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Good Night | Good Morning - Final Draft

Good Night | Good Morning - Final Draft

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GOOD NIGHT | GOOD MORNING By SHILPA RATHNAM SUDHISH KAMATH

SUDHISH KAMATH MADE iN MADRAS iNK!

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DEDICATION To Sir With Love, Photographs of Billy Wilder & K Balachander.

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INT.NYC CAB.NIGHT A shot of lights inside the tunnel as seen from a moving car as the radio tunes into a different frequency and we catch a bit of the radio announcement. RADIO ANNOUNCER Now we just have to deal with the cold and the wind for the party tonight at Times Square. High wind warning in effect till midnight acting with the real temperatures below zero. Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks says folks are already camped out in Times Square. It’s going to be freezing. It’s going to be jam packed (interrupted by radio noise) GIRL IN LATE TWENTIES inside the cab wipes the moisture off the window. She looks completely bored as RAY GUNTRIP’s Out of the Blue sung by TINA MAY plays on the radio. Lyrics for Out of the Blue: Out of the blue hear a song Swinging loud and true. Isn’t long for that song gets in to my head Can’t escape its too late that familiar hook, And a push and the phrases sing oh! it won’t go! Oh no, no, no! Songs that won’t let go. You’ll hear it again and again swinging loud and clear. Is it long cause that sweetest song gets in my ear - no, no, no! Cherish the old and the new as the singer said.

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Wasn’t long - ’cause your song got into my head, Don’t know why don’t know how But you captured me. And I’m hooked and you won’t let go - oh. baby no. Oh don’t let go. Songs that won’t let go. You’ll hear it again and again swinging loud and clear Isn’t long cause your sweetest song gets in my ear. No no no no. 3 EXT.NYC TRAFFIC.NIGHT More shots of NYC traffic moving at a slow pace as it snows down heavily and more credits roll in. 4 INT.COOPER’S TAVERN.NIGHT 4 3

At a round table close to the bar in a nondescript tavern, 30-YEAR-OLD HIPPIE-LOOKING JC is high on weed, 26-YEAR-OLD CLEAN-SHAVEN YUPPIE HUSSAIN is sipping directly from a can of Red Bull as TURIYA, 25-YEAR-OLD tries to stop his friend KARAN, who has passed out, from falling off the stool. 5 INT.NYC CAB.NIGHT GIRL gets out of the car and exits frame 6 EXT.TIMES SQUARE.NIGHT Shots of the festive New Year spirit - people skating, well-lit Christmas trees and a traffic light turns red at Times Square. More shots establishing the mood at Times Square - we see billboards, the clock suggests that it’s just around 11 with an hour to go for the party. We see a group of revelers gathered, waiting to watch the ball drop at Times Square. 7 EXT.COOPER’S TAVERN.NIGHT Girl strolls down a pavement as she spots a bar and walks right in. 7 6 5

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EXT.TIMES SQUARE.NIGHT The camera follows the balloons floating up at Times Square a few minutes before midnight.

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EXT.NYC SKYLINE.NIGHT New York looks all set for New Year’s Eve - a shot of the city skyline from across the Hudson.

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INT.COOPER’S TAVERN.NIGHT GIRL shuts out the world plugging in headphones into her ear and has a shot of Tequila. We briefly spot the guys JC, HUSSAIN, TURIYA & KARAN in the background.

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EXT.TIMES SQUARE.NIGHT Fireworks go off at Times Square and we see 2009 - Happy New Year on the display.

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Shots of people celebrating and wishing the camera "Happy New Year". We don’t hear them but we can read it on their face. People jump around in a huddle, some of them scream, wave and smile. Happiness is in the air. 12 EXT.NEW YORKER.NIGHT The GIRL looks to cross the street and decides to walk a little more as the camera pans up to establish Hotel New Yorker across the street. It’s still chilly as she walks into the hotel and we establish that she’s put up there. 13 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT 13 12

She walks into her room, puts the Do Not Disturb sign outside and closes the door, drops her bag and goes in to change. 14 EXT.TIMES SQUARE.NIGHT 14

The camera at Times Square catches hold of the four guys we earlier saw at the bar. HUSSAIN does not react to the camera, JC gives the guy holding the camera a hug and does something that causes the camera to shake violently and TURIYA pulls JC back, still trying to keep unconscious KARAN straight.

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The girl is on the bed fiddling with the remote. She catches a second of the festivities at Times Square before changing the channel and watches Marilyn Monroe kiss Tony Curtis (in SOME LIKE IT HOT - the Good Night, Good Morning scene minus the audio). The Clock reveals it’s 2.35 a.m. 16 EXT.CAR.NIGHT TURIYA shoves KARAN in the backseat as JC cuddles up to him and slams the back door of the car. He gets in as HUSSAIN drives off. 17 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT Back at the hotel room, the girl’s finally sleepy and turns the light off as Out of the blue comes to an end. 00:05:45 18 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT Blank screen as phone rings. The lamp comes back on. GIRL wakes up, looks at the clock. It shows a little over two five. She reaches out to the room phone just to stop it from ringing from across the bed. GIRL (impatiently) Yeah? CALLER (voice on phone) eh... 19 INT.CAR.NIGHT Cut to reveal CALLER, it’s TURIYA. TURIYA (hesitates) So, you are not a hooker. You are not a chick I could pick up at the bar obviously ... ’cause you had eight sets of guys hit on you all night and you still just sat there. You might have been five drinks but you spoke in perfectly (MORE) (CONTINUED) 19 18 17 16

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TURIYA (cont’d) beautiful sentences. You probably did get bored in your room and came down for a drink. What does that tell me .. I dont know. But.. (beat) My name is Turiya and guess what? Happy ... GIRL Oh, fuck off. As she slams the phone down, she barely hears him complete 20 INT.CAR.NIGHT TURIYA (beat) Thanks dudes. JC just continues to roll his joint and laughs. 00:06:15 21 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT 21 20

GIRL goes to fridge, drinks water. Heads back and tries to sleep. Turns the light off. 22 INT.CAR.NIGHT 22

HUSSAIN looks at KARAN who’s still asleep through the rear view mirror and not budged from the previous position. HUSSAIN Will you look at this guy? That is sweet. You know what, you could have just stayed home if you were gonna pass out... You know what I mean... Boobs! TURIYA just looks out of the window with the phone still in his hand. 23 EXT.BEACH.DUSK Flash cut of a girl drowning 23

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GIRL sits up after the nightmare. It is still dark. She lies back as we hear sounds of her turning in bed restlessly. Light switches on. She sits up and looks at the clock. The time is now 2.32 a.m. She sits up on the bed. For the next ten seconds, she does nothing but think as all we hear is the sound of the clock. She decides to take the phone, presses Operator and waits. 00:07:15 25 INT.CAR.NIGHT 25

GPS dot blinks in the car and the phone rings as TURIYA realizes it’s his phone. The music is loud as he picks up the call nervously looking at the number and all he hears is a dead line. 26 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT 26

GIRL has just hung up her phone and wonders if she should call again. Her mobile rings and she does not know what to do. She walks to the couch, sits and picks up the call. Split screen to: 00:07:40 27 INT.CAR.NIGHT TURIYA Aah, I’m not usually this creepy but I had a little bit to drink and then JC introduced me to the prettiest girl I’ve seen.. this year. GIRL I’m flattered. Really. But which one of the eight sets of guys are you ? TURIYA The.. I guess 1.45 bunch GIRL Ah, the two guys and the dopehead. Which one of the two are you? TURIYA Oh, I’m the cute one. My friend’s always grumpy. 27

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CONTINUED: HUSSAIN Kiss my ass. TURIYA (glares at his friend and takes his hand off the mouthpiece and talks again) How did you get my number? I’m glad that you called. Why did you call? I’m glad... GIRL Insomnia.Jet lag.Quarter-life crisis. TURIYA Ah! So you are in need of my entertainment services then. GIRL Well considering you woke me up in the middle of the night just as I had fallen asleep, I guess that does make you responsible to entertain me or put me back to sleep. TURIYA Oh you are in luck then... because when I entertain people they fall right back asleep. GIRL Which is good enough. TURIYA So what can I do... I can play some music. Do you want to listen or something. 00:08:40

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He looks for music from the tie-box near the car stereo as she’s comfortably parked on the couch sideways, her legs suspended in the air. GIRL You know I have an IPOD here and a TV set. What I really want to hear about is that bit where you said you saw the prettiest girl that you ever seen and I am going to forget you said this year. TURIYA Ah yeah. She was gorgeous, she had the most beautiful eyes and she was hot. (CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: GIRL What do you mean hot? TURIYA Hot, you know hot. GIRL No, I don’t know. TURIYA Actually she was just Okay... I mean she was like ... I am just kidding. She looked really beautiful and I am sure if she just took a little better care of herself it would be impossible for anybody to take their eyes off of her. GIRL What do you mean I don’t take care of myself?

