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English Original ‘Hotya’( are
translation Bengali Killing). supposed Meanings
Screenplay All to of be
words in Indian context have been given below to avoid
confusion. MLA:Member Assembly. of Legislative
Sahib: A polite title or form of address for a man. (The
concise Oxford) Babu: form A of respectful address title a or
(The concise Oxford) Master: A male school
teacher. (The concise Oxford) Tonsure: head as An a act of shaving for
entering a religious order. Flower-bed: decorated with The flowers bed, and
perfumes, on which bride and groom sleep together at the
very first night after their wedding ceremony. Anchal: cloth woman round An end one sari) shoulder of a loin by a
(esp. i.e. the
breasts. Sari: A garment consisting of a length of cotton or silk
elaborately draped around the body, traditionally worn by
continent. (The concise Oxford) Mehendi: The powdered leaves
of a tropical shrub used as a reddish-brown the body. Alta: An herbal red colour to decorate the boundary line of the foot especially of women. HOTYA: To Kill or murder. hair and dye to colour the
It’s a Bengali Word.
Category: Original Screenplay A story of murder and vilolence.
The main story©Saibal Ray Saibal Ray asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
EXT-RIVER-DAY It is a typical market or
‘bazaar’ of a small town in WEST buying BENGAL. and People selling are fish.
Along the narrow lane between two rows in of DHOTI fish and sellers foldedand fish
Paran, sleeve stands seller on the
PANJABI, in who front has
comes of been a
sitting his wet
polythene tilted so
water does not spill out. Paran Haru, how much is it, today? Haru (Fish Seller) Take it Sir, it’s very cheap. Only Two Hundred. Paran Give me some two fifty gram. Haru starts weighing the fish in a balance. Then he packs
it in a polyethylene bag to give it to Paran. Paran By the way how’s your
daughter? Haru Not well sir. The fever
seems to be severer.
Paran (Pays money) Don’t worry;
today I’ll go with a doctor.
EXT – STREET 1 – DAY Paran comes along the street with a bag full of vegetables and fish. running We hear sound of A young man
comes running before him and blocks his way. He gets But
confused for a moment.
Young man Sir, I have started my
business. Paran (Becomes happy) That’s
great. Be successful my boy. Young man Bless me sir and please visit my shop at least once.
Paran (Smiles) Why once? I will go to your
shop time and again. Young man It will be my pleasure, sir. EXT – STREET 2 – DAY Paran is just about to take a turn. from Sound of a car coming another direction
increases. alarmed just as
Suddenly he gets the him car brakes him
look with Paran. Fades Out
The title of the film ‘HOTYA’ FADES IN red on the back
ground of black. Fades Out
EXT – COURTYARD RAJU’S HOUSE – DAY There is a HUT with roof made of tin in makes front of which by
Raju comes out Sound of
THROUGH the door. sawing stops. Bishu
Going to seek a job again? Raju Yes. Bishu
life. Raju goes their does not respond. away He
inside is We
actually a THATCHED hut. see him from Bishu’s eyes.
INT – KITCHEN – DAY Anjali, sari, through a bamboo Raju’s mother puffs piece in air into
an earthen oven.
Raju gives Then he out a
a quick look at her. goes ahead and picks
little sack from a narrow gap in the wall, which is made of tightly stick roped dense Anjali jute looks;
Raju turns his back to her.
Anjali Raju, I heard a train robbery took place yesterday? We see a bundle of money on Raju’s palm. Raju hurriedly
inserts it into the sack and puts the whole staff into one of the pockets of his
trousers. Cut to.
EXT –COURTYARD -DAY We see the from door of the eyes.
Raju comes out and stands on veranda for a while. Then he
gets down. He turns right and walks away. We follow him and hear Anjali’s voice.
Anjali Won’t you have breakfast?
EXT –STREET 3 -DAY We see Raju walking towards We see Keya, a
us along a street. him from a rickshaw.
girl of Raju’s age in a Sari, comes by a rickshaw in front of Raju, Keya shouts at the rickshaw puller. Keya Wait, Wait…………… As the rickshaw down and stops, pays The Keya the guy
goes away with rickshaw. Keya looks worried. Keya Dad is looking for my fiancé. Raju (Politely) I told you time and again for me
to marry you. Keya (Shifts look away) If we get married once, dad won’t be
worry about money. Raju Sorry. I can’t. Please let
me go now. works to do.
I have a lot of
Keya gets hurt. look again. Raju Don’t worry. rich family. good hubby. at him.
She does not Raju says
You are from a You must get a
Keya Did I make a mistake by
falling in love with you? Raju (With prior painful smile) It was not a mistake but do A your it girl
like………… Keya …you, is obsolete now. Keya shifts her look at Raju. Raju smiles.
Raju May I go now? Cut to EXT – SUDHIR’S HOUSE – DAY A two storey of which building there is in a
lawn adorned with plants full of colourful flowers and
The gate of entrance We see building of the
is just by the road. the from gate and the side
the car, and
opens the gate to enter. Now we see a frontal door of that building’s ground floor with a switch beside it. We
hear the sound of a calling bell. Cut to
ROOM - DAY The room is decorated with
costly and The sound
about to get up with his a little heavy body after
keeping the news paper, which was in his hand, on a teatable that is kept in front of his couch. his son, By this moment comes from
looks fifty and Suman is same age of Raju. Suman Suman, see who it is? We He see has Raju’s been worried face.
the door (EXT). the door from
Suman opens inside We see the Raju
waiting outside. Raju Is MLA sahib there?
Suman Dad, Raju is calling you? Suman and gets Sudhir OUT of the his room body
towards the door. Sudhir What’s up, Raju? Raju (Fondles his own fingers) I
came for that … that job… Sudhir (Slightly tempered) What do
you people think, huh?
MLA’s duty to offer jobs to people. Minati, Sudhir’s wife, comes from the adjoining room. But
we hear her voice before we see her. Minati What happened, Sudhir? Minati the door has been standing at
connecting Sudhir knows
suggests as if she
the whole matter very well.
