Pakistani dramas have always played a pivotal role in evoking the feelings of nationalism and patriotism in Pakistani youth. Dramas like Sunehray Din, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Khuda Zameen Se Gaya Nahi Hai, Wilco and Sipahi Maqbool Hussain have captured the true essence of comradeship, loyalty and sacrifices made for the country. Such dramas have successfully amplified the audience’s love and admiration for the heroes of our country.

Ehd-e-Wafa — recently aired on HUMTV and PTV Home — is another significant effort in this regard, written by Mustafa Afridi, directed by Saife Hasan, and jointly produced by ISPR and MD Productions. It has garnered a wider range of audience worldwide due to its intellectually strong and multi-talented cast. The drama plays with the themes of friendship, patriotism and love. Although, the story is set in the backdrop of military life, the emotions it touches are those found in society in general. The drama is a depiction of how we as a nation, can work towards making our country strong in which ever role we find ourselves in. Prior to its release, the promos of Ehd-e-Wafa kindled nostalgia by bringing back memories of the legendary drama Alpha Bravo Charlie. The piquant snippets of Ehd-e-Wafa undoubtedly managed to lure audiences to their screens on its release on September 12, 2019.
The story revolves around Osman Khalid Butt as Malik Shahzain, Ahmed Ali as Shehryar, Ahad Raza Mir as Saad, Wahaj Ali as Shariq, Zara Noor Abbas as Rani and Alizeh Shah as Dua. The young but renowned faces are shown paving their way through life with zeal. 
Shariq, Shahzain, Shehryar and Saad are seen, in the initial episodes, studying at Lawrence College, Ghora Gali illustrating the unbreakable bond of brotherhood and friendship, and adventures of hostel life. The four are a part of SSG — Special S Group­ — as all their names begin with ‘S’. The versatile Osman Khalid Butt (Shahzain) plays the comic and is the mastermind behind SSG’s great escapes and endeavors, Ahad Raza Mir (Saad) is the right hand man of Shahzain who has fallen for Alizeh Shah (Dua). SSG has certainly captivated everyone as the chemistry between the four perfectly depicts the spirit of solidarity and friendship, which not only is a delight to watch but is relatable as well. The two female characters are polar opposites; Dua, a young, chirpy heroine with a calm personality while Rani, on the other hand, is a laid-back girl with a lot of charisma. Capt Faraz now Brig Faraz, from the cast of the Alpha Bravo Charlie is introduced as Saad’s father, bringing back many wonderful memories.
Ehd-e-Wafa, discarding the usual saas bahu saga, is a relief for its viewers and shows promise in the upcoming episodes. It seems like a good balance of light-hearted comedy and little romance whipped with emotional and intellectual content. While nothing can be said for certain, rumour has it that the story will evolve with SSG pursuing different career paths and as the characters move forward, they are bound to face complications and fight through the dilemmas of adulthood. As of now, Ehd-e-Wafa is evolving into an interesting watch as its plot unfolds. HH

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