Written by: Umera Ahmed

Directed by: Haseeb Hassan

Produced by: Epic Entertainment

As each episode goes by, we are introduced to something new conceptually by Umera Ahmed which has kept Alif new and fresh to watch each week! The progression of the episode this week was so well-mapped that it felt truly natural and driven. The direction and the writing combined definitely are a power combo and hold so much potential. Qalb e Momin and Momina’s relationship deepens even further as the two start to understand the nature of each other, specially Momina of Qalb e Momin’s in relation to his past and the relationship he had with Husn e Jahan. A minor misunderstanding occurs between the two as well which provides some conflict in order to highlight their feelings for each other. Overall, while the entire arc revolving around the past has been finished, we still got to see the link between all those scenes with the current scenario and how it affected Qalb e Momin’s personality.

This episode was truly dominated by the character of Qalb e Momin, in my opinion, as it perfectly showed the transition he had undergone. But the most important lesson from his character was how change is gradual, and sometimes it takes the most momentous efforts to let go of things from the past.

Hamza Ali Abbasi portrayed this character so perfectly that no one else could have done justice to it. His expressions, body language and the way he delivers his lines is all in perfect coordination with what Qalb e Momin should be like.

Similarly, Sajal Aly also breathed life into Momina’s character in such a unique way and it is finally paying off as we see this episode how Momina fleshed out into such a unique and interesting individual. Both lead actors are perfect for their individual roles as well as together, and play off each other’s strengths perfectly!

The direction the script is taking is certainly an interesting one. By showing the entire past of Husn e Jahan, we are now being shown how Husn e Jahan is understood in the present. In fact, Husn e Jahan is the main character as well as the antagonist of the entire story depending on how you perceive the story personally. This depth and dimension is truly rare in many dramas aired these days and yet Umera Ahmed has given us one of the most intriguing studies into a character in a drama. It does feel sometimes that the other individual characters start losing their own distinctive voice by getting lost in the overall impact Husn e Jahan had on their lives. For some, it makes sense such as Qalb e Momin, but for characters like Momina it is certainly no excuse.  Maybe the writer meant it to be a character study rather than a story-driven script, but it would have been nicer to know the characters outside of this void they are all trapped in which connects them invariably to this one character.

With masterful direction by Haseeb Hassan that has truly provided some of the most breathtaking scenes that I’ve seen in dramas for a while, and a script that has a voice of its own, Alif is certainly one drama that maintains its individuality in comparison to other dramas.  

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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