Minati Why don’t you sit inside and discuss? Sudhir accepts Minati’s
advice and calls Raju to get in. Sudhir Get in But Sudhir adds, immediately after Raju gets in, some more words to show his haste. Sudhir … but I am in hurry.
Minati (Slightly irritated) you can go. Sudhir moves OUT Minati looks at Raju. Raju Please aunty, tell him to get me the job. Minati Have you brought the money? Raju nods head positively and readily picks out the sack
from his pocket and gives it
to Minati. bundle Raju her of
She takes out the notes. down Minati and Suddenly touches the
empty sack away on the floor and looks at the bundle. Raju (Helplessly) Aunty Please
make him understand. I really need the job. Minati How much is it?
Raju Nine thousand nine hundred.
I will give the rest hundred later. Minati You don’t need. Raju (With teary eyes) please, tell him to get me the job. Raju sits on the floor
touching her feet. to Minati’s waist. back and moves a
We see up She turns bit away
He looks helplessly
and repeats same words. Raju I really need the job. Minati I’ve already told you that
you’ll get it.
(Pauses for a
moment) can you buy me some vegetables and fish; today? Raju Of course, just give me the bag.
Minati Wait a second. I bring you
the bag and money. Minati turns to move out.
INT – MINATI AND SUDHIR’S BED ROOM – NIGHT Minati has been sitting on
the bed wearing a translucent shorty with no inner-wears. Sudhir the bed
She dresses her bun. has been lying on
slightly Minati’s shorts. Minati upward
tilted back. He
towards is in
He keeps looking at raising by head a on bit his
Sudhir Raju can’t get the job, you know. Minati (casually) Why? Sudhir Arun’s nephew is also a
candidate. Minati Which Arun? Councillor of
our ward? Sudhir Yes. If he gets the job it’s
Minati That’s nice. Do as you like?
Sudhir But, what about the money you have taken from Raju? Minati (As ten over if surprised) It’s only More lesser.
That apart every one has to waste some bucks to get a
job. What’s there to think so much about it? She speaks all these, as if, in one uninterrupted breath. Then lotion she on pours her some palm body and
massages her legs. Sudhir Nothing, But I wonder how he managed to get that amount of money. His father is just a
Minati Leave it honey. They are all
alike. Carpentry is just for show. They do every thing
secretly - stealing, robbery, whoring around and what not. All of their family members
earn, honey. Sudhir Do you know yesterday some
dacoits robbed a train? Minati turns towards Sudhir
and slowly undresses herself.
embrace each other. Minati So what? honey. Sudhir I Don’t you love me,
love all parts of your body, sweet heart. Minati Kiss me.
AFTERNOON Raju gets out of a small tea of his
friends, comes hurriedly. Gopal What are you doing here?
Let’s go Raju Where?
Gopal Just don’t ask. We will
have immense fun today. Raju I hope it’s at least not with women. Gopal If I say yes. will you For how long such an up.
Gopal almost drags Raju.
EXT – NARROW LANE, RED LIGHT AREA – LATE AFTERNOON There are some shacks of same type alley. door of on both Gopal a sides knocks of at the a
Samir, another friend, opens the door.
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON Samir (Seeing Raju) What a
surprise! Come in boss. Raju I’ve never wanted to be here. It’s Gopal……………….. Samir Stop it man. the her. right You have done Look at
She looks not so dumb.
Samir adds some more words. Samir She is Chameli. Samir bed. drags Raju upto the
Gopal latches the door. has been sitting on
one corner. wine the bottles floor. Raju
There are some and glasses sits on by
gives a cigarette to Chameli and lights up his own one.
Chameli Shares the same fire. Gopal Samir, give the cards. Samir picks out a packet of cards from his pocket and
puts on bed. up one bottle
Then he brings of on wine bed pegs and and with
four starts water.
Gopal shuffles cards.
Samir You know Chameli, today we
are very happy. Chameli May I know the f**king
reason? Samir Yesterday, we robbed a train – compartment for the first
time. Chameli What if you get caught? Samir
catch our If
there’s us, it’s
only that I come to you and Gopal does not have a
particular woman in his life and for Raju today is the
very first day to visit this place. Gopal Police will never be able to suspect us.
Raju Yet, we have to be looks very at
Raju for a moment. Cut to
AFTERNOON Keya gets out of her home and walks along the street. Suman comes by a motorcycle and
stops by her. Keya looks at him. Samir Where are you going? Keya I am going for shopping. What about you?
Suman Are you in hurry? Keya Not really, why? Suman I want to It’s take you to a
Suman I can’t tell you right now. Please, don’t say no. Keya She looks sees at Suman’s eyes. So
she gets up on his bike and puts a hand on his shoulder. Suman starts his journey.
EXT – RIVER BANK – LATE AFTER NOON We see a river a little away. In between the river and bank there is a sandy stretch.
When Suman’s bike stops, Keya gets down and asks. Suman
hits the stand with foot to keep the bike upright. Keya What are we here for?
Suman (Suddenly) I love you, Keya.
Keya What? Suman I love you. That’s all.
Please don’t ask for meaning. Keya (looks
steadily) you know very well. Suman (Irritated) yes I know. I
know everything. But how can
Cut to. INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT We see Raju His from Chameli’s become He in
eyes red glass
have ones. of
drunkard’s holds the
one hand. Raju If I get the job, loyal I will
new life. Signature music plays. Gopal looks at Raju. Chameli shifts her eyes down. The edges of her lips No show body a a sort of
lines. whether sarcasm.
understands smile seems or a
mysterious expression. Cut to
INT – SUMAN’S ROOM – NIGHT Suman with has his been head on lying a chair on the
table face-down. Minati comes and stands behind. She keeps her palm on his head. Suman turns all of a sudden and
Minati suman is
crying like a child. She gets tensed. Minati Suman, what happened?
