Despite having a strong star cast, “Bisaat” has not been making waves with viewers. While it’s still fairly early on in the plot, with what has aired so far, one can see why. Audiences are interested in stories that make sense, female leads who are strong and can speak up for themselves and male leads who can defend the woman they claim to love. With “Bisaat,” we have been given a flimsy storyline based entirely on muteness and the inability to speak the truth – and for what reason? Emotional debt, of course. Starring Azfar Rehman, Ayesha Omar, Anmol Baloch, Mirza Zain Baig, Saba Hameed and others, the story has been written by Ateeq Inayat and directed by Fahim Burney.
In episode 6, Afreen (Anmol Baloch) and Murtaza (Mirza Zain Baig) are running around in circles, sneakily meeting in corners as they profess their love to one another and tearfully declare why they cannot be together. While Murtaza makes tall claims of telling the truth, he never actually steps forward to do it, even when confronted by Jahanzeb (Azfar Rehman). Meanwhile, Afreen decides to be “brave” and sacrifice her life for her “Noor Ami” (Saba Hameed), something which certainly doesn’t need to happen nor is it Noor Ami’s demand that Afreen marry Jahanzeb. However, our sacrificial lamb of a heroine cannot even stand up and say “But I’m in love with Murtaza,” because that would be disrespecting Noor Ami’s love. How? Who knows? This is the wafer thin plot that “Bisaat” currently rests on.
Azfar Rehman’s character is interesting because there is more than meets the eye, beginning with his lies about Sophie (Ayesha Omer) not being able to have children when the problem lies within himself. Is there more lurking underneath his actions? Is it possible that Jahanzeb’s second marriage is a plot between himself and Sophie? That would certainly make things more interesting than they currently are. Otherwise we will be stuck watching Afreen and Murtaza declare how they can’t tell Noor Ami the truth, but they can plot to run away together and get married. What? How does that make sense? That’s right, it doesn’t. The sad part of all this is that “Bisaat” has a very interesting, talented cast, actors who do not get the attention they deserve. But is this all they are offered? Or are we underestimating “Bisaat” and there’s much more waiting for us in terms of story, twists and turns? Regardless, Afreen and Murtaza’s sacrificing behavior cannot be explained away and that’s the greatest disaster within the story at this point – a story that would not exist if either of these characters opened their mouths and spoke…..well….the truth.