Ohkay so, this episode of Alif was absolutely beautiful. Although nothing much happened in this episode, however it covered the emotional transition of both Momina & Qalb e Momin in such a convincing manner. This episode of Alif did have one of the most important revelations to its credit & I am sure no one saw it coming. I am pleasantly surprised that the story which might seem somewhat predictable has so many different surprises along the way to offer to the viewers. Alif has been super impressive so far & I can not wait to see what’s in store for the viewers.
Momina & Qalb e Momin’s Emotional Transitions:
Qalb e Momin is not only on the path of soul-searching, he is also getting to know a different side of his mother that he never really saw or bothered knowing about. He is unconsciously finding closeness to Allah & that path is also leading him to get closer to his mother because for the first time, it sounded like he felt for her & regretted the fact that he misjudged her. Qalb e Momin is at that level of maturity where he can finally analyze that his mother also had a tough life & the fact that her only son resented her must’ve made things far more difficult for her. I have said this before & I will say that again too, I love how the main characters of Alif have so much in common & this is what I explored in this episode as well. I saw a similarity in Abdul Alla & Qalb e Momin where they both were full of regrets – the only difference is that despite holding himself responsible time & again, Abdul Alla has come to terms with the fact that he made mistakes, however Qalb e Momin has yet to come to terms with these new found emotions.
Abdul Alla got Husn e Jahan married to Master Ibrahim, wow. I never saw that coming. Hearing it from Qalb e Momin made it sound like Husn e Jahan lived miserably & died miserably too but the way Master Ibrahim remembered her showed that they both shared a special bond. I am sure there’s so much more to Husn e Jahan’s story & I can not wait to find out more about her. The fact that Master Ibrahim happened to be her husband made things appear less harsh & also suggested that she must’ve been treated with respect & love, something that she couldn’t find when she was married to Taha.
Momina’s track is unfolding at a decent pace but I am definitely waiting to see her coming across Qalb e Momin. Momina came back from America but had to put a closure to Faisal’s chapter once & for all. She was reminded of him repeatedly but she knew that it was finally time to address the issue & put an end to it. Momina knows she lost someone she cherished the most & that is why she is also sad about it but because she is far-sighted & wise, she knew she had to lose herself in order to keep pleasing Faisal, someone who was so demanding. It was nice to see big changes in Momina’s life but Jahangir & his memories are always going to keep her grounded & connected with her past, her reality, her roots & where she comes from. All those scenes that mentioned Jahangir were absolutely heart-wrenching & emotional. I must say Haseeb Hassan has done a commendable job by establishing this kind of connection of the viewers with Jahangir where they feel for him even when he is not around. Every single conversation that is related to Jahangir actually shows the reality where it is very hard for parents to move on.
Qalb e Momin is slowly getting answers & he finally got an idea about his script. Another aspect worth noticing is how the writer Umera Ahmed has commendably shown the impact dreams have on people. Qalb e Momin has always stayed in touch with his spirituality through dreams, although he lost his direction but the dreams that he has seen always have had a meaning which he is finally recalling to put things into perspective. Momin has always gotten the hints & clues, now it’s up to him to solve the conundrum!
This episode of Alif was all about beautiful & meaningful conversations. I am glad they also established a connection of Abdul Alla & Momina Sultan in this episode. I really hope we get to see more of Master Ibrahim as well, not because he happens to be Husn e Jahan’s husband but because he is such a dynamic character who has experienced life differently. Master Ibrahim & Momina also have a lot in common, the way he gifted her the calligraphed Quran Majeed went to show that he knew exactly what Momina was getting into. I have always loved the conversations both Momina & Master Ibrahim have, it is like he guides her the way she wants to be guided & he eases the emotional burdens & tensions that she feels. Saife Hassan & Manzar Sehbai’s performances have been phenomenal. Sajal Aly & Hamza Ali Abbasi are breathing life into the characters of Momina & Momin. Saleem Mairaj & Lubna Aslam have performed convincingly as parents who have lost almost everything but are finding ways to be happy because of their daughter. They all are grievous & hide their emotions from each other but still when they come together as a family, it somehow shows how many battles they have fought together. The way the director has established the chemistry between all the characters is one of the brilliant aspects of Alif as well. I am so looking forward to the next episode because the preview seems quite happening, however I hope nothing happens to Abdul Alla. Please share your thoughts about this beautiful episode of Alif.
ps: Apologies for the late review. :)