Alif Laila (Hindi: अलिफ़ लैला) is a TV series based on the stories from One Thousand and One Nights. It was produced by Sagar Films (Pvt. Ltd.). 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.
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., Dhamaal TV Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (1994). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. ISBN 978-0-85170-455-5. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 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. , Dhamaal TV - Alif Laila
StoriesPrologue to The Story of King Shahryar and Queen Scheherazade. The Merchant and the GenieThe Old Man and the Two Black DogsThe Old Man and the GoatThe Fisherman The Greek King Yunan and the Physician DoubanAladdin and the Wonderful LampAli Baba and the Forty Thieves The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the SailorPrince Jalal Talib and The Three Pearls The Night adventures of Harun al-Rashid, Caliph of BaghdadStory 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 AbdallahThe Story of Sidi-NoumanThe Story of Two Brothers: Talib and JamalThe Trader and the Story of Three BrothersEpilogue to The Story of King Shahryar and Queen Scheherazade. A selection of stories from Alif laila wa laila: the Arabian nights' entertainment. Ginn & co. 1892. Retrieved 30 May 2012. Frank Moore Colby; Talcott Williams (1918). The New international encyclopædia. Dodd, Mead and company. Retrieved 30 May 2012. http://www.amazon.in/Jalal-Talib-Aur-Malika-Hamira/dp/B008VQ7D9G
VHS & DVD releases
The episodes of Alif Laila was released on both VCD and DVD format. The DVD release was marketed as 20 volumes consisting of 143 episodes, while the VCD released as 50 sets. There also been DVD and VCD releases of single story arcs.http://www.amazon.in/Alif-Laila-1001-Nights-Episodes/dp/B006O2NHTY http://www.amazon.in/Laila-Worlds-Greatest-Arabian-Nights/dp/B006QQAEY4
Alif Laila was the winner of Most Outstanding T.V. Serial awarded by India Cine-goers Academy."Alif Laila at Sagar Arts Website".