Fourteen weeks of fear, terror, trauma, and betrayal, amongst other morbid sentiments, came to an end with the finale of Haissam Hussain’s directorial Jo Bichar Gaye, starring Wahaj Ali, Maya Ali and Talha Chahour in pivotal roles. The historical drama, based on Colonel Z I Farrukh’s autobiography Bichar Gaye, highlighted the loss of human lives and conflicting mindsets of people who had to turn against those they once cohabited with in East Pakistan. Eloquently reflecting the 1971 Indo-Pak war, including the Fall of Dhaka, Jo Bichar Gaye came to an end narrating the surrender of Pakistan.
Since it was first announced, netizens have compared Jo Bichar Gaye to Haissam’s 2010 historical drama Dastaan, which left a lasting impact on people’s minds due to its brilliant retelling of the cost of independence in 1947. From Ali Moeen’s writing to Haissam’s direction and the cast, viewers feel Jo Bichar Gaye was “highly underrated” despite its “fresh narrative.”
#JoBicharGaye is soooo underrated. It is so unfair to such a great drama and actors like Wahaj Ali, Talha Chahour and the entire cast and crew. They deserve to be seen and appreciated. Underrated is one thing, this is like criminally underrated. #WahajAli— arsalaa.tweets (@arsalaa_tweets) March 13, 2022
Hats off to Haissam Hussain for this production. Never in the entire history of Pakistani TV has there been a show with this kind of brilliant storytelling. Petition to bring this to Netflix!! #JoBicharGaye pic.twitter.com/kG8XitdK7R— Daniya (@daniya_s) March 6, 2022
Jo Bichar Gaye has exposed some of the incompetence of those involved in drama making in Pakistan, and Haissam Hussain deserves immense credit for it! Creating an engaging and concise high quality period drama, whilst launching an abundance of actors to mainstream audiences.— . (@splendeurr) March 13, 2022
The episode began with a recap of how each character contributed to the feeling of hatred amongst locals in East Pakistan against those in the West of the country. Rumi (Wahaj) has a heated but cathartic conversation with Sonia (Maya) that makes him channel his guilt over fellow soldier Haroon’s (played by Fazal Hussain) death into an obsession over saving others from the ongoing slaughter.
“In their final moments, [Sonia] set [Rumi] free from the avalanche of guilt that he was trapped under. She gave him a sliver of light to live for one last time. She taught him to live like the person she always knew him to be. Absolutely brilliant acting by the two” read a tweet.
in their final moments...she set him free. from the avalanche of guilt that he was trapped under..she gave him a sliver of light to live for one last time. live like the person she always knew him to be. #JoBicharGaye pic.twitter.com/yuNdoj0euu— Cricket Wars (@cricket_wars) March 14, 2022
Haissam pulled out all the stops for Rumi's character.— n. (@Mahenurrr) March 14, 2022
Sonia telling him "Haroon is at peace, Rumi." reminding him of the good inside him & freeing him from that guilt so he could go save those women? this was such brilliant storytelling & execution. #JoBicharGaye #WahajAli pic.twitter.com/NLS4PgERgV
Captain Farrukh’s [Talha] last scenes echoed the helplessness that many soldiers like him faced while being forced to fight. During the final surrender, he’s caught up in a state of mental agony over whether to prioritise his family or his duty to the country.
The drama has often been praised for not glorifying the violence that comes part and parcel of war. At the end of the episode, the subtle depiction of Rumi’s death, Sonia’s untold end and Farrukh’s plight made a Twitter user comment on how the drama “successfully represented the human cost of war”. Invested in the journeys of these three characters, another user felt that they “got to witness the tragedies and losses people suffered during the war and in the aftermath.”
While some viewers expressed disappointment over the “anti-climatic” ending of the drama serial, a fan responded to the same, explaining that “not all stories have happy or sad endings. Some are best left for viewers' imagination. That's exactly what the makers were going for - and they succeeded brilliantly.”
To all those disappointed over the anticlimactic ending of #JoBicharGaye, not all stories have happy or sad endings. Some are best left for viewers' imagination. That's exactly what the makers were going for - and they succeeded brilliantly.— Hammad Akbar (@me_theuninvited) March 14, 2022
The micro-blogging site has the drama trending on the fifth spot, with users piling praises upon the actors due to their compatibility and impressive emotional range. People cried with the characters, felt their trauma and fear and expressed a desire for more of such dramas on screen. Not only did fans praise the already-established acting prowess of Wahaj and Maya, but also highlighted how they were blown away by Talha’s depiction of Farrukh’s character.
The last episode of Jo Bichar Gaye was intense, heart wrenching and teary. Wahaj, Maya and Talha did justice with their assigned characters.They were all extremely exceptional and depicted so exquisitely.@iamwahajali @mayaali07 #WahajAli #TalhaChahour #JoBicharGaye #MayaAli— SAFIA KANWAL (@safiakanwal08) March 14, 2022
From their powerful delivery of dialogues and poetic verses to the scenes where their expressions made fans get goosebumps and shed tears, here’s what people have to say about the finale and the performances of the actors throughout.
Me: after watching the last episode!! 🥺💔#JoBicharGaye pic.twitter.com/Crl1BhyncG— Lollysglory (@lollysglory) March 14, 2022
Last episode of Jo Bichar Gaye is a real tearjerker. It encapsulated the tragedy that was the fall of Dhaka so profoundly. Adnan Jaffar's delivery of 'Charge of the Light Brigade' is inarguably the best scene of the entire series.— ⚡️ (@Scrivenshaft_) March 14, 2022
The power of that one tear, he concealed! Recalling that one dreadful moment when he lost Haroon!— Jiya 🦋🇵🇰 (@_Jaweria_) March 13, 2022
This was the time to AVENGE! #JoBicharGaye #WahajAli pic.twitter.com/PMQ5lAwUIQ
AN APPRECIATION TWEET FOR TALHA— Back To Life😌 (@WafaChoudhary2) March 14, 2022
He portrayed his grief,his fears,his helplessness and his love for his country and for Sonia as well so beautifully that every single emotion touched our heart.We could feel it too🥺❤@talhachahour Hats off!!!
YOU WERE PHENOMENAL!!#JoBicharGaye
(The Iron Lady)— Kaneez e Fatima (@KaneezlovesMaya) March 14, 2022
I will miss you my Girl on my tv Screens
THE FEAR IN HER EYES TO HEAR WHEN SOMEONE KNOCK THE DOOR,THE PANIC ATTACK if I'M TOTALLY SPEECHLESS!! MAYAAAAAA!! YOU NAILED THE CHARACTER OF SONIA WITH UR EXCEPTIONAL ACTING SKILLS@mayaali07 #JoBicharGaye #Sonia pic.twitter.com/OWybjKTK9e
I just can't explain what impact today's episode of jo bichar gaye had.. yaar what a drama uff tits amazing somi love uh alot❤️ i just got goosebumps! The end war🤧 and the expression's of somi that fear of losing themselves such a brilliant performance💔— HAFSA (@Wahajalilove) March 13, 2022
THANKU WAHAJ FOR RUMI
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