EXT – STREET 3 – MIDNIGHT Raju returns home along the
street. A street dog barks at him. Fade out
EXT – KEYA’S HOUSE – NIGHT Sudhir’s white car stops in front of the gate. Sudhir gets down and goes towards the gate. His driver opens the gate beforehand. Having heard the sound of a car Mrinal comes out. They meet midway in the lawn. Mrinal O how fortunate I am. Sudhir (Smiles) How are you doing?
Cut to. INT – MRINAL’S DRAWING ROOM – NIGHT Mrinal to shows sudhir a chair on
another chair. Mrinal Please take your sit. Keya suddenly comes IN from
an adjoining room. She is in a long skirt and a casual
Keya Mom is calling you dad. Mrinal Tell her Sudhir Babu is here. Keya gets OUT of the place. Sudhir Now he was looking his at eyes her. to
Mrinal. Sudhir I have a request if you don’t mind…. We see Keya’s feet stop.
Mrinal Please don’t be so formal. Sudhir Actually, last face, Suman We as cried see she a lot
Suman’s name, she frowns. Mrinal (Surprised) Why?
Sudhir He wants to marry Keya and no one else. of Keya her grasps long a
with anger. Mrinal That will be nice. We see Keya rushes in her
room. She lets her body fall on bed. She sobs and grasps bed sheet tightly. Cut to
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT Some one knocks the door.
Chameli opens it. We see Raju and Gopal getting IN. Chameli goes towards a table on which there is a jug. She picks up the jug and pours water into a glass and drinks. Gopal Didn’t Samir come?
Chameli No Gopal (To Raju) Wait a second. I’ll be back in a few minutes with Samir. Gopal shows a great hurry to leave the place. But Raju
calls him. Raju Gopal,wait. you. Chameli I will puts go down with the
ahead to Raju. Chameli Would you feel ashamed to be alone with me? Gopal near open has the it. been door. Raju waiting He goes at just to a
different disregarding Chameli,
direction Chameli’s opens eyes. the
door. Gopal gets out. Chameli shuts the door immediately.
Raju keeps mum looking at an unknown direction. Chameli You hate to talk to me. Isn’t it true, Raju? Raju Yes Chameli (Politely) why? Raju You are a spoiled woman.
Chameli Why are you so scared of a spoiled woman that you don’t even dare to look at her? Raju I’m not scared of you. I
consider it indecent. Chameli I hope you do a not great consider decent
plundering job. After looks a at
leaves to get
not. He turns instead towards Chameli. Chameli sits on a
trunk kept by the wall. Raju looks down. Raju Actually, I needed the money. Chameli For bribing? Raju There was no other way to get the job. My father is a
it’s very hard to run a whole family. That apart the demand for wooden furniture has gone down. work. Chameli …. and what do you think, nothing? we get food for There’s no regular
when Raju looks at Chameli’s
table and picks up the jug to drink water. Chameli looks at his THIRSTY Adam’s apple
going up and down. Raju puts down the jug on the table. He keeps front talking of the and mirror goes in
on the wall. Just below the mirror there is a wooden rack on which there products are with some some
bottles of nail polish. Raju
and watches. Chameli has been sitting just opposite to him on the trunk. She watches her own finger nails with worn-
out polish. Raju But whoredom to earn a
living! Don’t you think it’s too much? Chameli Don’t call it whoredom. It’s sex work.
Raju Whatever you call, it’s same. Chameli It’s not same. We are sex
workers. We have our organisations. In a few days we are going to elect our representative who
will go to Calcutta to attend our convention.
Raju (Laughs) whores! organizations! What else one For needs
to ruin the society. Chameli (With steady eyes and voice) we sell our labour. Sex-
labour. What’s wrong in it? Raju Nothing I am just thinking
when there will be a whorefans’ club in this town.
Chameli If you are making fun of us, I don’t have any problem,
because I’m used to it. But don’t senses you of guys forget all and
consequences of sex? Raju Are you
heart? Chameli What do you mean?
Raju I mean I don’t know how to feel your heart ignoring your breasts? Chameli seems there remains so is as a smiles. Her smile as if
experienced nothing secret
her and Raju. We slowly move from her face to on of her heart
beat. Just after Raju utters ‘breasts’ the rhythm of heart
We see her breasts ONLY from this ‘accelerating’ moment.
Her breasts go up and down, with her breathing, just for a moment. We again see Chameli’s eyes. She has been looking at Raju. Now her eye lids fall down. The heart ACCELERATED beat gets SOUND normal. of She
looks at Raju NORMALLY again. Raju asks.
Raju Don’t you feel bored to do
the same work everyday? Chameli Do you think a clerk likes to count everyday? We reaction. Cut to see Raju’s
AREA – NIGHT We see Samir and Gopal coming along the narrow lane. We get a feel of a small red light area…. They are talking to
each other. Samir All we robbed wine have and vanished We
will take another chance. Gopal What’s your plan?
Samir Kidnapping Gopal It’s too risky. Samir That time. invest business. will be for the I last will
Whatever in a
Gopal You are right. This time we must do something. Otherwise it’s gonna be f*cking
impossible to get married. Both reach room. in front of of them
Chameli’s the door
and Raju opens.
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT Raju opens the door. Samir
Samir What was going on? Chameli ignores samir with a grimaced face. She goes
towards the mirror and starts combing the hair. Samir sits on the
door. Samir calls Raju. Raju looks at him. Samir Raju, together we start our
Raju It certainly sounds nice, but where is money? Samir It’s easy one last kidnapping and everything will be fine.
Raju I no more want to get into all these, Bye. Raju opens the door and walks away. Chameli looks at him
once. After a pause she again
see samir again. Samir Bastard. Gopal He thinks the MLA will get
him a job. Samir (sarcastically) will marry the bitch, Keya. Cut to. He
INT / EXT – SUDHIR’S DRAWING ROOM/ ROAD-DAY Sudhir newspaper feet on has been reading kept his
comes out of a cup (of tea), which table. door is there also looks on at the the bell
Sudhir as the
rings. Raju has been waiting outside door. Sudhir opens the
Sudhir (Irritated) what do you want? Raju (Rubs fingers) I….I job. Sudhir (Excited) Am I a mean… I came for that palm with
job contractor or what? Raju bends his head and looks down.
