The news of Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Aly pairing up for a TV project circulated on social media earlier this year and had fans excited. Reasons being, the two actors are incredibly talented, immensely popular and are sharing screen space for the first time. Titled Alif, their upcoming drama serial created a lot of hype ever since it was announced and, with the recent release of its teasers, we are eager to watch it on our TV screens.
The first teaser that released on Thursday introduced the key characters: Hamza Ali Abbasi as Qalb e Momin, Sajal Aly as Momina Sultan, Ahsan Khan as Taha Abdul Ala, Kubra Khan as Husn e Jahan, Manzar Sehbai as Abdul Ala, Osman Khalid Butt as Faisal and Saleem Mairaj as Sultan.
We know that Ahsan and Kubra are playing Hamza Ali Abbasi’s parents and we will be introduced to them in flashback. Hamza is essaying the role of a renowned filmmaker while Momina is a struggling actor. As per the second teaser, the two apparently have a very different perspective on life that leads to major conflict between them; Qalb e Momin is very liberal, outgoing and flirtatious, and he expects the same from those who work with him while Momina, who comes to audition for his upcoming project, finds it indecent and condemns it.
Written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Haseeb Hassan, Alif claims to introduce viewers to “the most unexpected romance of the year,” as the tagline suggests. Both Hamza and Sajal deliver intriguing performances in the teasers while we are also excited to watch Manzar Sehbai on the small screen.
The cast, director as well as producer Sana Shahnawaz shared the teasers on their social media handles.
“By the grace of Almighty, presenting the first look of our passion project Alif... The entire cast and crew of Alif has worked on this project with nothing but pure passion and dedication. We know through many messages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube that all of you were eagerly waiting for it. Now it belongs to the audiences. Thank you for your patience,” Sana posted, introducing the team behind Alif.
She added: “The moment we got this project we fell in love with each and every word and dialogue penned exquisitely by one of the most prolific writers, Umera Ahmed. Her ability to knit a story is so seamless and eloquent that it had us in tears just reading the script. We can proudly say that Alif will change the television screen and dynamic that is truly of international standard. Please do give us your feedback.”
As soon as the teasers circulated on social media, people started pouring in love and appreciation in the comments’ section. Those within the industry also praised the effort and expressed how excited they were to watch the drama.
“It looks really good! All the best with this and more!” shared Adnan Malik, while Sami Khan said, “This looks amazing.” Ali Safina called it “beautiful,” adding that he is looking forward to watching it while Armeena Khan, Zainab Qayyum, Imran Ashraf and others also had good things to say about the teasers.
Overwhelmed by the response on the teasers, Hamza Ali Abbasi took to Twitter and shared, “Thankful to the Almighty for the amazing feedback on Alif teasers; this project will set an example of how to use the medium of television to make people reflect on their lives and get back in touch with their Creator. Qalb e Momin in a lot of ways reflects my own personal ongoing journey.”
Apart from key characters, Alif features an ensemble cast including Sadaf Kanwal, Lubna Aslam, Nida Mumtaz, Saifi Hassan, Salman Saeed, Yashma Gil, George Fulton, Balaaj Hassan, Fahad Ahmed, Mussadiq Malik and many more. The drama serial is expected to air on Geo Entertainment shortly.