This was once more a tear-jerking episode of Alif! The focus of this episode was Husn e Jahan(Kubra Khan) and the way she fell in love with Taha Abdu Aala (Ahsan Khan) all those years ago. The connection between Husn e Jahan and Sultan (Saleem Mairaj) is made more clear as well. Qalb e Momin (Hamza Ali Abbasi) also has an epiphany and goes to Turkey to his grandfather, leaving everything behind without a second thought. Meanwhile, Momina (Sajal Aly) also begins to reflect on Husn e Jahan’s story as an example of what might happen to her as well.
The episode did not rely on a chain of events to move the story forward, but instead on the progress in the characters’ way of thinking. Qalb e Momin is the biggest trigger to this all, as his realization of how he had lost touch with his soul paralleled so perfectly with the past when Husn e Jahan also begins to understand she had been led astray. The three characters: Qalb e Momin, Husn e Jahan and Momina, are all going through massive upheaval and Umera Ahmed constructs and interlinks this all to the story in such a perfect way. The flow of the writing, specially within the dialogues, is so soothing and natural that I’m sure the audience feel exactly what the characters do! Umera Ahmed has built characters that have already become so close to our hearts.
This episode could not be done justice to without focusing on the direction of each shot and scene, which is outstanding as always. My favorite moment from this episode was when Husn e Jahan talks to Sultan about her downfall, and the way that that moment was captured is truly heart-wrenching.
Haseeb Hassan has employed minimalistic and precise shots during the monologues that provides the actors with enough space to work their art. And it works perfectly! Kubra Khan reflected the romantic, distressed Husn e Jahan beautifully during the entire episode and gave such depth to her character. Hamza Ali Abbasi did the same with Qalb e Momin by portraying his anguish and loss through every action. And as always, Sajal Aly has made Momina’s role truly her own!
The production of Alif far exceeds majority of the dramas that we see on air. Thanks to the director and Dop who have made a show with not just a deeper, philosophical message but also more artistic value in terms of filmmaking which is something the television industry truly needs right now. There is no shortage of good scripts but the way Alif has been so meticulously fashioned is what makes it so different from other dramas and one that is a must watch!