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Script by Sudhanshu Vij
Story by Malvika Gupta
INT. ORPHANAGE - DAY
It's just one cramped, mouldy room, filled with around 20 (15 guys, 5 girls) children, from the age group of 10 to 17. Not very airy, or well-lit, with two WINDOWS being the only source of natural light. There's a CURTAIN acting as a partition running down the middle of the room, dividing it into the areas for girls and boys. The walls are a pale yellow, and the flooring is rough concrete. Littered allover are BED SHEETS, moonlighting for mattresses. The room is devoid of any furnishing, except a WOODEN SHELF near the DOOR, which houses everyone's "belongings" and a SINGLE BED on the opposite end. Spare CLOTHES and UNDERGARMENTS are either littered on the floor, or hanging from NAILS on the wall.
In the middle of the room, about 5 boys, aged 13, some dressed in faded, tattered T-SHIRTS and SHORTS, and some in just SHORTS, are brawling over a TRAIN. 5 of the older boys are laughing and egging them on, occasionally stepping in to side with their "favorite".
One boy is on the BED, looking out of one of the two WINDOWS, out at the STREET. We'll call this boy KID#l.
The rest of the guys are littered allover the room, all reading HINDI BOOKS and all but one dressed very shabbily. The one smartly dressed boy is JAI, our protagonist. He is wearing a faded BLUE SHIRT, buttoned right to the top, neatly tucked in to NAVY BLUE SHORTS. His hair is well oiled and side parted. He is sitting on the floor, wedged tightly into the corner between the BED and the wall.
On the other side of the CURTAIN, not visible to us, the girls are either sewing or reading HINDI BOOKS.
Choudhary ki gaadi aa gayi hail Woh mem bhi hai uske saath.
JAI looks up a bit, and a faint hint of a smile creeps onto his face.
Abbey kutton, ladna band karo, warne woh tumhari maarlega! Sab shaant ho jaao. Hup!
KID#l climbs down from the bed too, and picks up his BOOK.
All the warring boys start disbanding, straightening their clothes up, looking for their BOOKS. One of them saunters along instead of running frantically. This is NAGA. The TRAIN is finally left with one very vindictive looking boy.
NAGA, 17 years old, and much feared as the bully, picks up a MAGAZINE from under the SHELF. He starts walking towards JAI, who is back to reading his BOOK, rather menacingly, like a shark approaching its prey. A simple minded and honest fellow, JAI is more often than not NAGA's target. Everyone looks up from whatever they're doing, and start following NAGA's movement. NAGA's flipping through his MAGAZINE while walking, and for the first time we realize that it's an ENGLISH PORN MAGAZINE.
NAGA reaches JAI and brusquely thrusts the open MAGAZINE into his face.
NAGA Nangi aurat dekhega?
JAI tries looking away, but NAGA grabs JAI by the top of his head, messing up his hair, and forces him to look.
NAGA (CONT'D) Dekh leo Maza ayga.
Just then, a key is turned, and the DOOR opens. NAGA lets go of JAI. A portly, grumpy looking man, wearing a grey SAFARI SUIT enters, followed by a smartly dressed woman carrying a large-ish POLYBAG. The man is CHOUDHARY, and the woman is SIMI. JAI looks up at them, specifically SIMI, following every movement of hers. NAGA too turns back, following JAI's gaze. At seeing SIMI, his mischievous smiles turns a little bigger.
SIMI motions to pick up a REGISTER from the SHELF.
CHOUDHARY (CONT'D) Arre, chhodiye aaj. Mein aapki entry kar doonga. Dekhiye, bachche aapka intezaar kar rahe hain.
NAGA turns around, and in one swift motion, throws the MAGAZINE into JAI's lap and slinks away a distance.
JAI, straightening his hair with his fingers, to his horror realizes that he has the MAGAZINE on his lap. He throws it behind the BED.
CHOUDHARY crosses the CURTAIN a bit, and motions for the girls to also come into the boy's area. The girls come in one orderly file.
The boys are also all standing by this point.
CHOUDHARY (CONT'D) (to the children)
Bachchon, madam ko namaste karo.
Aao. Sab ek line mein khade ho jaao. Aaj madam chocolates laaye hain.
The kids make one line, with the predictable pushing and shoving. NAGA end up right in the front without even having to fight, just by virtue of being the bully. The girls are right at the end, just behind JAI.
SIMI starts taking out CHOCOLATES from the POLYBAG and handing them to the children. Soon enough, JAI's turn comes. She takes one look at JAI and-
(in slightly accented Hindi)
Kya baat hai aaj, Jai? Bade smart lag rahe ho ...
JAI just smiles shyly and leaves, returning to his corner and burying himself in his BOOK. He is evidently very self conscious. He peeks up from his BOOK again, and sees SIMI handing a CHOCOLATE to the last of the girls. This is PYAARI, JAI's one friend in the orphanage.
SIMI then looks up, notices him looking at her, and flashes a friendly smile at him. JAI quickly hides behind his BOOK again.
Madam aaye, mere office mein chalte hain. Cooler hai udhar.
CHOUDHARY escorts SIMI out, and the room again descends into chaos.
