Written by: Umera Ahmed

Directed by: Haseeb Hassan

Produced by: Epic Entertainment

This was probably my favorite of all episodes of Alif, which is certainly saying something! Despite the lack of events occurring, this week’s episode managed to say so much in so little words and show a new side to the story to the audience. 

Momina’s attitude towards Qalb e Momin shifts and vice versa when both of them begin to leave their animosities behind and look into the true nature of each other. It was definitely one of the most beautiful relationships I have seen develop, and it left the audience with a calm and hopeful feeling. Definitely a top-tier episode!

Umera Ahmed has really hit the ball out of the courtyard with this drama, and the way the script has its highs-and-lows so well mapped out is evident of the writer’s expertise. This episode specially was proof of this since it did not rely on too much action to move the story forward. By being more character-driven, the episode showed a new side to the script which explored the two main characters with no fuss and really sketched their relationship to each other out.

Perhaps this type of episode might not be everybody’s cup of tea, which is understandable but it did serve to move the  story forward in more ways than one. Not only do we get a recap of how far both of these individuals have come, we also get an underlying message of human nature. Overall, the writing was beautiful and Umera Ahmed should be proud of her final message!

I think the direction of Alif has a huge hand in making the writing so impactful, which was visible more so than any  other time in this episode. Each shot had a beautiful, hazy feel to it like a dream almost. It reminded me of the way the scenes with Husn e Jahan and Taha in the beginning when they fell in love were shot.

This repetition is even more obvious when Qalb e Momin begins to see traces of Husn e Jahan in Momina. This theme of the past is so present even in the way the director has shot the drama that it is truly making its mark on the audience! I also love the way the camera pans onto the individual actor’s faces instead of opting for a wider shot, which feels so in touch with Alif’s character-focused approach.

The two absolute stars of this episode were Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Aly who really took the initiative to show us their talent this episode. Sajal Aly was breathtaking and also managed to convey her character’s conflicting emotions throughout the episode. Hamza Ali Abbasi had the much trickier job of showing someone who had just turned himself around, and he did a fabulous job.

Both actors also had great chemistry together and worked well on-screen, so it was definitely a good casting choice to put them both together. Overall, the acting, directing and writing has charmed us once again and we can’t wait for the next episode!

What were your thoughts on this week’s episode of Alif?

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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