Crossroad: A romance without the soapy drama

Review: Crossroad, Karma Sangay’s new movie, is a story of an individual struggle that is also a portrayal of modern times. Spun around the themes of friendship, love, revenge, child abuse and sacrifice, the romantic thriller puts you at the edge of your seat.

The movie begins with a group of close friends who are college students. The one-sided perpetual love of lead actor Sonam Maekay Penjor towards Dawa Dem (DD) is revealed as the story unravels.

Breaking from formula, the movie does not feature the popular comedian Phurba Thinley. A mix of cast from the fashion industry, Paljor Gyabak, to veteran actors such as Tandin Wangchuk and Dechen Dorji (Ata Khawjay) are featured.

As the title suggests, the movie attempts to portray how an individual’s decision can affect others lives with far-reaching consequences. As the movie ends, the viewer gets to understand the meaning behind the title.

The movie seems a bit out of place for local tastes. Local audiences are used to watching soppy and soapy romantic films instead of romantic thrillers. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt by the moviemaker to address a particular social issue of child abuse, and how it can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life – in this case, Sonam Maekay Penjor’s life.

As always, there is still room for improvement in the acting department but the fashion statements made in this movie are commendable. The entire cast is dressed smartly and immaculately especially the lead female actor, DD. The songs accompanying the movie are also a plus.

It’s a must watch if one enjoys thrillers or stories of innocent love and friendship. The movie is about an hour and 40 minutes. It is screened daily at 6pm at the City Cinema Hall in Thimphu.

Thinley Zangmo

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