No, no, no!! I’m really not dumb enough to try and give a lesson on the English alphabet here: that would be way too main-stream! (Although I think many of us could use a little help with the revision of “Alif, bay…”)
So if it’s not the English alphabet that I’m trying to indicate here, what is it?
Many of you will already have understood what I’m referring to and for those of you who spent their early teens watching “kyunke saas bhi kabhi bahoo thi and kahani ghar ghar ki, etc,” I’m referring to the famous, beloved, and absolutely enchanting story of three random yet extraordinary army chaps. I’m talking about:
The “ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE”
It’s almost a phenomena now so it wouldn’t be wrong to use “the” before it, right?
Anyways, with or without “the”; “Alpha, Bravo, Charlie” is the best and easiest way to make anyone fall in love with our army. The storyline has humorous, patriotic, romantic (yes, yes, it does have the romantic element, you won’t be disappointed), and melancholic tinge to it.
It makes you laugh out loud (sorry, the humor isn’t strong enough for “ROFL”); it makes even a dead-hearted person feel the pain of those people; it makes even a pretty dim-witted person think not once but many times: “why didn’t I see this before?”
As far as I know, most of you out there will have seen it already; this blog is just a way to wake up those who are still deprived of the sweet, sour, spicy, salty and bitter taste of this epic drama serial.
Some of you will fall in love with Faraz for his looks, his charms, his big pocket, and success. (He is your prince charming, girls! The one you all want to end up with). But, he is not just beauty and brains and money. He is so much more. His love for his friends, his dedication to his profession and his sportsmanship when he is rejected by the girl of his dreams will make you fall for him pretty hard. The reason for his rejection? He was too perfect, can you believe that? Well, you will once you witness the girl behind this atrocity.
Even more of you will fall in love with Kashif for his humor, his sloppiness, his rebellious nature and quick wit. He was born in a family where his father retired a general from the army. So it was pretty hard for him to make his mark, no matter what he did, it would probably never be enough. But fate has its own plans for us all. And what fate had in store for Kashif was greatness through the worst trauma of his life. The time he spends in Siachin; his hardships and his respect for his team up there with him in the deadly freezing cold will make you all doe-eyed for this warrior and immensely grateful for the warmth of your homes.
And all of you will fall in love with Gulsher because it’s really impossible not to adore him. He came from a small family, was a little weak in the departments of confidence, he was shy and ordinary but he still got the princess in the story. And it was ordinary demeanor, his down to earth attitude and his simplicity that made him so attractive. He became a prisoner of war in Bosnia where Pakistani troops were also sent. And his time in imprisonment was the hardest thing I ever had to watch on a screen. It was so heartbreaking that now if I replay the drama, I never have enough courage to re-watch the episodes in the end.
The lady of the story Shehnaz is not just any girl; she is the girl of many a man’s dreams: beautiful, chic, confident, bold, interesting, unconventional and… (Please add other words of praise yourself because she’s simply awesome)!!
She may not be enrolled in the army, but she is front and center with many of the wars being fought on army fronts, she is the wife of a dedicated, diehard soldier.
There are so many perks and aspects to this serial. It teaches you humility and patience. It urges and convinces you to leave everything and enroll yourselves in the army or to at least give some army man a huge thank you present.
It will give you tachycardia, sweats and nervous tremors at one point and sudden unexpected activated tear glands at another.
It will make you love your country more; it will make you acknowledge the sacrifices of those countless men who died; who fought; who suffered so that we could sleep peacefully tucked away in our warm beds. You owe watching this drama to yourselves, to your country and to your army. Give yourselves a chance to feel grateful to Allah for creating those brave, selfless men sacrificing themselves in the line of fire for you every day.
Cast: Shehnaz Sher, Faraz Ahmed, Qasim Khan, Abdullah Mehmood
Directed by: Shoaib Mansoor