Alif | Episode 20

Awnnn!

That’s the reaction when I watched the first scene. The romance between Momina and Momin is so romantic. I am a big fan of how Umera Ahmed depicts romance, both on paper and on screen.

By the way, in case you’re wondering why he didn’t ask about her teacher, you’re not alone. I am with you.

Suraiyya and Sultan both feel that Husn-e-Jahan had a poor fate. She had to suffer a lot for sake of her love.

Shuja Haider, makes a cameo appearance. He is the music director for this drama. That was interesting to watch. He’s the music director for Alif, the movie Qalb-e-Momin is directing. Qalb-e-Momin repeats Abdul Alaa’s words to explain Alif, Allah and Insaan. And, then Shuja sings the title track. Love the loop, right?

That night, Momina ponders over his words and his explanation of Alif.

Qalb-e-Momin narrates the story to their entire cast. He relives his past throughout the story. It is only Momina who knows that it is his real story. Alif isn’t just a movie for her. Now, it has become a quest, a quest to find hidden truths about Sultan, Suraiyya, Husn-e-Jahan and Qalb-e-Momin. And, she questions Qalb-e-Momin, so that he sees the reality because she knows the other side of the story.

 

عورت ہوتی تو بہک جاتی۔ ماں بہکتی نہیں۔ بس ایکسپلائٹ ہوتی ہے۔

 

Suraiyya’s schizophrenia is getting worse. She keeps talking to Jehangir, who isn’t there anymore. Momina confides in Daud. As Daud consoles her and holds her hand, and Qalb-e-Momin watches it. He is upset, also because he called her the previous night and she didn’t pick up as she was worrying over her mother. So, in a moment of weakness, he accuses her of having affair with Daud and Momina slaps him.

This angle wasn’t there in the novel. I can’t recall that. And I am pleasantly surprised that Umera is bringing more twists to the plot.

The promo of next episode (episode 21) shows that Sultan is weeping and he says: “I killed Husn-e-Jahan.”

People are taking it quite literally. Folks, it is just a promotional ploy to get viewers hooked to the series (as if we aren’t already crazy about it). He does not kill anyone. Nobody is murdered.

That’s the review. Also check Deewar-e-Shab | Episode 35 | Salaar and Gaiti Are Married.

Shabana Mukhtar

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