Alif Episode 7 Story Review – A Walk Down The Memory Lane

Opening Thoughts – Brilliant Direction & Acting:

Ohkay so, this episode of Alif was simply beautiful & absolutely sweet. Alif happens to be one such drama which forces you to think about spirituality & all of it being conveyed with so much effortlessness. Brilliant direction along with fully dynamic & complete characters make Alif a beautiful & unique drama. Haseeb Hassan deserves full credit for not only directing Alif in such a unique manner but also guiding the actors to showcase their acting skills because their powerful performances leave an impact & long-lasting impression on your mind even after the episodes have ended. Alif is truly a masterpiece & I can not wait to see more of it.

A Walk Down The Memory Lane:

This entire episode was dedicated to Momin & Abdul Allah. Momin did spend time with his grandfather when he was a child & he still remembers each & everything vividly. It was beautiful to see how every single time Momin felt shocked when he saw that Abdul Alla remembered minute details about those days that they spent together & also that he knew Momin so well. Momin obviously lied that he had come to see the location, whereas he only came to Abdul Alla because he wanted to run away from all the negativity that had overtaken his professional life & was draining him personally as well. Momin never ever imagined that just by walking into Abdul Alla’s place, he will be taken back to his childhood every step of the way, be it the conversations related to calligraphy or Momin’s own artwork displayed by his grandfather as prized possession on the wall.

Momin learned something new this time. As much as he enjoyed listening about his father Taha, he got to know that Abdul Alla was never in favor of his marriage to Husn e Jahan. Taha was an artist, a spiritually blessed soul who was an ideal son & a source of pride for Abdul Alla. The way Abdul Alla described his personality was simply beautiful, it was like I learned about him enough to feel as if I know him now. Another thing I loved noticing during Abdul Alla & Momin’s interactions was that they both were artists, but were on absolutely different spectrum of art. Their entire family is of artists, Abdul Alla, Taha, Husn e Jahan & now Momin. No wonder why Abdul Alla feels a little disheartened seeing Momin & the path that he has chosen for himself because someone so in touch with spirituality & who wanted to see his offspring on the similar path too must have actually found it hard to accept that his only son decided to get married to a woman who was desired by so many men. I have absolutely loved how Abdul Alla has never once said anything against Husn e Jahan, in fact he also told Qalb e Momin that his mother was a very good human being, obviously the way he saw Husn e Jahan in such a miserable state because of Taha, it must have changed his mind about her. Another thing which is important to note is how Abdul Alla has never once judged Momin for his choices, yes he states what he feels is right & talks about all the things that are wrong, but he never once makes Momin feel uncomfortable. Yes, it is the truth which irks Momin but then even he knows that whatever Abdul Alla says is absolutely right, therefore he can not let his words escape his mind, even if he wants to.

Alif Episode 7 Story Review - A Walk Down The Memory Lane

Neha made a huge deal about Momin not working with the writer Akhtar, but then again, it was obvious that she was doing all of this because of an ulterior motive. Akhtar was just a pawn & the mastermind was Neha. Neha did hit the bullseye because this chaos has only brought heaps of publicity & profits her way. Momin actually is hurt & this is something that Neha will never be able to understand. Momin must’ve loved her but for him, this is another unbearable thought that Neha could cheat him, someone as famous, as popular, as successful & as supposedly complete as Momin. This is the bruise on Momin’s ego & this is why he is unable to deal with it.

All of Momin’s interactions, be it the ones that he had with Abdul Alla in his childhood, or the ones that he was having now were simply beautiful & heart-touching. He was getting to learn so much but he obviously was not in the right headspace. Momin did end up admitting that he was looking for ‘peace’ around him but then again, Abdul Alla being the truthful person that he is, could not help but remind Momin that the path he is walking upon is definitely not going to bring him the peace that he is after. I absolutely love how Abdul Alla has this confidence in Momin that he is going to come back to his roots, he is going to come back to calligraphy, he is going to do what his father & forefathers used to do & have done all their lives. It is absolutely beautiful seeing the kind of confidence & faith he has in Momin. Abdul Alla knows that Momin has lost his direction for now & although he is quite eager to see him coming back, he is ready to wait. How beautifully Umera Ahmed has shown a character like Abdul Alla who knows how to entice & invite people back to the right path, without being judgmental, without holding anything against them. Simply beautiful!

