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Alif Episode 17 Story Review – Soulful

Ohkay so, this soulful episode of Alif covered different aspects of the story in a lot of detail. What I feel is the best part about all the episodes of Alif is that although they might come across slow-paced, but when taking a closer look, so much happens & they give us an insight into every character’s thoughts & emotions, which is absolutely brilliant. This episode was no different; from emotional struggles to professional life, unveiling of secrets to coming to terms with the past, all the fronts were covered beautifully which has left me in awe of how brilliantly the story of Alif is being told. Strong direction, stronger script-writing & acting, everything works in perfect harmony to give Alif the status of a masterpiece.

The Deal

Momina was not only doing Momin a favor, she was doing herself a favor too. Being someone who knew exactly what the status of Abdul Ala & his art was, she could not see it being sold to anyone. The deal that Momin & Momina made was heart-warming. Momin made a promise to himself that he will get those paintings back & Momina felt relieved because she knew she succeeded in saving those artworks.

Highlight of This Episode

For me, the best part of this episode was Momin’s emotional transition & how they showed his attachment to the artwork done by his grandfather. It was not like one fine day Momin woke up & realized he could not part with the paintings. I am so glad they showed us in great detail about all the things that ran through Momin’s mind. Each & every painting had a story, a memory, a conversation behind it which was now helping Momin put things into perspective. It was not just the gifts that Abdul Ala gave to Qalb e Momin, in fact they all had a lesson, a food for thought, something that would help Momin reflect & introspect when he will try to mend his ways & this is exactly what was happening now. How realistically they have shown that when someone leaves, you are reminded of all the moments you have shared with them. This is what is happening with Momin too. Ever since Abdul Ala’s death, he has not been able to get him out of his mind & as a result, he is reminded of all the meaningful & soul-stirring conversations he has had with him.

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It was a brilliant execution of Momin’s journey in those few scenes, which started of with him stepping into the industry, then getting the fame & success, but all this while Abdul Ala was there, trying to guide him, trying to keep him grounded & doing everything he could to keep him in touch with his roots. As Momin started achieving the success, the change in his attitude was not only obvious, but phenomenally captured in those few scenes. Now when Momin has hit the rock bottom, he has realized the superficiality of the industry he is associated with, the slow & steady realization of losing the track & trying hard to get back on it again, Momin was astounded when he realized that he had missed all those reminders given by his grandfather every step of the way. It was like Momin was getting to learn more about himself now than ever before. He was seeing his journey through Abdul Ala’s eyes. This entire insight into Momin’s emotional turmoil & realizations was the highlight of this episode & it made so much easier to understand why Momin was finding it difficult parting with these paintings. They actually are his assets which are irreplaceable.

Secrets Unveiled

Momina & Master Ibrahim’s meeting was absolutely sweet. I loved the way Sajal Aly acted in that scene, she actually made it obvious that Momina had walked into Master Ibrahim’s room for the first time because of the way she noticed everything around her, as if trying to grasp whatever she could, to learn more about him. She has so much respect for Master Ibrahim, therefore the awe as well as happiness was evident on her face. It was like she cherished the moment of stepping into her mentor’s personal space because now she could talk to him about his life & experiences too. Momina finally got the clarification that Qalb e Momin actually is Abdul Ala’s grandson, he is also Husn e Jahan’s son too. Master Ibrahim grew uncomfortable but he knew he could not lie to Momina. At first I did not understand the disappointment that Momina felt but later it made a lot of sense that she felt for Momin because she knew her father has also played a part in ruining her life – at least this is what she thinks for now.

The Press Conference

The press conference was interesting. Once again, Momin was reminded that he has lost the position, the status that he used to have & now people were here because of one & only Momina Sultan. It was interesting how he took a backseat & let Momina deal with the questions because she not only defended the project but owned it like her own.. Momina did her part because she felt guilty & Momin has no idea what her reasons were. Momin actually was unsure of how to process everything because he was still unsure of letting go of his paintings & handing them over to Momina but when he saw her being honest & devoted to Alif, he felt at ease. It was like at that moment he felt that Dada Jaan’s paintings were in safe hands & Momina will never let go of them. All of this was just conveyed through expressions & Hamza Ali Abbasi’s performance was phenomenal. To convey so much without even uttering a word is not an easy feat but it is always a treat to see both Sajal & Hamza letting their eyes do the talking. Although I have not read the novel but I am so glad that Sajal & Hamza are playing the roles of Momin & Momina because it is their performance that is making it so easy to understand these characters & their struggles. Brilliant.

