Alif Episode 20 Story Review – Alif Bas

Uf! What a beautiful episode of Alif. There’s so much running through my mind right now. This episode, like so many previous episodes, has left me speechless but there’s so much to talk about. It is worth noticing how after so many tranquil episodes, this one was happening & covered so many emotions, similarly the preview also suggests more action & progress in the story. Alif is a masterpiece & every single episode proves it again & again.

The Feelings:

Momina was experiencing falling in love once again. She was finding solace in her thoughts & feelings that she was having towards Momin. She was learning more about him as the days passed by & understood that she was wrong in judging him. Momin that Momina was now coming across had become a humbled human being who was in touch with his emotions & didn’t know anything else. Momina was touched by this change & emotional transition of Momin but unfortunately, her happiness was short-lived (for now). The most beautiful aspect of their relationship is that Momina knows a lot more about Momin than he is aware of, this is the reason she sees him differently & more than anything, she feels a lot for him because she knows what he has been through & how harsh life has been towards him.

The scene where the team came together to finalize the theme song of the movie was refreshing & showed the creative process of how ideas are executed for any given project. Momina was touched by Momin’s idea of Alif, however, she didn’t know that it was Abdul Ala’s who had taught that to his grandson. The same Abdul Ala that she has utmost respect for. The most intense scene of this episode was Momina trying to alter Qalb e Momin’s perspective about Husn e Jahan. She made it sound like this is what character of her movie ‘might have’ done in order to provide for her child, but the truth was, she was trying to show Momin the more humane side of his mother that he was unaware of. All those dialogues which glorified Husn e Jahan’s role as a mother were beautifully written. It was interesting to see how Momin was left speechless & he could feel that everything Momina was saying made a lot of sense.

Mother Son Bond:

I love the fact that they keep on bringing back a scene or two from the past which showcases the beautiful mother-son relationship of young Momin & Husn e Jahan. It always warms up the heart & gives some sort of relief that Momin has at least some beautiful memories of his mother. The way she was always there for him, the way she took care of him, had meaningful conversations with her curious child, it is always heart-warming. This scene also highlighted an important aspect of Husn e Jahan’s approach towards her relationship with Taha. She used to keep things from him, little or big, not because she was dishonest or a liar, but purely because she didn’t want to bother her husband who she already knew was dealing with a lot emotionally. This was Husn e Jahan’s attempt of saving her husband from troubles as much as she could & guess what, this selflessness cost her their relationship because all this while, Taha failed to understand Husn e Jahan’s selflessness in her white lies. With each passing episode, I feel more for this beautiful character of Husn e Jahan & it makes my heart ache because she was misunderstood by all those people who she loved with all her heart!

Alif Episode 20 Story Review - Alif Bas

The Heartbreak:

Qalb e Momin got some clarity in his thoughts, he was also forced to see the other side of the coin & what’s interesting was that he started paying heed to whatever Momina said because he could actually see that given his tender age, he could’ve misjudged the situation that his mother was faced with. He wanted to talk & because he was already not in the right frame of mind, he misjudged Daood & Momina’s friendship as well. Oh well, I kind of liked how Momin showed the signs of jealousy, because it depicted how he had fallen for Momina & felt distrubed at the thought of she being involved with someone else. Hamza Ali Abbasi elaborated those emotions phenomenally & all this while, as intense as the scene was, I kind of giggled because I could see he was being jealous. Anyways, coming back to the intensity of the scene, when Momina slapped him hard & said ‘tumne har aik ko Husn e Jahan samajh rakha hai’, although they later explained why Momina uttered those words, but right then & there, I could totally understand that Momina wasn’t judging Husn e Jahan, in fact she was highlighting the fact that Qalb e Momin is wrong in his approach of painting every woman’s character with the same brush. Momina knows that he has misjudged Husn e Jahan, this is why she knew that he was misjudging her too.

Alif Episode 20 Story Review - Alif Bas

Momina was heart broken, because she has fallen in love with Momin & she was also hurt by the fact that Momin didn’t think twice before drawing a wrong impression of her & Daood. It also goes to show how absorbed Momin has been all his life that he doesn’t even know much about his employees or his assistants, like the fact that Daood is committed already & he is just a very good friend of Momina. However, Momina did what she deemed right but I am glad that she asked this question from her father because it gave her the clarity about Momin’s thought process. It isn’t his fault. He grew up thinking his mother cheated on his father, therefore it isn’t his fault to immediately think on similar lines about anyone. Once again, it will take for Momin to change his perception about people that he is surrounded with. I am glad Sultan’s answer showed Momina the other side of the picture. A random thought though, when Momina entered her house, all I could think of was how taxing & difficult it must be for her to walk into this space after a long & emotional day, because she knows that she is coming home to two people who are so engulfed in their miseries that they are probably incapacitated to put her heart to ease. I feel for her so much!