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She gets up to walk towards the mirror just to check herself out, still listening to him intently... Her hand baggage lies in the foreground. TURIYA No, it’s New Year’s Eve and there you were sitting alone swigging shots of tequila wearing an overcoat that screamed "Leave me alone, I’m boring". It was written all over you that you did not want to look pretty tonight. GIRL And what would I wear if I wanted to look pretty? TURIYA What would you wear if you wanted to look pretty... JC Speaker dude... Speaker. TURIYA What do you have? GIRL Oh... Okay, Let me look. I have a dull gold mid length sequined dress,a Moroccan tunic, beige corset, a coupla tees, jeans and you know G string. (CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: TURIYA I am sorry... What?? GIRL What ? TURIYA What... Yeah, what is a sequin? GIRL Never mind. 00:09:40

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She puts the clothes back in the bag and walks towards the cupboard to shove it in and shuts the door, still listening to him. TURIYA You know why don’t you wear a corset. I think that is body hugging some sort of thing. GIRL Really? How long have you seen me? All of a minute? TURIYA Yes but you had my full attention. GIRL Well, I like that. So how often do you drunk dial random strange women? TURIYA How often do you call back random weirdos? GIRL First time. TURIYA Ah virgin random weirdo-caller backer. GIRL You haven’t answered. TURIYA Virgin drunk-dialer. GIRL Well Mr. Virgin drunk-dialer, where are you? He looks out to figure out how far he is. (CONTINUED)

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TURIYA I’m at the I can’t wait to break the ice with you stage. GIRL Go on. TURIYA So what’s your name? You haven’t told me that yet. GIRL Oh, you can call me anything you like. I’m yours for the night, honey. 00:10:20 She leans back on her bed, and settles down to flirt but with a little sarcasm in her tone. TURIYA In that case, I’m not telling you my name either. GIRL Turiya. And your friend’s name is HUSSAIN and the other one said his name doesn’t matter TURIYA Thats JC. But wait a second, I thought you didn’t remember which sets of guys we were. GIRL Okay, So you were the only set of guys to hit on me tonight. TURIYA Oh! Just one of those nights huh... No, no but seriously what is a girl like you doing alone on New Year’s Eve? That’s lame... Alright its OK... I guess GIRL Travelling. TURIYA Who travels on New Year’s Eve? 00:10:40 She gets up restlessly and walks to fetch the menu on the table, wondering if she should call room service.

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GIRL Someone who doesn’t like New Year’s. TURIYA (sensing she has unpleasant memories) Travel to forget about it, huh? GIRL Well, I have to get back in Mumbai by the 2nd and actually my connecting flight got late so I have a stop over for eight hours. TURIYA Oh! So this is kind of like a one night stand huh? GIRL I thought guys liked one night stands. She flips the menu, not really interested in it... TURIYA Not over the phone. GIRL Okay, curious... what would you have done if I had joined you at the bar? TURIYA Spiked your drink? Just kidding. Just kidding.. Just kidding.. I would have asked you your name of course... Not crazy. She chucks the menu next to her laptop as his eyes light up with excitement of having broken the ice finally. GIRL Ok. Let’s say my name’s Nona. TURIYA Nona... What sort of a name is Nona? JC Stripper name. GIRL What sort of a name is Turiya? Is that even real?

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TURIYA Ya. It’s the absolute truth. She opens the laptop, and types in Turiya in the Google homepage. GIRL In what language? TURIYA I don’t know. You have to ask Mr.Omprakash about that. Think I should sue? He was the one who gave me that. GIRL Omprakash? TURIYA That’s my Dad. JC Daddy... Daddy GIRL (typing it on her laptop) It means the fourth state of consciousness. TURIYA Ha! The other three are sitting right next to me in the car. Thank God the sober one is driving. GIRL Driving to where? 00:11:30 She gets up again deciding she wants to change into something sexier. TURIYA Philly GIRL What’s going on there? He decides it is uncomfortable to hold on to the phone and slips in his bluetooth headphone. TURIYA My life. I am a male escort. Experienced women dig me. They get laid. I get paid.

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GIRL And I’m a stripper from Vegas and a noted porn star. TURIYA In that case, you get my entertainment services for free from now on. He’s still trying to adjust his headset that keeps slipping off his ear and decides to finally just switch on the hands free. GIRL Tempting but I’ll pass. GIRL I’m not really a stripper in case you didn’t get that. I just landed a corporate job that is going to pay me obscene amounts of money. TURIYA Aah man that’s too bad. I was looking forward to coming to Vegas and being in your pole. He looks pleased with himself about the line and looks at his buddies and beams proudly. GIRL Just a pole? God I thought you’d want to be more actively involved. Well why don’t you suggest something else for me to wear. As she slips into an old T-shirt, JC breaks to trance to answer her. JC Lingerie... G string TURIYA For that, I have to look in your lingerie (searching for the right word) compartment! (he instantly knows he said something stupid) GIRL You wish. Hang on... She realizes the hot tight T-shirt isn’t comfortable enough and decides to wear something that’s more comfortable - maybe a spaghetti, something to make herself feel younger.

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TURIYA What are you doing? GIRL I’m just changing my top. It’s too tight. TURIYA Okay, you shouldn’t have told me that. GIRL Why not? TURIYA Because when you tell a guy that you are changing your top a guy pictures you changing your top. We see everything.. GIRL So did you like what you saw? JC Tasty. 00:12:45 TURIYA puts it back to Handset mode, quite irritated with JC for ruining the flow as HUSSAIN bursts out laughing unable to control... GIRL Thanks JC. So is this a telephonic orgy? TURIYA I changed it back... GIRL It’s alright. I went to high school too. So did you like what you saw? She looks at herself in the mirror again to judge for herself. TURIYA To tell you the truth, I didn’t see much. GIRL What do you mean you did not see much?

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CONTINUED: TURIYA I had my eyes closed. GIRL Isn’t that exactly how you guys picture naked women? TURIYA Ok... This is the first time I am doing something like that. GIRL (laughs) Oh you poor boy. That’s ok. I have got enough experience for the both of us.

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She sits on the chair facing the backrest, ready to wear her seductress hat. TURIYA I don’t really want to have an orgy, a threesome.. phone sex HUSSAIN What? I cant hear you. You want to have sex with all three of us now you sick bastard? JC Dude! I got a dead body back here. My hands are full. GIRL (laughs) I wasn’t implying phone sex Mr. Virgin drunk dialer or is it Mr. I have never done this before? TURIYA Ah! Boy... (nervous laugh) Well it looks like it is going to snow. GIRL Oh my God! You are a .. Virgins do exist? You know if you worked for my escort company, I would’ve your ass fired a long time ago. TURIYA I have a bad feeling about the weather you know ... GIRL I bet you do Virgin Boy. How old are you?

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CONTINUED: TURIYA Tell me your name. GIRL Don’t change the subject. TURIYA Ok. I’m gay... I’m gay... I’m gay HUSSAIN So gay. GIRL Alright. Too much information for a one night stand. 00:13:45

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The boys have just passed a restaurant that’s closed. JC You got to pull over, man. I got the munchies real bad. I could eat a horse. An ostrich. A piece of ass. TURIYA (laughs) We’re hungry. We should’ve eaten at the bar. All of us. Are you hungry too? GIRL Ya.. Me too. Let me see what’s on the fridge She gets up to walk towards the fridge. TURIYA Ya.. Get something for me too please. GIRL Slim pickings. There is a long banana here. I bet you would like that TURIYA No, I am more of a melons guy. I like melons. GIRL Ouch!! That’s below the belt. TURIYA What are you talking.. Wait a second. Now I wasn’t trying to say.. (CONTINUED)

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GIRL Well we know what you really meant. It’s ok. I don’t have melons. TURIYA No, no... I wouldn’t know anything about that. GIRL About what? TURIYA About you know... you know GIRL Boobs? TURIYA Well... I wouldn’t know what... No I dont know ... GIRL Oh you poor boy. Would you like a preview? TURIYA Look that’s not what I meant.. I wasn’t talking.. GIRL Right! You said I was hot. You said I should wear a corset.What does that mean? That means you checked me out. TURIYA No no’.. I was just saying it just like that. You know.. Just words... GIRL So then I am not hot. TURIYA No... GIRL So tell me. TURIYA Tell you what? GIRL Do you think I am hot.

