Alif Noon

Alif Noon (Urdu: الف نون) is a 1965 comedy television series from Pakistan Television written by Kamal Ahmed Rizvi.[1] The cast consisted of Rafi Khawar known as Nanha and Kamal Ahmed Rizvi known as Allan.[2]

Alif Noon
Created byKamal Ahmed Rizvi
Written byKamal Ahmed Rizvi
StarringKamal Ahmed Rizvi, Rafi Khawar
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
Production company(s)PTV
Original networkPTV
Original release1965 


Each episode follows 'Allan' shown as a clever business-minded person, coming up with some immoral tricks to earn fast money. He used to use 'Nanha' as his stooge. He himself was not inclined to work and would rather be the sleeping partner in every saga or telling the tricks to poor Nanha (his front man). The character of Nanha became an instant hit. He was shown to be an innocent, funny and somewhat dumb-looking person from a rural area who loved his country and would dream of earning an honest living. He didn't know the norms of the new society and was therefore used by Allan as the 'front man' for his tricks. In the end, he would unintentionally toss out the whole plot of Allan by speaking the truth to the public.

Pakistani society

Although a 1980s comedy drama, the show portrayed a dark side of the Pakistani society where scams, frauds and such are widespread. The series contained a positive message in each episode, though.

List of episodes

  • Alif Noon- Footpath par

Allan thinks of an idea. He makes Nanha beg on the streets for money.

  • Alif Noon- Zakheera Andozi main

Allan starts working with a corrupt government servant who deliberately causes a shortage of basic supplies and later on sells those goods in 'black market' on high rates, after the demand had skyrocketed.

  • Alif Noon- Eye Clinic main[3]

Allan portrays himself as an (eye specialist), and Nanha as optician and they try to make big earnings before the doctor, who is also their employer, returns from lunch.

  • Alif Noon- Nafsiyati Clinic main

While their employer is away for a meeting, Nanha pretends to be a psychiatrist while Allan pretends to be Nanha's assistant

  • Alif Noon- Dairy main

Allan and Nanha open up their dairy shop to sell unhygienic and water-blended milk.

  • Alif Noon- Bakery main

Allan opens up a Bakery to start a business in unhygienic and stale products.

  • Alif Noon- Film Industry main

Allan calls upon top-notch actors and writers for making a film which wouldn't cost them a penny, instead earn them millions

  • Alif Noon- Business lunch main

Allan and Nanha hang around at an expensive restaurant in search of a business deal, as top class businessmen dine in, and make deals over lunch at that restaurant.

  • Alif Noon- Saalgira main

Allan plans on faking Nanha's birthday in order to receive gifts, which they would later on sell, to earn some cash.

  • Alif Noon- Chicken Shop main

Allan and Nanha work at Pehalwan's meat shop where they make Bar-b-Que out of dead animals and feed them to the customers without them noticing

  • Alif Noon- Cycle shop main

Allan starts a bicycle repair-shop where Nanha steals bicycle parts while the bicycles are there to be fixed. Moreover, they rent out those bicycles to earn some cash.

  • Alif Noon- Human Smuggling main

Allan gathers around a number of people who have lost faith, and gives them a new ray of hope by telling them that he and Nanha could send them abroad where they could easily work and earn handful of cash.

  • Alif Noon- Tailor Shop main

Allan and Nanha startup their tailoring shop where a lot of mishaps take place.

  • Alif Noon- Shadi Daftar main

Allan and Nanha accept the offer of their employer's husband to shut that organization down as he is sick of their employer (who is his wife) not playing her part in the upbringing of their kids

  • Alif Noon- Jasoosi main

Nannha is hired by undercover cops in bringing down a group of dangerous mobs

  • Alif Noon- Pawn Shop main

Allan and Nanha start selling stuff, claiming that they're "Antique"

  • Alif Noon- Township main

Allan and Nanha pose as Estate agents and sell land at fairly reasonable prices, even though they do not own that land

  • Alif Noon- Dawasazi main

Allan and Nanha sell homemade, useless medicines

  • Alif Noon- Sahafat main

Allan poses as a newspaper editor and a number of people meet him to bribe him so that he may publish his newspaper accordingly.

  • Alif Noon- Art Gallery main

Allan invites art lovers to his place where Nanha makes some 'dumb' painting in a unique way. The art lovers consider it as "Abstract Art", while in reality it is just paintings made by Nanha

  • Alif Noon- Anjuman Qarazdaraan main
  • Alif Noon- Advertisement main
  • Alif Noon- Hair Salon Main
  • Alif Noon- Kindergarten Main
  • Alif Noon- Susral Main
  • Alif Noon- Cinema Main

Film industry

'In Film industry' episode, it is shown that inexperience and materialistic type of people have come in who just make dummy films. This could be easily validated from the state of present film industry in Pakistan. 'In Zakhira Andozi (hoarding)' episode, it is portrayed that people may take away the basic necessities only to make double the money. The implementation could be easily seen in the actual 2008 Atta (wheat flour) crisis in Pakistan that happened in real life. There is an episode regarding the state of art and artist, which shows that the real artistic culture that has been the background of the subcontinent has gone down to its lowest level.


  1., PTV drama series 'Alif Noon'- 'Alif Noon creator is no more' (Kamal Ahmed Rizvi), Obituary and biography on The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 18 Dec 2015, Retrieved 8 June 2016
  2., Alif Noon (1981) drama serial reviewed and rated by Dawn newspaper, 'Old but not forgotten: Top 10 Pakistani dramas to re-watch now', Updated 13 March 2015, Retrieved 25 Dec 2016
  3., 'Alif Noon' episode 'Eye Clinic main' on website, Retrieved 8 June 2016
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