Another secret was unveiled in this episode that Husn e Jahan invited Sultan so she could give him her paintings. It was her desperate attempt to help her family & this was all she could think of. Maybe it was also Husn e Jahan’s way of getting to know about her family because it had been 7 years since she left everything behind. Sultan made his intentions clear, he was in love with her, he was also waiting for her but Husn e Jahan had taken the role of being Taha’s wife & Momin’s mother gracefully. She could not, rather did not even think of leaving Taha. She was sincere, she was loyal, she was devoted to her husband.

Phenomenal Performances

This episode was brilliant. It was soulful & I absolutely loved all the conversations. Another cute moment was when Jhumar was trying to make Sultan smile. Some friendships are like that where people involved understand the struggles of their friends & without knowing the reasons, they try everything in their might to do something. Jhumar’s scenes are always sweet, he breaks the monotony of sadness that Sultan has surrounded himself with, his energy is nice. Also, I am so glad we got to see Dada Jaan in this episode, it was like getting a good dose of his wisdom & beautiful advice. Hamza Ali Abbasi & Sajal Aly owned this episode, their acting was brilliant. I must say, whoever is responsible for the interiors of Qalb e Momin’s place has done a fabulous job, it has to be one of the best decorated spaces I have seen in Pakistani dramas. The rest of the details are pretty much the same – brilliant dialogeus, brilliant acting, brilliant direction & editing. Editors of this drama are on some other level, the way they switch to the very next scene leaving the viewers curious & wanting for more is interesting. Please share your thoughts about this soulful episode of Alif.

Keep Supporting,
Cheers,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with Reviewit.pk in 2012. After moving to Australia, Pakistani content was a way of staying connected to the roots, language & Pakistani culture because it felt home. Eight years ago, review writing began as a hobby but has now turned into a passion.

  • “Main abhi Momin nahi banna chata”. I actually had to pause the episode to understand this dialogue. This dialogue quite literally triggered a retrospective process inside me, just like Momin. As teenagers, we think that now is high time to enjoy and live life at its peak, thinking about Allah, spirituality and mortality “should” be saved for the later times. I think everyone of us has atleast encounters this ambivalent feeling once in our lifetime, but how many times has a drama serial has made u think about all those mistakes? I am absolutely amazed by the sheer brilliance of Umera Ahmed’s writing and her ability to write so realistically about human nature. Wow!!

    • Thank you so much Ibrahim for your insightful comment. Most certainly yes, when you are young & free, you rarely think about the real purpose of life & also assume you have a lot of time left. Momin was just getting fame & wealth, so his ignorance was brilliantly depicted which basically is a reflection of young Muslims. This drama is a work of art.

      • Alif
        What a sensible and emotional drama which also enlightening the path to Ishq e Haqiqi i.e. Allah’s Ishq.
        Sajal Aly and Abbasi performance is going to set a new trend.
        Zahra’ review is providing lifeline to this mega serial.

  • another exciting episode to watch & the review was written perfectly, i thought that she was going to ask Sultan to sell Taha’s paintings that he couldn’t sell but instead she asked for her own paintings to sell

  • Superb review on spot
    Alif is best drama so far. It’s a masterpiece.
    The best part of episode was the scenes which summed
    up Momin’s transformation.
    The conference scene was another interesting scene

  • I am usually someone who skips a lot and watches but I can’t do that with Alif. If you miss one single scene you feel like u are missing a lot.

  • Brilliant episode…. Sajal and Hamza both were beyond amazing in this episode, dialogue delivery, facial expressions everything is superb!🔥💟 waiting impatiently to see more of Momin and Momina scenes their chemistry is on fire🔥💟
    Your review is equally amazing!

    • Thank you so much Ramsha. Oh yes, their chemistry is sizzling, but I am not getting too excited because Momina is maintaining a distance for now. :( However, it will be so interesting to see how Momin will break the ice & find a way to Momina’s heart. Can’t waittt. :) They both definitely make a perfect on-screen couple. :)

  • Superb review Zahra , yes it was soulful. Just looking at the performances of Hamza and Sajal everytime,, you can just say wow, amazing, award worthy performances. Now all serests and coming out and questions are being answered. I think next week will agn be full of flashback, , I want it to get over and let the story of Mumin and Momina together to go on from here.

    Just a few things bother me, it was not clear whether master Ibrahim knows abt mumin the director or not. And when hamza asked Daud abt Sajal’s family, they cut the scene, it should click for him by the name Momina Sultan., how sajal also connected all the dots , somewat not cleat, anyways I ignored all that.

    • Thank you so much Tiger. Yes, Hamza & Sajal have given phenomenal performances as Momin & Momina. I am so glad they picked these roles & did justice to them.

