Ehd E Wafa, Episode 5: Osman Khalid Butt and Ahad Raza Mir’s Characters Face Off
In Osman Khalid Butt, Ahad Raza Mir, Ahmed Ali Akbar and Wahaj Ali’s “Ehd E Wafa,” the friendship is fractured when Saad decides he no longer wants to see the trio
“Ehd E Wafa” is a show that debuted amongst much hype. With its army connection and star-studded cast consisting of solid, dependable actors, plus the inclusion of the much-loved Faraz Inam from “Alpha Bravo Charlie,” the show appeared to be a sure-fire hit. However, when the first episode went on air, the views and reviews were mixed from critics and fans alike. Keeping it light-hearted, the first two episodes focused on the relationship between the four boys while in college. While criticism went from disapproval at crass jokes to the ages of the actors playing college-going students, the show still managed to rake in incredibly high viewership. With the third episode, the show finally took off with the boys getting embroiled in a situation that broke apart their friendship and set the boys off on their separate journeys.
With episode 5, the boys are now moving towards higher studies and deciding what to do with their lives. With Shehryar (Ahmed Ali Akbar) studying for CSS, Saad (Ahad Raza Mir) has decided to follow the army route to avoid hurting Duaa (Alizeh Shah). Saad’s relationship with his father (Faraz Inam) is tense after the jail incident and this does not go unnoticed by Saad’s mother (Vaneeza Ahmed) and she questions Captain Faraz on his behavior. He states that Saad is at an impressionable age and he is training him to be a good man. Saad misses his friends and is seen looking at pictures of the group – but his anger and hurt ego refuse to bend and Saad is unable to let go of his anger over being embarrassed in front of Duaa and having his image tarnished in front of his father.
Much of the episode focuses on Shahzain (Osman Khalid) Butt and his training in taking over and stepping into his grandfather’s place. While the last episode depicted Shahzain’s angry side, this episode focuses on a softer, more caring, “educated” side, showing Shahzain’s willingness to listen and be kind in his intentions. Shahzain is seen advising another Chaudhry on how to resolve conflict without being abusive towards others. While spending time at the Chaudhry’s house, Rani (Zara Noor Abbas) spots Shahzain and develops a liking for him. This scene is cute with Rani’s filmi nature and ability to focus on everything except her education. Shahzain’s grandfather is seen discussing Shahzain’s marriage with his parents and relays the Chaudhry’s desire to have his daughter and Shahzain married – the daughter being Rani.
Shahzain travels to find Shehryar and the two happily embrace, excited to see each other. Shehryar convinces Shahzain to visit Saad with him, promising that he will accompany Shahzain later to find Shariq (Wahaj Ali) in Lahore. Watching this reunion is heart-warming and it’s great to see that this bond continues to remain unchanged. The two set off to Saad’s house where they are warmly greeted by Saad’s mother who asks them to stay for dinner. However, Saad’s reaction is much less receptive and he basically tells the two to get out and never contact him again.
The acting of the male trio is exceptional in this episode, but Osman Khalid Butt particularly deserves praise for his enactment of Shahzain’s emotional turmoil. Grief stricken by not only Saad’s rejection, Shahzain is upset by Shehryar’s father’s opinion of him. Shehryar’s father, in his polite, humble way, asks Shahzain to stay away from Shehryar. Shahzain returns home tearfully and asks his grandfather to take his proposal for Duaa, out for revenge. His grandfather later tries to pass along a message to Shahzain, telling him that this attitude has ruined many and he wishes he was doing this for love. He asks him to, once again, consider marrying Rani.
Saad bumps into Duaa at the park and she is terrorized by Zoro, Saad’s dog. In a very relatable scene, Duaa tells Saad that she’s scared of dogs even watching them on television. This light-hearted scene is not only endearing, but also comes across as very natural and realistic, keeping Saad and Duaa’s history in mind.
Overall, the episodes of Ehd E Wafa are only improving, the next better than the last. The performances in this episode are stellar, again the best performance being Osman Khalid Butt’s. In the last episode, Shahzain came across as very cold, calculating and “bad.” And with this episode, viewers are once again embracing Shahzain, sympathizing with him and feeling anger towards Saad for holding on to this grudge despite Shahzain’s attempts to apologize. Ahad Raza Mir earns a lot of irk with his role as Saad in this episode, but how would the story move forward if Saad didn’t behave this way? While this episode is Shahzain-centric, the next episode seems to be Saad-centric, which means viewers will be given the time to emotionally connect to Saad once again. Ahmed Ali Akbar as Shehryar does a great job as the hard-working guy who is loyal to his friendships and his acting in the scene where he realizes he has been duped by his father who has sent Shahzain away is particularly lovable. Wahaj Ali as Shariq is missing in this episode entirely, which is unfortunate, but as the boys do not know where Shariq is, this is an obviously storyline driven absence. Zara Noor Abbas is ridiculously adorable in her role as Rani and when she’s not on screen, she leaves viewers wanting more – which will happen soon enough since Rani and Shahzain’s paths will cross in upcoming episodes. Alizeh Shah has one scene in this episode and it’s a sweet one, as she shares natural chemistry with Ahad Raza Mir. With Duaa’s anger towards Saad finally melting, it will be nice to see their interactions from here on out. Ehd E Wafa continues to be an enjoyable watch and is truly beginning to take off.