Hassan

Produced by: Momina Duraid Production

Written by: Mustafa Afridi

This week’s episode of Ehd e Wafa was a more balanced and positive of the episodes and showed how the makers of the drama have really worked hard on making it engaging and entertaining at the same time. Saad and Gulzar found themselves involved in a prank in their new unit which was a very funny addition to their character arcs. Shahzain succeeds in winning the election and Raani helps him in her own unique way. The best part of the episode was seeing Shariq succeed as well and being so focused and happy in his new life. Thankfully we also got to see more of Shehryar studying hard for his exams and his interaction with Masooma which showed that the drama is certainly trying its best to put across a significant social point.

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I can’t say how glad I am that we got to see a glimpse into the lives of Shariq and Shehryar for more than a few minutes finally! The sole focus on Saad and subsequently Dua was no doubt interesting but it had been running its course since the last few episodes and was getting exhausting to watch. All the actors in their roles were marvelous, as all of them are young and so talented which is another breath of fresh air!

Ahad Raza Mir and Adnan Samad Khan together have given us the iconic duo of Saad and Gulzar that we love! Alongside them, Osman Khalid Butt, Wahaj Ali and Ahmed Ali Akbar have great dynamics with their own characters and the roles fit them perfectly. And of course, Zara Noor Abbas steals the spotlight every time she comes on screen with her charming acting!

The script had felt a little scattered in the previous few episodes to me, but this episode showed what the writer’s vision truly was and how everything is coming together gradually. Mustafa Afridi has really worked hard on this script and it shows through the characters and their developments through each episode. Although Shahzain is one character I’m interested to see where he develops since his is the only character that hasn’t shown any positive internal growth until now.

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However, the writer has also created strong female characters that have a huge presence in their own right such as Raani. Masooma’s character is interesting as the way Shehryar interacts with her is kind of demeaning of her role as a housewife, but we have yet to see where that goes since Shehryar soon realizes his mistake and goes to apologize to her. Overall, Mustafa Afridi hasn’t created cookie-cutter characters but strong young people that reflect today’s youth more accurately than any other drama.

The direction is one constant thing in every episode, thankfully, and Saife Hassan should take a bow for the excellent work he has put into making the drama so visually pleasing to watch! The cast and crew have all really worked hard and although there are hiccups in the storyline, it is still one that has grasped our attention and we await for next week’s episode restlessly!

What were your thoughts on this episode of Ehd e Wafa?

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Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.


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