That Ehd-e-Wafa has set new milestones for television shows to come would not be an overstatement. Where previously many Pakistani dramas were focused on staple saas-bahu fodder and secret love affairs, this Saife Hassan helmed project has breathed new life into coming of age stories revolving around friendship and love, stories we rarely get to see on television anymore.
Once Upon a Time
It all began with our favorite gang of SSG coming together at the inception of the show. They gave us some major friendship goals and showed how friends can save the day on countless occasions. We fell in love with the peppy, lifelike characters, be it Ahad Raza Mir’s Saad, Osman Khalid Butt’s Shazain, Ahmed Ali Akbar’s Shehreyar or Zara Noor Abbass’ Rani. Credit has to be given to all the talented actors who breathed life into characters given to them.
The story itself revolved around four friends and how they find their way through life’s different phases, eventually ending up in four different fields – journalism, the media, bureaucracy, and the military.
The happily ever after
While overall, Ehd-e-Wafa kept the proceedings tight as far as its screenplay and editing were concerned, the two were rather outstanding in the last episode. We saw each of the principal characters grow some more and the episode was nothing less than a roller coaster ride, with unexpected twists and plot reveals. Here are some things which made the concluding episode all the more memorable.
First, there was the Abhinandan drama. Yesss! We got to witness it all and since it was an ISPR backed show we know it must be accurate on details. There were no taunts or jingoism involved, rather what we saw on screen was just a reenactment of a very major event that will go down in our history. We also got to see the infamous Goswami jee in action. However, his character could have been a little harsher — if you have heard or seen the gentleman in real life, you would know what we are talking about.
Then, of course, who could have missed Humayun Saeed, peeps!? Yes, you read it right. Our favorite superstar gave a guest appearance. He aced the role of an authoritative commander that was given to him. In fact, it was he who narrated the infamous story of Abhinandan.
Finally, with the show, we have a writer who did not kill the main lead. Yes, Saad did not die indeed. Thank God too because we would have needed a lot of tissues/wipes and with the current shortage, it would have been a problem. We were waiting with bated breath as Saad ran across the border to save a colleague. He ended up being wounded, tricking us into believing that he had been martyred — but we were in for a surprise. He was saved and that too by the very love of his life. Matlab kya baat hai. We were happy to see a drama ending on a happy note for once.
The last episode of Ehd-e-Wafa was as action-packed as it was a roller coaster of an emotional ride. The difficult to predict narrative kept us glued till the last scene. Now we are on a lookout for an equally good show to fill the void. I hope we get more dramas like this in the future but till then, please safely quarantine, and like us, you can watch the final episode on repeat to take care of the boredom. You will not regret!