Alif Laila

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Alif Laila
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Also known as Arabian Nights
Genre Fantasy, adventure, action, drama, mythological
Created by Sagar Entertainment Ltd.
Based on Arabian 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)
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 260
Production
Producer(s) Subhash Sagar
Cinematography Avinash Satoskar, Santosh Kumar
Editor(s) Subhash Gupta, Nisar Shah
Running time 23 Minutes (approx.)
Release
Original network DD National
Picture format 480i 4:3 SDTV)
Original release 1993 – 1997
External links
Production website

Alif Laila (Hindi: अलिफ लैला; Urdu: اَلف لَیلیٰ‎) is an Indian television series based on the One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights.[1] It was produced by Sagar Films (Pvt. Ltd.).[2] It was made in two seasons: the original broadcast in 1993 on DD National (India) and the second season on ARY Digital (Pakistan). The popularity of the show led to it receiving syndicated airing in Bengali on BTV, Gazi Television, and ETV (Bangladesh). The show started re-airing from 2012 on every weekdays on Dhamaal TV and its sister channel Dabangg TV.[3][4]

The plot line of the series starts from the very beginning when Shahrzad starts telling stories to Shahryar and contains both the well-known and the lesser-known stories from the One Thousand and One Nights which are mentioned here. The name Alif Laila is a short form of the original Arabic title of the One Thousand and One Nights - Alif Layla wa-Layla (Arabic: ألف ليلة وليلة‎).

Stories[edit]

  • Prologue to the story of King Shahryar and Queen Shahrzad
    • The Trader and the Genie (تاجر اور جنTaajir aur Jinn)
      • Story of the First Old Man (پہلا مسافر اور دو کتوں کی کہانیPahla Musaafir aur Do Kutton ki Kahaani)
      • Story of the Second Old Man (دوسرا مسافر اور بکری کی کہانیDoosra Musaafir aur Bakri ki Kahaani)
    • The Fisherman and the Genie[5] (ماہی گیر اور جنMaahigir aur Jinn)
      • Tale of the Vizier and the Sage Duban (حکیم دوبان کی کہانیHakeem Dobaan ki Kahaani)
    • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (اَلہ دین اور جادوئی چراغAladeen aur Jaadui Chiraagh)
    • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves[6] (علی بابا اور چالیس چورAli Baba aur Chaalis Chor)
    • The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (سِندباد جہازیSindbad Jahaazi)
      • Prince Jalal Talib and Malika Hamira (a.k.a. Prince Jalal Talib and the Three Pearls)[7] (شہزادہ جلال طالب اور ملکہ ہمیراShahzaada Jalaal Taalib aur Malika Hameera)
      • Prince Jamal Saqib and Princess Mahapara (شہزادہ جمال ثاقب اور شہزادی مہاپاراShahzaada Jamaal Saaqib aur Shahzaadi Mahapaara)

Season 2[edit]

  • The Night-Adventures of Caliph Harun al-Rashid (خلیفہ ہارون رشید کے گشتےKhaleefa Haarun Rasheed ke Gashte)
    • The Caliph's Judgement
    • Story of the Blind Man (اندھے فقیر جمال کی کہانیAndhe Faqeer Jamaal ki Kahaani)
    • Zishan and Sofonisba (زشان اور سوفونسباZishaan aur Sofonisba), loosely based on the History of Sidi Nu'uman
    • History of Khwajah Hasan al-Habbal (خواجہ حَسن خبال کی کہانیKhwaaja Hasan Khabaal ki Kahaani)
    • Two Brothers Jalal and Bilal (دو بھائی جلال اور بلالDo Bhaai Jalaal aur Bilaal)
    • Prince Afat and Firoza vs Firoz
  • (Epilogue to the story of Shahryar and Shahrzad)

Home media[edit]

VHS and DVD releases[edit]

The episodes of Alif Laila were 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 have also been DVD and VCD releases of single story arcs.

