Written by: Umera Ahmed

Directed by: Haseeb Hassan

Produced by: Epic Entertainment

Every episode of Alif by now leaves us in tears and wishing the episode was longer, so it’s no surprise this one exceeded our expectations far more as well. The story’s structuring is so nuanced and detailed that it really fits in well with each character’s development, as this episode showed how well-done the writing is of the show. Momina who has inadvertently become the star she had always wanted realizes you can’t have everything in the world, as her mother begins to talk to her dead brother and act mentally unstable.

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Her father also expresses discontent to her about how lonely the new house and their new lives have become. Qalb e Momin on the other hand starts to mature after his grandfather’s death, and his new script reflects this mature outlook towards life as whoever reads it is impressed by it. The only hurdle left for him is convincing Momina to star in it, and although she resists it at first, by the end of the episode Momina is shown reading the script and being visibly touched. We also get to see a more in-depth look into Husn e Jahan and Taha’s tumultuous marriage and the negative impact this had on young Qalb e Momin. Overall, the episode managed to show years and years of development in the characters over the course of mere minutes which is definitely a commendable feat!

Ahsan Khan and Kubra Khan definitely stole the show with their half of the episode! The entire argument between the two was extremely well acted by the two actors and showed so many details in small actions. The way Taha is struggling with his guilt at having left God, and his inability to deliver the same soulfulness in his art all have accumulated in him to the point where he lashes out at Husn e Jahan. Ahsan Khan portrays this struggle within his character so well, and the shaking of the hands was such a nice detail that made Taha’s character  a lot more sympathetic since it showed the mental struggle he is going through.

Hamza Ali Abbasi in the present showed such a different Qalb e Momin, having undergone so much pain and realizing where his faults lay. Sajal Aly was another favorite, as her dilemma continues to increase and the fact that her parents are unable to leave her brother’s ghost in the past is hounding her continuously, all of which the actress is able to depict with her body language and expressions very well. The entire cast is so talented and Alif’s message would surely have been lost without these actors translating them so well on screen!

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Umera Ahmed’s script is a true testament to the fact that a well-written, thought out script is definitely something an audience will enjoy and prefer to lazily written ones. The dialogues have always been intricate and deep, and this episode specially showed that the writer has employed the flashbacks really well to show not just the character development but also the side of the characters that make them more humane.

Haseeb Hassan’s direction once again took us by surprise as each frame is stirringly beautiful in its own right and employs different angles and techniques to provide the viewers with an enjoyable experience instead of just another mass-produced drama. We have truly enjoyed Alif not just for the story but for the actors, writer, director and all those who worked behind the scenes to give soul to this project and made it our favorite drama of the year! 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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