Script: Md. Rafikul Islam
Directed by: Shafayet Mansoor Rana
Cast: Manoj Kumar, Sabila Nur
“Love is a connection between two hearts.”
Megha (Sabila Nur) is a free-spirited young woman who gets into a spat with her neighbor downstairs, Shayan (Manoj Kumar). After learning that Shayan is a mentally handicapped individual who lost the ability to speak after a trauma caused by his mother's untimely death, Megha decides to apologize to him. Soon, they start hanging out together and as a romantic tale would entail, Megha falls in love with Shayan. However, Megha's family and friends consider her love to be a delusion as a smart woman as her should never fall in love with a mute. Megha, disregarding all social stigmas, keeps forcing herself to be by her beloved's side, with Shayan purposely distancing himself so he doesn't have to hurt Megha. The love story eventually ends with mutual acceptance from the boy and the girl and their ultimate decision to be together despite any obstacles society might put in front of their feelings for each other.
Aside from Eid, “Closeup Kache Ashar Golpo” is the one time of the year when the mainstream audience huddles together in front of the TV to watch original Bangla serials. Unsurprisingly, contents of high quality and entertainment value are expected, and more often than not, “Closeup Kache Ashar Golpo” delivers.
This year, among the three original natoks that were aired, Shohore Notun Gaan was arguably the best of the bunch, for various reasons. The most impressive feature of this natok was the story, and how simple yet powerfully it was portrayed by the two main characters. The main theme the natok utilizes is the “social stigma” where the handicapped are looked upon, and the conclusion paints a positive message which teaches us to never treat those unfortunate souls unfairly. Megha's continuous attempts at expressing her love to Shayan, despite any consequences, show how love doesn't need words or verbal language to be conveyed.
Another noteworthy feature of Shohore Notun Gaan is that it never really gets “sappy”. Anyone used to typical Bangla romantic serials should be tired of the same old “love despite obstacles” concept that is, honestly, overused at this point. This serial successfully attempts to break the mold by incorporating a sensitive social stigma and uses love as a positive means of breaking such a stigma. The acting of Sabila and Manoj were commendable, especially considering that Manoj had no dialogues but still managed to play the role of a mute character quite well. Credits need to be given to the writer for an original story that provided a welcome change of pace. Shohore Notun Gaan definitely builds a lot of promise for better “Closeup Kache Ashar Golpo” in the future.
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