Alif Laila

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Alif Laila
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Also known as Arabian Nights
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Drama
Created by Sagar Entertainment Ltd.
Based on One Thousand and One Nights
Written by Ramanand Sagar
Directed by Anand Sagar
Prem Sagar
Moti Sagar
Creative director(s) Mukesh Kalola
Starring Seema Kanwal
Girija Shankar
Shahnawaaz Pradhan Navdeep Singh
Theme music composer Ravindra Jain
Opening theme Krishna M. Gupta
Ending theme Krishna M. Gupta
Composer(s) Ravindra Jain
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Urdu, Hindi, Bengali
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 260
Production
Producer(s) Subhash Sagar
Editor(s) Subhash Gupta, Nisar Shah
Cinematography Avinash Satoskar, Santosh Kumar
Running time 23 Minutes (Approx.)
Release
Original channel DD National
ARY Digital
ETV, BTV
Dhamaal TV (India) [1]
Picture format 480i 4:3 SDTV)
Original release 1997 – present
External links
Production website

Alif Laila (Hindi: अलिफ़ लैला) is a TV series based on the stories from One Thousand and One Nights.[2] It was produced by Sagar Films (Pvt. Ltd.).[3] It was made in two seasons. The first season was aired on DD National and season two on ARY Digital. Popularity of the show lead to it being broadcast in Bengali on BTV, and ETV. The show started re-airing from 2012 on Dhamaal TV every weekdays.[4]

The plot line of the series starts right from the very beginning when Scheherazade starts telling stories to Shahryar. Alif Laila contains both the well-known and the lesser-known stories from One Thousand and One Nights which are mentioned here. Actual word is "Alf Laila" meaning thousand nights.

Stories[edit]

  • Prologue to The Story of King Shahryar and Queen Scheherazade.
    • The Merchant and the Genie
      • The Old Man and the Two Black Dogs
      • The Old Man and the Goat
    • The Fisherman [5]
      • The Greek King Yunan and the Physician Douban
    • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
    • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves [6]
    • Four Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
    • Prince Jalal Talib and The Three Pearls [7]
      • Prince Jamal Saakib and princess Mahapara
    • The Night adventures of Harun al-Rashid, Caliph of Baghdad
      • Story of the Three Qalandar, Sons of Kings, and of Three Ladies of Baghdad. Also known as The Story of the Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad.
      • The Story of the Blind Baba Abdallah
      • The Story of Sidi-Nouman
  • Epilogue to The Story of King Shahryar and Queen Scheherazade.

Home Media[edit]

VHS & DVD releases[edit]

The episodes of Alif Laila was released on both VCD and DVD format. The DVD [8] release was marketed as 20 volumes consisting of 143 episodes, while the VCD [9] released as 50 sets. There also been DVD and VCD releases of single story arcs.

Awards[edit]

Alif Laila was the winner of Most Outstanding T.V. Serial awarded by India Cine-goers Academy.[10]

Cast[edit]