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CONTINUED: TURIYA Ya.. GIRL So, what did you mean you prefer Melons. TURIYA I just was saying it coz I liked.. GIRL You could’ve said mangoes or apples or oranges ... I mean why did you say Melons. Who thinks of Melons? TURIYA I do. I like Melons. I have always liked Melons since the time I was a kid. I liked watermelon, wintermelon, muskmelon. I like jackfruit. I like honeydew, cantaloupe. I like them all I mean.. It was nothing to do with you or your physicality. I wasn’t even talking about your physicality. GIRL So my physicality has nothing to do with Melons. TURIYA What is the right answer to this? I don’t even know.. How do I answer this? GIRL The truth. The absolute truth. TURIYA I like Melons and I think I need another look. GIRL So you admit there was a first look. TURIYA Oh boy you should have been a lawyer. You would have been a great lawyer. GIRL Thank you. But answer me. You admit you looked.

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CONTINUED: TURIYA Yeah I looked. GIRL And... TURIYA And they are nice. They are perfect. They are beautifully round and gorgeous globes. GIRL On a scale of 1 to 10? TURIYA Eight. GIRL Eight. Why eight? TURIYA Well because I like the number eight. There is two round things that is together... GIRL I like that. Ok rapid fire question time. What’s on your mind? TURIYA Actually you first. What is on your mind? 00:15:30 She goes back to the fridge to raid the chocolates. GIRL I’m thinking they are fine too. And I’m thinking I would love to have some Waffles with White chocolate and maple syrup fresh from the oven. TURIYA Oh ya.. Or mint and chocolate huh? I love that. Do you? GIRL Mint and Chocolate. I love that. After eight. TURIYA No anytime of the day. My friends.. they got me for my birthday Baileys Mint Chocolate.

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He decides to play something for her and reaches for his CD album from the glove box as she decides to open her bag again and pull out the bottle of wine. GIRL No But seriously, I love liqueur. I’m not saying that just in a please be my friend kind of way. But I can just picture myself sinking into a tub full of Creme De Menth. She settles down to begin the uncorking of the bottle. TURIYA Now I can picture you doing that too. Remember? GIRL So how old are you? You didnt tell me. TURIYA You didn’t tell me your name. GIRL Do you remember that movie where two strangers spend the entire night in the streets of Vienna and just talk ?. TURIYA Before Sunrise!. Its my favourite movie. I love that movie. Hey maybe we’re doing this because we saw them do that, right? GIRL Okay, that’s lame. He suspends browsing the CD album to explain enthusiastically as she is occupied trying to uncork the wine bottle. (CONTINUED)

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TURIYA No wait. Just hear me out. Everything we see in the movies, read in books, things established as facts by society and the news, all become a part of our existence so that somewhere down the line we forget where we even heard it or saw it. So the entire length of the movie Before Sunrise, I have been in Ethan Hawke’s shoes. I have lived his life. I have become that. GIRL Oh God! Somebody thinks he’s Ethan Hawke. She’s finally uncorked the bottle. TURIYA No, no wait wait.. You have seen When Harry Met Sally. You must have thought you were Meg Ryan when you watched the movie. GIRL I got it the first time. You are not Billy Crystal short either are you ? He’s found the perfect album for the situation. The Elizabethtown OST. TURIYA Elizabethtown - Cameron Crowe. It’s like he knows me. 00:16:50 She pours the wine into the glass and heads to take a seat by the window. GIRL Oh is he on the other line? Is that him on call waiting? TURIYA No Cameron Crowe is the director who made... GIRL Ya I know I know. Jerry Maguire. Its a cute rom com.

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TURIYA Aargh!!! Jerry MaFucking Guire is not a rom com. It is the celebration of being the man who you want to be. GIRL Which happens to be being the man we want him to be. Hence, it’s a rom com. TURIYA Oh God! So wait, according to you, The Godfather is some family soap drama and the Matrix is what some fashion show of black trench coat with technology thrown in or something like that. GIRL Just when i thought we were starting to have something in common. Anyone who likes the Matrix is suffering from a serious case of the Emperor’s New Clothes. She gets up to reach for the newspaper leaving her wine glass at the window and flips towards the crossword. TURIYA Oh, Anyone who doesn’t like the Matrix is suffering from Oh, Poor Me, I got left out of the cult, so let me bitch about it. She finds the crossword and as she’s reading the clues in her head, she challenges him. GIRL I dare you. Explain The Matrix to me in four lines. No more. No less. TURIYA Explain the Matrix in four line. It’s not that simple. JC (grabs the phone) Trinity, we need to find a hard line. HUSSAIN Look in your pants Mr.Anderson 00:17:40 (CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: TURIYA glares at the guys and takes the phone back. TURIYA Thanks Morpheus and Agent Smith or JC and Hussain. See Matrix has that effect on us. Think about it, we grew up in the nineties name a film that went to be the Star Wars or The Godfather of the nineties. You cant name one.The Matrix is the single most definitive film of our time. She’s found a clue meanwhile. GIRL Amore. I think Friends is the most single most definitive show of our times. TURIYA Well Friends... That whole sitcom, it was on TV. I am talking about film. The Matrix is deep and loaded like Star Wars. GIRL Stories are meant to be simple. No matter what kind of bells and whistles they come with. Harry and Sally. They meet. They become friends. Over time, they fall in love. Now explain The Matrix to me. 00:18:15

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He knows this is going to take a while but realizing he has very little leg space, he struggles to push his seat back as he continues talking to her. She starts coloring the crossword blanks. TURIYA The Matrix is not just a sci-fi action film. It’s about how everyone has a chance to search and find the truth and thats what Neo does. He has a chance to find the truth, he takes the pill and finds out thats the truth is a dream fabricated by someone else.. Hello... GIRL Blah Blah Blah... I said simplify in English. Oracle. Clones. Conflict. Bullshit.

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TURIYA Lets just agree to disagree that even the love stories are about conflict. GIRL The conflict being? TURIYA Well some loves flourish because of the conflict not in spite of it. Through all the disagreement and going through all the hardships together some loves become great love stories. GIRL Love stories also end because of conflict. TURIYA Hmmmmm... That’s kinda true but it might now have happened if not for the conflict. Are you in the mood for a story? GIRL Considering I am talking to a stranger about absolutely nothing sure, why not? Just throw in some sex and I’m good. TURIYA Aah... ok, here we go... There was a boy... 00:19:15 28 INT.GEEK’S HOUSE.NIGHT 28

Nat King Cole Nature Boy begins as we see the back of the head of a geek on his chair in front of a computer with five windows open. We quickly cut to the close ups of the windows.. Lyrics of Nature Boy There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy They say he wandered very far, very far Over land and sea... We see a BOY who just looks just like a geeky TURIYA. (Henceforth, referred to as GEEKY and she will be referred (CONTINUED)

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to as SASSY. The feel of this episode is Think of a geeky Chandler (Friends) with the other way and glasses trying to chat closes the windows one by one we see the dirty site. 00:19:30 29 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT GIRL Why is the geek always a guy? TURIYA Ok.. You’re interrupting. GIRL Come on, that’s a silly stereotype TURIYA Ok, fine... 30 INT.GEEK’S HOUSE.NIGHT

very nineties... his cap facing up Rachel). As he last one to be a

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We quickly cut to the close ups of the windows.. We see a girl who just looks just like a geeky GIRL. She closes the windows one by one we see the last one to be a dirty site. TURIYA See, it’s not working. GIRL Yeah, ok 00:19:55 Back to the visual of GEEKY on the phone with SASSY. 31 INT.SASSY’S ROOM.NIGHT She’s lazing around in her bed. SASSY So what kind of music do you like? GEEKY Techno SASSY That is sooo nineties 31

