Ehd E Wafa, Episode 15: Duaa’s Life Turns Upside Down When Tragedy Strikes
In Ehd E Wafa, Alizeh Shah’s Duaa experiences heartbreak when her father passes away and things only worsen when she is given information that turns the life she knows upside down
Ehd E Wafa is a solid show, to put it lightly. The show touches upon many different situations and the characters have different backgrounds, economic situations and their own personal struggles. While it was an iffy climb in the first few episodes, the show managed to hit its stride and offer something new (and relatable) to its viewers. However, with the recent episode, Ehd E Wafa hits a little bit of a speed bump.
In episode 15, while the army academy scenes have always been enjoyable, in this particular episode, they are not. Saad is a great character and he’s a kind-hearted, “normal” boy. However, at times, he gets penned into this “savior” role, particularly in the academy scenes. Whether it’s helping solve a friend’s problems with his parents or helping another student pass his tests, the focus on Saad being “a good army man” can grate on the nerves – this has nothing to do with Ahad Raza Mir’s (great) acting, rather it comes across as ISPR on overdrive. Even Gulzar’s (Adnan Samad Khan) scenes come across as forced here. What is nice to see is how Gulzar has grown over time into a more refined version of who he once was with more confidence in himself.
Duaa (Alizeh Shah) receives a bulk of screen time in this episode. As her father stands strong for her, refusing to bow down to his brother’s desire of getting Duaa married to his son, he passes away in a car accident. What’s surprising here is that the story seems to turn in an unexpected way. Duaa’s mother holds firm in her husband’s stance, refusing to let his wishes go ignored – his wish to let Duaa choose her own future. Duaa’s mother rejects Raheel’s proposal and interference in Duaa’s life outright – but catches Duaa and viewers by surprise when she reveals that Duaa is adopted. To say this is bad timing would be an understatement. With Duaa still grappling with her father’s death, she now has another burden thrown on her. Alizeh Shah has shown good growth in her command over emotional scenes. Her scenes with her father’s dead body come across as believable and her acting does bring the viewer to tears.
This episode comes across as a disjointed one where time passes in a strange way. Some characters have shown growth, while others seem stagnant. If a year and a half has passed, that growth can be seen in Saad’s character – but can it be seen in either Duaa or even Shariq’s characters regarding their life situations? Not necessarily. While Shariq is seen still trying to sell his stories through Ramsha (Hajra Yamin). And while the progression in their personal relationship comes across as sweet, it almost feels as though they are standing in the exact place they were when we last saw them. What’s nice is that Shariq’s career seems poised to take off now and with a promising career and a potential life partner in Ramsha, Shariq’s life is finally shaping up.
Shahzain (Osman Khalid Butt) and Rani (Zara Noor Abbas) are seen together, now married and teasing each other, seeming to have a love-hate relationship with each other where they can’t live with each other or without each other. While it’s very sweet to see their playful nature with one another and to see how Rani keeps Shahzain on his toes, it would have been nice to actually see their relationship develop to this point. Osman and Zara have great chemistry and it shines through in their scenes together.
The episode overall is a good watch, but a lot heavier than previous episodes due to Duaa’s loss, coupled with her family’s pressure for her to marry Raheel. Upcoming episodes indicate that now with Duaa’s awareness of her adoption, she will now agree to marry Raheel, which will add some unnecessary family drama. This part of the show does not look too promising and one hopes the writers do not drag it out unnecessarily. At this point, it would also be nice to see a shift towards Shariq and Shehryar’s love story development.