The war is about to start, we are losing characters to the violence of the times, the inevitable sinister moments are approaching, yet we are glued to the screen, waiting eagerly to see what will happen next. Jo Bichar Gaye is a production that is raising the bar and even the most agonizing scenes can’t stop us from watching this hypnotic drama. Assuredly, this is the result of the magic of a superlative script, direction, and performances, that when combined has turned into this masterpiece.
More About The Episode
The episode begins with a solemn note as the officers pay their tribute to their martyred colleague, Kabeer Alam. The weariness, sorrow, terror, and angst were some emotions that were portrayed too well, making it difficult to swallow the catastrophe that war brings with it.
As the famous address of 7th March is approaching of Sheikh Mujib, the terror amongst the West Pakistanis especially the armed forces is increasing exponentially. The crowd of East Pakistan is charged more than ever and is demanding the announcement of Independence. Even young men are organizing into a trained mutant wing in different areas of East Pakistan to challenge the West Pakistan soldiers.
Keeping the much controversial theme aside, Jo Bichar Gaye depicts the brave and selfless mindset of army soldiers who stay their ground despite knowing in their hearts that they might not survive. The surrounding threat, subsequent dread, and bravery of the soldiers are so well executed. A lone West Pakistani soldier traveling with 150 East Pakistani jawans invoked a sense of terror through a subtle turn of events.
We could not help but pray for Capt. Siddiqui as he was literally in the lion’s den. Jo Bichar Gaye, through these scenes, makes the audience successfully live the lives of these officers and their families and make us sense the vulnerability and sadness that engulfed them.
Lastly, the drama once again managed to sketch a balanced narrative. As it highlighted the joy of West Pakistanis, through Sonia, as independence was not announced, they also showed the disappointment felt by East Pakistanis and also pointed out the fact that radio transmissions were blocked by West Pakistanis.
A More Real Characterization Of Male Characters On Television
Jo Bichar Gaye has made its mark due to the different treatment of the script and the way the whole drama is shot and narrated. However, this is not all! The drama has been able to depict the human side of each character like never before. It makes you live the lives of these characters and cheer for each of them.
Especially the way male characters are written, including Rumi and Captain Z.I Farrukh is beyond praise. These two, despite having different ideologies make you connect with each of them equally.
Talha Chahour was once again phenomenal. The way he portrayed the emotions of Captain Z.I Farrukh who was visibly shaken and petrified after losing a friend while being scared of what the future holds for him was a scene performed par excellence. The way he cried helplessly added to our fondness for the captain who is visibly distorted from inside.
Captain Farrukh’s words will echo in your mind for some time, even after the episode finishes.
On the other hand, Wahaj impressed us with his performance as Rumi once again. His character raises a lot of questions. Is Rumi really a revolutionary or a young guy whose jazba was manipulated? Was Rumi unaware of the imminent threat to his family, especially Sonia, but was in denial, and hence, we now see a changed Rumi in the past few episodes?
Nevertheless, Rumihad us riveted till the last second when he returned to Anwar-ul-Haq residence after his appeal to professor Ajeet and was scrubbing the cross sign.
Jo Bichar Gaye is not just a lesson in history, it is a beautifully crafted drama that shows so many sides of being human in different situations, kisi ki ghalti, kisi ka sahih hai, kisi ka mujrim kisi ka hero hai… how some humans will think of humanity above all else and for some, the word humanity does not exist.