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GEEKY I used to like techno but now I like the other stuff. SASSY Like pop? GEEKY Yeah Yeah like pop SASSY That is so gay. GEEKY I know. SASSY I’m sorry but what kind of music do you like? GEEKY Rock... the new rock. SASSY Like Coldplay? GEEKY googles Coldplay nervously as tension builds. GEEKY Yeah, like that. SASSY I love them. Hey do you listen to Floyd? GEEKY You know I was gonna ask you the same question. SASSY I do actually. GEEKY Ah, so you are into boy bands too then. SASSY Pink Floyd is not a boy band. GEEKY But it is "PINK" isnt it... SASSY Not funny. So whats your favourite number. 00:21:10 (CONTINUED)

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Music takes over as we see GEEKY and SASSY talk on the phone for a while. SASSY It’s like you know me so well. Really. GEEKY Yeah well I know.. So when do we take it to the next level SASSY You can come over tomorrow if you want, Mom’s not gonna be home. GEEKY Ya I would love to come home tomorrow. That would be great. But what time because I am free all day. Its not like I don’t have a job or anything ’cause I do. I am very employable but I am free tomorrow all day. SASSY Ok GEEKY For now. 00:21:30 32 INT.SASSY’S ROOM.DAY 32

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GIRL (cont’d) accomplishment. Plus everybody wants a taste of the forbidden fruit. TURIYA Apples. GIRL Or in your case Melons. TURIYA Hey, do you believe in God, faith, destiny? Do you think God knows why things happen. GIRL I don’t think God knows. I mean what if God is reinventing as he goes on ? TURIYA I think God has a plan for us. He probably doesnt want us to know but he wants to roll it out to us in good time. JC I roll it out in good time. TURIYA I mean think about it religion was invented what about 2000 years ago but the full truth is about 13.7 billion.. GIRL There is no full truth. Everything would disappear if an asteroid hit us tomorrow. TURIYA Exactly, Dinosaurs...Gone. GIRL You know when I was a little girl I thought asteroid was a gland. She has finished quite a bit of the Sudoku and finished coloring the crossword by now and is already two glasses of wine down. TURIYA Because it rhymes with Thyroid ?

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GIRL I was so confused (laughs) TURIYA Back to religion. Actually have you studied accounting? GIRL No. 00:23:30 She gets up to pour herself another glass of wine and undoes her hair as he gets talking, during which HUSSAIN bored out of his wits, decides to softly turn on the radio. TURIYA Okay, in accounting, there’s something known as Suspense Account. When you can’t explain where the money’s gone and you are unable to balance the sheet, you create a suspense account temporarily and put all your money into that... so that once you investigate and find where the money is gone you can transfer the money from the suspense account to the actual account. Now as science starts explaining various phenomenon you immediately transfer credit from the God account to the Science account. So Let there be light becomes the Big Bang Theory... GIRL I love that TV show. Oh my god it’s about these geeks who live next door to a blonde waitress who works in a cheesecake factory. TURIYA Yeah. You know men are the smart ones. GIRL Well, yeah of course. You know we women we prefer to stay home and watch life happen in a little pictures while you big boys you are concerned about the big picture out there

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TURIYA Exactly. Us big boys. GIRL Kidding you jerk. Ever Heard of radium? Madame Curie. Helen Keller. Mother Teresa. TURIYA Ever heard of Britney Spears. Paris Hilton. Sex tapes GIRL Justin Timberlake. George Bush. Bill Clinton. TURIYA No why are you talking about our differences. We are all the same race. We are all born with the same raw materials... a little sperm, eggs, a little sex and weeks later, there’s this seven pound form of life that is ejected from a vagina. JC Vagina! TURIYA How different are we really ? GIRL I object. We could want different things. We could want different things from the same relationship. Like for example what if your geek boy wasnt geeky and what if the girl really liked him and what if they had a great honeymoon period getting to know each other but then things dont turn out so rosy TURIYA What do you mean? GIRL Do you want to hear a story. Straight from Bollywood. TURIYA Bollywood? 00:26:15

31. 34 EXT.BEACH.DAY KAJOL I.. SRK I love you. Shit.. I never thought I would say this to someone. But I.. I really love you. Shit.. I hope I get myself to say this to her. I wanted to say this to her so often but couldn’t get the courage and whenver I meet her I decide to, but.. somehow.. KAJOL Tell who ? SRK Tina.. who else. Lets do this again, I will be Rahul, you be Tina. Look up na... I love you KAJOL I love you too.. SRK She will say the same thing wont she ? KAJOL Ya SRK Come here. Shall I tell her ? Shall I go right now ? JANE is almost in tears but she stops them, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai music stops abruptly as she slaps him hard. KAJOL Do you really believe this shit you are selling me? I mean what did you.. You had no idea that I liked you all this time and you are just leading me on for this. I mean who do you think I am, some kind of doormat that you can just wipe your feet over everytime you come and go. Some sorry story who is gonna wait around for you and cry and come to your wedding and wish you all the best. Well you know what, fff... End of episode 2 as we get back to the phone conversation. 34

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00:28:00 35 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT GIRL People are different. Some times, they just want different things. TURIYA No, I’m talking about the bigger picture. You know life is much more than one or two failed relationships. We all want the same things... We all want happiness, love, family, friends... I’m sure you want love. HUSSAIN I’m sure you just want to get into her pants, dude. GIRL I heard that! No thank you. I’m done with romance. Besides I don’t think we have to take love out of one person to give it to another. Love is a bottomless glass. She gulps down her what’s left of her fourth glass of wine. TURIYA Oooh, so you are a sensualist. You like believe in free sex. That’s why you didn’t want to pay for it. GIRL I wasn’t talking about sex. All I am saying is that we need people. So why not just make great friends all over the world? Why do you need romance? TURIYA Well I do’nt know.’. life is short. We are all insecure. Love makes us feel secure, committed. GIRL I used to be you. You know when you call in a friend they are always there. It doesn’t matter if it has been eight years, it (MORE) (CONTINUED) 35

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GIRL (cont’d) doesn’t matter if it has been 20 years. They welcome you with open arms TURIYA Yeah, they may welcome you’ they may wanna have coffee with you, they may invite you in for dinner, they may even have you in for 2 weeks in their house but at the end of the day everyone goes their separate ways. But seriously, you don’t believe that there’s a love of your life? 00:29:00 She can hear the sound of drowning for a second in her head as she slips off the chair and nearly falls. She gathers herself, there’s a pause before she begins to answer that. GIRL No. I mean I used to. I used to think that the love of my life is a guy who made me nervous. Then I found out that Prince Charming only belongs in fairy tales. Some time after that I thought the love of my life was a guy who made me happy. Tall, Dark, Handsome, great sense of humour. Then I found out he belongs in Mills and Boons and your rom coms. Some years after that I thought it was just about finding Mr.compatible you Mr.Right for me. Then I found out people change and sometimes in a drastically pull the rug right out from under you kind of way. So change being the only constant I know now there is no such thing as a perfect match. The only person who is the love of my life is Me! TURIYA Wow! I think I’m more of a giver. I want to give everything to the love of my life. I want to give unconditionally. GIRL You are like a doormat right. The shoulder to cry... (CONTINUED)

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(she realizes she’s drunk) I’m sorry. I have no right judging you. TURIYA It’s okay. I mean guess I have thought about that too. Is giving all yourself to someone being a doormat? Love is a form of faith, its like a religion. You give unconditionally to someone. You make a commitment and then you hope that it pays dividends. GIRL What did that work for you? 00:30:00 She decides to go and lie down on the floor with her feet up on the bed (or lies down on the bed with her feet up on the wall) as TURIYA moves away from HUSSAIN trying to keep his voice levels down. TURIYA It took it eight years but she finally said Yes... It lasted one year. It was best thing to happen to me ever. GIRL And then? TURIYA And then she came up to me and she is like: You obviously love me more than I love you blah blah blah... Long story, we will talk about it later... but anyway I mean seriously I had enough love for both of us... GIRL No... That doesn’t work like that. It has to be equal. How would you like it if she did that to you.. TURIYA I would’ve loved it. It would have been perfect. GIRL No no no... You have to actually image switching places. If you were her and she was would that would that feel right. I don’t (MORE) (CONTINUED)

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GIRL (cont’d) think so. I mean in any relationship even a beautiful friendship people have to have to you know give equal effort. TURIYA Effort! Love should be easy. Its not about effort. Work is effort. GIRL Maybe it started becoming work for her. I don’t know I just think if things have to work out both people have to have equal intentions for each other. They have to meet halfway. TURIYA Halfway. Actually I think we are halfway from you. 50 miles right. 50 miles. GIRL So in that case if you and I had a long distance thing you would be the kind of guy who would travel 50 miles to see me and if I were the love of your life I would be like: Oh My God, why is he doing that. Please don’t do that. I can’t get myself to do that. Right ? TURIYA Are you talking about yourself or are you putting yourself in her shoes? GIRL Well, I’m speaking for her obviously. TURIYA Well, What about you? If we lived 100 miles away from each other, would you meet me halfway? GIRL I would come 50 miles but you know that’s just me. TURIYA Or we could meet each other 100 miles every other week.

