Ehd E Wafa, Episode 1: A Light-Hearted, Fun Buildup
“Ehd E Wafa,” HUM TV’s multi-starrer sponsored by ISPR, made its premiere with a pilot episode different from the rest
When Ehd E Wafa was first announced, fans could not contain their excitement over this fresh casting, youthful premise and the promise of a show that would be different from the usual “gharelu,” saas-bahu storylines brimming with depression. Written by Mustafa Afridi, directed by Saife Hassan and starring Osman Khalid Butt, Ahad Raza Mir, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Wahaj Ali, Zara Noor Abbas, Alizeh Shah, Faraz Inam, Vaneeza Ahmed, Mohammed Ahmed, Hajra Yamin and Momina Iqbal (amongst others), the show boasts of some of the best names in the industry. And while the show was initially touted as an “Alpha Bravo Charlie” sequel, information regarding the similarities was recently confirmed and cleared by Saife Hassan himself. Faraz Inam is reprising his role of Captain Faraz from “Alpha Bravo Charlie” with Ahad Raza Mir playing his son – however, while the show has this role reprisal, it’s more of a tribute to “Alpha Bravo Charlie” and not a true sequel, rather just a passing on of the torch.
So how did episode one fare? Let’s get into it!
The episode begins with an introduction to our main 4 characters as they are caught in a bad place – caught by their hostel warden while trying to sneak out. Saad (Ahad Raza Mir), Shehryar (Ahmed Ali Akbar), Shahzain (Osman Khalid Butt) and Shariq (Wahaj Ali), a foursome that nicknames themselves “The SSG,” are shamed in front of the entire hostel by the warden, the four wiggle out of the situation by claiming that Saad wanted to make a phone call to his mother for her birthday. However, their truth is later discovered by the warden when he makes a phone call to Saad’s home. The rest of the episode focuses on the boys, their inside jokes and their bond. The episode ends with the boys convincing the warden’s son to jump over the wall, just as they had done, in order to join their gang – and, of course, get caught.
Viewers are also introduced to Rani (Zara Noor Abbas), a spirited, silly young girl who cannot seem to pass her exams. With the support of her teacher, she keeps “chits” in her clothes to cheat her way through her exams, but due to her own foolishness, is caught by the proctor. In her stubbornness, she walks out of the exam, even though she is allowed to continue. This sets up the scenario well to prove how “nalaik” her character is and it works! Zara Noor Abbas is a natural in this hilarious scene.
Dua (Alizeh Shah) makes her appearance, this one feeling a little less natural. A student, Alizeh is carted off to Murree for a trip to visit family and is surprised to see her cousin and close friend there as well. As she bonds with her cousins, it’s made mildly clear that her male cousin may have feelings for her. It’s unclear as to what relevance these scenes will have in the show (besides Dua being Saad’s love interest).
Long-time drama fans receive a wave of nostalgia when Captain Faraz (Faraz Inam) makes his appearance. We witness him at home with his daughter as he reminisces about his son, Saad, and his affection for his dog. We also see the disappointment on his face when he’s informed that Saad got into trouble at school the night before. It’s refreshing to see the reappearance of this character and it will be fun to see his interaction with the next generation.
All in all, Ehd E Wafa has proven in the first episode to be exactly what it had promised. With light-hearted scenes that bring a smile to the viewer’s face, the episode brings along with it a feeling of nostalgia – and not only for “Alpha Bravo Charlie” fans. Whether reminiscing about old shows, thinking back to school times or fondly remembering friendships, there’s something for everyone in Ehd E Wafa, a show that can be watched with the entire family (so far) without the heaviness or silly bickering that turns away male viewers. Zara Noor Abbas steals the spotlight out of the females and while all four male leads are naturals in their roles, Ahmed Ali Akbar particularly has some hilarious lines in this first episode. Looking forward to seeing how the show shapes up, but so far, it gets two thumbs up!
Watch Ehd E Wafa, Episode 1 here: