Alif | Episode 21

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Let’s begin.

This episode opens with Husn-e-Jahan’s dance. I love every single outfit that Husn-e-Jahan wears while performing. Soft colours, layers, flairs, everything.

She leaves the performance midway when she hears about Momin’s fall from the tree.

Needless to say, Mumtaz Begum doesn’t like it. She’s upset with Husn-e-Jahan and so is Momin. The scene changes and we see Husn-e-Jahan sending off Qalb-e-Momin to Abdul Alaa. Sultan’s questions how Abdul Alaa will raise Qalb-e-Momin. To which, she replies with one of the best lines.

جو بنائے گا، حسنِ جہاں سے بہتر بنائے گا۔

جو سکھائے گا، حسنِ جہاں سے بہتر سکھائے گا۔ کیونکہ وہ حلال کماتے ہیں۔

Then, she asks Sultan if he’d be willing to make her daughter future Husn-e-Jahan. Touché.

So, what next?

Mumtaz asks Sultan and he in turn ask Husn-e-Jahan to get married. Guess who would be her husband? Oh, let me hold that suspense.

Husn-e-Jahan gets a small part but she leaves the part because the team won’t let Sultan to do her make-up. Bhai waah!

So far, we don’t know why Suraiyya respects Husn-e-Jahan so much. Suraiyya suggests that Sultan should marry Husn-e-Jahan because she knows how much Sultan loves Husn-e-Jahan. What a beautiful dialogue that is!

Things get worse for Husn-e-Jahan. Just when Sultan and Husn-e-Jahan give up all hopes, there’s a ray of sunshine. Husn-e-Jahan asks Sultan to kill her.

The scene cuts to present. Sultan breaks down, repeating the words: I killed Husn-e-Jahan.

Again, let me reiterate that Sultan has not killed Husn-e-Jahan. We will find that in future episodes. Stay put.

I was fearing that there will no scene in present timeline. How can you not watch Hamza Ali Abbasi? But wait, there he is, getting scolded by Daud for his hasty confrontation and accusation at Momina.

This whole incident helps him to realize that he is not a good judge of character. At least that is what I take from the scene.


That’s the review. Also check Deewar-e-Shab | Episode 36.

Shabana Mukhtar

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