Alif Basss:

This episode was beautifulllll, it made me say ‘hayeee’ so many times. I love the fact that although I have not read the novel, what I always get to hear from all the lovely commenters is how this is exactly what was written in the novel that the drama-viewers are being able to pick up while watching the episode. It goes to show the vision & the clarity with which Haseeb Hassan has directed this drama. Sajal Aly & Hamza Ali Abbasi should take a bow for their power packed & phenomenal performances & for creating such a beautiful chemistry on-screen as Momin & Momina. Also, props to Hamza Ali Abbasi for bearing the slap & also to Sajal for making it so real. I am sure it must’ve hurt but then this is what sets Alif apart because it brings the factor of realism in its portrayal & execution. I think I am running out of words now, therefore, please share your thoughts about this hayeee wali episode of Alif.

Keep Supporting,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with 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.


  • Woww review! What a power pack performance by sajal and hamza… I feel Sorry for qalbae momin who is blind to see love of a mother and is judging every women on one scale. The song selection scene was nice… And bow to emotional queen momina who acts brilliantly by her eyes… Her statements are changing qalbae momin views the way everyone sees sultan character during script reading and how momina has a difference of opinion regarding husnae jahan starts a termoil in qalbae momin mind, he feels guilty and empty and I think that’s because of that broken relation between him and his mother that increases his frustration when momina doesn’t attend his call followed by an outrage…looking forward to next episode… Great story…

    • Thank you so much Hina. Yes, it was such an important moment for Qalb e Momin because he immediately started thinking about the possibility of what Momina saying being the truth regarding Husn e Jahan. Brilliant performances by both Hamza & Sajal, wow stuff.

      • Each episode has something so special that it makes me watched it twice thrice, for me the best scene was when Dada explains the link between human and Allah swt through just a simple الف!
        I wish and requests more scenes of Abdul Alà in each episode.

        • Yes, I miss Abdul Ala’s presence so much at this point of Momin’s life where he feels so lonely but I am glad they always bring in one flashback or two of him. It still keeps us connected with our favorite character. :)

    • Also, i found sajal’s (i.e. momina’s reaction) ott. like even if someone acuuses of, do you right away slap them? i mean what is this? and also what type f men are these. eve if two ppl like, do we get upset…

  • EXCELLENT review, Zahra! Needless to mention, you have this knack to speak aloud the emotions of viewers like me. Loved the episode…..and my MOST favorite part was the portrayal of Momin’s jealousy….Hamza was OUTSTANDING in that scene…..Momina admitted aloud that she has fallen in love with Momin while Momin so beautifully communicated his love for Momina wordlessly through his jealousy….his silent restlessness was to die for! Thanks for reviewing it just as exquisitely, Zahra.

    p.s. I know its quite weird and totally off-track since there is no similarity at all but Momin’s jealousy crazily reminded me of Haider’s possessiveness in Besharam (another one of your reviewed dramas)….LOL….I am a HUGE Besharam fan and even more so of the chemistry between Haider and Mishi….and what added to the charm were your spoke-my-heart-out reviews…I know it has been a long time but that WAS the power of your words….relished them as much as the drama….so double thank you, Zahra….for reviewing Alif and for reviewing Besharam.

    • Awww thank you so much Mehreen for suchhhhh kind words. Honestly, its the readers like you who make this entire reviewing experience so rewarding & special. Uf! I am a huge Besharam fan too, lol this sentence sounds so funny, however yes, Haider & Mishi, haye kya yaad kara diya. The other day I was thinking of watching it again, might do it after Alif ends. :)

      Thank you so much for reading the reviews & appreciating my take on these brilliant dramas, they deserve all the praises for being so good. :) Hamza Ali Abbasi’s portrayal of Momin’s jealousy was so so convincing, like just looking at his body language one could understand the turmoil that he was facing the moment he saw Daood holding Momina’s hand. Oh yes, Momina’s confession was so special too, uf I feel so much for her!

  • After the Safaid Ghulab from the previous episode, comes the Meethi Elaichi ❤️. I am so glad to see that this script is so originally’s not just second-hand copy of a romantic Indian saga! These scenes just add more depth and emotion to the characters, making the audience connect with them on many levels. I actually felt the Thappad scene so intensely, on top of that, Sajal’s expressions.. Mindblowing!! She is a true asset of her drama industry. Feel so proud to have an actress of her caliber✨.

    Another thing which I would definitely like to appreciate is the difference in perspective highlighted by Umera Ahmed in the scene when Momina says, ‘aurat to bathak sakti hai leikinn maa nahi.’ This is so important that we understand ( especially after the heavy influence of MPTH) that of all the realtions in this world, the relationship btw a mother and her child cannot be broken down no matter what. This is the revolutionary ideology we need to bring an end to the misogynistic environment created by writers like KRQ.

    One last question: Is it true that Sultan might have been the ultimate cause of HEJ’S death? Maybe not in reality, but possibly he blamed himself for doing so?
    Or that he somehow intervened into the lives of Master Ibrahim and HeJ?
    And inevitably, will Momin and Momina meet the same fate as Taha and Husne Jahan? Cannot wait another week plz..

