Written by: Mustafa Afridi

Directed by: Saife Hassan

Produced by: Momina Duraid Production

Things took a massive turn in this episode as we were introduced to a lot of interesting new plot lines that have definitely amped up the interest factor for the drama as a whole. While Shahzain’s character had certainly always been a tad bit grey from the start, he was really established as the antagonist of the show with the actions he took this episode. After he appeared on Shariq’s show and got bombarded with investigative questions about his shady education background, Shahzain has Shariq fired from his job along with Ramsha. The entire manipulation that Shahzain does was the most riveting aspect of the episode. We also got to witness Saad’s character grow further in his career which was a far more positive thing to watch than the shady doings of Shahzain.

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Osman Khalid Butt as Shahzain and Wahaj Ali as Shariq were truly the two stars of the show and thankfully got enough screen time to be able to flex their excellent acting skills for more than five minutes! Both have really grown into their characters and their conflict actually felt convincing to watch. Ahad Raza Mir in his own character has created an opposite yet equally endearing mood for his role and Saad is the only one in the whole drama who feels righteous.

Ahmed Ali Akbar as Shehryar also got some screen time but we hope to see more of him next episode when he too becomes embroiled in Shahzain’s plotting. And of course, the only comic relief that we always look forward to provided by the very talented Zara Noor Abbas who has made Raani’s character a treat and delight to watch amidst all the serious topics.

This episode showed the script finally coming together into something of a cohesive storyline with an actual conflict, because prior to this it had merely seemed like a feel-good type of show. However, Shahzain’s entire development is truly my favorite as well as the dialogues regarding the nature of politics were actually well-written with a deeper meaning behind them with regards to how political systems usually work.

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With all these positive aspects, there still is a gaping flaw regarding the division of dialogue and pacing. While it is understandable that certain characters need to be given the spotlight for a longer time, we are still waiting for a lot of characters to be developed further. After giving Dua so much attention, she has suddenly been ignored except for a brief interaction with Saad, and Shehryar has virtually faded into a background commentator. Same is the case with Raani who has so much potential and a far more interesting story. Every other aspect is enjoyable but this randomized pacing is confusing certainly.

One of the things to be mentioned is the new soundtrack which has added so much more depth to the scenes and the topic of the drama as a whole. And as always, Saife Hassan’s direction specially the scenes transitioning Shahzain from such a caring friend to literally sabotaging the same friend were thrilling to watch and have a great atmosphere on the whole. We only hope that the drama’s development continued in a positive manner! 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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