      Momina connected the dots because of all the things she had heard from Sultan about Husn e Jahan. It was made clear in the previous episode when she confronts Sultan & analyzes how he grew uncomfortable. Yes, they cut Daud’s conversation short I also wanted to hear what he told him but may be because it wasn’t going to ring a bell for Momin, they didn’t show it. Master Ibrahim knows must be knowing about Qalb e Momin the director because remember in one of the initial episodes, they both had a conversation about Momin losing his track. I am sure he knows that the director is Abdul Ala’s grandson. Let’s see. :)

  • Wow.! When I rewatch Alif I’ll definitely be coming to your reviews too.

    I loved how Abdul Aala sent his Calligraphies to Momin in a sequence and timely:

    When Momin was entering the Film industry he needed to be reminded to always seek guidance hence ‘ihdinas siratal mustaqim’

    Then Momin started making his name in the industry and needed the reminder ‘wama tawfiqi illa billah’

    And when Momin got indulged in all sort of sins and felt guilty and thought there’s no way back to Allah and now he’s only ‘Momin’ by name, he was reminded: ‘Innal Hasanati Yuzhibbas-Sayyi’at’

    But it kept going and Momin became ‘Qalb e Momin – the director’ and thought he can make and break people. He was all egoistic and thought he could do anything and no one can come in his way. He surely had forgotten that ‘Wakana Rabbuka Baseera’

    I’m amazed at the excellent work done here. Everyone has something to take away from it. It is no short of a masterpiece.

    • Wow Maha, thank you so much for breaking down all the paintings of Abdul Ala for the readers. Loved reading your comment as well as your take on Momin’s journey. I loveddd how Abdul Ala, like a concerned family member was guiding Momin but he was ignorant. It was beautiful seeing him going back to the words of wisdom uttered by Abdul Ala, he knows the message is embedded in his heart & he just has to explore it more & more. Beautifullll! :) Thank you so much for reading the reviews too, it means a lot. :)

      • Haina? Abdul Aala has always been like that. He would plant an idea in Momin’s head and would leave him to it. As Master Ibrahim had assured him ‘Wapis tau us(Momin) ne ana he hai, dua karen jaldi a jaye’, he had faith in Momin that’s why he never really told Momin whether he wrote a random Ayah or it was deliberate. Because Momin’s self-discovery had to be natural.
        I am quite an old follower of yours Zahra. Since Jugnoo and DeD days :) I watch very few dramas but follow your reviews always. So I connect easily with what you write. Keep writing :)

      • Abdul Aala gifted him 7 calligraphies at different points. I’ve only noticed the ones shown in today’s episode (the ones with flashbacks). I’ve taken translation from Islam360 and quran.com. I’m mentioning the Surah Number with Ayah Number so you can learn further about them if you want to.

        1) ‘ihdinas siratal mustaqim’ (1:4)
        ‘Guide us to the straight path’ (Hamen seedhy rasty per chala)

        2) ‘wama tawfiqi illa billah’ (11:88)
        ‘And my success is not but through Allah’ (Aur meri Taufeeq Allah he ki taraf se hai)

        3) ‘Innal Hasanati Yuzhibnas-Sayyi’at’ (11:114)
        ‘Indeed the good deeds drive away the evil deeds’ (Yaqeenan Naikian Buraiyon ko mita deti hain)

        4) ‘Wakana Rabbuka Baseera’ (25:20)
        ‘Your Lord is all seeing’ (Aur tumhara Rab sab kuch dekhta hai)

  • Beautiful drama and beautiful review!👍Best scene I liked was the press conference, Momina ruled and qalb e Momin on the backseat. Amazing crisp dialogues of Momina completely flooring down Momin are a treat to watch. This incredibly beautiful play goes to show how this medium of entertainment can be used positively if executed with skill & intelligence. It has the power to bring the whole society back to their roots.

    • Thank you so much Maliha. Oh yes, media is such a powerful tool, if only people related to it understand the impact it can make in people’s lives. So glad we are getting to see a drama like Alif – its a rarity. :)

  • Nothing left much to say as you said all…. Great review… I dont know about others but this drama holds me and I wait for next than next.. Unlike MPTH… Great performances… I can see the innocence of husnae jahan when she was solding her paintings…. The confidence of momina in press conference… Transition of momin…. Everyone was superb… Great drama to watch always….

    • Thank you so much Hina. Absolutely, the way the emotions of all these characters have been portrayed with so much clarity makes it so easy to connect & feel for all of them. I so agree about Husn e Jahan’s innocence, she was so helpless. I feel for her so much. Loving the confidence of Momina. Momin’s transition at this stage of the drama is definitely the best aspect of the story. :)

  • the transformation that both momin and mumina have portrayed is something only gr8 legendary actors can pull off. the expressions given by sajal in each and every scene is so real, she is just one of the best actresses in entire world.

  • I read the novel before it aired on.tv
    Hamza abbasi sajal n all other actors have done total justice
    No one could have portrayed qalbe mumin n momna better .
    Umera ahmed characters have been brought to life

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