Written by: Umera Ahmed

Directed by: Haseeb Hassan

Produced by: Epic Entertainment

Nothing in this drama has ever let us down! Once again we got an episode that had us both smiling and crying one after the other, and in the end truly fall in love once again with Alif! This episode had so much happening in it yet every moment was perfectly captured and conveyed to the audience without seeming rushed.

Momina begins to reach the top of her career by winning an Oscar and generally succeeding all the while remaining humble and true to herself. However, there are still lingering feelings of grief and trauma in the family as they continue to remain hung over Jehangir’s death. On the other hand, Qalb e Momin is experiencing difficulties in his career as well as personal life when tragically Abdul Alla passes away. But Qalb e Momin gradually comes into touch with the soul that he had searched for and the episode ends with an emotional yet brilliant scene of Qalb e Momin praying and finally realizing where he had gone wrong.

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I have to begin with the acting of this episode because Sajal Aly and Hamza Ali Abbasi both blew me away this episode! The actors do a great job every episode but this time they really proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Sajal Aly’s acting was so nuanced and delicately beautiful with the way she portrayed hidden guilt and grief at her brother’s death, yet still feeling cheated out of appreciation from her parent.

On the other hand, Hamza Ali Abbasi nailed Qalb e Momin’s discovery of his true self and the scene where he prays is truly amazing to watch and the actor genuinely deserves full credit for making that scene so powerful without even saying anything. Manzar Sehbai should also be appreciated for the amazing way his character has created a special place in our hearts forever!

Umera Ahmed really nailed it with the story this episode and the writing was the strongest part of this episode. The juxtaposition of the situations of both of the main characters’ lives was something I found really interesting in this episode, as it showed two people experiencing the same emotions but at totally different stages in their lives. But the universality of the message is what I appreciate about Umera Ahmed’s way of conveying the story, that God can be found within any type of person, no matter what actions they have committed. I feel like these types of deeper meanings are much needed in any piece of art, specially dramas that so many people watch and can learn from.

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Once again, Haseeb Hassan delivered the perfect episode with great visuals and effects! The previously mentioned juxtaposition between the characters’ lives could not have been so effective without the way the director portrayed this difference. Everything about the drama is so visually pleasing and minimalistic without overpowering the audience or the story. The praying scene this episode was especially powerful and emotional and truly breathtaking! The director of photography Asad Mumtaz Malik as well as all those who worked on this episode’s setting and production deserve applause for making the end product look like an actual movie!  What were your thoughts on this week’s episode of Alif?

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Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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