The Internationally legendary known ARABIAN NIGHTS consists of 1001 stories including the world’s most famous Tales such as ‘ALLADIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP’, ‘ALIBABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES’, ‘SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINDBAD THE SAILOR’ etc..
SULTAN SHEHRYAR - kind considerate and just whose kingdom extended from Turkey to China due to infidelity of his wife had turned into a beast.
He would marry a virgin everyday and with the first rays of the Sun - execute her in the morning.
His revenge and hatred for women was satisfied with making a woman a bride only for one night. Vazir’s daughter SHEHARZADE decided to make this animal SULTAN SHEHRYAR a human - She decided to free and bring back woman’s dignity in the Sultan’s kingdom.
Princess SHEHARZADE decided to marry SULTAN SHEHRYAR - even if she was to be his bride for only one day.
Every night she narrated the Sultan one story - full of EASTERN WISDOM full of HUMAN GREATNESS and SACRIFICE -
But every morning the story ended at a point which aroused the Sultan’s curiosity as a child and he wanted to know further the fate of the Magic Lamp or the Forty Thieves or the Genie imprisoned in the Brass bottle - and hence every night SULTAN SHEHRYAR spared PRINCESS SHEHRAZADE’S life for one more night. This continued for 1001 nights.
ARABIAN NIGHTS alias ALIF LAILA alias 1001 NIGHTS has lived through centuries, broken all political barriers and appealed to the old and young alike.
It has inspired great English writers such as SIR RICHARD BURTON who translated the same in English for His Majesty - The Queen of England - Queen Victoria.
Year of telecast:
Alif Laila was launched on DD2 in 1997 where a total of 143 episodes were telecasted. In the 30 odd stories selected for the above multi-lingual T.V. serial - ALLADIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP - was in 13 episodes - ALIBABA AND FORTY THIEVES in 15 episodes and SINDBAD THE SAILOR in 58 episodes.
It was also telecasted in South Africa, U.K., Bangladesh, and Srilanka and also launched at 4th Cairo festival for Radio and Television (Egypt).
Direction and casting:
Alif laila made under the banner of “Sagar Entertainment Ltd” was produced by Subhash Sagar and directed by Anand Sagar, Prem Sagar and Moti Sagar.
Girija Shankar played the role of Sultan Shehriyas, Seema Kanwal played the role of Princess Shehrazade and Shahnawaaz was the Vazir.
“Alif Laila” was the winner of “MOST OUTSTANDING T.V. SERIAL” awarded by India Cinegoers Academy.