    • 1)Sultan might have lied so that HusneJahan ki jaan us producer se choot jae
      2) Aurat bhatak sakti maa nahi.. first half is problematic in line with KRQ’s ideology, but yes, a mother’s love for her child is definitely pure despite any character flaw

    • It was a beautiful dialogue and well balanced. That’s why I rate Faiza Iftikhar and Umera Ahmed much higher than overrated KRQ.

    • I am sure Sultan took the entire blame on himself, only so that Husn e Jahan could run away & start a new life away from all the attention that she got being a filmstar. Sultan knew that Husn e Jahan never committed suicide but he must’ve lied yet again to save her.

      Yes, when I heard that dialogue, my mind was automatically taken to KRQ & his ideology of a woman & a mother in general but yes, as shown in this drama, the love a mother has for her child is above all the other needs & desires a woman has for herself.

  • Oh God! Hamza Ali Abbasi is so good. I was actually shaken with fear when he said get out to Daood. It was extremely loud. coming onto the story, it was really awesome which it’s always has been from the start. 20 episodes have passed but they still have so much to reveal. Haseeb Hassan has done mind-blowing job because every little detail or flashback is on point or somehow connects with what’s going on. I really liked this dialogue that ‘Ye zeher ub thandy paani jesa lagta ha’. Idk but why Momin’s Dada never cleared his misunderstanding about his mother? He could have told him and Momin did ask him in one of the episodes but he chose to stay it hidden. I don’t blame Momin for judging Momina. The mindset he was in, he was surely going to miss judge her.
    Anyways absolutely phenomenal drama and beautiful review

      • Momin had nobody in his life. His engagement was a failure. Dada knew dynamics of his life. Maybe he thought that telling him Husn e Jahan had to do all of this because of his needs will make Momin live his entire life with this guilt and he might do something bad to himself in this guilt. Dada didn’t have any idea that someone who knew all about Husne Jahan will come into his life.

    • Thank you so much Ahsan. Oh yes, that was one loud scream, Hamza Ali Abbasi has surely given this character his all, no wonder why it is hitting home for so many of us viewers. Yes, this drama has been directed with utmost attention & everything is revealed & placed at the right spot. I am sure Dada had his reasons, probably it will be revealed in the remaining episode at some point, let’s see. :)

  • Last night I watched the show live. The episode was 37 minutes, the ep ended at 9.15pm so that means the same amount of time is given for ads. It was torture watching it live. This probably affects the ratings a lot. Who has the patience to watch all those ads when they can watch it on youtube just right after the ep ends.

    Regarding the ep, it was amazing. Especially that scene where they were writing lyrics for the drama and the slap scene.

    • For ads thing: Geo has to run a lot of ads during Alif to recover their investment. Less viewership & high costs.
      They also run huge ads these days for other dramas but their trp is more or less the same.
      But yes, ads are a painful experience.
      But there are not much of the Youtube views either as they used to be for earlier episodes.

  • Amazing
    Lafz nahi hain mere paas…
    I actually cried when they were making the song Alif basss!

    Keep it up guys👏👍

  • Hayee Zahra perfectttttt review for this Hayeeee wali episode (I love this title 😍)
    What a performance by Sajal and Hamza!! The way they both tell with their eyes that what is happening inside their minds is brilliant. Hamza’s expressions in the storytelling scene. Sajal’s expressions when her mother was talking to Jahangir (Greatttt Performance by Lubna Aslam though in that scene). Every thing is just perfect. Little Momin and his mother’s scenes are ❤️❤️.
    It was so good to see Taha cooking when Husn e Jahan’s hand was hurt. This showed that how much he used to care for her.
    Now coming to the slap, what a scene man!! What a scene!! The expressions were beyond brilliant.
    I was waiting for so long to see Shuja Haider. I loved his scene. It was beautiful ❤️
    I would also like to mention that Musaddiq’s expressions when Momin said get out were brilliant. Fareeha raza is brilliant too. She is a great addition.

    • Thank you so much PP, haha yes, this is all I could think of while describing this episode, it had so much to it. Simply brilliant. Yes, all the actors have been performing their bits to perfection. Taha & Husn e Jahan shared such a special bond but alas! It was shortlived. Yes, that scream was so loud, Musaddiq did perform well too. :) Hamza & Sajal are marvelous as Momin & Momina, I am so glad they were assigned these characters.

  • Didnt enoy this and last ep as much as earlier ones. this whole love story thing and predicted ending getting a lil…borin..somehow found it a bit slow..not bad…just not tht amazng..

  • Watched the episode again, the performances were mind blowing as usual, but the slap was unneeded I feel. Either it should have come after a few more dialogues, or just not neede, Monina could have said that HEJ dialogue and then left the drama that’s it, there was no need to slap, not convincing.

  • A masterpiece.That is all I can say. I am completely hooked on this drama. Every episode gets better and better. Every character in the drama are so good that it feels like they are meant for that particular role. I have recommended so many of my friends to watch this and they have started too. Every time I see them all they do is praise me. Zahra your reviews are awsome like always. Thanks for good work and keep reviewing.