Awards[edit]

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

Cast[edit]

  • Hyder Kazmi as Jaadugar Talimosh and Darvesh
  • Girija Shankar as King Shahryar[11]
  • Damini Kanwal Shetty (Seema Kanwal) as Queen Shahrzad[12][13]
  • Shah Nawaz as Royal Vizier (Prologue), Sinbad the Sailor, clone Badrous (Sinbad arc), thief Asfandyaar (Ali Baba arc)
  • Shweta Rastogi as daughter of Royal Vizier (Prologue)
  • Swati Anand as princess Sofonisba of Gudjistaan [Sharara Gul] (Jishan & Sofonisba arc)
  • R.K. Datta as Trader (Trader & Genie arc), shape-shifter Cheema (Jalal Talib arc)[14]
  • Pramod Kapoor as merchant Sirajuddin Shareef Zardaari (Trader & goat arc), prince Gulfaam/Shah Khurram of Mehrabaad/sorcerer Misri (Sinbad arc), sorcerer Azgar (Jalal Taalib arc), King Baazik (Two Brothers arc)[15]
  • Mulraj Razda as Hakim Douban[16]
  • Neela Patel as fisherman's wife (Fisherman & Genie arc), Aladdin's mother (Aladdin arc), Shah of Baghdad's consort (Sinbad arc), Queen Zamaani of Shahristaan (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Navdeep Singh as Aladdin (Aladdin arc)[17]
  • Papiya Sengupta as princess Gulafsha of Naglistaan[18]
  • Sanjeev Sharma as Haasim (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)[19]
  • Sulakshana 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)[20]
  • Sunil Pandey as Sabeer Ahmed (Three Brothers arc), Ali Baba (Ali Baba arc), thief Gufraan (Sinbad arc), vizier Sarbaakh (Two Brothers arc)
  • Tarakesh Chauhan as merchant Qaasim (Ali Baba arc), Balgavaan, Hafiz (Sinbad arc), prince Jalal Talib bin Sheikh Abdul Majeedi of ShahHarounabad (Jalal Talib, Two Brothers 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), princess Mahapara of Cheestaan (Two Brothers arc)
  • Kumar Hegde as shape-shifter Halkaash (Sinbad arc), genie-lord Aatish Fishaani (Jalal Talib arc), court magician Hattat (Two Brothers arc)[21]
  • Mona Parikh as lady Kulussun (Sinbad arc), princess Tayyabah of Shahristaan (Jalal Talib arc)
  • Lata Haya (née Lata Nagar) as Queen Malika-e-Aliyah (Sinbad arc), witch-queen Hameera (Jalal Talib arc)[22]
  • 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)
  • Mukul Nag as prince Jamal Saakib of ShahHarounabad (Two Brothers arc)
  • Arvind Raosaraya as magician Gaaradgar (Two Brothers arc)
  • Aslam, Gyan, Amar, Shirke, Muniraj, Kaleem, Ajay, A. Sodhi, Ramesh Ambavale, Akhtar, Vinod, Nagesh played minor roles in every story arc.[23][24]
  • Vikram Sharma as Jadugar Hawabaaj

Crew[edit]

Composer Ravindra Jain composed the main theme of the show along with 'Aankh vida par', 'Allah hu' for scenes during the Merchant/Genie arc; 'Sard Shabo ki Tanhaai mein' for a scene during Trader/Goat arc; 'Chini Haseena aayi hai' for a scene during Aladdin arc; 'Josh-e-Junoon mein' (qawwali) for a scene during Ali Baba arc; and 'Dil mera Bekaraar tha', 'Bando nahi Ghabraana tum', 'Ae mere Khuda', and 'Dhoka hua' for scenes during Sinbad arc. Suraj Kiran composed 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' for a scene during Sinbad arc. Composer Nazir Mahate composed 'Jundala Jundala', 'Rabbe zul Jalal', 'Bachna Humaare Panje se', 'Shaitaaniyat ka daur hai', 'Ae Pyaare Mehmaan tera Shukriya', and 'Rehm ae Allah mere' for scenes during Jalal Taalib arc. Bollywood singers Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle, Kavita Subramaniam, Mohd. Aziz, Mitali Choudhary, Chetna, Usha Mangeshkar, Satish Dehra, Sushil Kumar, Vasi Raza, etc. lent their voices to the Arabic-themed songs for the first season.

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