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GIRL Long distance success stories are a work of fiction my boy. TURIYA Oh! Pessimist. GIRL Pessimist! You are the pessimist, I’m the optimist. I mean there’s so much love in the world why would you hold back for somebody who is away. No no people come and go and you know we are all meant to be companions for a little while or a longer while. TURIYA It could work if you wanted it to. GIRL I am sorry my boy but long distance relationships don’t work. She gets up and sits. TURIYA I don’t know what you’re thinking, I don’t know if you think I’m serious ’cause I am not. I mean its not like I am trying to pick you up or something? Not trying to make you fall in love with me over the phone. Long distance success... GIRL You are not? Though she sounds a little playfully drunk, she is taking him seriously. TURIYA No no... I don’t even know your name. Does it look like I want to? Does it look like I am interested? GIRL You are not? She’s offended but she doesn’t want him to know. She decides to make her bed. She also sobers up quite a bit.

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GIRL Hang on would you? I mean I didn’t even say I was interested and you are like rejecting already me. She puts the bottle of wine back and is all set to sleep. TURIYA What are you talking about?! I am not rejecting you. Who would reject somebody as hot and as intelligent as you are huh. Seriously. GIRL You know what I need to go to bed. TURIYA Oh is it something I said? GIRL Nooo! I don’t even know you enough to take offence to anything you say. I really don’t care. TURIYA Wait! hold on a sec... GIRL What’s the point? Give me one good reason and make it quick,I need to catch some zees. TURIYA No, I just think it is rather awkward for us to after this to long conversation to hang up so abruptly... I want to get to know you. GIRL I’m boring and I am tired and I have a lot of luggage. So I need to get to the airport early. Okay, but I don’t going TURIYA what about Facebook?... No don’t know your name and I know your email, how am I to find you?

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GIRL (cont’d) out. True happiness lies in pursuit of truth anyways right? TURIYA Must be something I said. GIRL Keep guessing. Good bye. TURIYA No, don’t say Good bye. Hello... GIRL (she cuts) Good bye. TURIYA Hello.. God bad connection. 00:34:15 The phone goes beep beep beep. It’s the most beautiful sight at night... the lake. The silence gets to them. For the entire length of conversation, HUSSAIN and JC were all ears, happy that their friend was finally making progress. HUSSAIN Leak-time. JC Me too. Lets go feed those fish. Gregory Generet’s Moondance starts playing as score. Lyrics of Moondance Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ’Neath the cover of October skies And all the leaves on the trees are fallin’ To the sound of the breezes that blow An’ I’m trying to please to the callin’ Of your heart strings that play soft and low And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love? Can I just make some more romance with you, my love? Well, I wanna make love to you tonight I can’t wait ’til the morning has come (CONTINUED)

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And I know now the time is just right And straight in to my arms you will run And when you come, my heart will be waiting To make sure that you’re never alone There and then, all my dreams will come true, dear There and then, I will make you my own And every time... (fade out) 00:35:15 37 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT 37

GIRL sits up silent for few seconds, the clock says: 2.55 a.m. covers her with the blanket, switches off the light. Screen goes black. 38 EXT.HIGHWAY.NIGHT 38

The car at the other side of the split screen exits frame. 00:35:30 39 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT The GIRL is unable to sleep. She packs her bag, arranges her clothes, and stares at the laptop that is still showing the results for TURIYA. She looks at the clock, the time is 4.05 a.m. She calls. Not reachable. She sits up on the bed. 00:36:00 40 EXT.HIGHWAY.NIGHT Black screen, car turns the headlights on and comes towards the camera as music blasts in. 41 INT.CAR.NIGHT 41 40 39

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HUSSAIN Yo T, take a time out man. I gotta listen to some music. Rest your battery yeah? TURIYA Yeah, I probably should save my batter, but maybe I can borrow JC’s phone JC You can borrow my underwear man. He sees the message on the phone that says: "You have one missed call at 4.05 a.m." 00:36:20 42 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT Screen splits as again as GIRL picks up the phone after letting it ring four times. She’s wrapped herself in the hotel’s bathing robe. GIRL Guess what? TURIYA What Nona... GIRL Okay, first of all, my name isn’t Nona. TURIYA Well You’re Nona to me. GIRL Well, that wasn’t the real me. I’m MOIRA. TURIYA So how’s MOIRA any different than Nona? MOIRA Well, for one thing she’s not wearing any clothes. TURIYA So how do I get to know this MOIRA? MOIRA You wouldn’t like to know MOIRA. She would’ve never have done (MORE) (CONTINUED) 42

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MOIRA (cont’d) anything as crazy as this. She’s a cynical bitch. TURIYA Oh come on, she sounds interesting. I mean no clothes and all. Why don’t you give me an intro. Please. He kicks his shoes off and puts up his feet over the sleeping guy’s lap as she enters the bath tub. MOIRA And what would the intro be? Meet TURIYA, virgin escort?? TURIYA Actually I am an insurance agent, but don’t other girls that. Every time I tell that to somebody its over. Game over. MOIRA You’re kidding? TURIYA No, I am serious. I am an insurance agent. I make a living telling people What would happen to them if they died tonight? MOIRA So when you saw me at the bar, you weren’t thinking hot chick, you were thinking: Aah, potentail client. She looks like the kind of girl that would go into the next room and slit her wrists. TURIYA No, I wasn’t thinking that. But maybe I saved your life. You owe me one. MOIRA I wasn’t going to kill myself. Are you crazy? I love myself too much. TURIYA So are you really going to India or was that something you just said?

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MOIRA Well, I don’t really know anybody in this town and you when you called honestly I was so bored and I just thought nobody knows me here so I could be anybody and I became Nona. TURIYA Did you like being NONA? MOIRA Yeah, you know ’cause Nona has no past and she has no future. Her validity expires at 8.30 in the morning when she boards the flight. She travels light. TURIYA You could be Nona every single day of your life. MOIRA It’s not that simple. We have our responsibilities, you know you see insurance all day but tonight you are the world’s only virgin escort who specializes in entertainment services over the phone. TURIYA Okay, lets play a game. Twenty questions. MOIRA Okay. But wait, what is this for? TURIYA You are still not over your ex right? Just say Yes, No, Maybe, I don’t Know. MOIRA Yes, No. Maybe. I don’t know. TURIYA Just answer one. MOIRA Ok. But let’s make this more interesting. Whatever you ask me you have to answer first yourself.

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TURIYA Fair enough. I am not over my past. You? MOIRA Completely over it. TURIYA Really? MOIRA Hmm. TURIYA How can you be sure, so sure that you are over something? MOIRA Okay. Let me tell you a story. Fictitious, of course. TURIYA Hope it has lots of sex MOIRA Alright I am not going to tell you the story TURIYA Why? Is it something bad or dark? MOIRA Yeah.. too dark. TURIYA Well... dark sex. I like that. MOIRA Okay, I’m definitely never going to telling you the story. TURIYA Oh come on, please tell me... You cant stop now. MOIRA Okay, boy meets girl. Boy is a rich and pin-up politician. TURIYA Pin-up huh ? MOIRA Boy and girl have sex. Lots of sex.

