Please note: This is a first episode review of Ehd e Wafa. And though we share our disappointment with viewers, we have to say, the drama, by definition was not a complete thumbs down. It is just that the likes of HUM TV and Director Saife Hassan who have delivered mega-hits like Sange Mar Mar, we expected more from the production house, and we’re hoping we get it!
The first episode of Ehd e Wafa Drama went on air last night and here is what we have to say.
It was with great excitement and anticipation that many of us took to the screen to watch the very first episode. I mean, the Ehd e Wafa cast gives us six of the BEST, most LOVED and popular actors from the entertainment industry. How could anything go wrong? Well … we were wrong!
College Students – Really?
The first episode left us disappointed as we felt we were watching an amateur production. The 4 lead males cast definitely look mature and over-age for their roles. There is no way they could have made the cut for grade 10! (Ahem … Botox anyone?). No, but seriously, although we love you guys, we just can’t digest the character of a 10th. grade (or intermediate) student in OKB – something’s not gelling here, perhaps the age-factor? (Apparently, he’s repeated the grade 4 times, rumor has it)!
To top it all, they were all sporting light beards, which threw us off track – totally! Were they trying to show a hint of adolescence in young boys? Well, if that’s the case, they were a tad off target and need to be told that there is a world of a difference between a beard or goatee of an adult male, and the adolescent beard of a teenager. Clean shaved boys might still have worked a more believable look.
Comedy Is Perhaps The Hardest Genre To Master – Try Again?
The story introduces us to 4 friends at cadet college Lawrence. They are young, adventurous and ready to defy all college rules. Since their names start with S, they call themselves the SSG group.
The boys are at war with the warden of the college who is extremely strict and whose job is to ensure the boys have a very disciplined and regulated life. The SSG group is, of course, rebelling against him.
Unfortunately, the comedy fell flat, and the pranksters did not succeed in amusing us – failed attempt, try again, please!
The Look & Feel, the Chemistry – Did We Feel The Love?
There is something to be said about trying too hard – and JUST missing the mark.
We see Ahad Raza Mir looking very different from his previous characters … a bit champu and not glamorous at all – that certainly caught our attention. But then, Osman Khalid Butt, (who is the leader of the 4-some), fails to deliver a refreshing take in terms of his character and performance. Ahmed Ali Akbar and Wahaj are more like, … just part of the scenery? We sincerely wait for their characters to develop further. The 4 friends are supposed to be very ‘thick’ in the storyline, but their relationship seems to lack chemistry. Try as we did, we’re not really ‘feeling the love’.
Who’s The STAR of The Pack?
No surprises there – dare we say it? From the very first episode, we see Ahad and Osman taking on the lead roles … ahem, ahem … we hope the media is NOT blamed for giving more coverage to certain actors further on in the series.
Zara Noor Abbas is a chulbuli student, and least interested in studies, failing at the English exam for the third time running. She is also caught cheating. Although it is always very refreshing to see Zara slip comfortably into the ‘fun’ role, that comes so easy to her, however, we have recently seen her in similar roles in Chhalawa and Parey Hut love – and we wonder if her fans might want to see a more versatile actress further down in her career. Nonetheless, it is a lovely change to watch her on our silver screen.
Why We Haven’t Lost Hope – YET!
Alizeh Shah, Faraz, and Zoro the dog probably fit the best for their roles.
Alizeh Shah is perfect for her role and looks the age as well. We are excited to see her in upcoming episodes.
Captain Faraz makes a comeback after Alpha Bravo Charlie as Ahad’s father in Ehd e Wafa, and it is interesting to see him back, bringing up nostalgic feelings in his fans for sure.
Despite a star-studded cast in Ehd e Wafa, the ONE performance that stood out for us was that of the Warden played by Sajeer Uddin Khalifa. His acting brought a smile to our faces and kept us entertained whenever he appeared on screen – Excellent performance and dialogue delivery.
Lastly, although we are disappointed by the first episode, we do have to admit that the scenes showing the Pakistani army jeep, the cadet college, Faraz descending from the jeep etc … do give you that warm and jazbati patriotic feeling!
The main factor that makes us want to keep watching Ehd e Wafa is the simple fact that our fav actors are coming together on screen after a long time … but maybe, just maybe, (and we hope we’re right), we’re being a bit too harsh on them? It’s only the first episode, and the rest will unfold to reveal the masterpiece we’ve been waiting for! Let’s wait and see what happens next?