Did Eid Telefilm Duti Bari Pasha Pashi lose sight of its plot?

Penned by Rajiul Huda Dipto, Eid Telefilm Duti Bari Pasha Pashi is homage to the classic romantic trope of star-crossed lovers caught in the pesky web of rivaling families. On the directing front is Mabrur Rashid Bannah while the cast lineup includes talented actors like Urmila Srabanti Kar, Tawsif Mahbub, Kazi Ujjal, Rocky Khan and Musfique R Farhan.

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The story opens with Tonu charging at the screen to brave a bunch of unassuming boys into an unfair rough housing only to get owned seconds later by Tonmoy. As the plot unfolds, it’s soon disclosed that the boys belong to the rival families whose patriarchs have been at each other’s throats for decades – over (drumrolls) property!

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Tonu is the character you root against, as he exposes himself to be a mole ratting out Neera to her father. Something we have witnessed in almost all Bangla short dramas. He takes it upon himself to wedge his fragile ego between Tonmoy and Neera’s romantic dalliance.

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From the joy he expresses at Neera’s misery consequential to his actions till the very last end where he bemoans his forced victory; there isn’t a moment where Tonu offers anything remotely resembling empathy. Neera says it well when she advices him to love healthy.

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Urmila Srabanti Kar brings a sense of wholeness to her character Neera. Her character is caught in a world where the men run the show. She maneuvers through this maze of male bravado with a quick sharp wit and a calm measured logic, albeit in vain. Her dialogues echo a progressive sensibility which had room for further exploration, but perhaps gets lost in the storyline.

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Things take an unprecedented turn as the plot veers into a tragic direction. If that wasn’t enough, be sure to ball your fists in frustration as you witness a forced marriage ceremony between Tonu and Neera, which turn into an impromptu funeral for Tonmoy, furnished full with incense. But didn’t we see that coming? Perhaps. As unfortunate and emotionally touching the turn of events may be, was it too cliche and disappointing script wise? Be the judge.

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“Duti Bari Pasha Pashi” falters trying to deliver an emotional rollercoaster as it relies on the turn of genres rather on a concrete well rounded plot. The acting remains entertaining across the board, with well-timed comedic moments alongside nuanced sentimental scenes. The title song however, Amar Bhitor Bahire Ontore, by the late Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, entrances you every time it plays and remains an unfaultable glory of the Telefilm.

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Marjiya Baktyer Ahmed

Marjiya Ahmed is a literature student whose world is incomplete without music. Besides for listening to her favourite tracks, she fancies poetry.

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