BY: AYESHA REHMAN
Being a 90’s kid, I can barely forget the time when PTV delivered a variety of classic dramas. Be it on any genre: action, adventure, comedy, crime, love stories or those depicting social issues-PTV has offered an evergreen entertainment to its audience. Moreover, our dramas have captivated the real life heroes into reel life giving them that fame which is remembered even after years.
This time of year again, on the eve of Defence Day we bring to you a list of timeless classics which will surely take you down the memory lane and refresh the patriotic fervor within you.
Sunehray Din & Alpha, Bravo, Charlie
Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he rightly calls himself) is the man of applause who has always conveyed love for country in a meaningful way through his masterpieces. He penned down the song ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ and later ‘Ek Chand Ek Sitara’ which became a hit just after its release. Similarly his drama ‘Sunehray Din’ is remembered till date because of the undimmed popularity it received just after the first episode.
The plot of this drama was based on the lives of young cadets from Kakul Military Academy who bear the thick and thin of life to get polished completely for challenges ahead. This serial was informative and was presented in an interesting manner.
The next one in this series is yet another wonderful work of Shoaib Saab-Alpha,Bravo,Charlie. It was made in collaboration with ISPR Productions. The star-studded cast included Kashif Kirmani, Gulsher Khan, Faraz Ahmed and the pretty damsel then-Shahnaz. All these actors together infused the color of reality by playing characters which were not larger than life in anyway. It received record breaking acclamation only because of the real life chemistry portrayed among three friends. Thus this mixture of comedy, romance and above all patriotism is afresh in minds of many…
Sipahi Maqbool Hussain
Named and based on a true story in co-production by ISPR, this drama was all about a Pakistani soldier- Maqbool Hussain who was captured by Indian Army during 1965 war and spent 40 golden years of his lifetime in Indian jails. Under the brilliant direction of Haider Imam Rizvi, with Hasan Niazi playing the role of young Maqbool, this drama was successful in displaying the Indian Army’s harsh treatment of Maqbool Hussain during his imprisonment.
The audience witnessed the captors’ real love for his country when the captivators cut his tongue but with his blood he managed to write “Pakistan Zindabad’. In admiration of his courage and struggles, Pakistan Army presented the real-life Maqbool Hussain an award too.
Jaan Hatheli Pey
This drama serial was a joint venture of Syed Hussain Abbas and Shamim Bazil written and directed by the two respectively. The story revolved around the Balochistan conflict in which soldiers were portrayed fighting with militants. Baluchistan has always faced a hard time and this serial was exemplar of the fact that this province is a part of our country, never to be left in isolation.
The cast included renowned names like Nadeem Baig, Nauman Ejaz, Shamoon Abbasi, Asad Malik and others.
Faseel-e-Jan sey Agey
This drama series was written in collaboration of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Communication Research Strategies (CSR). It was based on 11 parts and each unfolded the struggle and courage of army men which they exhibit against all odds of extremist’s activities. This masterpiece was produced by the hard work of some seasoned writers and directors namely Zafar Meraj, Wasi Shah, Amir Raza, Kashif Nisar and a lot more.
And when it comes to patriotism, how can we sideline a classic like Dhuwan written by renowned Asher Azeem. He played the lead role of ASP Azhar along with other characters by Nabeel, Asal Din Khan, Nazli Nasr as well as many other names which are still locked in our memories.
Everything about this play was classic; be it action, thrill, nationalism, romance and revenge, all were knitted together very neatly. Moreover, with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Kisay Da Yaar Na Vichrey’ adding a spark, all the colours were rounded very well under the direction of Sajjad Ahmed.
The plot was all about the portrayal of crime and the shortcomings of the police department but the deep bond of friendship between these policemen was the core of the entire drama.
Ek Thi Marium
Now here comes the change…the change which will be aired on our television screens on 6th September. We have been witnessing many productions talking about gallant military men who sacrificed their lives in the name of the country. But Ek Thi Marium is unique of its sort as it reveals about Pakistani fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar who embraced martyrdom on 24th November saving several lives but losing hers in the bargain.
In order to pay high regard to this lady, Sanam Baloch has taken up the role of Marium as a challenge since the idea seems ‘out of the box’ and call of pride too for her.
“I could not refuse the role of a national hero.” Sanam spilled the beans in an interview.
While our screens remain bombarded with films dealing with comedy, love and family affairs, very soon the audience shall witness a ‘best from the rest’ flick named Saya-e-Khuday-e-Zuljalal aka SKZJ. Directed by Umair Fazli, this movie promises its audience to pull at their emotional strings by letting them catch a flight straight to the past, depicting tales of war heroes who proved their mettle during the Independence struggle and Indo-Pak war 1965.
The stars featuring in the movie include the names of Javed Sheikh, Firdous Jamal, Moamar Rana, Noor Bukhari, Shafqat Cheema and the list goes on.
Here watch the trailer clip to witness a spate of action shown.
Happy Defence Day to All.