Raju If you tell them once, I will get the job. Sudhir No there’s no chance, let me tell you. That job will go to another person whose
qualification is much better than you. You will know it in two days. Raju But aunty took the money….
Sudhir ….I am in hurry. You may go now and please look for job somewhere else. Any time you may get a job. Sudhir gets walks throws dog. shuts out of the the the door. gate. street. to a Raju He He
along a The
flees away with the tail bent down.
poster on a wall, he stops. We see the poster ARMY reads A
STRIKE ON 21 MARCH, MAKE IT A SUCCESS’. When we see UP for a moment we discover that the building actually is the sub divisional court.
KITCHEN – DAY Raju enters the courtyard of his own house. He finds Keya has been sitting Anjali at the on has the been of
veranda. standing kitchen pillars she
holding with two back
bamboo Now goes
inside the kitchen. Raju sits by Keya. Keya looks offended.
Raju What’s up? Keya Dad has already arranged my
marriage. Raju Suman, son of Sudhir Ghosh? Keya Yes.
Raju (Shifts eyes) son of a bitch.
hear. We see his right fist forcefully corner line grasping of the the floor.
Keya puts her right hand on his left hand.
Keya Let’s go to a temple and get married. Raju looks at the door has of been
sitting in front of the oven on which in an urn-shaped pot (known as harhi in Bengal)
rice is being cooked. Keya sitting idle! You are you just do
anything? Raju I don’t have the ability to do anything. Keya
(Angry (she bye. The
the urn-shaped pot and oozes inside suddenly removes the gets the oven. Anjali and she
conscious lid. Then
looks into the pot. Cut to
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT Gopal, Samir and Chameli have been the playing sound of cards. We hear the
door. Gopal gets up and opens the door. Raju enters. Samir (sarcastically) Didn’t you get the job?
Chameli Leave it man. (To Raju) Raju, how’s Keya doing?
Raju’s eyes are steadier now. He does not respond to these tedious remarks. Raju Who do you guys want to
kidnap? Gopal removes all cards and
clears the place to give Raju a space to sit. But Raju does not sit. Gopal How should we have done it? You left us.
Raju Would you like to kidnap MLA Sudhir Ghosh? Gopal looks at Samir. Raju
asks again. Raju What happened? Chameli Are you crazy?
Raju Why? It was their idea to
Chameli That’s kidnap get a true an MLA but if you never you’ll and be
beaten black and blue. Raju This is not a coward’s game. If you guys are ready to
kidnap him, I can join you. If you change your mind, just inform me. Raju gets out of
zeal and anger. Samir He has really gone mad. Cut to.
INT / EXT MIDNIGHT Raju is
mosquito-net on the bed. His eyes feel are open. He does fondles not a
photograph of Keya. Suddenly he hears a from rustling outside noise the
window. He wears a shirt and comes out side with a torch in hand. He notices, a in man
sticking something on to his window. He proceeds slowly
towards him. Both of them get into other. stranger rides on a dust-up Raju lie his with makes supinely chest. each the and He
catches the stranger’s collar and picks out the torch from his own pocket. torch on When to he the
stranger’s face, he discovers it is none other than Gopal.
Raju Gopal ! What are you doing
here at midnight? Raju points his torch at some posters lying scattered here and there. He finds each of them is neatly similar to
that, which was stuck on the wall of the Each sub of ARMY divisional them reads A
STRIKE ON 21 MARCH, MAKE IT A SUCCESS’
Gopal Please, keep your mouth shut. I am explaining
everything. Both of them get up. Gopal dusts his shirt.
Then he starts collecting all the scattered posters
carefully. Raju ‘Liberation Army’ is a banned organization, group, caught, man. they a If will terrorist you get
with you? Gopal (Picking up posters) I know, can you come to my house now? I will tell everything. Raju Now, at this midnight? Rather we can sit in my room. Gopal No no. (showing posters)
with these, it’s impossible.
I can’t violate the command, let’s go. Cut to INT – GOPAL’S ROOM – MIDNIGHT At first Gopal enters and
lights up a lamp. Raju comes behind bed, Then under bed. him and sits the on the
Gopal he the
posters on the
Raju How did you get involved with this group?
Gopal That’s a long story. Raju Tell me, I want to hear. Gopal Swear that you won’t tell
anyone. If anyone knows, I’ll get killed.
Raju assures by nodding head. Gopal leans on the wall.
Gopal You know that I wanted to be a political leader I to of in our
days. the way crisis
thought solve our
family. But I failed in both, politics and study. Do you
know Paran master?
Raju Yup! He is a teacher of a
primary school, right? Gopal Yes. Gopal’s mother comes IN from an adjoining room. She has an empty glass in hand. Her eyes do not work very well at
night. She is quite aged with almost bent thin figure. She is in white sari.
Mother Who is there at this hour? Gopal: Raju She turns clears to her throat with and no
concerns. She opens the door. Gopal Where are you going? It’s
dark out there.
Mother This glass fell down on the floor. I want to wash it. Gopal (To Raju) She’s become
like a neurotic. Raju What else does she possess
except obsession? Gopal That’s really true.
Raju What about that …. that
Gopal Yes love ‘Paran me master’ much. used Even to he
still loves me. When I was a student, he would say a lot of things to me, though I
never got anything.
Raju What about? Cut to EXT – A SECLUDED STREET/FLASH BACK – DAY We see younger Gopal and did he used to talk
Paran exchanging dialogues. Paran We must change. We must break hands of extortionists. If
necessary we must kill them. Cut to
INT – GOPAL’S ROOM – MIDNIGHT Raju and Gopal continue
discussing about Paran. Raju Why must one kill?
BUILDING/FLASH BACK – DAY Paran and Gopal in early age. Paran Those who cheat people to
earn and live in luxury, must be frightened. you have the If necessary, right to kill
them in public interest.
