Crossing | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 03, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 03, 2018

TV Talkies


Channel: Maasranga TV

Script: Habib Zakaria Ullash

Cast: Farhan Ahmed Jovan, Nadia Nodi

Let's face it; love stories these days have become exceedingly common. Boy and girl meet each other, fall in love, face a problem that keep them apart, they solve the problem and finally have their happily ever after; a tried-and-tested formula that has honestly become quite bland upon repetition. To provide modern viewers with decent entertainment centered on the romance genre can be a challenge to films and dramas of all varieties, especially Bangla natok where love stories are dime a dozen. Crossing tackles that challenge and to some extent, succeeds in overcoming it through a unique storytelling method and a rather satirical take on modern relationships.

Despite being in a relationship for over 4 years, Adiba (Nadia Nodi) and Sejan (Farhan Ahmed Jovan) can never seem to be happy with each other. Constantly fighting and complaining about each other, the two go through frequent breakups and explore other potential love interests. The drama focuses on a handful of their failed relationships, and at the end, shows how they were meant for each other all along, despite any and all differences they might have against one another. The core of the story sounds quite typical, of course, but in hindsight, this typical story is told in a way that is not only humorous, but provides some insight into how fragile and fake some real-life relationships can be. The love-hate relationship that Adiba and Sejan display all throughout the one-hour runtime is something viewers can connect with. Even though their behavior may seem quite silly at times, one can't help but think that it's really no different from how actual relationships are!

Crossing had its fair share of flaws though. Despite any implication the story might have, it doesn't change the fact that it was still very predictable and very common as far as love stories go. It was also especially bothersome having English songs playing in the background during important plot progression scenes, which felt like an unnecessary film-like vibe that the show didn't need. Some of the dialogues were also incredibly cheesy, which was entertaining to a tee, but does manage to annoy when used in excessive quantity. All in all, Crossing provided a good laugh at times, and putting aside any apparent deep connotation, this was a natok I could sit back, relax and enjoy without thinking about it too much.


By Shams Rashid Tonmoy

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