Produced by Samina Humayun, Alif is Geo TV’s best drama of the season. The soul stirring play is brilliantly directed by Haseeb Hasan, who has a glorious history of directing various hit serials and a critically acclaimed film Parwaz Hai Junoon. Umera Ahmed’s Urdu fiction Alif is the first ever book to be turned into an audio book and with it’s rapid success, it’s a fully feature drama now airing on Geo TV every Saturday at 8pm.
The concepts of Ishq e Mijazi (love for another human) and Ishq e Haqiqi (love for the Divine) are the vital components of the show. The main characters include Kalbe Momin (Hamza Ali Abbasi) as a film director, who is blatantly wealthy and a womanizer. Then we have Momina (Sajjal Aly) as the breadwinner of the family, who acts in drama serials to help her brother with his medications.
Another Saturday means another intense episode of Alif. This episode focused on the emotions of the characters, taking it slow and not giving out everything. Just like every other episode, they’ve left us with something to think about. The directors and producers have done a wonderful job at deciding when to give off which detail and that makes Alif’s journey enjoyable.
In this episode, Momina finds out that Faisal is not her reward but he’s another one of her major tests. Faisal wants Momina to reach his expectations and dictate her for the rest of his life. After all Momina had been through, it was quite easy for her to decide that she doesn’t have the energy to deal with Faisal and his demands. Faisal created his own perspective instead of giving Momina a chance to explain herself. Faisal’s demanding attitude would’ve made him lose his trust on Momina therefore, she made her decision and left him behind.
Momina is being presented with so many opportunities that she doesn’t even want because it’s not the career she wanted to pursue. However, she takes her chances because she needs to take care of her parents. Her selfless decisions will lead to her success and we’re more than anxious to find out where Momina’s story goes.
As for Kalbe Momin, he made his big announcement but no one seemed to show any kind of interest. He’s doing all this to prove his grandfather wrong but he’s gradually realizing that it’s going to be very challenging for him. He is beginning to discover himself in a different way. His professional failure will lead him to his own spiritual success, which is starting to prosper from this episode onwards. Further into the episode, Abdul Alla sends Momin his letters from his childhood that might help him start questioning again. Umera Ahmed has done it again. The message to guide to the right path is presented in a subtle manner for one to begin soul searching. Abdul Alla is consistently reminding Momin to ask questions and it’s simply wholesome. Abdul Alla did tell Momin that his letters helped him answer the questions he’s been asking but doesn’t give off every detail because he wants Momin to figure it out.
Overall, this episode was also exceptional with surprisingly amazing performances by Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Aly- Momin and Momina who are the backbone of the series. They have not only played the characters, they’ve lived them and it’s always pleasant to watch them perform. Each actor has done its best to make this show a huge success. It’ll be quite a long wait until the next episode.