JAI slinks away towards the CURTAIN, being careful to avoid NAGA's eye.
He reaches a gap in the CURTAIN, and then peaking just a little around it-
PYAARI, who is around JAI's age, looks up. Seeing JAI, she comes over to the CURTAIN.
Jhaadi ke peechche mil mujhe. Doh minute mein.
EXT. COURTYARD - FEW MINUTES LATER
There's a courtyard right outside the room. There are HEDGES along its perimeter, and a few feet further along, there's a BARB WIRE FENCE.
It is between the HEDGE and the FENCE that we now find JAI. He sees PYAARI come walking leisurely along. He motions for her to come more quickly. PYAARI reaches him. One of the BUTTONS of her DRESS has come a little loose.
PYAARI Idhar kyun bolaya hai?
JAI motions at her to close her BUTTON. While PYAARI's looking down and closing it-
pyaari, mujhe pyaar ho gaya hail
PYAARI looks up a little coyly at him, her BUTTON now forgotten, hope in her expression.
PYAARI (expecting it to be her)
JAI woh jo mem hai.
PYAARI bites back her disappointment, and-
Woh? Chudail hai woh, chudail! Bachchon ko kaatke kha jaati hai woh!
JAI (taken aback) Aise mat bolo
Nahin manta? Uske ghar chalke dekh leo
Hunh. Aaj raat ko, dekh lenge phir.
(trying to cover up) Magar mujhe nahin pata ki woh kahan rahti hai.
Us register mein sub kuchch likha rahta hai.
Aur nikalenge kaise hum, janaab?
Mujhe pata hai Choudhary chaabi kahan rakhta hai. Waise, itna sawal kyun? Tu dar gayi kya?
Nahin. Main kyun daroongi? Aaj raat ko mil phir.
And she leaves.
INT. ORPHANAGE - NIGHT
Everyone's asleep. CHOUDHARY is sleeping on the BED. All others are on the ground.
JAI gets up, and tip toes past the CURTAIN. Emerges with PYAARI. They both go to the SHELF and open the REGISTER.
Just then, a voice whispers in JAI's ear-
Kuchch dhoondh raha hai kya?
JAI turns around, startled.
Itna shor macheyga toh kya hoga? Us mem ka pata dhoondh raha hai na tu?
NAGA (CONT'D) English mein hai register mein. Tereko samajh nahin aayega. Main tereko padhke bata deta hoon.
Tu kabse itna achcha ban gaya?
Nahin bataoon? shor macha doon? Chaudhary ko jagaoon?
A mischievous smile comes on NAGA's face.
Pehle tu batao Tu us mem ko nanga dekhna chahta hai na?
JAI gets angry and motions to hit NAGA.
NAGA (CONT'D) uh-huh. shor macha doonga mein. Mujhe bata de, aur mein tujhe bata doonga.
JAI bows his head down slightly. PYAARI looks at JAI expectantly. JAI looks up at NAGA, wanting to say something, but not having the courage to. PYAARI face starts betraying a sliver of doubt. JAI opens his mouth to speak and we-
EXT. SIMI'S HOUSE - HALF AN HOUR LATER
JAI and PYAARI are outside a bungalow, hiding in some HEDGES. The light is on in the ground floor. JAI is trying to avoid looking at PYAARI.
Just then, a CAR draws up at the gate. SIMI and a man get out. SIMI is visibly sloshed, and is being helped by the man. They pass the spot where the children are hiding.
Arre, mujhe yeh bataao, hamari shaadi pe sharaab hogi ki nahin? Mein punjabi, tum Jain. Sharaab hogi ki nahin?
The man tries shutting her up, but SIMI still keeps babbling about booze.
Bola tha naa, woh chudail hai?
PYAARI looks at JAI. His head is still bowed down. PYAARI lifts it up. JAI's got a tear running down his cheek.
PYAARI (CONT'D) Chal koi baat nahin. Ho gaya. Idhar aa.
Gives him a hug.
PYAARI (CONT'D) Abhi bhi log hain jo teri parwah karte hain. Samajh mein aayi?
PYAARI (CONT'D) Yeh nautanki band kar, aur wapas chal.
JAI wipes his tear. A silent determination has creapt into his face now.
Hum waapas nahin jaa sakte.
Naga. Woh kal tak sabko mem aur mere baaray mein bata dega. (MORE)
JAI (CONT'D) Chaudhary ko bhi. Hamare bhaagne ke baare mein bhi bata dega.
PYAARI Chaudhary tereko maar dalega!
Bahut kamina hai Naga. Mujhe pata hai woh yeh karega.
Ab kya karen?
Waapas jaa nahin sakte. Bhaag jate hain. Tu aur mein.
PYAARI looks at him.
JAI (CONT'D) Chal mere saath.
PYAARI is still uncertain.
Jo aaj maine Naga ko Mem ke baare mein bola, use bhool jaa. Woh tere saath nahin hoga. Mere liye parwah karti hai na?
JAI (CONT'D) Toh meri baat maan.
PYAARI nods uncertainly. Then gives him her hand. They emerge from the HEDGE, and disappear down the street, hand-in-hand, and we-
FADE TO BLACK.
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