  • Seema Kanwal (Damini) as Scheherazade
  • Girija Shankar as Shahryār
  • Shah Nawaz as Royal Vizier (Prologue), Sinbad the Sailor, clone Badrous (Sinbad arc), dacoit Asfandyaar (Ali Baba arc)
  • Shweta Rastogi as daughter of Royal Vizier (Prologue)
  • R.K. Dutta as Trader (Trader & Genie arc), shape-shifter Cheema (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Pramod Kapoor as merchant Sirajuddin Shareef Zardaari (Trader & goat arc), prince Gulfaam/Shah Khurram of Mehrabaad/sorcerer Misri (Sinbad arc), sorcerer Azgar (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Mulraj Razda as hakim Douban
  • Neela Patel as fisherman's wife (Fisherman & Genie arc), Shah of Baghdad's consort (Sinbad arc), Queen Zamaani of Shahristaan (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Navdeep Singh as Aladdin (Aladdin arc)
  • Papiya Sengupta as princess Gulafsha of Naglistaan
  • Sanjeev Sharma as Ali Baba's nephew (Ali Baba arc), Daniel (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Vilas Raj as African magician Zingaalu Zungla (Aladdin arc), pirate Qehermaan/evil shadow Hamzaad (Sinbad arc), shape-shifter Jhingaal (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Pinky Parikh as Duraksha (Trader & goat arc), Fairy Zeba Zeemi Shaheen (Aladdin arc), Marjina (Ali Baba arc), princess Badroulbadour and witch-queen Taaguti (Sinbad arc)
  • Sulakshna Khatri as witch Asbela (Sinbad arc), princess of corpses Asjaar Salatiya (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Jyotin Dave as King of Naglistaan (Aladdin arc), Police chief (Ali Baba arc), Shah of Baghdad (Sinbad arc), King of Shahristaan/dervish (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Sunil Pandey as Sabeer Ahmed (Three Brothers arc), Ali Baba (Ali Baba arc), dacoit Gufraan (Sinbad arc)
  • Tarakesh Chauhan as merchant Qaasim (Ali Baba arc), Balgavaan, Hafiz (Sinbad arc), prince Jalal Talib bin Sheikh Abdul Majeedi of ShahHarounabad (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Radha Yadav as Dilshad (Ali Baba arc), mother of kidnapped child (Sinbad arc)
  • Jharna Dave as Naubahar (Ali Baba arc), sorceress Zubeidaa (Sinbad arc)
  • Paulomi Mukherjee as lady Shahzamaani (Sinbad arc)
  • Ashwini Sidhwani as fairy Maarukh (Sinbad arc)
  • Sunil Nagar as Sultan Bakht, lady Gazala's lover, Fairy-king of Nigaristaan (Sinbad arc)
  • Payal Mehta as lady Gazala (Sinbad arc)
  • Kumar Hegde as shape-shifter Halkaash (Sinbad arc)
  • Mona Parikh as lady Kulussun (Sinbad arc), princess Tayyabah of Shahristaan (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Lata Haya (nee Lata Nagar) as Queen Malika-e-Aliyah (Sinbad arc), witch-queen Hameera (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Sanjeev Siddharth as genie Dara (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Anupama Pardesi as courtesan Gulroo/serpent-princess Bargamaayi (Sinbad arc)
  • Swati as fairy Shaheedi (Sinbad arc)
  • Neha Grewal, Hetal Panchal, Heena as fairies (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Aslam, Gyan, Amar, Shirke, Muniraj, Kaleem, Ajay, A. Sodhi, Ramesh Ambavale, Akhtar, Vinod, Nagesh played minor roles in every story arc.

Crew[edit]

Composer Suraj Kiran composed 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' for a scene during the Sinbad arc. Composer Nazir Mahate composed 'Jundala Jundala' for a scene during the Jalal Talib arc. Bollywood singers Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle, Kavita Subramaniam, Mohd. Aziz, Mitali, Chetna, Usha Mangeshkar, Satish Dehra, Sushil Kumar, etc. lend their voices to Ravindra Jain's arabic-themed songs for the first season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Dhamaal TV
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (1994). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. ISBN 978-0-85170-455-5. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Ravi Shanker Kapoor (1 February 2000). More equal than others: a study of the Indian Left. Vision Books. ISBN 978-81-7094-381-5. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ [2], Dhamaal TV - Alif Laila
  5. ^ A selection of stories from Alif laila wa laila: the Arabian nights' entertainment. Ginn & co. 1892. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Frank Moore Colby; Talcott Williams (1918). The New international encyclopædia. Dodd, Mead and company. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.in/Jalal-Talib-Aur-Malika-Hamira/dp/B008VQ7D9G
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.in/Alif-Laila-1001-Nights-Episodes/dp/B006O2NHTY
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.in/Laila-Worlds-Greatest-Arabian-Nights/dp/B006QQAEY4
  10. ^ "Alif Laila at Sagar Arts Website". 

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