Alif | Episode 14 | Abdul Alaa Is No More

Let’s review episode 14 of Alif. Abdul Alaa is no more. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajeun.

Before proceeding, these are some related posts you’d want to check out first. Or, maybe later.

Book Review: Alif – Complete Review (By Umera Ahmed)

Drama Review: Alif Trailer and Cast

Episode wise reviews

Plot Summary

Momina’s Track

The episode starts on a sad note as Momina and family move out of their old rented house and into the new one. This new place is big, spacious, airy and luxurious. Too bad they aren’t really comfortable with the luxury. And, they have more daemons to fight, as we will see in future episodes. Hush, I am not going to spoil it for ya. Or, maybe I will. Ask me 🙂

Zufi Adeel (Neha’s boyfriend) calls Momina and sing her praises and butter her up to the point that she feels uncomfortable.

Sultan asks Momina to help him find Husn-e-Jahan’s son. Sir, you don’t have to go to Turkey to find him. He is right there in your own city. Sultan doesn’t recall Abdul Alaa’s name but Qalb-e-Momin’s name surprises her for a bit.

Momina wins an Oscar, because it is that easy.

Momin’s Track

Qalb-e-Momin, Daud and Tina are in a meeting. Sadaf, the reviewer who used to be all praises for Qalb-e-Momin, is not interested in even talking to him. What she wants is Momina’s contact number.

ایسا ہی ہوتا ہے۔ دنیا چڑھتے سورج کی پوجا کرتی ہے۔

That’s not all. Qalb-e-Momin doesn’t even get a producer for the film. Abdul Alaa offers to help, again. And, a few days later he passes. Only after his demise, Qalb-e-Momin knows how great and respected Abdul Alaa was.

That long monologue is so intense and deep… It is almost like Hamza’s own feelings. He weeps and prays for the righteous path.

ihdinas siratal mustaqim

It reminds me of Labbaik by Mumtaz Mufti. In that, he mentions that even though we pray to Allah to guide us to a straight path, we don’t really mean it, because we are too attached to duniya. I read that book in 2005 and I still remember that line. That’s powerful writing, right?

Parting Thoughts

Musaddiq Malik and Yashma Gill both are terrific performers, even though they don’t have very many scenes.

Salim Mairaj is good as usual. This episode, however, belongs to Hamza. Hamza nailed the scene. It is no wonder he left the industry after this show.

I have also posted my reviews for two other Saturday shows – Mere Paas Tum Ho episode 21 & Deewar-e-Shab episode 30. Check ’em out.

See you in next review.

Shabana Mukhtar

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