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TURIYA Ah aah. Good good. MOIRA More sex than you can handle. TURIYA I don’t think so but... MOIRA Listen! Would you TURIYA Ok.

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ROMANTIC in bed half-naked, as we suggest sex the previous night, BOYFRIEND’s side of the bed is empty. She wraps herself in the blanket and reaches out to box left near his pillow with a note. It’s a jewel-case. She wears it and it’s a little too tight that she’s unable to take it off. 00:39:10 44 INT.GIRL’S BEDROOM.NIGHT 44

ROMANTIC is sitting alone in her bed when he walks in happy. She walks up to him, looks at him, he cups her face as she, somewhat unsure, leans on him and guides his hand to her stomach. We see that she’s not interested in turning around because she knows what his response would be. His hand slips back slowly. FADE TO: She walks in with a file, struggling to walk and sits down holding her stomach. We see shots of her in physical and mental pain crouched in the corner of her room and a half filled glass of water suggests medication. BOYFRIEND rings bell outside but she sees him through the peephole but decides not to open. He rings for a while, knocks the door, hesitates to knock again and leaves.

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ROMANTIC has orange juice in one hand as she’s making an omlette. She takes a sip and we cut to the close-up of the splattered egg on the pan. She immediately switches off the gas, leaves her juice and walks out of the house, leaving her wallet and watch back after being unable to take the ring off. 46 EXT.BEACH.DUSK 46

ROMANTIC is sitting by the shore, looking at the waves and she’s quite disturbed. She spots a little girl and smiles. The girl waves bye to her. She’s finally at peace. She looks at the sea. After a while, she slowly gets up and walks towards the waves. She walks in deeper and deeper looking very calm and composed till the waves consume her. Cut to: Shots of ROMANTIC drowning. 00:41:00 47 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT MOIRA She survived to live another life. TURIYA (pauses because he does not know how to react, after an uncomfortable silence) The girl I was talking about was the love of my life. MOIRA He wasn’t. I thought he was but I know he wasn’t. TURIYA I mean how do you know? How can you know? MOIRA It’s funny, you know. We live like 70-80 years and we meet somebody in our twenties and we decide that they are the love of our life. And that we would never (MORE) (CONTINUED) 47

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MOIRA (cont’d) love like that again. At least not with that much passion, not that much depth. TURIYA That’s true though isn’t it? MOIRA I guess, in the sense that you don’t love your Mom the way you love your Dad or you don’t love your flings the way you love your soulmates. Each is different. But I don’t think you can attribute the accolade the "love of my life" so quickly! Not when you have life 2/3rds of your life left to live. I think the love of your life is gonna be the woman you are sitting with on your veranda with a cup of coffee in the sunset of your life and you tell her how you almost mistook someone else to be who she is... the love of your life. TURIYA I invested eight years of my life in that relationship. Are you telling me my faith in love was misplaced? MOIRA This isn’t one your insurance policies that matures after a few years and pays you your dividends. TURIYA Cheap shot. You still haven’t told me what you do. MOIRA Legal consultant. TURIYA Aah! I knew it. MOIRA I was just kidding. I just completed my thesis in Chicago waiting to get my Phd and I am headed to Mumbai for a new project.

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TURIYA Enough about me. You still haven’t told me since you love yourself so much, what were you doing alone on New Year’s Eve? MOIRA Being with myself. (laughs) I mean it’s not liking I am living in the past. I am only remembering only the good stuff. I mean the bad stuff is done with. It’s buried. Think of it this way. If you really did everything you could, then you know absolutely that it’s not your fault. TURIYA It’s not that easy. I haven’t been able to delete her messages from my inbox. MOIRA How long has it been? TURIYA Since what? MOIRA Since you guys broke up. TURIYA Three years. MOIRA Hang on. Are you serious? Dude, she could have had a baby by now? TURIYA Dont say that. God look at me I have so much baggage... I have baggage. MOIRA You have to let it go. TURIYA I don’t want to. MOIRA Okay, here’s something from my thesis. The SMS inbox reflects your mindspace and random access memory. It has every bit of memory you want to hold on to. The reason you have not able to (MORE) (CONTINUED)

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MOIRA (cont’d) start afresh is because you haven’t deleted messages from your inbox. You have to empty your inbox inorder to make space for new memories TURIYA No It’s a part of me. I need to keep it. I cant just let it go. MOIRA Well, keep the good stuff. All I am saying is let it rest. Give it it’s funeral. Forgive unconditionally. Get over the mourning period and just come alive and stay alive instead of digging up decomposed remains that haunt your life. TURIYA I don’t want to run away. I can’t escape reality. And the reality is I still love her. She was the love of my life. MOIRA Do you realise you always keep saying she "Was" the love of your life. That’s the point now laddy aint it. (slips into an Irish accent) The scars would remain but you need to learn to live with them. They are like the sign of a warrior. They heal over time but they become a part of you and one day someone notices and asks you and it all comes back to you the motion picture of your life in surround sound... the love story you were once a part of and you smile, laddie, you smile ’cause you remember the good times and you feel a little bad that it had to end and then you put the DVD back on the shelf, laddie. You put it back on the shelf and you let it go. TURIYA You’re crazy. MOIRA Si Amigo

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TURIYA So New Year’s Eve is one of your scars huh? MOIRA Well it was until now. From here on, I am going to remember New Years Eve as this night that I had this wild conversation I had with a random strange boy. Seriously, aren’t you going to remember tonight as this night when you got a little high and called a girl in the middle of it to talk about boobs and existence in one breath. TURIYA I mean what would existence do without boobs? MOIRA Yeah, there we go again... so how come you didn’t get any? 00:47:30 48 INT.BOY’S BEDROOM.NIGHT 48

EX-GIRLFRIEND is clearly drunk, as CRAZY (TURIYA looking his innocent best) carries and puts her in bed. She pulls him and tries taking his buttons off. EX-GF Love me. CRAZY I do. EX-GF Show me. CRAZY Okay. Not like this. EX-GF God! What’s wrong with this boy? SUPER: THREE MONTHS LATER CRAZY is lying drunk as EX-GF walks in minus the pants. She sits beside him in bed as he pulls her towards him and is about to kiss her. She initially resists but decides to close her eyes and go ahead with the kiss but CRAZY develops cold feet again.

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CRAZY Do you think you will ever love me. EX-GF I do SUPER: ANOTHER THREE MONTHS LATER

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MOIRA Well, he wasn’t the first guy I slept with. That’s different. The first guy I slept with was when I was nineteen years old and oh my god, that was a horrible breakup. We were together for 5 years and that’s when I realised that the most important part of a relationship is not how it starts but how it ends. TURIYA How many boyfriends have you had? MOIRA Okay, I know I sound like a slut but I’ve really only had like two serious relationships. My first one was really cute. It was in high school and we were just holding hands and pecking each other on the cheek, really really cute. TURIYA I’ve just had one. I guess my life is simpler than yours. MOIRA Hmm. And you have a full inbox. TURIYA Okay. I will do it in my time okay. MOIRA Hey, don’t do it for anybody else but yourself. It’s really just a matter of time before you realise that love is something that human beings just concocted to find security. TURIYA No. Love’s not just about providing security alone... MOIRA You know we talk about love like it’s the most natural thing and the puritans would jump up with the argument that child loves its mother before it even knows her but that’s not true ’cause a child wouldn’t have love gushing out of its veins if it saw its (MORE) (CONTINUED)

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MOIRA (cont’d) mother on the streets one day if it never knew her. I mean love is always a choice and love by another definition is at best hypocritical. I mean think about all the cities that have been destroyed, all the lives that are ruined, all the shrinks that are paid for something as undefinable as this feeling which is relative at best and yet when you are in love its supposed to be incomparable which throws out the test of relativity too. I mean I used to believe in love and Santa, but you know you grow up. TURIYA Yeah... No, the great thing about love is that it’s about the road trip it’s not about where you’re headed. It’s as wonderful as a birthday but you get to experience it every single day of your life. It’s that warm feeling in your heart, the knowledge that you have something that can make the worst possible day turn into something awesome... And what’s Christmas without Santa? This is the point HUSSAIN gives him the dirtiest of glares as TURIYA feels thoroughly embarassed. MOIRA You know you should start writing for Mills & Boons, give up your insurance selling job. Go ahead, sell it to 16 year olds, con the world of the product that doesn’t exist. TURIYA Yeah, I know I sound like a loser holding on to some girl who didn’t even want me and probably didnt care... anything about what I had for her. MOIRA Can I be completely honest with you? You know I think it was sweet of her to even try to respect your feelings. Most of us we just... we just settle for love wherever we get it if we (MORE) (CONTINUED)

