Shows and movies to get you into the nationalistic spirit

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: With a wide range of problems plaguing the country, for many, celebrating 14th August seems like a chore. However, have no fear. Here are some of the best dramas and movies that will definitely evoke your nationalistic pride and get you in the 14th August spirit!


Not a drama for the faint hearted but one you will not forget. The story that Dastaan sets out to tell is not an easy one but with its star cast which includes the likes of Sanam Baloch, Fawad Khan, Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan and Samina Peerzada, it does so brilliantly.

Dastaan narrates the story of Bano played by Sanam Baloch. The once happy girl who was set to marry the man of her dreams Hassan (Fawad Khan), has every bit of happiness snatched from her as the war rages on. She has to witness the murder and rape of all those family members she grew up with. And has to endure torture at the hands of men who offered to protect her. 

Bano’s harrowing story reminds us of all the sacrifices our ancestors made to come to Pakistan. It also reminds us of why Muslims needed a separate homeland.


This short film starring Ushna Shah and Affan Waheed is one that will definitely make you tear up. The film is minimalistic with the focus being solely on the two stars. Cousins who fell in love and were ready to get married are torn apart by the war. As they both wait for the train, they rehash old memories. They laugh and cry, complain and forgive. And nothing is more evident than the pain of of being torn apart because of a war between two countries!


What better way to get you into the 14th August spirit than to get a first hand look into just how much effort the armed forces put in to stand and defend our country. The drama follows seven girls from vastly different backgrounds as they train to join the army. Sinf-e-Ahan will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, make you appreciate the armed forces for their contributions!

Ramchand Pakistani

This 2008 movie is one that will definitely make you tear up! When 8-year-old Ramchand accidentally crosses the border into India after a fight with his mother, his father follows him to try and stop him. However, they both end up in prison for illegally crossing the border. The movies follows the struggles of the mother as she waits for her family to return and her turmoil while the father and son struggle for a mistake they never planned to commit.

Dhoop Ki Deewar

Sarah (Sajal Aly) and Vishal (Ahad Raza Mir) are the children of two martyred soldiers. Religion, geography and the history of their respective countries all point towards Sarah and Vishal being enemies as well. But the two find a beautiful friendship amidst the chaos. The series shows that despite the fact that we have been taught to hate the other side, they are going through exactly what we are!

With a list of movies and dramas to get you into the 14th August spirit, what are you waiting for?

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