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Crushed

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Introduction

I am at a stage in my life that I am on the constant look out for shows which would transport me back to the good old school and college days. So on Sunday when I had finished all the new content for the weekend and I still had a vacant slot, I decided to watch a show from my watchlist titled Crushed on Amazon Mini TV. I usually do not delay watching any new content but this was one occasion where I did falter and then owing to the other new releases, this one was kept on the backburner. Finally I got my chance and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. So then is the show Crushed worth your time, stay tuned.

Story & Screenplay

Crushed follows the story of two side kicks in school who have always lived in the shadow of their popular best friends until they fall in love. The story will instantly put a smile on your face. And you that where there is love, there are other emotions in play too. This was reminiscent of my times in school including my first brush with romance(or should I say infactuation) which was so pure back then. The screenplay standing at just 6 episodes of 20 odd minutes each is just the breeze that anyone would want to experience on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. It was definitely binge worthy and I ended up doing just that. To be fair, it took me a little while to warm up to the drama. And that was understandable because I was getting used to the setting and the characters. What I really liked was how they used the “side kick” element to turn the story on its head. The protagonist who did like a character ended up falling for the other protagonist who was a side kick. So this bit was really impressive. The characters here were very well fleshed out. The “poetry” angle was an interesting twist to the drama which was crucial in setting up the conflict.

The screenplay also takes you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane more specifically to your school life. So the screenplay also deals with friendship which is very well portrayed. From that secret relationship blossoming amidst an annual fest, to quietly choosing your crush as your project partner, to planning your valentine’s day outings to ultimately also being jealous when a third person enters the frame, the screenplay has it all. It is a sweet and breezy screenplay that definitely puts a smile on your face besides setting the path for the second season.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues definitely match the vibe of the drama and some of the lines are relatable as well. The music and BGM are a perfect match and they make an instant impact. The production design and cinematography give the drama a fresh and young look which is excellent to witness. The director’s chair is shared by two individuals – Mandar Kurundkar and Heena D’souza and it seems that the duo understand the pulse of the youth pretty well. This translates just so well onscreen. The direction is top notch here.

Performances

The performances are excellent here. Naman Jain as Prateek has his comic timing in place. He is one friend everyone wishes for. Shubham Pandey as Ashok sir has his moments to shine. Arjun Deswal as Sahil is excellent with a great screen presence. Anupriya Caroli as Zoya is top notch and she definitely makes her presence felt. Urvi Singh as Jaz looks stunning and a far cry from her character in Kota Factory in terms of appearance. And she is first rate here. Rudhraksh Jaiswal as Samvidhan aka Sam oozes of innocence and is quite affable. He  constantly ensures to put a smile on my face. But for me the show belonged to Aadhya Anand who was absolutely phenomenal as Aadhya. She really looked pretty and it was hard not to like her instantly. And the way she was able to bring out her confused state towards the back end of the series, it was quite refreshing to witness. I really wish to watch more of her going forward.

Conclusion

Crushed is a sweet and simple ode to teenage romance. Available on Amazon Mini TV and Highly Recommended.

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