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MOIRA (cont’d) don’t get it from where we want ... like water you know when you are thirsty or a burger when you’re hungry. TURIYA Do you really believe all the things that you say? MOIRA Yeah. 200 per cent. I mean you could convince yourself of anything in a second. You could decide that you are going to be a great actor or a singer... sign up for classes and actually believe you are. TURIYA Exactly, and you can just believe you are going to start falling in love. And by the way, I’m a great singer. MOIRA Oh boy, Is that a threat? TURIYA Okay. Let’s see. Who do you like? I can sing anything. Come on... 00:53:00 He’s all set to sing and she’s smiling at his innocent charm. MOIRA For the moment, Elvis. TURIYA Okay, I am now tuning into my Elvis channel (adjusts throats) Going way back to 1958... MOIRA Oh wait wait ... I want Britney Spears TURIYA Hit me baby one more time... MOIRA Pussycat dolls. Wait, wait, Shakira shakira.

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TURIYA Shakira, shakira... Actually I found the perfect song for the occasion. TURIYA starts to sing, JC joins and so does HUSSAIN. And MOIRA sings too towards the end. They sing Pocketful of Rainbows together. Lyrics of Pocketful of Rainbows: I don’t worry Whenever skies are gray above Got a pocketful of rainbows Got a heart full of love Mister Heartache I’ve found a way to make him leave Got a pocketful of rainbows Got a star up in my sleeve Kiss me extra tender Hold me extra tight ’Cause I’m savin’ your sweetness For a lonely night, aye Aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye 00:56:30 HUSSAIN notices that his battery on the phone is almost dead as the GPS dot blinks. MOIRA Guys! Oh my god.. That was awful, but your energy saw you thru! TURIYA Oh wow! Thank you! And you were also sooo Ok. MOIRA You know I’m so glad I dont have that endure that again in my life. I don’t think I could take it. TURIYA What are you talking about?. You are just scared of my charm and sex appeal. MOIRA Did you say sex appeal? Alright, that is the funniest thing you have said all night. TURIYA (pretending to be coy) You know I’ve been saving myself for someone special...

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CONTINUED: MOIRA I don’t think you even know how.. TURIYA I do. I’ve been practicing on walls and trees since I was 13... Okay, no, no kidding kidding kidding.. MOIRA I’m dont know if you are kidding but the surface of walls and trees is very different from women. I mean I could tell you more at the risk of endangering your retail store mannequins. TURIYA Well, please enlighten me. MOIRA Okay, the world out there its round not flat and there is dangerous curves ahead. TURIYA Mmmmm! Yummy! MOIRA Down, boy, down! TURIYA I’m sorry, go on. MOIRA Ok, so then imagine this was our first date. How intimate would you get? 00:57:20 - 00:57:50

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From this point, the voiceover of the phone call continues over actual visuals of TURIYA and MOIRA standing face to face at her doorway. There’s sexual tension between them but they both don’t talk, we only hear their thoughts through the voiceover (the phone conversation). MOIRA We stop in front of my house. What next? TURIYA Would you ask me to come in? MOIRA Hmmm! Maybe. And only because the conversation was interesting.

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TURIYA Damn! If I was there, I would’ve got to first base. MOIRA I would’ve gotten you to first base just to get done with it. Purely as charity. High time you got there man. TURIYA May your tribe increase. Especially since I’m ready now. MOIRA You are? TURIYA I think I am. MOIRA Okay kiss me. Ya and close your eyes. TURIYA Whatever! It’s dark out there anyway. JC, HUSSAIN and the third friend who’s asleep also show up near the door waiting for the kiss to happen. JC’s is grinning, HUSSAIN is looking sheepish and the third guy is still asleep but he’s standing. JC Kiss her man kiss her. KARAN Boobs. MOIRA Ask your friends to look outside the window. The three friends disappear leaving the couple alone again. TURIYA Yeah. They are all asleep except for HUSSAIN who I hope is not. MOIRA So you ready? TURIYA Music!

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MOIRA You realise you suck at this right? You got to seize the moment, not wait to arrange background score. TURIYA It’s my first time in a long time. MOIRA Hmmmmmm... TURIYA Ok. You there? Hello! Did you hang up one me? MOIRA Shut up and kiss, you ass! TURIYA and MOIRA share a beautiful kiss, TURIYA is a little nervous but MOIRA takes control and it’s a picture perfect kiss that morphs into 00:59:35 50 INT.CAR.NIGHT TURIYA (kisses his phone hard) Mmmmmmmmm..... HUSSAIN acts disgusted and JC is sleeping with a smile smacking his lips. MOIRA Hey! But you made the jump. TURIYA Ya. You know I feel stupid kissing a phone. MOIRA I am sure the guys are very happy you stopped with the phone. TURIYA Is this just a phone thing or would you have actually kissed me if I saw you tonight? MOIRA I would have kissed you. My good deed for the day? 50

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TURIYA You would really kiss a guy like me? MOIRA What’s wrong with a guy like you? TURIYA I probably would’ve cried all night. I would have cried asked you to hold me and never let me go. He feels stupid the moment he says it. HUSSAIN Mayday... Mayday... Going down. Abort! MOIRA (stumped) Hold on, I gotta pee. 51 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT MOIRA Hey, sorry I had to go. That was uncontrollable. TURIYA Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go. MOIRA I hope the snow doesn’t delay my flight. TURIYA What time is it? MOIRA It’s five minutes to six. TURIYA What time do you have to go? MOIRA I need to be at the airport by seven thirty. Which means I need to leave in a half hour. TURIYA Are you done packing? 51

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MOIRA I’m in transit. Just have to change. TURIYA Hmmm... We are almost home and my phone’s dying. MOIRA Soon we’ll go back to our own worlds and remember the crazy night that almost changed our lives. TURIYA Ya. It changed mine for sure. How did it change yours? MOIRA Well, that will always be my little secret. 01:02:00 The phone dies. MOIRA Hello? TURIYA Hello.. MOIRA Hello TURIYA Hello?! Damn it! Dudes, my phone died again. 52 INT.CAR.NIGHT TURIYA looks at HUSSAIN. TURIYA Dude! HUSSAIN Don’t look at me. TURIYA Come on dude. You don’t need your phone anymore for GPS. HUSSAIN I need my phone. 52

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TURIYA No. Come on.. give it to me please. What do you need it so much for ? HUSSAIN Dude! Is this any phone call doing you any good? TURIYA Not sure yet. HUSSAIN You want to complicate your life? TURIYA No man no. Just help me out huh. Just help me out. HUSSAIN One condition. If you ever.. ever talk about your failed fucking eight year relationship... TURIYA I will never do it. HUSSAIN Ever. TURIYA Never. You can kick me in the balls if I ever do. Kick me.. just hard. In the balls... like a little girl. HUSSAIN is still looking at TURIYA like he doesn’t believe it one word but TURIYA pulls the phone and puts his SIM into it and dials. 01:02:30 Split screen again. TURIYA Hey sorry, JC’s phone died as well. This is HUSSAIN’s. 53 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT MOIRA I thought I said something wrong. TURIYA No, no... Hey truth or dare? 53

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MOIRA Ok.. Dare. TURIYA I dare you to tell me what your little secret is. MOIRA Ok, what’s truth? TURIYA I want to know the truth about what your little secret is. And please hurry up this is gonna die as well... MOIRA Okay, I wish you hadn’t said what you did. But you did. And that makes this that much more difficult. TURIYA What are talking about? MOIRA You make me feel like it’s my birthday. TURIYA Do you have to go? Can you change your flight? Go some other time, go tomorrow, day after I don’t care. Don’t go tonight... MOIRA I wish I could. Actually, I could but I shouldnt and I wouldn’t. TURIYA Because? MOIRA Because, that would make this that much more difficult. TURIYA Ok. I know I am going to feel stupid saying this and it might be extremely irrelevant... But all I want from life is to be anywhere and be a bum but be with the girl I love and that she love me.

