Alif Laila was a popular television show that was aired on Doordarshan in the 90’s and years later on Sab TV. It was based on the fascinating and gripping stories of One Thousand and One Nights. Alif Laila (World’s Greatest Tales From Arabian Nights) is a collection of some of the best episodes of the show. The series starts off with Scheherazade narrating tales to Sultan Shahriyar every night, which would cater to his imagination and prevent him from killing her. Damini Kanwal has played Scheherazade and Girija Shankar has played Sultan Shahriyar. India Cine-goers Academy honoured the show with the award of Most Outstanding TV Serial.
Sultan Shehryar is a mighty king, and with his determination and power, he has managed to expand his territory from Turkey to China. However, in spite of having all the riches and comfort in the world, he is somewhere a sad soul. This is because of his wife’s infidelity towards him. His wife’s betrayal has changed his perception about women. He starts considering all the women folk in the world to be dangerous creatures who should be done away with as soon as possible. And so he starts this trend of marrying a virgin and killing her the very next day. This goes on for quite some time till Vazir’s daughter Scheherazade comes into the picture. She is a very witty and well-read girl. She has resolved to put an end to this brutality that has been going on for so long. She marries the King much to the horror of her father. After getting married to the Sultan, she starts narrating enthralling and intriguing stories to him every single night. Every night, she stops at such a crucial point that the King can not wait till the next night to know what happens. The stories are about faraway lands, kings, queens, thieves, and, sailors, and each story that she comes up with has a moral. This gradually starts bringing positive changes in the King. She is spared every night this way till it becomes 1001 nights. By now, the King has become the generous person that he once was and has fallen madly in love with Scheherazade. Some of the most famous stories that Scheherazade narrates to the King are Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves, Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp, and The Seven Voyages Of Sindbad The Sailor.
The stories of Alif Laila have been loved by people all over the world because of their uniqueness, entertainment quotient, as well as their ability to fascinate the audience. The show was a huge hit with the audience in the 90’s.
Alif Laila (World’s Greatest Tales From Arabian Nights) was released in 2008 by Moser Baer Studio in VCD format and all the episodes have been rated U. It has 50 discs. It is in Hindi.