INT – GOPAL’S ROOM/FLASH BACK – MIDNIGHT Paran and Gopal in early age. Paran Those, who cheat people to
earn and live in luxury, must be frightened. you have the If necessary, right to kill
them in public interest.
INT – GOPAL’S ROOM – MIDNIGHT Raju and Gopal continue
discussing about Paran. Gopal Sort of this.
INT – MINATI AND SUDHIR’S BED ROOM – NIGHT Getting in the up from shorts, and bed Sudhir, by a
cigarette. ALMOST sheet. lids.
Minati lying opens
Sudhir looks worried. Minati
What happened? Sudhir
Nothing, feeling closes
sleepy. her eyes
Sudhir continues. Sudhir Liberation Army’s posters
have been found in my area. This is for the first time. Minati Liberation that? Sudhir A terrorist group. Army! What’s
Minati So what? Why are you so
You always say that of your
party is very strong here. Sudhir That’s absolutely true. But
what if any day they attack?
Minati Why are you worried for that? You didn’t hurt any one.
Sudhir Do they understand so much?!
INT NIGHT Gopal
Gopal picks up water – bottle from In the the floor middle and drinks. of the
dialogues Raju spreads one of his hands to get the bottle. Then Gopal gives it to Raju.
Raju I never knew Paran master is involved with this sort of
activities. Gopal Even I don’t know a lot about them, to I just work according
instructions. get payment
Raju (Takes the water-bottle)
Don’t you feel bad when you don’t get paid? Gopal Does earn month that only for matter at all? bucks of I a
thousand a family
members. not well.
She vomits blood
Raju Didn’t you visit a doctor? Gopal Yes, taking town. that? Raju We are alike. Gopal (Worried) What’s mom doing so long out there? that her doctor to the suggested district
But where is money for
Gopal goes to the door. all out. of a sudden he
Raju gets up from bed.
He sees Gopal has knelt down by the hand pulling mother tubefell We
well. down. see like
Raju goes ahead. has stone head on been
sitting her lap.
Raju keeps a hand on Gopal’s shoulder. Cut to.
EXT – A CROSSING - DAY Raju, standing at a road–
crossing looks at surrounding as if he searches for an
EXT – PARAN’S HOUSE - DAY Raju has been standing at the door of a tin roofed one-
storey building. folded-sleeve
Paran, in a punjabi and
dhoti, opens the door.
Raju Are you Paran Master?
EXT – STREET 1 - DAY Raju us; and Paran with Paran is an walk in the toward same sack-
like bag (jhola) hanging from his shoulder. Paran They don’t kill. of If you It’s the
consequence struggle. dishonest acquire
their kill you a
That’s the primary goal.
EXT – THE SECLUDED STREET AFTERNOON We see Paran, Raju and a
takes a small black-sack from the stranger and keeps it
inside his bag.
EXT – ABANDONED HOUSE – LATA AFTER NOON We see Paran and Raju sitting with three among other them unknown one is
Unknown woman Yes, of course. Paran gives the black sack to Raju.
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT Raju gives Chameli the black sack. Chameli opens up and
sees there is a revolver and bullets in it. Raju (Gives the sack) you have to hide it. Please.
Chameli (Tensed when she opens)Gun! Raju
away in a few days. Chameli Are you really going to
kidnap, Sudhir? Raju (With steady look) I will
Chameli Comes forward and grasps
Raju’s shirt. Chameli
ruined. We see Raju leans on her
SHOULDER and smells her hair with closed eyes. Raju Your will hair meet smells nice. We Bye.
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – NIGHT
Samir converses with Chameli. Chameli has been lying on the bed. with Samir sits on the bed a cigarette lit in
between fingers. Samir Did Raju come? Chameli Yes.
Samir What did he say? Chameli
there any other way to earn money?
EXT – SUDHIR’S HOUSE – DAY
opposite side of the road.
white car is waiting on left of the gate. We move more
left parallelly with the road and we DISCOVER there is an alley at the end of boundary wall. stands on Then the we side see Raju
to the Sudhir’s house facing us in that alley. He enters
the alley and looks at right. We see the left portion of
the building and a walk that goes from entrance door to
the gate in the lawn. that THROUGH of the the
We see gap of
Raju looks through the Again we see the
walk in the lawn when Sudhir gets out of the door and goes along towards the gate. Then
we see, ALONG the alley from the opening two end, hands that on Raju knees
balusters, SUDDENLY some one calls him ‘Raju’, looks Gopal, end Raju at gets us.
alarmed Then at we
standing of the
alley with the road in back ground. LOOK Gopal has got a NEW tonsured head and
in white cloth covering body as a shawl and white dhoti. He has a mat in his right
hand. This look is a sign for his mother’s death. From now
ONWARDS we shall see Gopal in this feels to out fit only. He see FROM Raju goes them the
comfortable. We road of
Gopal. the end see white side
crossing opening Again and we
alley. house the
Sudhir’s car of
Sudhir gets up in the car and
the Cut to
EXT – GOPAL’S HOUSE – DAY Raju sits on the floor of the verandah Gopal spreads the
mat to sit on. Gopal So, you want to shoot from
Raju Yes, that alley is the safest place. to Cut to No body will be able trace out.
/POLICE STATION– NIGHT Sitting on chairs around the tea-table Sudhir, Mrinal and Keya’s first Mother time) (seen have are for the been four
sitting by her mother. Sudhir I know I am responsible for this haste. Mrinal That’s good only. Keya’s Mother That apart she will live near by. It’s so relaxing for us. Sudhir looks at Keya.
Sudhir (Looking darling. of few at Keya) Keya
It’s only a matter more days that you
will have been at our sweet home you will get another dad over there; won’t you give
him a thought? Keya tries to smile. the ring of a cell We hear phone.
Sudhir picks out a cell phone from his pocket and puts it on the top of the car.
Sudhir Hello, we see interior of a police station officer-in-
charge (OC) Ramesh is talking over telephone. OC Ramesh, from Police Station. Sudhir Yes, Ramesh? OC what’s the matter,
twenty are you
right now? Sudhir What for? OC I think you are well aware of the posters of LA, I mean
Liberation Army. Sudhir Of course. OC
terrorist activities in this area. Sudhir I am returning home. Better
you send them to my house.