Momina got to meet Faisal & now her mother was keen to get her married to him. Momina has kind of lost that hope because she knows she does not have the time to get married because she has to deal with the loans first. Obviously her mother doesn’t know & she being a mother thinks everything is smooth & easy for Momina but the reality is different. Faisal has obviously come back with the intention of rekindling an old affair but he is selfish. He got engaged, which shows that Momina was never a priority & neither did he have the courage to take a stand for her. Faisal expects a lot from Momina & this is something that Momina is aware of that she can never fulfill his expectations. This is the reason why Momina was numb & didn’t show any signs of happiness that Faisal & her mother spoke about the marriage. Momina did go back to work but it was obvious that she has lost that passion, the determination & the drive because now she has no other motivation than just to simply earn money & fix the financial crisis her family is faced with.

Closing Thoughts – Absolutely Sweet & Meaningful:

This episode of Alif was absolutely sweet. I must thank Pehlaaj Hussain for bringing so much sweetness to this drama, all of his scenes only bring a smile to my face & the innocence with which he has portrayed the character of Qalb e Momin is commendable. Hamza Ali Abbasi is right in his element as Momin, every single expression, minutest ones are so perfectly portrayed by him which allow us to understand all the things that are running through Momin’s mind. Manzar Sehbai is the life of his drama, his body language, his dialogue delivery, his voice, everything is simply perfect as Abdul Alla. Sajal Aly is a gifted actor for sure. Sadaf Kanwal has surely done a great job too, yes, in the initial episodes I was not too convinced & still feel her dialogue delivery at times is off but overall her performance as selfish & mean Neha is worthy of appreciation.I absolutely loved watching this episode of Alif, feel that they have created is simply magical, every single episode of Alif just takes you somewhere, love it. Oh yes, can we just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous Islamic artwork & calligraphy that they have showcased in this drama, I could not stop looking at each & every piece in awe, this is the kind of Islamic artwork that I personally love so it served as such a visual treat, perfect choice I must say. Another beautiful aspect of Alif is that all the conversations, despite being meaningful are conveyed in such easy words & the chemistry between the characters is always perfect because it actually leaves an impression & strikes a chord. Well done Team Alif. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Alif.

Keep Supporting,
Zahra Mirza.

PS: Team Ishq Zahe Naseeb, please take a few pointers from Team Alif on how the OST should be used to add depth & impact in any given scene.

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.

  • Zahra Ma’am, u really have some extraordinary writing skills.. u know just what to say for capturing the entire essence of an episode. Bei it Alif or IZN, these two dramas are incomplete without ur reviews.
    Again, what a MMMINBLOWING ep of Alif!! I mean, how can someone capture such intense emotions, such thought-provoking in such an effortless manner??!! Hasseb Hassan, sir u have done an absolutely phenomenal job!! Finally, we caught a little glimpse of Taha. I am really looking forward to Ahsan Khan’s character because it will definitely depict a contrast between Material Love and Divine Love. Not to mention the reference of Maulana Rumi was again a very relevant symbol by Umera Ahmed to portray Sufi mysticism . I recently read the life of Rumi, who from scholar became an evergreen poet, because of the influence by a dervish, Shams of Tabriz. Now this is both an example of Ishq e Majazi and Ishq e Haqiqi bcz Rumi’s poetry of love is still read by many. This contrast will probably be seen through Taha’s material love with Husn e Jahan.
    Sajal ki aur kitni tareef ki Jaye. Ab to alfaz bhi khatam ho Gaye hainπŸ‘πŸ‘. And I think so aj kuch ziada comment likh dia. Ab khatam karta hunπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Impatiently waiting for the next ep..

    • Thank you so much Ibrahim for appreciating the reviews & no you don’t have to worry about the length of your comment, I enjoyed reading it & it gave me an insight & a perspective on how to take Taha’s character, so thank you so much for that. :)

      Indeed, the reference of Maulana Rumi was beautiful. I just can not wait to see the rest of the journey especially Taha’s character & his relationship with Husn e Jahan. I love Abdul Alla’s honesty & bluntness, the way he told Momin that he didn’t want Taha to get married to Husn e Jahan, obviously later Momin will understand his reasons but for a son to hear this about his mother wouldn’t have been easy. Indeed, the way they have portrayed the emotions & with so much clarity at that is commendable. Alif is a masterpiece!

