Episode 12 of Sajal Aly and Hamza Ali Abbasi starrer Alif aired on Saturday. The episode maintained a good flow and was engaging for the most part. The overall tone of the episode was once again emotionally charged. While some characters delved in regret remembering their past mistakes, others felt sorrowful over unfulfilled dreams and aspirations.
Haseeb Hasan has carried the story forward with grace and we find ourselves immersed in the drama every week. The episode took off with Abdul Ala recalling his painful past. The word play between Abdul Ala (Manzar Sehbai) and Taha (Ahsan Khan) was very witty and beautifully scripted. They both used spirituality and love for Allah to support their stance, and both spoke with conviction. Once again Ahsan Khan and Manzar Sehbai’s heated argument was the highlight of the episode. The exchange was harsh and left them broken.They both delivered the dialogues with conviction and great flow.
Most of the episode was dedicated to Abdul Ala narrating the past to Qalb-e-Momin (Hamza Ali Abbasi). Not willing to lose his grandson, Abdul Ala deemed it suitable to choose a completely different path while raising Qalb-e-Momin.
The episode though filled in the blanks over Husn-e-Jahan and Taha’s timeline to a large extent, however the elephant in the room remained unaddressed. What was the unforgivable act that remains a mystery after all these years? Qalb-e-Momin’s search for answers remains incomplete as he remembers the bittersweet past.
Kubra Khan stood out in every scene as Husn-e-Jahan. Her body language and expressions were spot on. Her conversation with Abdul Ala reflected the change that Husn-e-Jahan endured. Her expressions showed her sincerity towards her promise to Taha to reform herself and attain spirituality.
The episode didn’t give much screen presence to Momina Sultan (Sajal Aly). She continues her journey like a lifeless body immersed in her memories all alone. She has everything yet she feels empty, all the while her parents are engrossed in pain over Faisal’s betrayal. Their miserable state and love for their only child alive is heart wrenching. We do hope the next episode brings in more developments in her timeline as well, and Momina manages to move past her isolation, solemness and grief.
Every actor has played their part effortlessly and we can relate to their states. We manage to sympathize and look forward seeing how the story unfolds. The question that remains unanswered is what did Husn-e-Jahan do? We look forward to seeing Momin and Momina Sultan cross paths again and see how their timeline moves forward. While Umera Ahmed’s story is certainly a winner, it has been done justice by the director cast and crew, making yet another beautiful episode!
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