Cast: Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Badhon
Script & Director: Mejbah Sikder
The story begins with Abir coming back to Bangladesh only to reconnect with his long-lost love Jisha and confess his feelings to her. He feels that “the writing of fate” had wrongly changed for the worse during their earlier years, for Jisha chose to marry someone else instead of him many years ago. Jisha argues that despite being a widow in the present time, she has her responsibility as a mother and can't afford to ruin anyone's life by going back to her past mistakes. The rest of the drama is based around back-and-forth dialogues where Abir tries his best to convince Jisha to give their relationship another chance, but Jisha being stubborn to her belief that she will only be a cause of Abir's unhappiness if they get married. According to her, the past would always weigh them down despite their best efforts, and it would be best to let fate have its cruel ways.
Despite trying its best to showcase a rather philosophical approach to romance, Niyotir Lekha came up a bit short in the end. The story, in a nutshell, is a man attempting everything he can to be with the woman he loves. The dialogues about how their love was “meant to be” or how fate itself wants them to be together can be amounted to an act of extreme desperation on Abir's part. This conclusion was forced in after the revelation that the plane Abir was supposed to be on for his return journey crashed, but because Abir stayed behind to try to convince Badhon one last time, he was saved. The ending was weird, to say the least, as it basically ends with Badhon saying that she really had loved Abir all along and from now on, will stay beside Abir no matter what. In its entirety, the story seems like a simple one but is made unnecessarily convoluted with each desperate attempt from Abir and a very forced ending that didn't do the plot progression justice.
Even though Niyotir Lekha was a very dialogue-heavy drama, the spontaneity of Apurba during his conversations with Badhon and the emotional back-story portrayed by the characters solely through the exchange of words were enough to make the story comprehensible and enjoyable in the long run. Badhon successfully portrayed the struggles of a woman being forced to choose a life of responsibility and stability over her own happiness, while Apurba shone in his role of a conflicted man who can't let go of love no matter what. Their on-screen chemistry was an entertaining watch, and because most of the drama was just them talking to each other, their portrayal of a variety of emotions was the driving force behind a worthwhile near-hour long story. All in all, as far as love stories go, Niyotir Lekha wasn't the best one, but it does prove to be a memorable one after all is said and done.
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