  • Anxiously waiting to see Ahsan Khan in the drama. His brief intro by Abdul A’laa and the mentioning of Maulana Rumi (R.A) made it more interesting and fascinating. Let’s see how he potrays the “Ishq e Haqiqi” related role. Thumbs up <3

  • The world of Alif is so palpable, each scene of Abdul Allah and Momin is brilliant. I have no words to describe the impact it has had on me

  • Perfect review Zahra. I think this drama doesn need any review every week, as its the same . The performances and the class is the same throughout. Even the girl playing Neha is a natural and perfectly cast. I hope that there is never a long flashback having Ahsan and Kubra, in parts its fine, otherwise that will really slowdown the serial. We are more interested in Momin and Momina only.

    • Thank you so much Tiger. Oh, I am not sure why you feel this drama doesn’t need review every week? Yes, the cast is perfect & the credit goes to Haseeb Hassan for getting this kind of acting from all the actors.

      • HI Zahra, No no I don’t mean in that way. Ofcourse we need ur reviews, what I meant was that always the drama is on the same level, and our views will remain the same…..gr8 performances, gr8 direction, gr8 writing…nothin negative can be found.

  • Excellent review… But sadly this drama is not getting much views on youtube compared to MPTH.
    I mean MPTH has 3 elements (story,direction and acting) to get viewers attention, and therefore if one thing goes wrong they can cover it with other two.
    However this drama has just two elements to surprise viewers (cuz story is already known to everyone) and still director and cast are doing everything flawlessly.

    • Comparatively, yes, MPTH is more popular in terms of views. But that doesn’t mean Alif is not getting any viewership at all. All the quality viewers I know are watching Aliff as well:-)

    • Well atm mpth is getting some extraordinary high views but Alif isnt that bad in terms of viewership too almost all episodes cross 3 M which is pretty decent

    • It is getting plenty of views though. Much more than I would have thought for this kind of story, so still it is a success!

    • Thank you so much Bilal. Yes, Mere Pass Tum Ho is working for the masses but Alif is special & has its own specific set of viewers who are absolutely loving it. Both the dramas are doing good in terms of popularity & Alif is nowhere behind. :)

  • I just love Alif soooooooo muchhh. It’s beautifull. And i cannot wait for the next epi because the upcoming scene was one of my fav scene in the novel.. also just one thing as far as i remember momin did come to turkey for location hunt only but decided to spend some time with his dada first

  • First of all: I’d echo Ibrahim and say that you are an amazing writer, masha Allah. I read the novel Alif and the drama is JUST that novel on screen. Nothing has been cut or added – I never thought that a novel could be SO faithfully reproduced. This is the best screen adaptation I have EVER seen. The cast is nigh on perfect – they are so well cast that the imagery from the novel is not once disturbed but reinforced.

    I won’t comment on the story except that it is a stunning tale of faith and faithlessness.

    And then the direction and camera work. This work is a piece of art, like calligraphy itself. I know MPTH is more popular, but this takes the cake in terms of aesthetics – simply out of this world and perhaps never seen in Pakistan.

    And then there is the acting. I can’t praise the actors enough – every nuance of the script and the characters has been captured.

    This has to be one of the best dramas in Pakistan’s history, and THE best technically.

    • Thank you so much Tim for your kind words of appreciation it means so much. I really enjoyed reading your comment, thank you so much for sharing your insights. :) I am so glad that there’s not even a single novel reader who has pointed out a flaw from this drama, which actually shows the amount of hard-work that has gone into this drama & no wonder it shows. :) I so agree with everything that you have said, it sure is a one of a kind drama & we have not seen such quality work ever before.

  • Thank you for the review. I wish we could watch episodes back to back. This is such an amazing drama. Pehlaaj act so well in the scene where he came to Dada’s place to like.
    And yes, OST is as good as show, but they never overplay it.

  • This drama is definetely a masterpiece of all.just love love love and soooooooooooo much love for it.

  • Thanks for the brilliant review Zahra. You’ve penned down everything I felt while watching the episode.
    I’ll like to point out the conversation between momina and her mother. Her mother says that she does not discuss Jahangir with her father, “hum baat nahi krte k shyd us se yaad nahi ayega”. I can totally relate to it. After my father passed away, we siblings don’t talk about him with each other or ammi with the same thought k yaad nahi ayenge. Per aisa hota nahi hai. Alif is so close to reality and I’m loving it equally as I loved novel.
    What I feel is that MPTH is getting more youtube views because people watch it online and watch Alif when it airs on screen :P .

    • Check MPTH’s rating which can only be so high if people are watching it when it airs. There are always more people talking about MPTH on social media after the episode airs. It trend right after airing of the episode because people watch it.

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