Horror com­edy cross­ings on ntv7

Ntv7’s lat­est of­fer­ing, Cross­ings, is a horror-com­edy se­ries that fol­lows the life of an av­er­age Joe who can see dead peo­ple.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By FIONA HO en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

BOB Boroi is a loser. A run-of-the-mill copy­writer in an ad­ver­tis­ing agency, Bob is con­stantly heck­led by his de­mand­ing boss, bul­lied by his col­leagues and manipulated by the bitchy of­fice beauty.

He meets a freak ac­ci­dent one day and nearly dies. The in­ci­dent leaves him with the abil­ity to see dead peo­ple in his re­flec­tion.

Played by writer and pro­duc­er­turned-ac­tor Zak­iza­mani Os­man (Zaki), Bob is the all-too-fa­mil­iar zero-turns-hero pro­tag­o­nist on Ntv7’s lat­est horror-com­edy se­ries, Cross­ings.

The 13-episode dark com­edy fol­lows the life of Bob as he learns to ac­cept his new­found abil­ity, help­ing lost souls he en­coun­ters find peace in the process.

He later be­friends tomboy­ish Katie (Dira Abu Za­har), a streets­mart filmmaker who joins his agency. In an at­tempt to get rid of Bob’s first ghost, the duo stum­bles upon Danny (Hansen Lee), a boy­ish geek who in­vents con­trap­tions to de­tect the su­per­nat­u­ral.

In their quest to help the spir­its that Bob sees, the three­some gets into nu­mer­ous comic sit­u­a­tions.

While Zaki, who is poised and elo­quent in per­son, seems noth­ing like the bum­bling char­ac­ter he plays, the first-time ac­tor says he can iden­tify with loser Bob.

“We all start out as losers,” says Zaki, who has worked in ad­ver­tis­ing him­self. “ Cross­ings is about an av­er­age guy go­ing through ex­tra­or­di­nary events. You don’t need su­per­pow­ers to be su­per. You just need su­per willpower to pull through.”

The charm­ing 35-year-old adds: “Bob and I are both try­ing to make some­thing out of our lives. I think we can all re­late to Bob.”

Mean­while, Xavier Fong, 25, who plays Bob’s ef­fem­i­nate but nasty col­league An­thony, makes an in­ter­est­ing dis­claimer: “Even though I play a softie in the show, I’m ac­tu­ally straight!”

Fong, who sports some very “colour­ful” cos­tumes on the set, is joined by Ruzana Ibrahim as his beau­ti­ful but ma­nip­u­la­tive co­worker/BFF Brenda. The pair takes plea­sure in bul­ly­ing Bob at work. Brenda takes ad­van­tage of Bob be­cause she knows he has a crush on her.

Also present at last week’s press event at PJ Live Arts in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor, to present the show was the di­rec­tor-pro­ducer Prakash Mu­ru­giah, of Kash Pic­tures.

“Not all ghosts in the show are ‘lo­cal’ ghosts,” he says.

He is, how­ever, quick to add that there will not be any vam­pires on the se­ries de­spite the Twi­light phe­nom­e­non that has made vam­pires the coolest dark crea­tures on screen.

“There is some­thing more in­ter­est­ing than vam­pires,” Prakash says with a sly smile. “You’ll just have to watch the show.”

The se­ries de­scribed by Prakash as a “1Malaysia show” due to its racially di­verse cast also stars Nina Sharil Khan as Bob’s hot-headed lady boss, Miss Mer­lin.

Lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties like Alan Yun, Prem of FlyFM, Craig Fong, Indy Nadarajah, Ako Mustapha, Chew Kin Wah, James Lim, Ju­lia Ziegler and Mustapha Ka­mal take turns to guest star in Cross­ings. Cross­ings airs on Ntv7 ev­ery Fri­day at 8.30pm start­ing to­day.

Mot­ley crew: Cross­ings’ (from left) Prakash Mu­ru­giah, Ruzana Ibrahim, Xavier Fong, Zak­iza­mani Os­man, Dira Abu Za­har, Nina Sharil Khan and Hansen Lee.

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