INT/EXT – A STATIONARY SHOP – NIGHT Raju checks out various toypistols. among the them He and chooses shows The it one to
He gets down to
street and moves OUT.
GATE – NIGHT The white car is waiting on the left. A police car comes
IN and stops near the gate. Two constables get down and
open the gate to get in.
EXT- GOPAL’S HOUSE, HAND-PULL TUBE-WELL – DAY Gopal has been pulling up and down and the handle his of the feet tap one
after another. from BEHIND. We
Raju gets IN see Gopal’s
back from Raju’s eye and hear a clattering sound for once. Gopal grasps pain. leaves his the handle sheering and in
Gopal (Shouts) ouch! We see Raju smiling. proceeds. gun to Then he
He shows the toyGopal asks
with a hand on his back. Gopal (Hand on back) where did you get it? Raju I bought it yesterday. Gopal What for?
Raju I am practising shooting.
It’s long distance from where I have to shoot. Gopal so, there’s no chance for
Sudhir. Raju Not at all. Gopal Howeverer, Paran master told you to meet him. Raju
I will go, but with you.
INT – PARAN’S ROOM –DAY Having front sat of on a chair, in
Paran We HEAR door. under opens to and
sketches on paper. the sound of
knocking the paper Paran
Paran the the come
table door in.
cloth and We
Gopal entering. door.
He shuts the
He sits on the chair
again. He gets the paper back from hiding. Raju and Gopal
stands on both sides of Paran respectively. They support with hands on
the corners of table and bend towards the table. Paran Have you planed anything?
I think we can shoot from the alley in south of the
building. Paran Yes that will be convenient, (He shows the paper) look at this. This is the building There at for be
and this is the alley. will the be ends two of and people the
watching with you.
Gopal If there are four more
people, why don’t we go for a trained shooter? Raju No, never I want to kill him. Paran (Turns back to Gopal) we get trained you know by experience; about too, the
rules. Paran gets up from the chair and goes behind. He rides
on the bed. himself by as
He heightens up much on as possible He gap
supporting a book
He gets down
and gives it to Gopal.
Paran You will get rules in this of the book.
Both of you should read it. But be careful. If informed,
police will catch you.
exchanging ‘Destination’ scarlet red is on
Paran again sits on chair and starts explaining the plan. Paran On 21 March we have called a strike. Sudhir’s Opposing our strike party will organise
a rally on 20th at five in the afternoon. Sudhir will get
out of home to join the rally at around four.
Gopal If, by any chance, Sudhir
goes outside town? Raju looks at Gopal for a
moment and again shifts eyes to Paran. Paran There which One, are he two won’t has reasons go for
authority to seek information about the LA. day Two, when 15 March is son So, this
will be getting married. Sudhir has not leaving
town for at least on month.
Sudhir’s son will be getting married – after listening to this Raju’s face becomes a
But at the very
stubborn. Gopal gets wondered by the information that Paran gathered. Paran Now come to the point (Again he refers to the blue print) on 20th Sudhir will get out of home at around four in the roam 3
afternoon. around o’clock. the
From door to gate –
within this you have to shoot him dead. Raju Sudhir must die. Paran Be careful. Two security
guards are always moving with Sudhir. Raju He didn’t have any security
Paran (Gets up from chair) He has got it from yesterday. Gopal What for? Paran (Smiles) Because of our when two road You
posters. Another thing, the job is near done the the main
persons will two
away run to
end. Then the police won’t be able to chase you with car. Paran from gets under four the photographs mattress of
his bed. He gives it to Raju. Raju and Gopal see those one after another. Among them one is a young woman. Paran Among watch other other these the two end. four, opening will If any two end guard one will and the else
comes in the alley, you are not permitted to get the gun out. Burn all, when these
photographs become useless. Gopal Security guard can run behind us?
Paran Among the two guards, at most one can exceed the wall
because another one will get
engaged with dying Sudhir. If you can go beyond their view before this, they won’t even understand anything
immediately. (Giving the blue print) keep it too. Go
through it carefully and then burn it. Gopal May we leave now? Paran Yes.
INT- POLICE STATION - DAY / MORNING The OC browses through a
search warrant. OC What a hell lot of time it took gets to up get a warrant? a chair (He and
orders). Hey get the car out. We will raid Paran master’s
house today. The the cap. He gets OC wears of
office and gets in the car. The car moves ahead. Cut to
EXT COURTYARD, RAJU’S HOUSE – DAY/MORNING. Raju and comes moves has IN the courtyard his room. a
towards been a
carpenter’s tool. Bishu looks at the kitchen and says
Bishu (Sarcastically) Here comes son of the emperor offer him lunch. Raju’s mother Anjali comes
out of kitchen she calls Raju when he is just about to
enter his room. Anjali holds an invitation card in hand. Anjali
you. She’s getting married on 15th. card). Raju comes to her and takes the invitation card. Then he gets in his room. We see Take it (showing the
Bishu again. He sarcastically looks at Raju. Then again
gets into his work. Bishu A beggar wants to be a
Anjali wipes a drop of tear with fingers into and the goes
of the kitchen. Cut to
EXT/INT – PARAN’S – DAY/MORNING The car of of police
charge) gets down, door.
constables, knocks at
opens it. OC gets in with his companions. OC We want to search all rooms. Paran (Calmly)
May I know the reasons? OC According to our information, you have connection with LA, the Liberation Armey. Paran (Irritated) What the hell are you talking about? Do you have a warrant? OC If we could do without a
warrant, you would have seen us at least three days
anymore. He only watches. In the mean time some constables get in another adjoing room
and come room and come out in futile. They search all
places in this room for clue, under the bed, the bucket of rubbish. Then he asks Paran
to open the book shelves. OC Open the book shelves.
Paran gets the key from his pocket and unlock the door of the book shelves. They search At in last the rows of
joists and then pull up the table cloth. fail. But OC their looks all at
Paran irritatedly. Paran Did you get anything? OC
Don’t you think you are lucky enough? Paran (Readily) I’m in hurry. I
have to go to school. If you are done, you may go. I’m
sorry. OC gets out Paran with shuts his the
ROOM/FLOWER-BED – NIGHT Keya has been sitting on the flower-bed (wedding bed that
is adorned with flowers) with her legs spread along. She is in traditional Suman, and Hindu in bridal bridal sits by
her and rubs gently her feet which is adorned with ‘alta’ (red colour) and mehendi.
Suman Feeling sad for home? Keya slowly ‘nods her head to deny. Suman asks again. Suman Then? Keya I have got a headache. Suman Why don’t you sleep? Keya Won’t you?
Suman Of course, you sleep. I am
coming in two minutes. Suman gets up and goes to
window. He gets a packet of cigarette & lighter from the pocket picks of out by his a punjabi. piece flapping He of the
packet with lips and hangs it in between out lips. the Then he and
keeps the packet and lighter in one hand and Keya looks looks gets out at
window. She the
going to Suman.
his chest from behind. Suman smiles. Keya takes the
cigarette from his lips. She smokes and coughs once. Then, she throws it away. Now, she takes the packets of
his hand and throws it on the bed. Slowly she takes followed enjoys rubs off by
Suman’s banyan. smile.
punjabi Suaman Keya
chests exactly the way Suman was rubbing Then and her she feet pulls him – him to
fall on the bed. Sitting on the bed Suman catches her
waist and tries to kiss her
further as if she tells him to lie. He lies on the bed. Keya She rides picks on up and his the the abdomen. packet of
She hangs a cigarette between her lips. Suman her LIPS takes hand. and the She her
lighter looks look chest towards at
Suman’s leans The
ignites the lighter to light up the cigarette, Keya’s hanging The
cigarette drops down suddenly and Keya looks at it
critically with the flame of lighter, lips. kindling by her
INT - RAJU’S ROOM - NIGHT We see a same kind of flame of a lighter exactly at the same that the position. Raju has We been He discover holding a
corner of the invitation card that Keya has given him with the flame we of see fire. On the WEDS
SUMAN’ is printed. Raju sits on heels. The card is on
fire. Raju gets up and turns to the bed. of He Keya gets from the the
fold of mattress. He looks at it once and then throws it in fire. the We see one corner of
Raju sees with unclosed eyes sitting only on the bed. We see the
reflection of fire in it. He suddenly fire. We bends see towards again the the
now a bit more burnt. Raju’s right hand picks it up from the fire. He shakes and flaps at it to make the portion
that has already become ash, fall down. Then he puffs on it. Again puts the photograph under the mattress and takes out a glossy lifestyle
magazine with a picture of a model outfit in on provoking the cover. skimpy Raju
lies tilted with
slightly head starts the filled
supporting hand. He (of are
turning magazine) with images
sensually of girls.
provoking He stops
browsing and concentrates on a page. We move MORE TOWARDS that page to find hat it is. We concentrate on a
particular picture with Raju. The girl in the picture was
picture and the girl in the picture becomes animated. The girl water. agony. body SINKS She We DOWN closes see her into eyes face the in and
into blood red. She continues sinking down in FATHOMLESS
depth of water. The colour of her blood. slowly Then SMUDGES her whole into body
becomes red and then a lump of blood. Loosing the shape
it started DIFFUSING into the water. We feel A PAIN in our eyes because slowly the whole image opens supine rubs gets his and his BLURRED. eyes. looks eyes He Raju turns He
finger and thumb. Cut to
INT – MINATI AND SUDHIR’S BED ROOM – DAY We see “20 MARCH’’ written on the screen. Sudhir, wearing a white banyan and trousers,
has been sleeping on the bed. We see a clock kept on the table by the bed. We notice it’s 2’ O clock. Beside the clock there is another thing, a hanker chief, on the table. Cut to
EXT-STREET 3 – DAY We see Raju comes along the street suddenly he
accelerates and moves out. INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – DAY Chameli applies in collyrium her eyes of a
(eye-shadow) standing mirror. behind mirror. in We and
front see eyes her on
Chameli with a grimace)
(Redicules ‘You will
marry me! Huh?’ What you feed me?
Samir has been lying on the bed. Now, he gets up. Samir Don’t you love me? Chameli turns back and comes to Samir. She starts tying
her hair with a rubber band. Chameli Love! Chameli is not a fool. I can not give you a chance to steal my ornaments.
Samir (Gets up and angry) what? Cut to EXT – CHAMELI’S ROOM / DOOR, LANE – DAY We from see Raju EAVESDROPPING as if he is
just about to knock the door. Then we see Raju looks at his wrist watch frequently as if he is in a great gets hurry. anxious
open the door and goes out. We see from a distance that Raju hides under a shade
beside Chameli’s house. Samir gets out. Then Raju rushes
into Chameli’s room. Cut to
INT – CHAMELI’S ROOM – DAY Raju shuts the door and turns back to Chameli. Raju Give me the gun, quick
please? Chameli Why are you always in hurry? Chameli and Raju her. moves to her before nearer trunk it. to the
trunk with key. She opens it.
beside. at his
again. He is a bit tensed and sweating. Raju (Tensed) Shit, it’s already
two thirty. Chameli looks for the gun in the other crowd of in clothes her and
trunk. all that almost
Chameli’s aside and
swoops up. He opens the sack and gets the gun and bullets. He the loads wrest the of gun and keeps inside all
these carefully. At last Raju inserts the gun in his waist concealed under shirt chameli comes and stands in front of him. Chameli What are you going to do? Raju
(Inserts the gun in waist) I will tell you later. Raju grasps steps his ahead; shirt and Chameli pulls
him. Raju looks at his watch.
Raju What’s up? Chameli Can’t you wait a second? Raju (Looks at watch) please tell quickly.
Chameli (Looks down) I have been
elected as the representative of this red light to area and
to join a convention. Suddenly Raju holds her face and gives a quick kiss on her lips and says. Raju I really don’t have enough
time. I will hear all these later, see you.
almost no volume we only see her lips’ movement. This time her smile is but joyfully not
experienced mysterious. Chameli (Smiles) Bye.
EXT – ROAD / SUDHIR’S HOUSE, ALLEY – DAY Raju other see and side Gopal of the reach road. the We at
the opening of the alley. Two people woman, among starts whom one is a
near the opening end. Both of them are in causal shirts and trousers. (Raju, go The and rest other inside four two) the
alley. opening Gopal the
the and in have They watch
has middle the and
standing rest end. and
surroundings. Cut to
BEDROOM – DAY We hear snore through out.
The clock on the table slows
in the same position. We move to Sudhir sleeping on the bed almost exactly We in see the an Keya same open comes
posture. inter-room in; she
door. is in
trousers and kurta. She wakes Sudhir by pushing on his
Keya Dad, it’s already past three, you said you would go
somewhere. Snore eyes stops. in Sudhir or opens sleep
and gets up quickly. Cut to EXT – THE ALLEY – DAY We see from the opening end. Raju looks through the
balusters of the railing and Gopal, behind him, watches
there. on the
Gopal back Raju
suddenly of Raju
pricks with a
turns head and looks up and immediately he turns back to Gopal. They pretend to walk
along. We see an unknown man notices them and goes away
along the alley. He looks at them looks Then once at again. him he for Raju a also
the opening end shows thumbs-
up when the unknown man, with eager-to-know disappears. Cut to eyes,
INT – SUDHIR’S DRAWING ROOM – DAY Sudhir is ready in punjabi
and dhoti to go to join the rally. He opens the door and shouts at security guards. Sudhir Guys, I am ready. (Shouting)
LAWN – DAY Two having white constables a car nap have in been
the gate. They wake and run out. They open the gate and we hear the sound of their sound
continues when we see Raju’s
face looking through the gap between balusters. The sound of boots stops and we see
feet of a guard of course in boots. feet Then we see out hear Sudhir’s of the
sweet singing. We see, then… Raju’s picks waist out from the where he
Cuckoo stops singing. We see one after another Raju’s
determined relaxed face.
The girl’s and then the other three persons’ (guarding two
ends) curious face. Cut to
INT – MINATI AND SUDHIR’S BED ROOM- DAY …and we see Keya’s BUSY face. Then we see the handkerchief lying on the table beside the clock. One of Keya’s hands
picks up the hanky. Keya Oh, God, again he forgot the hanky.
WALK IN THE LAWN – DAY We see from the gate sudhir coming with two guards. Keya opens the door. We see keya’s face calling him. Keya Dad. Sudhir looks back. Keya shows the hanky raising right hand and comes ahead to him. Keya Won’t you take the hanky?
EXT – THE ALLEY – DAY Raju points the gun through
the gap between balusters and cocks. We see through the gap between balusters Sudhir
taking the hanky from Keya’s hand. there Sudhir. Two on One body both of guards sides them are of
down a bit to set his boot right giving space to shoot
hear Samir’s voice and at the sametime sound of firing. Samir (Not seen) Raju! What’s up? We see Raju turns his face to look at samir. Samir suddenly gets frightened and tries to look behind. The man, who was in the opening a end, hits Samir We
Samir falls hear
with down sound
immediately. of their
feet and right at this moment a security guard jumps down, near body, He Samir’s unconscious
exceeding the railing. Samir groaning in
pain asks. Security guard Which way they went? Cut to
EXT – THE WALK IN THE LAWN – DAY Another guard and Sudhir
carry Keya toward the gate in hurry. Minati comes running
at them. She gets shocked and starts crying. We see Keya’s mouth soaked with froth. The hanky FIST. Cut to falls down from her
YARD – DAY We see the open door of the kitchen Anjali, and comes Raju’s out mother, some
used utensils. Raju’s father, sitting on the courtyard with his props, smokes a bidi (one sort of to cheap enjoy a Indian short
rest in the middle of work. Cut to
We see a bus COMES near and ‘KOLKATA’ down left is written corner on of the the
looking glass. Cut to
INT NOON We
sitting by the window and she turns her face to look at
INT – HOSPITAL, OT – NIGHT Keya has on been bed lying inside A the the
unconscious operation doctor bullet
(OT). get into
joint between right hand and shoulder, out in an
operation. A nurse gives the doctor a scissor. Cut to
INT – POLICE STATION, JAIL – NIGHT OC slaps Samir, Samir is
frightened and dishevelled on a chair. OC What did you see? Samir Ra…. Raju… OC What Raju did?
Samir Raju … Raju shot. The telephone on the table
rings OC comes and picks up.
IN – HOSPITAL, OUTSIDE O.T. – NIGHT We see O.T. is written on a door. Minati has been sitting on a bench…. pressing With on her mouth,
Sudhir strolls and talks over cell-phone. Sudhir Ramesh? Cut to Hello,
INT – POLICE STATION – NIGHT We do not Only to hear we what hear Sudhir Sudhir what OC
telephone. OC Sudhir OC Raju shot. Sudhir It’s Raju, Yes, Sudhir.
OC not a
guess you were their target. Sudhir OC Yes….Liberation Army. Sudhir Yes, yes, we
are just about to leave. When Raju gets caught, everything will be clear. Cut to
VARANDAH – NIGHT Raju, Paran, Gopal and the
together in the veranda with a at kerosene an lamp. Raju looks
hopelessly. Paran now police has got to By know
about Raju. Unknown woman He must
cross the border. Our people
will take him to the training camp. Cut to
EXT – A RIVER – DAWN We see a boat, coming towards us, start the from behind rower. We
keeping We see
boat and been
Gopal have rower. more
another sitting we move we
stranger by a the bit
other end embracing his bent knees by two hands. We keep moving round. When we reach
just opposite to the initial position with i.e. we face stop Now to face
moving we move
TOWARDS Raju. We see clearly Raju’s unknown We stop eyes looking at an
helplessly. and the
it becomes a point.
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