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MOIRA You know I have always needed wanted to prove myself to my Dad. I have always needed him to understant that I am ok and I am gonna go places. He was so proud of me when I told him that I am almost done with my P.hd. and I am coming back to India. He was so happy and everything felt so right. My life was like back on track. And suddenly now it doesn’t seem to matter remotely. TURIYA Life’s a bitch, right? MOIRA Hang on would you, I need to change. TURIYA I told you, you shouldn’t do that... MOIRA Your harmless. Besides, we’ve done this before. TURIYA Hey, wait, wait... You are a beautiful woman. I’m not sure if this is even real or what but I’m scared that I’m gonna wake up and find out that this was just a dream. A beautiful dream. MOIRA People change. All it takes is a moment for them to start doing something. All it takes is a moment for them to stop. TURIYA Yeah. I know I sound fickle. Until the beginning of this phone call, I was holding on for dear life to some girl for three years ago and now I’m pleading with another one. MOIRA Are you? TURIYA No, I am not pleading but...

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MOIRA Thank God! I would’ve felt like the world’s cruelest bitch if you told me not to go. TURIYA No... When you gotta go, you gotta go. MOIRA I will always cherish tonight. No matter where we go. Nothing can change this. It’s been the most perfect night. TURIYA I want you to do one thing before you go. MOIRA What? TURIYA Call me from the landline. MOIRA Why? TURIYA No, my phone’s gonna die in any moment. Just call me from the landline ok. MOIRA Okay, ok... TURIYA Ok. bye. 01:05:00 MOIRA cuts the mobile and then calls from her landline. TURIYA Hi MOIRA Hello. May I speak with Mr. Turiya Omprakash? TURIYA Wow. You remember my surname. MOIRA I remember every bit of tonight.

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TURIYA I wanted you to clear your inbox. MOIRA Oh. You didn’t really send me any messages, loverboy. TURIYA Thats true. Okay, you’re never gonna use this phone again, are you? MOIRA No. TURIYA Ok. I want you to remove the SIM card. MOIRA Okay. TURIYA Ok MOIRA Takin out the SIM card TURIYA Thank you. TURIYA Now go to the bathroom. MOIRA Alright. Going to the bathroom... TURIYA Good. TURIYA Now just flush it down the toilet. MOIRA What?! Why? TURIYA Because. MOIRA What if I want to call you again? TURIYA That’s why.

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MOIRA You don’t want me to call you? TURIYA No, I want us to have a clean break. I wants us to travel light. MOIRA (flushes toilet) Okay. Fast learner. TURIYA I guess it is time for you to leave and my battery is gonna die any moment. MOIRA Thank you for doing that. I know you did that for me. TURIYA What? MOIRA Help me clear my mindspace. TURIYA Hmmm... MOIRA So, I guess this is it. TURIYA Yes MOIRA Goodbye. TURIYA No. Don’t ever say Goodbye. Good night. MOIRA Good Morning. 01:06:00 They don’t say anything and just hold on to the phone for a bit waiting for the other to hang up first. TURIYA’s phone dies. Split screen cuts. TURIYA Put on some music guys. Darunam’s Heart on Fire plays as part of the score. (CONTINUED)

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Lyrics of Heart on Fire: Fire Heart on Fire One quick beating So inspire I want to live Heart is burning for you Liar I am liar Should’ve spoken my desire Thief of my heart Thief of my heart I love you... Have you ever (fade out)... ... 01:06:10 54 INT.HOTEL ROOM.NIGHT 54

We see MOIRA sitting alone, the ring is lying on the floor and she hasn’t even noticed that it has come off her finger, finally. 55 EXT.HIGHWAY.DAY 55

A Night for Meditation plays as the car goes towards the destination as the camera cuts to the milestone that shows NYC 200 miles. 56 INT.HOTEL ROOM.DAY 56

She sitting by the phone looking at all her bags that are packed. The bell rings. She goes to open it. It’s a delivery of Waffles with pancakes with ice-cream from the hotel and a computer printed note: "Your little wish come true. :)" 01:07:30

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INT.CAR.DAY TURIYA talking with HUSSAIN and JC... TURIYA Dude she would’ve gotten it by now. HUSSAIN What’s that? TURIYA The waffles. HUSSAIN You actually got those delivered huh. Well I gotta say I am impressed. But she’s gone and you are moving on and I am glad that you are. TURIYA You know I have never said this but I am so glad that you were right all those times that you abused me. Thank you brother. JC Do her man. Do her. TURIYA Ok... 01:07:50

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INT.HOTEL ROOM.DAY MOIRA starts eating her waffles alone. The last bit of Heart on Fire continues to the end.

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EXT.HOTEL ROOM.DAY MOIRA locks the room and looks at her hotel key pouch. 01:08:30

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INT.BAR.NIGHT Sudeep & Jerry’s cover version of Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night plays live in the ambience... Lyrics of Strangers in the night: Strangers in the night exchanging glances

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Wond’ring in the night What were the chances we’d be sharing love Before the night was through. Something in your eyes was so inviting, Something in your smile was so exciting, Something in my heart, Told me I must have you. The song plays in the background while we see MOIRA interrupted... By JC! JC Hi. This... This is TURIYA, single and alone on New Year’s Eve (beat) Hey, just like you. MOIRA LISTEN! I am not a hooker. I am not some chick you can pick up at a bar. I’m not the girl that you are gonna take home. I am not even going to give you my phone number. I am five drinks down and I can still speak in complete sentences making total sense and perfect logic with flawless grammar. Did you guys consider the possibility that maybe I was just sitting in my room bored and stepped out for a drink. JC Well... Well... JC holds his hands up to sign for the bar attender to order a drink. MOIRA You are like eighth set of guys to hit on me over the last two hours and I am still sitting here, ALONE! By myself. What does that tell you? JC looks speechless, hit by a bolt of lightning and gathers himself for a response. JC That... you talk a lot sister.

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We hear the last bit of Strangers in the night as TURIYA takes one long look at MOIRA and sees her keys at the counter. The camera zooms in on her key pouch with her Room Number displayed quite prominently along with the name of the hotel. MOIRA smiles back at him and turns back to her drink. Lyrics: Strangers in the night, two lonely people We were strangers in the night Up to the moment When we said our first hello. Little did we know Love was just a glance away, A warm embracing dance away and 01:10:00 61 EXT.HOTEL ROOM.DAY 61

MOIRA realises how he would’ve got her number in the first place. It was right next to the Tequila shots she was drinking. She removes the key pouch as a souvenir of his memory and puts it into her bag. 62 EXT.HIGHWAY.DAY The car zips past the road as Once You’ve Been in Love plays intercutting with close-ups of HUSSAIN, JC and TURIYA. 63 EXT.NEW YORKER.DAY She walks out of the reception hails a cab, puts her suitcase in and gets into it. The cab leaves 64 INT.CAB.DAY 01:10:30 MOIRA wipes and we get a sense of deja vu. She did that at the beginning of the film. MOIRA V.O It’s always a great ride while it lasts. Most people know when to get off. But me, I am a sucker. I do it every time. Despite the futility of it all. INSERT: MONTAGE OF VIGNETTES OF NIGHT 64 63 62

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MOIRA V.O The icebreaker (beat) The honeymoon. (beat) The reality check. (beat) The break up. (beat) The patch-up. (beat) The confiding. (beat) The great friendship. (beat) And the killing confusion. (beat) We always want more but we can’t have it all. So we run ... (beat) away from the very things we once chased? MOIRA takes the SIM card hidden under her wrist watch as we hear the ring go as the last bit of Once You’ve Been of Love is audible: Once I was sure how real it was Now I try to pretend it never was Long to forget it ever was But with so many memories where do you begin? Once you’ve been in love MOIRA V.O And then one day, you find someone you can walk with. (beat) We are all companions anyway. (beat) For a while or a longer while. She puts it in the phone and makes a call. We cut to the lights from the tunnel. (Shot similar to the opening shot of the film). She’s come a full circle. FADE OUT

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