Ehd E Wafa, Episode 18:  Shariq’s Career as a Political Journalist Takes Off
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Ehd E Wafa, Episode 18: Shariq’s Career as a Political Journalist Takes Off

In Ehd E Wafa, Wahaj Ali’s Shariq lands the job of his dreams while Osman Khalid Butt’s Shahzain wins the elections, making a move to Islamabad with Rani

Ehd E Wafa continues to stand out for its light-hearted approach to storytelling while focusing on realistic aspects of Pakistani society.  Showing the story of four college friends, the boys are now headed into different fields – the army, politics, journalism and bureaucracy.  While at present, only Shariq and Shehryar are still in touch, it will be interesting to see how these four friends reconnect.

Saad’s Track

Saad (Ahad Raza Mir) is seen on the receiving end of a prank by his senior officers and, later, Gulzar (Adnan Samad Khan) experiences something similar.  The scenes with Saad and Gulzar are entertaining and the two actors share a wonderful chemistry, leaving viewers wanting more.  However,  the scenes showing Saad as “yaaron ka yaar” and an all-round good buddy are just getting old.  Viewers understand it – Saad has grown and he’s a good guy.  This is not something that needs to be shoved down our throats each week and, more importantly, take up precious screen time. 

Ahad Raza Mir in Ehd e Wafa

Ahad Raza Mir in Ehd e Wafa

Most viewers do not have any interest in watching Saad play sports with his peers – especially when this takes up screen time that should be allotted to the development of Shehryar and Masooma’s love story or Shariq’s election win.  And while it’s understandable that all Saad scenes cannot be Saad – Dua (Alizeh Shah) scenes, a break can be taken from Saad for an episode or two, as has been done with all the other male characters.  This is not a gripe against the character of Saad or Ahad Raza Mir’s (fabulous) performance, rather it’s simply stating that the other stories are coming across as underdeveloped in the process, because too much focus is being put on the army scenes – when there’s really not much to unpack there at present.

Shariq’s Track

Shariq (Wahaj Ali) receives an offer to host a political show and, playing the game well, Shariq manages to get the show on his own terms, bringing Ramsha (Hajra Yamin) along as his producer.  Ramsha and Shehryar celebrate Shariq’s success and Shariq goes on to become a credible, honest reporter.  In a particularly cute scene, Shehryar and Shariq discuss Saad’s success and Shariq expresses an interest in meeting Saad to congratulate him. 

Wahaj Ali in Ehd e Wafa

Wahaj Ali in Ehd e Wafa

Shariq’s track is finally taking off and next week will be particularly interesting, based on the preview.  Wahaj Ali is doing a great job as Shariq and his banter with Hajra Yamin comes across as very natural.

Shehryar’s Track

Possibly the most neglected track, Shehryar (Ahmed Ali Akbar) is the most likable, down-to-earth character of the four boys.  However, that doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of screen time and Shehryar has been relegated to a side, supporting character of late.  Viewers are still hoping a talented actor like Ahmed Ali Akbar will be able to get a couple of solid episodes dedicated to Shehryar’s storyline before the show wraps up.

Ahmed Ali Akbar in Wahaj Ali

Ahmed Ali Akbar in Wahaj Ali

In this episode, Masooma (Momina Iqbal) confesses her feelings to Shehryar, but he promptly berates her for focusing on love instead of her education, making her feel foolish.  She is seen crying and, later, Shehryar discovers that she has left back to her parents home.  While it’s been seen that Masooma has feelings for Shehryar, it would have been nice to see this love story developing – and been given a window into how Shehryar actually feels about Momina.  Again, it comes back to Shehryar having the most interesting background, the greatest struggle, the strongest motivation and – the least screen time.

Shahzain’s Track

Shahzain (Osman Khalid Butt) is seen campaigning in this episode and Rani (Zara Noor Abbas) campaigns on his behalf for the female vote as well.  Rani is the highlight of this track, over-selling Shahzain and making promises he can’t possibly keep, yet still proving her loyalty and devotion with her words.  When Shahzain wins the election, the two plan their move to Islamabad – where Shariq and Shehryar now live as well.  Zara Noor Abbas proves with each scene that she’s an actress worth watching, playing Rani in a way that keeps a smile firmly plastered to the viewer’s face.

Osman Khalid Butt in Wahaj Ali

Osman Khalid Butt in Wahaj Ali

The next episode of Ehd E Wafa is set to be an exciting one, as it’s seen in the preview that Shahzain will be a guest on Shariq’s political show.  As Shariq has promised to be an unbiased, honest reporter, asking all the hard questions, Shahzain will become infuriated after the interview and turn against Shariq.  Will the boys be able to work past their differences?  Will viewers ever be able to see the SSG together again as friends?  We’ll have to wait and watch!

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother