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a film by samar khan

EXT. INT. Palace – Jaipur / Day

We open to a grand palace that has seen better days. The camera
travels through the corridors and the rooms, The staff of the palace is
running helter-skelter, as DJs offload speakers etc. A young Caucasian
woman is giving instructions to people. A man in his fifties, the head of
the palace staff, ‘Bhuvan’ tells her that the wiring cannot be hanging
form the façade,

Do sau saal puraani building hai. It is a heritage building madam. We
will get into trouble if you put speakers.

The woman, arrogant, says,

Why don’t you talk to your Kunwar himself? He is the one who let me
do this.

Insulted, Bhuvan walks away. He mutters to himself,

Roz nayi girlfriend aa jaati hai. Aur harr kissi ko lagta hai ki bass ab voh
maalkin hai!”

We travel to the Kunwar’s private quarters with Bhuvan, the rooms are
strewn around with bottles, half-eaten food, clothes, dvds. The Beatles
hum through the speakers. Silhouetted by the window, a tall man in his
mid-sixties stands in his boxers and vest, scratching his back. He’s
looking out, his back to us. This is Vishwambhar Chauhan.

Bhuvan says,

Aapki yeh girlfriend ko boliye zara tameez se baat kiya karey.

Vish takes a swig of his beer, turns, smiles and says,

Bhuvan uncle, Aap hamesha itne uttejit kyon rahte ho? Bichaari mera


birthday party plan kar rahi hai.

Aapki party nahin, apni party! Kaise kaise logon ko bulaaya hai aapko
idea hai.. Already kuch saatth hazaar ka bill aa gaya hai!

Mere paise hai na? Kharch karne do usse.. Shaadi toh main uss-se
karoonga nahin toh mera birthday manaake hi khush ho legi.

Voh aapse shaadi bhi nahin karna chahti. Bass istemaal karke chali
jaayegi. Kitni aayin kitni gayin..

Bhuvan mere dost harr koi istemaal hi karta hai. Koi kissike liye kuch
nahin karta. She is beautiful Bhuvan. She is just exquisite. Usse main
kaise manaa karoon? You know, kal raat..

Nahin nahin! Mujhe nahin sunnaa! Agar aapne shaadi kii hoti toh aaj
aapke apne gharwaale.. pota poti aapke liye party rakhte.”

Please Bhuvan! Ghissi pitee baatein matt kiya karo. Bahut kamm logon
ko naseeb hoti hai yeh rockstar ki zindagi. Yeh aazadi..

Aur phir bhi.. iss ladki mein hi sahi, aap bass kissi ka saath dhoondh
rahein hain. Kaash aapne itni ladkiyon mein se kissi ek ka bhi haath
thaam liya hota.”

Just then the DJ does a shrill and loud sound check. They both get

Ek zamaane mein aapne unhe istemaal kiya… Aaj yeh aapko istemaal
kar rahi hain.

Vish just smiles and teases him,

Tum ho na meri biwi ki tarah mere peeche padne ke liye.



Bas Sir! Yeh..Yeh aapke liye ek chitthi aayi hai.

Bhuvan hands him a letter, smiles and leaves. Vishwambhar sits back
on his armchair, pumps up the volume and starts reading the letter.
We stay on him for a moment, as his expression changes.

Party music takes over on the soundtrack.


Scene 1B
EXT. INT. Palace – Jaipur / Night

A magnificent party in progress, almost all of Jaipur has turned up to
wish Vishwambhar on his birthday. It’s a rave kind of party. Lots of
young people mill about getting drunk. Bhuvan and the house staff are
serving them. Vish feels like a stranger in his own house. His ‘girlfriend’
comes and drags him to the dance floor. We see that he is preoccupied
with some thought. He doesn’t want to dance. But she forces him to.

On the dance floor, some other woman also dances with him. He is a
little ill at ease. The other woman is pulled away by a guy. Vish is left
alone. As he tries to walk away, she tries to stop him. The guy she is
dancing with says,

Let him go. He must be tired, right?

But suddenly Vish just turns around and slaps him and then, starts
clobbering him. Everyone stops in shock! Nobody has any clue what
has got into him!

The boy’s friends run up to save him when Bhuvan walks up and
separates Vish from the guy. He holds him against the wall and says,

Kya? Kya ho kya gaya hai aapko? Kya hua kya hai aapko?

Vish looks at Bhuvan, panting,

Oh God, I shouldn’t have..


Scene 1C

Never. as he says. And that’s why you want to seek her out. You can only do bad. He calls out to Bhuvan and asks for the letter. But I don’t want you to make another mistake. Bhuvan: Wohi toh. Vish: I think you forget sometimes. Sir. It’s my mistake. Bhuvan! Bhuvan looks at him. That’s what you are! . But I have never seen you like this. Bhuvan: Let it be. Vish: Bring me the letter again. then why dig these graves. as the remains of the revelry lie strewn around. who you are talking to. I have never stopped you. sir.. And you know that. So much interest in a woman… I have never seen that. (pause) You have broken the hearts of too many people… You have trampled over too many dreams. You will only mess this up. If you both never knew about this all these years. hesitant. 4 INT. Bhuvan almost looks a tad disappointed. sir. sir. let down.She is not just any other woman. And you know what… You have lost your time of being able to care for anyone beyond yourself. I shouldn’t have given you the letter. You think I can’t handle this? I have handled all sorts of women. Look for her… And find out who she is. Vish: Why? Bhuvan: This is not you. Vish sits on a chair like a lonely old man. now? Vish: You are saying this? You who wanted me to marry every woman I danced with? You? Bhuvan: Yes sir… You have made many mistakes in your life. / Palace – Jaipur / Night The party is over.

crumpled. PBS 1 (OPENING TITLES BEGIN) (Through the following montage. we follow the feet as they make their way through the room and outside.) Scene 2A INT. Feet step out of the quilt onto the wooden floor. almost stumbling over someone in a sleeping bag. As Bhuvan moves to get him the letter. Hands grope around. I promise I won’t mess up her life.. 5 Vish: Maybe! But Bhuvan… How can I NOT go? After knowing all this. I need to see her once. We hear disapproving noises. Bhuvan. I will have nothing to do with her. a song plays on the soundtrack. A cupboard.. Vishwambhar: I am just going to see her once Bhuvan. Vishwambhar: Get me the letter Bhuvan. Bhuvan? Why don’t you want me to go? Bhuvan: “Why do you WANT TO go?” Vish: I don’t know… Kaash yeh khatt aaya hi nahin hota… Parr ab toh aa gaya hai na? Ab kaise na jaoon. I promise you. The same pair of .TITLE SEQUENCE. CUT TO Black Screen – PRESENTER TITLE CUT TO Scene 2 . Bhuvan? How can I not go? Bhuvan looks unsure. looking for the phone on a bed in a room that’s rather threadbare yet beautifully done up. The hands take out a dress. Anoushka’s House – London / Morning An alarm goes off. Hands pick up stray clothes and paraphernalia..

The people taking the audition ask her to leave by just pressing on the buzzer to call in the next candidate. Shabby Theater / Day Anoushka enters a theater where auditions are being held. She asks for another go and tries really hard but can’t seem to nail it at all. We reveal Anoushka. With juice flying all around the place. She begins her act with an uncertain smile. CUT TO Scene 2D EXT. London Roads / Day . recites the monologue but seems unnerved and forgets lines. clutching a few sheets of paper in her hand. CUT TO Scene 2C INT. a pretty twenty-something year old who at the moment is looking rather exasperated. She stumbles again and looks apologetic. We realize how her house is falling apart for now she has to hold the shower with one hand. mouthing lines as she waits for the underground. 6 hands enter the kitchen to start the iron and instead the juicer comes on. dropping her sheets all over. Anoushka mouths a ‘sorry’ and gets up hurriedly. The music resumes. CUT TO Scene 2B EXT. Anoushka looks disappointed and humiliated as she walks away. while bathing. She hands over her photographs and a resume to the assistant and waits a while before she’s called in. With much difficulty she takes a shower. She looks at the sheets periodically. She shuts her eyes under the jet stream of water. The music stops. Music kicks in. She pushes a punk with a purple Mohawk aside in the jostle to get in and in her hurry to get a seat lands bang in the lap of an old lady who glares at her. London Roads & Underground / Day Anoushka steps out into a gloomy London day.

In the chase. Dev also follows her. We see him in stray shots but never his face. Across the road. taking off her overcoat as she does so. looking towards her feet. The man who is following starts to help but stops himself. Dev yells behind her Dev: “Your bag! Anoushka… He has left your bag here! Come back. He and Anoushka share an easy sense of familiarity as Anoushka hands him her bag. carefully skipping over every single one of the cracks bordering the tiles that pave the sidewalk. scared. Dev: Here! Your bag! Why in the world were you still running after him?? . Anoushka looks defiant as her boss yells at her. This is Dev. They walk away together. out-of-breath. Anoushka yells. runs after the mugger. loses them. Just then a man walks up and snatches her purse and starts running. Once again. The thug lets the bag drop to the road and. We stay with Anoushka as she manages to nab the thief. Dev gets to where she is. the stranger who was following Anoushka. JUMP CUT The same man observes her from across the glass window. Anoushka starts running after him even as Dev catches up.” Anoushka continues her chase but loses the man this time. A man comes to the door after Anoushka but doesn’t go in.. London Roads / Evening Anoushka meets a young man at a crossing. CUT TO Scene 2F EXT. All we can make of the person is navy gloves and a fawn hat and the fact that he stands there and watches through the door as Anoushka takes her place behind a counter. 26. She stops short. the blue-gloved stranger follows them. starts running again. 7 Anoushka alight from a bus and half runs-half walks. taking time to get it just perfect even as the customer finally walks off in exasperation. Dev seems to be doing most of the talking. stealing frequent looks at Anoushka. She comes to a breathless halt outside a very large bookstore and walks in. Anoushka tries to gift-wrap a book with great precision.

He grins at her. he prompts. Dev: Credit cards? Anoushka: Empty Dev: Debit? Anoushka: Empty. 8 Anoushka: (gasping) “How can anyone just walk up and snatch your bag? What kind of manners are these?” Dev finds this cute as he repeats. Dev: Money? Anoushka: Nada. Last beats of the song play out. Dev: “Toh phir?” Anoushka: Bas! It’s just wrong! Both of them burst out laughing. They walk away. Dev slips his hand into Anoushka’s but she slowly eases hers away from his. She rolls her eyes. CUT TO . Dev: Manners? (Pauses to smile) Achcha dekh lo… sab kuch theek toh hai na?” She smiles. as if he expected this and places his arm over her shoulder in a casual buddy- buddy sort of way.

She unlocks the door. every single fucking day I walk back into a pigsty! She storms into her room. a petite Russian girl hurriedly remove empty coke cans. All I ask is that you keep the house clean but no! Every day. The apartment now looks like it has been hit by a tornado. Anoushka’s Room / Night Anoushka sits on her bed. Rashid: Pepperoni. miserable.. plates etc. Anoushka: You know… Save the sorry for when you REALLY mean it! And then act upon it. Anoushka stops short even as her flat-mates. a rather good-looking Pakistani boy and Tanya. very pregnant Nigerian girl. She mumbles. Rashid. Dev holds on to the box of Pizza. Anoushka just looks at Rashid and says. . Kia: Hey sweetie. Dev follows her in. buries face in pillow. Anoushka’s House / Night Anoushka and Dev walk up a small lawn towards Anoushka’s ground floor apartment. a large. It’s almost as if Anoushka is the angry matron they are all scared of. CUT TO Scene 3B INT. 9 FILM TITLE APPEARS CUT TO Scene 3A INT. Kia. Rashid was too tired to cook so we ordered Pizza. Dev: Hain? Anoushka pulls her head out the pillow and repeats.

. Anoushka suddenly seems to perk up and go on... She talks about how this house was the same house where she grew up with her grandmother after her parents passed away. with pretty yellow walls and a little crib. 10 Anoushka: Nani never used to yell at me when I messed the house up. Anoushka: I mean. Anoushka: Then we’ll turn the store-room into a nursery for Kia’s baby.. if fact it’s a dump. Anoushka: And if it weren’t for Kia. Dev smiles.I know it may not be the nicest house. Smith. Anoushka smiles. I can never give it up and one day when I’m a broadway star (she grins) I’ll have enough money to by this place off that old hag. Anoushka: Shut up! I like those.. and then he won’t ever feel like not cooking! Dev: Butter Chicken! . Mrs. but it’s all I have really and it’s all I want that feels like family.. Dev: Done! Anoushka: And Rashid will have this most fabulous kitchen – like Monica’s – in FRIENDS. and then you can fix those ugly brown curtains too. Dev: Yeah. Rashid and Tan moving in here and helping me with the rent I’d be on the streets. I shouldn’t yell at them but I just can’t help it! Dev nods sympathetically.

Dev reaches out and pulls Anoushka to him. Dev: Tanya has her easel. 11 Anoushka: Oh And Oh. Anoushka: Oh tell her to fuck off! Kia: (sarcastically) Yeah lets! Should I start hunting down new places? Anoushka: I’ve lived here for eighteen years.. Anoushka eases up in his arms. we were saying. A knock on the door interrupts Anoushka’s spiel.. Anoushka: What? Kia: Nothing. Kia’s head pops in. I’ll sue her if she tries to throw me out! Both Dev and Kia keep looking at Anoushka. Kia: Mrs. .Rashid has his kitchen. Dev: So yeah. Kia lets herself out. Anoushka.. suddenly pissed off. by the window. After a moment of silence Dev goes and stands next to Anoushka.. said we’ll have to get out if we can’t give her the hiked rent.. easel et all and then we’ll put up all her paintings and Nani’s photos in those pretty oak-wood frames from Paul Smith’s in the living ro. Smith came again.. we’ll make the attic into a studio for Tan..

” She goes back to kissing him. in the future. she wears a gorgeous sari designed by Dev. Anoushka: A Sari! Oh please! Do go corny on me again! Dev: Why? A brown sari fashioned out of antique curtains.. made by me on Nani’s heritage sewing machine in my little workshop in the garage. Now come on… finish what you started. Dev kisses Anoushka’s eyelids. Anoushka: “Mr.. In his eyes. Dev: And Anu is a superstar. Anoushka: “Why won’t you? You will leave when you have to.. Anoushka smiles. Anoushka giggles. So No… I don’t see you in this house.. Dev Ray Chaudhuri… You will go back to your father’s saree shop in Kolkata after you are done here!” Dev: What if I don’t? He starts kissing her but she withdraws gently. Dev: And when she walks the red carpet.. Dev: Whaaaaat? Everyone has something… And I don’t get MY workshop in the garage? Anoushka laughs him off. And neither should you. we see that he really loves . Anoushka withdraws and looks at him queerly. 12 Dev: Kia has her baby and baby has it’s crib.

Customer is God. She walks by the ‘Interiors’ section.. We back a little to see someone standing there. Show. She pulls her face into an amicable smile. Anoushka: How do you know my name? Old Man: I.. Serve. We know him as Vishwambhar Rathod but Anoushka seems to have no idea who he is.. a book catches her eye and she pulls it out. Show. Anoushka: Yes? The old man keeps staring at her. A hand advances. as if to tap her shoulder.I asked at the. Customer is God..I. Anoushka: Do we know each other? He tries to say something but can’t. Her voice comes out louder than expected. She gives him a once over. 13 this girl and that he meant it when he said he’d stay back. Smile.uh. Anoushka whips around. Gruff Male Voice: Anoushka? Startled. Anoushka begins to get nervous. Anoushka is absorbed. looking at her. Serve.. From her POV we see an old man. This unnerves Anoushka. He clutches a small bouquet of tuberoses. CUT TO Scene 4A INT.. we realize how pretty she actually is.ah. She shows customers around and leaves them to browse in peace. rather well turned out and stylish.. . then hesitates and withdraws. He looks like he comes from money. Bookshop / Day Anoushka walks in affirming to herself. Smile. Anoushka: (Muttering) Smile.

. Books on India. He. surprising the old man by the sudden change in her demeanour. you. Then... Old Man: Oh! Anoushka: And what would it be that you need help with? Old Man: Uh. he pushes the bouquet of flowers into her hand.. Because I wanted an Indian person to help me. I am British. 14 He points vaguely in a random direction.. Anoushka: Of course.. She finally puts on a smile. I mean. I. Old Man: India. Anoushka: You really want to buy something? Old Man: I. Anoushka gets more edgy by the moment till she finally snaps. And what books? The old man says the first thing that comes to his mind. ah.. (Looks around) Books? Anoushka wavers between walking away and sticking by her day’s ‘Customer is God’ mantra. on the other hand barely listens to what she has to say as he gapes at her. turns and strides out of the bookshop. without warning. Anoushka: I am not Indian.. almost breaking into a . Anoushka: Oh really? You asked my name? And why? Old Man: Because. unable to take his eyes off her. She leads him through the rows of books on India.

he freezes and falls to the floor. holding on to his chest. Hotel / Afternoon Vishwambar rushes by the Lobby. his embarrassment would cease to be. Anoushka stares after him. up the stairs and into his room in a daze. 15 run. Anoushka: Weirdo! CUT TO Scene 4B EXT. as if the faster he runs away from the situation. Hospital / Evening The doctor is standing over Vishwambhar. as if making an escape from there. Bookshop & London Street / Day Vish walks out of the shop. who now seems to have recovered. Panting. panting. the veins on his fore head throbbing as he packs like a maniac. Vishwambhar: Bhuvan! CUT TO: Scene 5B INT. he starts throwing things into his suitcase. Epic Music plays on the soundtrack CUT TO Scene 5A INT. He yells out a name. possessed! Suddenly he stops. He’s never felt this kind of ‘cat got the tongue’ feeling in his sixty-five years! He walks hurriedly on the pavement. He writhes on the floor in a sudden pain. the expression on her face changing from surprise to anger. his face is red. something he has never felt before. .

Congratulations. A little girl stands with her face pressed against the wall. She makes a face at him. she is still looking at him. looking right at Vishwambhar. I’m not giving you any medication but I’ll definitely prescribe a holiday with the family. Doctor: You’re absolutely fine now. He is in no mood to indulge her but she begins to imitate him until she draws him into her world. He looks away and watches as families meet. CUT TO Scene 6 EXT. Vish is oblivious to his surroundings till. Doctor: Take a holiday. Café & Anoushka’s House / Evening . The doctor smiles. keep down the excitement (the guy winks) We can’t have you shooting up your blood pressure like this Vishwambhar grunts. A rather officious hotel bellboy stands by him. Vishwambhar is wheeled out into the recovery room of the hospital. Vishwambhar nods. He sits up as suddenly the little girl is called away by her parents. Vishwambhar: Yeah. he’s looking at the little girl. 16 Doctor: You need to take it easy. I’m letting you go. a sudden surge in blood pressure such as this can lead to a stroke Sir. Beyond a glass wall is general hospital chaos. he’s silent. trying to get his attention. She runs off without a second look at him. But you must take care. playful little silly world. thanks. Hospital Staff: So your travel insurance company says they will clear the bill. Hospital Staff: Are you on some business visit here? Or leisure? Or are you visiting family?” Vishwambhar looks up at him.

She looks up with great interest as a middle-aged Caucasian woman walks up to Anoushka’s House and rings the bell impatiently. Smith: I’m letting out Radha’s room from next week. Anoushka: No. you know! Mrs. Anoushka: I’ll pay you the extra rent! The Land Lady’s voice becomes gentler. 17 Vish is at a café across the road from Anoushka’s house. A slandering match starts between Mrs. Smith. the Land Lady and Anoushka. you are not! You can’t Anoushka’s voice is a little panicked. the woman at the counter is jabbering about the area. Vish watches. Smith: . Mrs. Mrs. Smith: You asked me for two months. Smith loses it again. Woman: Here comes my daily dose of entertainment! Vishwambhar watches as Kia opens the door and calls Anoushka. voices rise. Mrs. I have four mouths to feed! Vish is following the exchange ardently. Smith: You can’t just go on like this! Anoushka: Over my dead body you will get someone into this house! Mrs. Anoushka: (incredulous) Yeah! Four Cats! How much does a cat eat? You are just mean. it’s been four.

Smith’s attention to himself. and soon.. Smith eggs him on. Smith: I am letting that room out. . Smith (wide-eyed) Ohhh. buys them drinks and somehow leads the conversation to where he wants to lead it. Smith. Mrs. Smith. You are a prince. smooth and easy. Daisy.. CUT TO Scene 7 INT. Smith turns around.. smiles at her. and shares a look with her friend.. You are absolutely nothing like her! Nothing! She turns and begins to walk away and Anoushka. Pub / Night Vishwambhar makes his way through a crowd in a small pub. Mrs. Mrs. he’s sitting with the two ladies and chatting away nineteen to a dozen. We can see that he’s in his element. leaning in and talking to an amicable white- haired woman. Daisy: So what are you doing here in London? Vish sighs. Vish asks for a malt and drawing Mrs. Smith giggles. She smiles back. stunned. He flirts unabashedly with Mrs. 18 Shut the fuck up you little witch! I swear I’m gonna throw you out. Mrs. I am! Vish puts money on the counter and walks out of there. blinks back a tear. The only reason you’re still here is because Radha was such a beautiful person! All those years! But you. He pauses as he nears the bar and walks up to stand next to a bar stool on which sits Mrs. Mrs. are you? Vish: (with a flourish) At your service my Lady. At the gate. Vish: It’s a long story.

Mrs... you know of a place around here I can rent for a few months.. Vish jumps at this. Smith: Oh tell us! Do! Vish tells them a bull-crap tale of how he woke up one morning and realized he had it all but still felt empty and so decided to set out on a journey of self discovery.. Vish: No! No! Nothing fancy! I want to live like a real person does. Daisy: But he’s Maharaja! He ain’t gonna stay in that dump! Vish: You know a place. Smith: But it’s got these kids staying there. Smith looks at Daisy. Vish: Say.. He suddenly seems to come out of his reverie and looks at Mrs. Daisy whispers to her..? Mrs.. a room or something. Smith: Well actually.. The women hang on to his every word as he regales them with stories of how he lived with Greek fishermen and carpet sellers in Turkey and peasants in Italy before following his quest to London. 19 Mrs. Vish: I really like London. . Mrs. but I’m sure you’re looking for something more fancy.. you know.. Mrs. Smith: Actually. I think I’m going to be here for a while.. I have a room to let out. Smith who by now is completely smitten with him.

Smith leads him through the house. Smith giggles. Smith: But.. Daisy gives her a look as if to say. Vish: Oh come on now! I’ll pay double! And I’ll pay in advance! Let me buy you girls another drink. Mrs. CUT TO Scene 8 INT. Rashid takes it skeptically.. Smith: (calling out to Kia) Why hasn’t Anoushka cleared up her grandma’s things from here? Kia: . showing him around. She introduces him as Vijay Sharma.. 20 Vish: (grins) Are you trying to tell me I’m an old man? Mrs. Smith enters the house with Vish and announces that he will be staying there from now on.. Smith another winning smile. She opens the door to a room we have yet never seen.. Kia whispers to him. Mrs. ‘What’s your problem? Give him the room!!!’ Mrs.. and I’m interviewing these guys tomorrow... I have some fifteen applications for the place. Anoushka’s House / Afternoon Mrs. He extends his hand forward with a big smile.. thrown off. Smith: But. How can he stay with us? Both of them stand back stonily as Mrs. and gives Mrs. Kia: He’s OLD dude. it’s my lucky night! He whips out a cheque book.

He can’t take his eyes off it. 21 Ask her! We enter the room with Vish.. Anoushka: Please No! Anyone but him. I know the man. Mrs. Vish walks up to the bed stand and picks up a framed photograph of baby Anoushka with her parents and grandmother. It’s. he was at the bookstore yesterday and he’s a complete nutcase. yes. And now her granddaughter Anoushka lives here.. awestruck. he’s just on a quest to find himself. Anoushka: Find Whaa. See her there.. Smith into the next room.. he’s really strange! I know him. Anoushka drags Mrs. Anoushka: Give that to me! She snatches the photograph from Vish before looking up at him. Mrs. Poor dear died of Cancer six months ago. Still remember her then. Just then Anoushka walks into the house loaded with the groceries for the week. Smith: (she whispers) .. Smith: (airily) Oh shut up Anoushka. Anoushka swears and drops the bags to the floor before running into the room... the baby.... Anoushka: Ohmygod! It’s. Kia makes a face and points Anoushka towards the room. she stayed here many many years.. (does appropriate action).. He can’t possibly live here! Mrs. Smith tells Anoushka that he’ll be staying in the room from now on. The quaint room has Anoushka’s grandma’s things kept around like she is going to walk in any moment. lost her parents in an accident and came to live with Radha.. was no bigger than this. He stands at the door. Smith: That’s Radha. What are you doing here? When Mrs.

Mrs. Really Mrs. at a loss.. Mrs. Anoushka’s House / Night Vish is in the bedroom.. He is staying here.. She walks off. Vish: I.. Smith: And he’s paid me double the rent. Smith: He’s staying here! Anoushka: Please.. He has emptied out his suitcase and made a mess.. Anoushka: No. if you want. Anoushka: Yeah Right he is.. you can let the things stay here. Anoushka: Bitch! CUT TO Scene 8A INT. I don’t mind. Smith: (with a tome of finality) I have spent the money he gave me. 22 And he told me not to tell anyone but he’s a Maharaja. Anoushka comes in.. Smith. . Smith! Mrs.. Anoushka: It took you all of half an hour to mess up the room.. going through things. Anoushka whips around.. living with those cats has made you loopy. in advance. didn’t it? She begins to collect her grandmother’s things as Vish stands there.. Mrs.

okay. I will ask Dev to sort them out. Anoushka: Try not to touch them.. Goes out and dumps them somewhere and comes back in. Vish: I. Anoushka: Never again. she walks out of the room. Kia: Oh for Gods sake Anoushka! Shut up and stop throwing a fit! I AM the one who’s hormonal and bloated and fucking FAT! I’m the one who can’t get through to my husband! I’m the one who’s a month away from having a baby and that asshole still hasn’t got his visa.’ I’m the one who should be throwing a tantrum not you.. Never ever ask me anything about my family. NEVER talk to me! Get it? Saying this... never ask me anything. you were very close to your grandmother? And your parents? Anoushka looks at him and stops doing what she is. Anoushka: I keep telling you not to wait for that good for nothing bastard. He’s not going to come! That’s what men are like! Kia: That’s the last thing I need Anoushka.. She slams the books down with the other things on Kia’s futon.. Keep your cynicism to yourself. 23 Anoushka: But I do mind Mister! Vish: I’m sorry.He has just knocked . Kia looks slightly put off as she redials a number. She turns around and pulls some things out of the wardrobe. Anoushka sits down next to Kia. I . For that matter. Anoushka: Babe I am telling you this cos I really care for you.. Actually.

He gets up and ventures out of his room. The television is blaring out an India-South Africa Cricket game. looking lost. goes to the balcony. Vish sees her through the window of his room. Dev gives him a tentative look. The front door opens Rashid runs in. making tea. Vish hears the whole conversation. Kia: Morning! Vish walks into the kitchen and gets startled on seeing Dev there. Anoushka’s House / Day Vish stretching in bed. He holds her. CUT TO Scene 9 INT. hands him a bag. Vish quickly draws the curtains. but she removes his hand. Anoushka walks out into the cold balcony. As soon as he realizes that Dev has seen him. Dev walks in and seeing her. groggily Vish: Bhuvan! This repeats itself a few times over till Vishwambhar Chauhan realizes he’s not in his palace. which he holds as she ties her shoes. Vish: And you are Anoushka’s boyfriend? . Dev notices this. takes the bag and walks out. Dev: So you are the new guy? Vish replies without a beat. 24 you up and left you to be! He ain’t showing up! Kia just walks away. grabs a book and runs out again even as Vish collects his bearings and manages to say. Vish: Tea? Just then Kia wobbles out..

Dev: Excuse Me? Vish positions himself in the most comfortable chair at the little table and picks up the days newspaper. Dev suddenly glares at Vishwambhar like a helpless kid glares at the school bully. India loses a wicket. History of Textiles. 25 Dev: That’s really none of your business! Vish: Oh. Vish: Before you start your interview. I visit and now I have to go.. Vish: Kya karte ho? Dev: College. can you make me some tea. so you want to be her boyfriend... I. as well. oh yes. Dev curses. . He says this as a statement not a question. not knowing what to say. I mean.nahi. I don’t stay here but... albeit taken aback is slightly amused by Vish as he places a cup of tea in front of him. Fashion. Dev: Require run rate seven runs. He pauses. Vish: Toh tum bhi idhar rehete ho? Dev answers distractedly..... Dev. Dev: I. Dev: I don’t stay here..

We realize he has never been on his own. Vish: I really thought there was a maid. Vishwambhar: Jaa rahe ho? Match abhi khatam nahi hua. Dev behind her.. Vish walks out and sees Anoushka’s angry face and says. she goes off to her room. Dev stands there smiling. 26 Vishwambhar suddenly almost looks like he doesn’t want him to leave. Room service and housekeeping are on a national holiday today. the kitchen. Please pardon us for our faulty services… Listen. Anoushka: I am sorry sir. He’s made a complete mess of the house and turned everything upside down. CUT TO Scene 10 INT. Rant over. Dev: Bye. Dev: Main class ke liye late ho jaaonga. as if she is chiding an imbecile. the bathroom manners. the detergent. Into this mess enters Anoushka. trying to figure out the house. Dev realizes Vish is actually harmless.. coming in. dude… this is not a fucking hotel… This is a fucking house and you have to do your own stuff here. You mean. He pauses. doing his own thing. ek aur cup chai peete hain. Vishwambhar looks around curiously. The washing machine. I actually have . She proceeds to give him a guided tour of the whole house. Anoushka’s House / Evening Vishwambhar is like the child in ‘Home Alone’. Vish: “Hey… the maid didn’t come today!” Dev stands behind her with a sheepish grin.

Vishwambhar: Excuse Me. “Dev. Dev: Biryani! She loves Biryani. He gets out of Vish’s clutches and runs in to Anoushka’s room. Seeing an Indian lady. It has a telephone number “Hyderabadi Spice” on it. Music Kicks In Vish: . She scribbles something and hands him a piece of paper. Department store / Day Vishwambhar walks into a supermarket as if he owns it. making a ‘call them’ gesture. CUT TO Scene 11 INT. Anoushka keeps calling Dev. an idea strikes him. I won’t let you go! Seriously.. No need to entertain him!” Suddenly. caught in a situation. yeh. Dev is taken aback. Vish whispers. He then looks around. yeh Biriyani mein kya dalta hai? A pause. Vish sighs and then. He pulls out his phone. Vish: Hello? Hello Bhuvan? Haan suno. Vish: How can I make it up to her? You have to tell me! Or else. Vish pins Dev against the wall. He gets a trolley and hauls out a sack of the only thing he knows goes into biriyani – rice. 27 to do all this? Anoushka yells out... I won’t. Biriyani mein kya dalta hai? The woman sees the sack in his trolley and smiles at him. Woman: Ek minute. lost. Vish looks up she walks away. Finally. he goes up to her.

and we see his handiwork. again in quick cuts we see him actually cook the biriyani.. Smith’s voice for the evil stepmother. it’ll be tough to do so many characters. In a series of jumps cuts we see him at different racks.. looking for something. It’s a burnt mass of something that doesn’t remotely look like rice or meat! Vish is thoughtful as he reached into his pocket and pulls out the piece of paper the woman at the supermarket gave him. Biriyani. all the while on the phone with Bhuvan. Finally. 28 Haan Haan. finding it.. Kitchen – Anoushka’s House / Evening The montage continues as.. London Street & Anoushka’s House / Night Anoushka and Dev are walking home. She stops short and looks down in dismay. stuffing things into his trolley. paying the bill. the biriyani looks nothing like it’s supposed to. Dev: . CUT TO Scene 11A INT. CUT TO Scene 12 EXT.. I was thinking I’ll do Mrs. Apart from the fact that the kitchen is a right royal mess. Anoushka: Oh shit! Dev: Kya? Anoushka points to the pavement. pushing the overloaded trolley to the counter. Anoushka: I stepped on the crack. she’s telling him about a book reading she is to conduct at the bookstore tomorrow. he stands back. Anoushka: It’s Cinderella. her foot is on a crack.

29 Punishment. She stomps off. Kia sees them. Dev: I can think of a better punishment. Anoushka: Oh no. a live U2 concert is playing on the TV. Dev behind her. Anoushka turns towards him and does a strange little ritual. waves out a hello. He even knows how to roll joints! Anoushka seems miffed. she turns around on the spot. Dev: Can I join you guys? .. She shoves a plate of fantastic looking biriyani under Anoushka’s nose. Vish pauses with the bottle in his hand. crosses her arms in front of herself twice and touches her ears. Dev looks on with a bemused expression. Tanya: Come! Come! Eat this. you guys carry on having fun. The table is strewn with plates and beer cans. Vish and Rashid are having a beer guzzling competition! Kia and Tanya are cheering them on. He tries reaching for her hand. CUT TO Scene 12A INT. Tanya: It’s soooooo good! Vijay made it! He’s so much fun. I have work to do. Dev wants to stay but follows her reluctantly only to have the door banged shut in his face.. Anoushka pauses at the door to the kitchen. He smiles and goes back into the kitchen. Rashid finishes his beer and whoops! Tanya seems rather drunk as she tries to pull Anoushka into the room. As she finishes and they begin to walk again. Anoushka’s House / Late Evening Shouts and cheers from the kitchen greet Anoushka and Dev as they enter the house. she withdraws.

Dev chooses truth. 30 Vish: Only if you promise to get as drunk as we are. Aaja Aaja Aaja. Sounds can be heard in the background. Rashid: Of course he does! Kia: . We gradually move away from her and travel up to the terrace. playing truth or dare. Kia: No! Not again! Tanya: Have you met Shah Rukh Khan? CUT TO Scene 12B INT.. Kia and Rashid have collapsed with laughter. Kia. The bottle spins and stops in front of Tanya. Rashid excitedly tells Dev. – EXT. Vish: Hmmn! Do you love Anoushka? Dev: Hey! Come on. Vish. she chooses the ‘dare’ and begins a hilarious performance of ‘Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy. Anoushka’s House – Balcony & Terrace / Night Anoushka walks up and down the tiny balcony rehearsing lines from Cinderella. Rashid: You know what. Dev. Vish spins the bottle and this time it comes to a stop with the mouth pointing to Dev. she tells him she loves Jimmy and grew up watching Disco Dancer almost every week. Vish is most amused as she sits down panting.’ from Disco Dancer. Vish hands him a beer. Vish ponders. Rashid and Tanya are sitting around in a circle.. They are all rather high. Vijay was telling us he’s met Brian Lara! Tell him the story Vijay!! Kia makes a face..

so she’s nervous.. Dev just shrugs.. Vish asks. Dev: Well. Anoushka and I are not seeing each other. Kia: She’s goin there for an audition.. Tanya hugs him. Tanya: Ohhh Dev don’t go! We’ll miss you! There is a small silence and Anoushka’s voice floats up as she rehearses. Vish: What is she practicing for? Dev: She’s doing a book reading tomorrow to make extra money for her trip to Manchester. will stay here. Dev: She has to read out the story of Cinderella.. Vish: Why? Dev: I’ll finish my course in a month and go to India and Anu. and.. 31 Yeh! But he’s too chicken to ask her out! They rib Dev who throws his hands up.. Dev: And we’ll never see each other.... tell us.. Kia coughs. Dev: Wasn’t I supposed to answer the question? Vish: So. we are just ‘good friends’. She’s .

. not just the cancer... Tanya: She died of cancer six moths ago. her Nani.. She keeps a distance...Pinku so she’s scared of getting too close to anyone.. she’s scared of getting too close to anyone. Dev: Yeah. she’s just scared I guess. you know. Rashid: But she was suffering so much so it was better she. Vish: Pinku? Dev: . I mean she was awfully close to her grandma. is just a façade. her dad. she’s lost all the people she loved.. Kia: Yeah she was. Kia: And she saw her grandma suffer... Nani spent all her life pining for this guy. He says it almost fondly. she’s actually a very lovely person but she just doesn’t .. she’s just.... 32 mostly nervous only. show it. Tanya: So romantic.. All the.. you know. her mum. Dev: Yeah.. and Nani died... Vish: What’s the deal with her? Why is she so... there’s no deal. Kia: But he never turned up! Dev: And I think Anoushka always hoped he’d come one day but he didn’t.. she can’t... Kia: There is no deal.

Kia makes a noise. 33 Her dog. Anoushka: I suggest you don’t come either! Find something else to do! Or someone else to hang out with. Tanya: I’m sorry too. you guys seem to be having a lot of fun up here.. Bookstore / Day Anoushka is dressed up bright and pretty as she sits amidst starts to . Anoushka: Oh. rolling on the floor. 12. I’m off to bed so good night... okay. Rashid: They put me on the Day shift this week. She walks out of there. I’ll see you all at the reading tomorrow. Well..30. Anoushka turns to Dev. We stay on Vish looking at her. Just then Anoushka walks in and they see her and burst out laughing again. Anoushka: What? Kia: Doc’s appointment. I have a lecture. I’m sorry baby. Vish: Pinku? They suddenly find this very funny and burst out laughing. who smiles at her. CUT TO Scene 13 INT.

Anoushka is taken aback. Finally when Vish eggs her on a third time. Reference Song: “Mere paas aao mere doston” CUT TO .. Vish eggs her on. smiling at him. Anoushka starts to stumble over sentences and make a mess of the whole thing... Vish: Story. Anoushka turns to him and says. Anoushka looks irritated but continues with an effort. Dev smiles encouragingly at her. Anoushka takes her seat. Vish clears his throat. Anoushka: We can’t disappoint them. the kids turn their attention to him as he calls out to them to listen to his story in sing-song verse. He tells the story of a Prince who had everything in the world but wasn’t happy… essentially. Vish. and he tells a story. Vish is apprehensive as he approaches Anoushka. Anoushka: Why don’t you come up and tell us a story? It’s Vish’s turn to look stumped. They listen. can we? Vish shuts his eyes. she stands there. they follow him as if he is the pied piper himself. Dev looks like he’s wishing he never came. 34 read out the story of Cinderella. Anoushka waves at the children. Vish: I don’t know any. Anoushka invites Vish to come up in front and claps as Dev pushes him to go. Dev and Vish walk in and take their seats. he begins a song. He has them enthralled.. Eyes still shut is humming. the kids follow suit. clapping. the story of his own life! He takes them through the store in a dance. Anoushka: Go on. Anoushka smiles at the kids and opens her mouth to address them when a gentle hum makes her turn around.

. Man: Sir. But she turns around and walks over to her bed and continues to do what she was – stuffing some clothes into an overnight bag... . Anoushka’s Room / Evening A fist knocks on a door. In his head. you just fucked up again. CUT TO Scene 14 INT. Vish: But she’s the one who told me to tell a story! Dev: Yes! Tell a story! Not upstage her! Vish looks crestfallen. Vish: I’ll get it right someday! I will. Vish: Uh. 35 The song ends. almost as if she is amazed at his audacity. he’s done something wonderful. Dev: Yes. Anoushka pulls the door open and stops short on seeing Vish there. Anoushka walks away in a huff.. and Vish waves a goodbye to the kids and comes happily towards Anoushka. Dev shrugs. Anoushka: No.. She doesn’t say anything. and he’s rather taken aback to see Anoushka looking really pissed off. at least you won’t make things worse. Can I come in. we have a small compensation for the book reading you just conducted. A man comes to Vish. Maybe you should just quit trying to make it up to her. please do meet the manager before you leave.

36 Vish makes as if to enter. . Anoushka picks the bag and walks up to the door. Anoushka: I am taking the train to Manchester tonight. We hear Anoushka’s voice in the kitchen.. Today’s the last day. it’s a beautifully done up little house with wallpaper cut out of magazines. Will be back tomorrow Please remember to pay the power bill. He picks up the pictures and stares at them for a moment. and stumped. Like. Anoushka is silent. Anoushka: Stay there. We stay on Vish. she take one last look around the room. You are of absolutely no consequence to my life. you are just something I have to live with. He stands there awkward.. they are old photographs from when she was younger. Vish: Sorry. She looks stunning in them. I have to live with it because I don’t have the money to change it. and miniature furniture. Her bag is done. I am sorry. Vish: I came to say. speaking to Kia. Anoushka marches out into the kitchen.. She gathers herself to all of her 5 ft 4 inch frame and looks Vish in the eye.. (pause) Please keep an eye on your new friend! I don’t want him screwing anything else up! Vish is about leave the room when something catches his eye. like this ugly pink toilet. A small model of a house stands on the table. he takes a closer look at it. What you do or say doesn’t matter. and I wish you’d understand that. Anoushka: It doesn’t matter.. He touches it and then he notices some photographs kept next to it Photographs of Anoushka’s grandmother. Vish repeats. taken aback.

. 37 He starts as. Vish touches the model. it’s her dream for the house. Vish: Oh.. Vish: (thoughtfully) I have an idea. Dev: What are you doing here? Vish spins around.. JUMP CUT Kia.. Dev: Oh this. Vish: For this house? Dev: Yes. it’s all she wants. Dev looks at the model. Vish: I have a plan!!! Kia: Okay! Okay! Calm down! Vish: No! Okay! I’ve never done this before and I need you guys! Please! This is it! Rashid: This is it? Vish: This is our chance to make Anoushka happy! .. have you seen this? I. I came in here to say sorry and. Rashid and Tanya are also in the room.

. not the Manchester Playhouse Theater company.... chalo yeh bhi try kar lete hain! Kia: Care to translate? Vish: You’ll know.apne haaton se kuch karne ka mazaa hee kuch aur hai.. choc-a-bloc with children and their parents and few young women scattered around. Vish: Bhuvan kehta hai. She looks around a couple of times at the rather dingy hall. but. Anoushka: I mean.. The woman: Then you’ve come to the wrong place darling! This is the Manchester Playhouse Easter Theater Festival. I think there has been some mistake. come on now! CUT TO Scene 15 INT.. Woman looks up. I came here for the Manchester Playhouse Theater Company Audition. Anoushka: Excuse me? Are you sure my name is down for the audition? Woman: Haven’t yeh already checked it on the list? Anoushka: Yes. 38 Tanya: But what is the plan?! Vish smiles. Audition Hall / Day As Anoushka waits for her turn. . Anoushka goes up to the counter.. she looks disconcerted.

Train Station / Day Anoushka. waiting at the rail station. 39 She waves her hand around the room. Woman: We’re auditioning kids for the Easter Play up by the city centre. Train / Day-Night Anoushka on the train. you should come for that! Anoushka: Are you sure? I was told. CUT TO Scene 15D EXT. looking out of the window as day turns to night.. CUT TO A Montage as Anoushka makes her way back to London. She kicks the door. London Streets / Night Anoushka walking on the streets of London. A band of raggedy musicians play street-jazz by a street corner. she stands and listens to them for a while feeling most melancholic. CUT TO Scene 15C INT. Buys herself some coffee but it’s horrid. she throws it away and gets on the train when it comes. Scene 15B INT. Anoushka looks crestfallen as she walks out. CUT TO . Anoushka: Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! She is almost in tears as she walks away and we follow her on her journey back home through a montage.

everyone is smiling as she comes running back! Her eyes shine with happiness and she does a little jig and plants a kiss on Dev’s cheek. Anoushka looks at Dev. She is confused and then her light falls on a familiar face. Anoushka: I knew it! I knew you guys won’t have paid the bill! She turns on her phone and through the slivers of light falling around the room. drops her bag and runs around the house entranced and shocked. Tanya. Apartment / Night Anoushka comes into the apartment to find it in darkness. How? She turns to Dev. Dev: He did this. Anoushka stands . she can see her grandmother’s pictures hung on the wall. Anoushka gasps! The house looks completely transformed.. She groans. a red couch sits in the living room. you guys! I don’t know what to say. Anoushka: You?! Dev shakes his head and points towards Vish. Rashid and Kia. the lights come on. smiling. Nani’s pictures are up on the wall with Tanya’s Paintings. standing at a little distance. She flips on a switch but the darkness prevails. Anoushka: Kia? What’s going on. Kia nods. And just as suddenly. Anoushka looks at Kia for conformation. it looks like it has manifested itself from the model into real life.. The walls are freshly painted. Anoushka: Ohhhhh Myyyyy Goddddd! It’s magical to see her this way. 40 Scene 16 INT. It’s Kia.. Anoushka: Oh My God. She turns around to the others.

Anoushka: Why did you do this? Vish: To make you like me. Anoushka looks at the wall and narrows her eyes.. Slowly she walks up to Vish and stands in front of him. At the bar. Night Club / Night Loud Beats. Dev: .. Party Music on the soundtrack CUT TO Scene 17 – PBS 2 INT. Dev: She’s trying to say thank you! Anoushka smiles too. don’t ask me to say it. Anoushka: Hmmn.Deep Purple would have been a better choice… though this isn’t that bad. okay. Vish: I have a better idea. Vish: Sorry but I couldn’t change the pink toilet. There is a pause.. Vish: Thank you aise nahin chalega… Anoushka: Phir kaise. 41 there looking rather surprised.. hands akimbo. Thumping Music. then he says... The other’s smile.

. Anoushka: Vodka and Tonic. Vish: Don’t you fucking leave her. Dev: What Mr. Tanya: Beer! Rashid: Tonic Water Please. fun. completely popular Hindi film song. He sits up suddenly as Dev is leaving the room and calls out to him. Vish: THIS is called drinking He downs shots in a row. CUT TO: Scene 18 INT. mad fun through which Vish proceeds to get awfully drunk. Kia: Can’t drink fucking baby! Vish: Tequila Shots. Anoushka’s House / Night As Dev leads a sloshed Vish into his bedroom. Tequila? Want to puke? Vish slurs. so much so that he has to be carried home.A wild. okay. And then proceeds to sing a song . Dev goes up to him. Vish pats him on the back before flopping on the bed.. He turns to them with a sneer. 42 Uhh Whiskey and Coke.

He just walks out of the front door into the pouring rain. it becomes a magical moment. Vish is greeted with claps and whoops as he enters! He blinks a couple of times. he looks at with distaste. Vish takes the umbrella from her and throws it into the air. a strange expression on his face. Anoushka’s House / Day Vish wakes up groggy and disoriented to the sound of thunder. He turns around and looks at Vish. it’s rare to see her this way. soon everyone is in the lawn. Kitchen – Anoushka’s House / Night . but almost pleased to have met Vish’s approval. Kia: You think he’s still drunk?! They all go up to the door and watch in amusement. he takes her hand and leads her in a silly little dance. 43 Dev looks a little taken aback. CUT TO: Scene 20 INT. Everyone except Anoushka who’s telling Tanya that it’s a whole load of crap. laughing. Tanya: It’ll help with the hangover. Tanya gets him a glass of something. Vish flops back on the bed muttering to himself. He tumbles out of bed into the living room where everyone is watching DDLJ on TV. Vish doesn’t say anything. Dev smiles and is walking out of the room suddenly he seems to realize something and stops short. Anoushka falls into Dev’s arms. CUT TO Scene 19 INT. The others burst out laughing. Anoushka: He’s lost the plot! She gets an umbrella and goes out after him. She seems a different person.

We follow him in as he enters and looks around. He says. She stares at him blankly. he finds an envelope. He says the line a third time. now you speak. He reads out a line. practicing the lines when Dev walks in and sees them there.. Anoushka follows him. CUT TO Outside. There is a black overcoat that Vish always wears hanging at the door. rehearsing. It’s from Radha and it now plays out in her voice over a montage of Radha’s . sits down. pauses and looks towards the living room as he contemplates whether he should go in. as if to a small child. Suddenly Dev knows what to do. Dev pushes the door open. is the one Vish received in the very first scene. Vish’s voice trails in from the living room. she is slightly disconcerted. He quickly pulls a letter out and begins to read. 44 Anoushka is in the kitchen. Vish and Anoushka continue their rehearsal. this time Anoushka responds. He repeats the line.. CUT TO Dev looks around the room but he doesn’t know what he is looking for. The letter. he sees the door to ‘Nani’s room’ ajar. Vish: You are playing Athena? Anoushka nods. Vish: Main tumhe cue de raha hoon. He turns to leave when something catches his eye. He picks a few sheets and begins to read the lines. He walks into Anoushka’s room to keep his bag. As he’s coming out again. JUMP CUT Vish and Anoushka are in the living room. Anoushka is still surprised. when Vish walks in. holding her hand out to take the sheets back.. He looks in the pockets and in the inner breast pocket of the overcoat. muttering that it’s a rather silly dramatic dialogue. Vish turns away and walks to the table. He stops.

jo main kahne jaa rahi hoon. Nahin. over Kia and Rashid cooking in the kitchen. teen mahiney baad. Tumhaare bare mein khabrein aati rahti hai India se… Bahut baar mann kiya tumse ek baar aake miloon. over clips of Vish and Anoushka rehearsing. badi mushkil se maine khud ko tootne se roka… Aur phir. Vahi alhadpan. Tumhaare ussi patey parr yeh khatt bhej rahi hoon… jahaan hum aakhri baar miley theye. 45 photographs. over a patch of tuberoses in the garden. Kabhi usse tumhari kami mehsoos nahin honeye dii maine. Vish. Aaj Anoushka baaees saal ki hai. Vahi zidd. Aur uss mein mujhe tum nazar aate ho. Tum mein hamesha voh baat thii… Hazaar galtiyaan karogey… parr tumhe dekhke kissika gussa bass yun pighal jaayega. Vish. Haath se hi likh rahi hoon… Lifafe parr mere handwriting se hi tum pehchaan gaye hoge … Kuch cheezein kabhi nahin badalti Vish… bass umr kabhi kabhi humein dhokha de jaati hai. Teen mahiney ki Anoushka ko maine apni beti jaisa paala hai. iss khatt mein picchley chaalis saalon ki ranjish daalna chahti hoon… Parr daal nahin paa rahi.. Dekhte dekhte bees saal ki hui. Aur ab.. ek badla lena chahti thii tumse… to hiss khabar ko maine raaz hi rakha. Robert naam k eek ladke pyaar bhi hua usse… aur shaadi kii don one. May mahiney mein hamari beti Meghna paida hui. Unnis sau painsath ke Polo ki uss aakhri season mein tumne jab mujhe saaf kah diya ki tum apne aap ko kissi rishte mein baandhna nahin chahte… maine bade style se ‘I understand’ toh kah diya thaa… Parr. Gehri ek khaai se unnki bodies mili.. Asal mein… Shayad yeh khatt bhejti hi nahin main tumhe. Dev Reads. Parr badi mushkil se khud ko roka maine. Khoobsoorat… chirpy little Meghana. (something along these lines) Vish. vahi kupp sa gussa.. Maine usse koi last name nahin diya. . mujhe koi gila nahin thaa… Naa hai! Mujhe laga ki yeh ek ishaara hai… Tumhare saath agar yeh umr guzaar nahin paayi… toh hamare iss bachche ke saath apni zindagi guzaar doongi. London waapas aake mujhe pata chala main pregnant hoon. Vahi zindagi se roothna… vahi khuli hassi. Ikkis saal ki umar mein ma bani ek choti si bachchi ka… Anoushka… Aur Anoushka jab teen mahiney ki thii… Robert aur Meghana ek lambi si drive pe gayein… aur kabhi nahin laute. Aur jitni ranjishein thii tumse… unnke liye. agar mere paas kahne ko voh nahin hota.

agar yeh doctors ne time pe cancer ka ilaaj nikaal liya hota toh. He lets himself out of the . As the letter ends. CUT TO Dev places the letter back in the overcoat. Parr kya karoon? Doctors bhi zaalim hamari pyaar ki tarah nikamme nikle. Behadd masoom hai… Khulke jeena chahti hai… parr jaise hamari kuch galtiyon ne usske parr baandh rakhein ho. CUT TO Vish reads... usski zindagi mein aisa koi bhi nahin hai jisse voh apna kah sakey. Hang on! Are you an actor or something? Vish snaps out of the moment. Anoushka: One sec. where his character seems to be apologizing to Anoushka’s character. yeh mera farz thaa tumse kahna… so kah diya… Alvida. Radha. 46 Maine tumhe yeh sab aaj tak kyon nahin bataya? Aur ab kyon bata rahi hoon? Shayad nahin bataati. Vish says some lines again. yeh khatt mere lawyers ko milega… will ke anusaar tumhe yeh post kiya jaayega… ek hi cheez maang rahi hoon tumse… Bass Anoushka parr. she slowly sits up as Vish seems to have been taken over by his lines. he doesn’t smile as he says. Anoushka responds. As Anoushka waits for her turn. Vish. Dev looks up unseeingly. I guess you just have to feel the emotion. Dekho na… kahte hain bass kuch din bache hain… Bass mujhe Anoushka ki fikar hai. Mujhe laga. When he finishes the apology she gapes at him. Vish: I. Tum maano ya na maano… Tumhari hi poti hai voh. ho sakey toh door se nazar rakhna. Shayad yeh khatt main tumhe kabhi nahin bhejti… Parr aaj. Mere jaane ke baad. Parr usske paas matt aana… Tumhaare baare mein… maan lo… khush fehmiyaan nahin hai usse koi… Meri hi chand galtiyon ka nateeja hai yeh. sivaaye tumhare.

. Dev: Lemme help you! As they buy the beer. Vish is taken aback to say the least. Vish leans back. she hates so much??? What do you want from her? Why have you come now? Vish looks towards the grounds. I’m sorry. enjoying the sun. Dev confronts Vish about his real identity. CUT TO Scene 21 EXT. Vish sighs. Dev: Here’s one for me. Dev: YOU are the man. shutting the door behind him. Dev: I found the letter. Vish: I know exactly what we could do with right now! He excuses himself to go get some beers. Dev says. Dev shakes his head and looks at Vish. He hands him the beers. Dev follows. Anoushka and Dev are at a Polo match.. Polo Grounds – London / Day Vish. I was snooping but I knew it was you and I just had to. till this letter came to me… I know… I am to . One for Anu and one for the Kunwar Saab himself. Anoushka loves the whole game. 47 room.. even as she behaves like one of the boys and hurls abuses. Vish: I had no idea about her.

I know she is all over the place… But I think I can undo the mistake that was caused because of me. Dev remains silent and then walks away. And I am the only person who can sort it out.. Vish: I know… I know… Even Bhuvan said. ‘don’t go’. love… everything… stems from me. Those were carefree days of youth… You moved on easily. Her grandmother let go… and I hurt her. looking out into the grounds. Dev looks skeptical Vish: Please. I know she is. Dev is silent. I can make it happen. Vish: This… Her phobia for commitment etc… is all because of me.. Don’t tell her. Vish: I had to come. Dev: So what now? Don’t fuck her up even more. Let me have that one chance to undo my mistakes. I know she can change. she hadn’t listened to me and told me we had a daughter. Unable to respond. Both men lean against the railing. Please let me.. who asked her to never bring these sort of things up.. Vish: So is she… in love with you. But you? I know you love her… that you won’t hurt her. 48 blame… but I wish Radha had told me once.. Her misunderstanding of life. I can see it. Dev: Yes… I know… I am the one in love with her. . I wish. Can you believe I never met my daughter? Vish is silent for a couple of moments. Please let me. It’s in her eyes. I feel. She has her grandmother’s eyes… Those eyes… which can’t hide love… but her heart has closed all doors… because of how her grandmother was hurt.It was me. But alas. I want to remove this bitterness she carries within.

Vish: You mean.MONTAGE In a series of cuts we see Dev. rather than Dev who looks sulky. A song begins on the soundtrack CUT TO Scene 22 – PBS . I owe you one. I am coming here after so long. The three of them sit together. Vish and Anoushka through the city of London. a London we have never seen before – Anoushka’s London! Anoushka looks more interested in explaining things to Vish. We used to come here so often. Anoushka’s team wins. Dev still looks slightly reluctant.. you are saying Thank You? Anoushka: Shut up! She thinks for a moment and says. rather like an odd trio. Vish: . Anoushka: Tum naye ho na London mein? Vish: Nahin… I mean… pahle bhi aaya hoon…dekha hua hai. My grandmother loved Polo. While she is ahead. Anoushka: Voh toh tumne Bollywood ka London dekha hai… Parr Anu ke London mein toh pahli baar aaye ho. 49 They walk up to her and she says. Anoushka: I’m so glad we came here. na? Chalo… aaj meri treat… Tumhe Anoushka apne shahar ka guided tour degi Dev and Vish’s eyes meet over Anoushka’s head. She turns to Vish and says. Anoushka: Where the hell were you guys? She asks Vish to sit next to her.

tired and weary after the long day out Anoushka says she has to rehearse the lines for the next day’s audition one last time. Vish: Ek kaam karo… usse drop karne matt jaana audition pe. kya rang laati hai! Dev doesn’t like this. She goes into her room. Dev is rather miffed by Vishwambhar. Dev: Main koshish nahin kar raha hoon? Haath tak toh pakadne nahin deti mujhe. Tum toh voh bhi nahin kar rahe ho. Anoushka comes and drags Vish away. Dev looks on exasperated. Anoushka’s House / Night As they reach home. zara memsahib ko patta kamm do… zara unhe ignore karo… zara unhe mehsoos karne do aapki kami… phir deho. At a dingy theme park. Dev tries to push himself into moments where Anoushka and he can be like a couple. It’s as if Anoushka is almost unaware of Dev’s presence. but she drags Vish in too. Vish: And what are you doing about it? Before Dev can reply. She shares her ice-cream with Vishwambhar. Vish: Miyaan aapki koshish dikh rahi hai. CUT TO Scene 23 INT. like a photograph. The SONG resumes. 50 Tum vahaan khade khade dedh saal ke bachche ki tarah shaklein hi banaate raho. kal! . he’s still miffed about the whole day. Anoushka and Vish pose as Micky and Minne Mouse. Vish tells Dev. Vish continues. jisski ice cream kissine chheen lii hai! Bhai main koshish toh kar raha hoon.

Hohohoho… Tum mere na aane ka faayda uthaake. Audition Hall / Day Dev hides inside a phone booth. Anoushka comes in looking worried. Kia looks rather ill. Dev looks unconvinced. Dev: Ohhhh…. Anoushka: Is she okay? Rashid: Took her to the doc. She’s just upset her husband doesn’t have the visa yet. 51 Now Dev is baffled. she’s due on the 10th. CUT TO Scene 24 EXT. Vish is with Anoushka. Just then Kia and Rashid walk in. As Kia goes off to bed. ek baar! Bass venue pe late pahunch jaana. Anoushka: Bastard! I always knew he won’t come. Anoushka: Where the fuck is Dev? He was supposed to be here half an hour ago! . and Rashid concerned. We’ll have to take her into hospital next Sunday. brownie points kamaana chahte ho? Vaah ji vaah… bade smart ho! Vish: Miyan trust me. Dev looks at Vish as if this is his fault. Aapke tareekon se kuch toh nahin hua… ab hamara tareeka aazmaake dekho. Dev: What? Khaa jaayegi mujhe! Kachcha! Nahin nahin… bichari ka bada audition hai kal! Vish: Aur tum mummy ho usski… badi bachchi hai… sambhal jaayegi! Dev now suddenly does a double take.


It’s almost my turn to go in!

He must have got caught up with something.

He gives her a pep-talk,



As she goes in, Dev walks up.

Did you see her asking for you?!

Dev still doesn’t think this is going to work.

She’s going to kill me!


Scene 24B
INT. Audition Hall / Day

Inside, Anoushka stands up on stage. She says the same lines that she
practiced with Vish. She overcomes her initial nervousness and lets the
lines take her over, actually doing a passable job. For once she does
not stutter or stammer.

Can I do it once more?

The guy in the front row looks back and the other nod at him. He
smiles at her,

There is no need for you to go again.

Anoushka is crestfallen. The man continues,



Come back for round 2

Anoushka looks up, scarcely believing what she hears.



Scene 24 C
EXT. Audition Hall / Day

Anoushka comes bounding out of the hall and jumps in the air with a

I got it! I got a call back!

She runs up to Vish and Dev and on seeing the latter, melts,

Tum subah kyon nahin aaye?

He tries to make up an excuse. She says,

Doesn’t matter. Ab toh aa gaye ho, na! Bass… kuch kuch perfect
perfect si lagne lagi hai life achanak!

She slips her hand into Dev’s and holds it tight. Dev steals a glance at
Vish, disbelief writ large on his face. Vish smiles. The song from the
previous scene kicks in again. Dev and Anoushka walk hand in hand,
as a host of pigeons fly around them. Vish stops and looks at them,


Scene 25
INT. Anoushka’s House / Night

A cricket game on TV. Vish and Dev are watching attentively, they
exclaim simultaneously as India loses a wicket. The match goes into a


You know.. this last week, it’s been.. it’s been so nice. Anoushka and I..
it’s never been like this.

The doorbell interrupts their conversation. Dev looks at his watch,

At two in the morning?

He gets the door, standing there is a tall, well built man of African
origin. Dev takes a step back,


I.. am. Is Kia there?

Oh fuck! You’re her husband! Oh my God!

The guy nods and puts out a hand. Dev has run in to call Kia so Vish
takes the hand and shakes it.



A scream is heard from inside and Kia comes waddling out into the
kitchen hurling abuses, she goes up to Tunde and beats against his
chest and hugs him and hits him all at the same time. The commotion
brings the whole house into the kitchen and suddenly Kia lets out a

Oh My GOD! I think my water broke! Fuck!

There is panic. Rashid calls the ambulance, but Kia is already flat out
on the floor. Tunde holds her, and Anoushka tells her to breath deeply.
Vish tells Kia to get hot towels and boil water. Dev doesn’t know what
to do. Kia yells in pain, the baby is coming, the ambulance won’t be
able to get here. Kia yells at Tunde that it’s all his fault, he holds her
and calms her down, telling her to relax,

she’s glaring at me just like you do. There is a moment between them. – INT. it’s okay. 55 Tunde: I’m here. He tells everyone to stand back and with Tunde’s help. Dev looks at him. .. it’ll be fine. Dev: I know. Tunde. it’s a little girl. Kia and the baby leave for the hospital. Vish holds the baby in his hands and looks at it in wonder. Dev and Daddu stand by the door. Daddu’s eyes meet Anoushka’s and hold. Daddu meets Dev eyes. Tunde and Vish take over. As the cries fill the room. Anoushka smiles and hugs him. just calm down. Daddu: If you love her... Dev withdraws and cups her face in his hand. CUT TO Scene 25B EXT.. Kia: I told yeh he’d come. he delivers the baby. Anoushka: Oh My God! Over Anoushka’s shoulder. They kiss.. Daddu hands her over. you’ll know what you have to do. Dev holds Anoushka’s hand and pulls her into the garden. there is not a dry eye. Kia. Vish has no idea what he is doing but something seems to be telling him what to do. Tunde: Baby. holds her hands out for the child. She comes running to him and hugs him. Kia smiles at her. The others walk back into the house. Anoushka goes to hug Kia. Anoushka’s House / Night Kia is wheeled into the ambulance.

I don’t want to talk about it. Dev: No Anu… We can’t keep pretending that I am not going back. Dev: Anu… I mean it… I want you to meet my parents. Not dying or something. Dev? Dev: No I mean… I want to know… whether I want to go back there… Or I want to be back here with you? Anoushka: What’s there to know? You always wanted to go back to India and take over your dad’s saree shop! . Dev. Anoushka: For what. Over the running water. 56 Dev: I am going back to India now. to meet my parents? Anoushka: No Dev… Dev: What’s wrong? I am just going to India. Anoushka comes out of the bathroom. Anoushka draws back and walks into the house. where she goes into the bathroom and begins to wash her hands and face. I am! But that doesn’t mean… Anoushka: No Dev. Anoushka: Let’s not talk about it. Dev: Anu. I was thinking… What if you come with me. Anoushka: Shut up. Dev follows her into her room. wiping her hands on a towel. She looks at Dev as if telling him to stop kidding.

‘Look ma… Look Baba… Look I got back Desi girl!’ No. There never was. but I always made my stand clear on this. Your course is over. unnerved. And you love me! Anoushka: (Her voice rising) That’s very presumptuous of you. So go back. Don’t behave like an idiot! At least keep your dignity!!! Anoushka is almost panting as she finishes her monologue. I mean… Who the fuck? What the fuck gave you idea that I love you? Dev just stands there. 57 Dev: No… but you know… Plans change. I am sorry. So don’t blame about this. Don’t try to change my world. I made it clear from the very first day. she at him. this is what it is. Dev: And I’ll never come back. baby. Now he looks Anoushka in the eye. I never said that. Anoushka lowers her voice. This was just sex. He pauses and it’s almost as if it’s difficult for him to say this. reading a book. Anoushka: No Dev… Dev Please. He leaves. He looks up . Dev: I’ll leave Anoushka. She’s silent. We have nothing here. She sits down on the bed. Please go back.. Why do you want me to meet your parents? Dev: Because I love you. I am fine here alone. we don’t necessarily become a couple. Dev looks at Anoushka. We follow him into the kitchen where Vish is still up. I’ll leave if that’s what you want me to do. What do you want to take me back with you for? I am not some souvenir from London. That’s not how it works.. Anoushka: Dev I don’t want to break your heart but there is nothing between us. sweetie. I can’t take this responsibility of your plans changing. You were always gonna go back. If you are not mature enough to understand that just because we have slept together. then that’s really your problem… Because from day one… I have told you. And that is life! Anoushka starts shaking.

being a complete chick! It’s only later in the day that she begins to get slightly worried. He has never seen Dev like this. She goes about her day as usual. Vish: Dev. 58 with a smile and realizes something is horribly wrong. Kya.. she calls up his hostel and is told by the operator that ‘he can’t come to the phone right now but will call back’. Vish looks at Anoushka who followed Dev into the room. Anoushka tries to call Dev during Lunch. Dev: I’m done wasting time here. didn’t you? He would have never done this by himself! I should have known it was you. Anoushka assumes her fight with Dev is just another one of ‘those’. Anoushka is slightly taken aback but not worried. he watches her go from the window. Vish on the other hand looks rather somber unlike his usual gregarious self. Anoushka: Dev’s throwing a tantrum. CUT TO Bookstore. as she tells her colleague. I think you should leave too. She narrows her eyes as she cuts the call. putting ridiculous ideas into his head! Vish: But what happened? Anoushka: I thought you were my friend! CUT TO Scene 26 – MONTAGE Through the next day. As Anoushka leaves. he doesn’t answer. is quiet at the breakfast table. she’s glaring at him.. . Anoushka: You put him up to this. Saying so he walks out. Having got passes to a book launch that evening.

. Anoushka: Oh he was? Where the fuck is he? I’m so pissed with him. Anoushka: Well. Anoushka’s House / Evening Anoushka enters the house to find Vish. they are all rather quiet. that gives us enough time to get all doffed up. he’s left London. Anoushka: Umm. panting. . CUT TO Scene 27 INT.. Anoushka: Hey guys! I got us free passes to this fancy book launch tonight at the Savoy! They don’t react like she expects them to. Rashid: He’s left. Anoushka looks at her. I’m gonna.. There is still no answer. he’s not returned my calls all day. As she gets on the bus. 59 CUT TO Anoushka waits for Dev at the corner till she almost misses her bus and has to sprint to it.. Rashid: Anu.we can all go together.. we see her call him again. Tanya and Rashid in the living room.. I’ll tell him to pick us up in an hour. why so glum? Is everything okay? Is it Kia? Tanya: Dev was here.

as she realizes Dev’s absence and misses him. She’s stepped on a crack. At one point Vish asks her Dev would have approved of this shade of green. A mellow love-song begins on the sound track CUT TO Scene 29 – PBS 3 . she looks like she doesn’t know what to do. After a moment she picks it out of there and looks at it. CUT TO The next morning Anoushka walks into a room to ask Vish why he is creating a ruckus. Anoushka: Oh. Anoushka does the punishment by herself. she pulls it off and dumps it into the dustbin. In sudden rage. We follow her in. She is walking to work one morning when she suddenly stops short. Vish: Someone has to fill in for him. She looks at Vish who‘s been quiet throughout this whole thing. looks at Vish.Montage Early autumn days set in and we see Anoushka in this song. Anoushka begins to answer. Anoushka realizes this is all what Dev was about. 60 Anoushka takes a minute to understand the impact of what Rashid just said.. Vish points at the mess around him and tells Anoushka that he is only making the crib Dev promised Kia he would make for the baby. stops short. flops down on the bed in an almost despair like situation and stops short on seeing a photograph of Dev and herself on the wall. Anoushka: What are you doing? . She walks off towards her room. right? Anoushka: Oh fine! I’ll help you.

I can’t wait anymore. Anoushka: Oh my God! I. Anoushka stands there. she is stunning. stunned. A loud applause. Thank You! . CUT TO Anoushka walking by the corner where she used to wait for Dev. this is her call-back audition – the second round. she watches from afar as someone else moves into his room. but manages to read the first line. a stage as exalted as the West End. all the spotlights are on Anoushka and in a rather ethereal manner. She begins to feel one with the character as she speaks those lines. It’s a scene where a woman is pining for her lover. Anoushka looks a little dazed. She glances at the sheet. she steps on a crack. CUT TO Anoushka goes to Dev’s residence hall. Anoushka walks distracted. The judges confer amongst themselves before telling Anoushka she has the part even before she gets off the stage.. She does the ‘punishment ritual’ all by herself. she blinks. each pause. rather disheveled. CUT TO Scene 30 EXT. Anoushka: I can’t do this. a strange magic seems to take her over. goes up in front of an audience to perform her audition. It’s what she’s always wanted. Audition Hall / Day Anoushka. each pained intake of breath. The bell rings. each half-sob coming from deep within her. The song resumes. as if she has no clue what just happened. 61 She walks off from there.. her time starts. to perform on stage.. not a single day can I stay away from you. – INT. Anoushka stutters. she looks around almost as if expecting him to turn up out of the blue.

Anoushka: I’m going to get him. Daddu: Really? Anoushka: Start packing. . Daddu: New exercise program? Anoushka pants as she slowly looks up at him. She bends holding her knees. breathless. Vish feigns surprise. 62 The judges look pleased. Daddu: Where? Who? Anoushka: I want to go to India.. You are coming with me whether you like it or not! She smiles at him and he winks back at her. CUT TO Scene 31 INT. Anoushka turns and runs out of there. I.. And just as suddenly. I’m sorry I can’t do it. Anoushka: But. Daddu: Me? Anoushka: Yeah. I have to go. Apartment / Evening. Vish is in the kitchen with a mug of coffee and a book when Anoushka barges in..

Vish: That’s not something you’re told. Anoushka and Vish make their way through the flight. Dum Dum Airport / Day We follow a flight over the Kolkatta skyline as it lands. 63 INTERVAL Scene 32 Ext. Still seated Anoushka muses. Anoushka: Why are you covering up your form? Caught.. Nani broke ties with India long ago. As the plane taxis. Anoushka notices this. Anoushka: Well well well Never thought I’d ever come here. He surreptitiously hides his from her while he writes his name. As she sees a group of gulf travelers whisked away into another . Vish is silent. he grins. Funny little moments happen. Vish is amused by the way Anoushka almost has a culture shock. he gets up as the plane comes to a halt. Anoushka: So. That’s something you find out. Anoushka: Let’s find out then! She pulls their bags out of the luggage hold and hands him his. into the airport. what is India like? Vish now smiles. I mean.. – Int. Vish and Anoushka fill in the disembarkation form. Vish: I am scared you will cheat! He laughs to cover his anxiety up.

Vish: I have never done this myself. They come to the immigration counter. only thugs! Tum bhi na. She tries following them. Vish: Bags kahan gaye? Anoushka: Oh the porter took them. can’t hear the real name. There are crowds. Calcutta airport does have porters! Anoushka runs after Vish. she doesn’t have the luggage. he starts talking loudly to drown his voice so Anoushka. She smiles and he breaks out in a sheepish smile. 64 corner. he hears some call out. . And as he stops exasperated. He says. Anoushka smiles cheekily. but Vish pulls her away.. He goes to the Citizens line. Anoushka: I will handle it! All you need to do is listen to me! Vish goes to get a phone card. When he comes back. Anoushka: Now tip him. standing two booths away. As it turns out. thinking that’s the way to go. mister cynic! I don’t have the Indian currency yet. When the immigration officer reads out his name. He starts dashing through the crowd. Anoushka also follows. too many porters with too many suitcases. They step out into Kolkata. the dandy Maharaja that he is. a little chase though the yellow-black cabs and the crowds. He even loses her. He is scared how he will handle all this. She goes to the Foreigner’s line. “Vijay!” He turns to see Anoushka standing next to a cab with the suitcases neatly piled up on top of it. looking for the luggage. he’ll take them to the taxi. Vish gives her an incredulous look: Vish: Porter? At the airport! There are no porters at the airport.

Anoushka: Wow! And just as suddenly. all you gotta do is listen to me. Anoushka is doing a search for Dev on .Montage Ext. He gives in finally. She still insists. She smiles. He tells her it’s a useless toy. Vish and Anoushka cab it through Kolkata. She keeps annoying him with the toy. the crowded streets.. Laptop propped up in front of her. Kolkata / Day In a series of shots. Anoushka stares out of the window looking at the city. Anoushka is awestruck by the grandeur and not sure they can afford this. She doesn’t have money and asks Vish to buy it for her. CUT TO The song ends with them entering the room at a plush room at the ITC Sonar Bangla. CUT TO At a traffic signal some eunuchs put their hands in and rub her cheeks. CUT TO A kid comes and wants to sell her a toy. the roads. Anoushka: I told you. SONG KICKS IN CUT TO Scene 33 – PBS . we are back in the First world! CUT TO Scene 34 INT. 65 He obliges. Hotel / Night Anoushka and Vish are dining at the hotel’s restaurant.


Facebook as Vish orders for them.

Phone numbers, Facebook Account, Sab badal diya hai ussne. Usse ho
kya gaya hai!

Suddenly she looks up and says,

Voh alive toh hai na?

She notices Vish is distracted. Anoushka repeats,

I’m saying, Dev alive toh hai na? He’s just disappeared.

She asks him again and he laughs her fear off, but it’s a distracted
laugh. We see that Vish is trying to hide from someone, a woman (like
an Usha Utthup) at another table by covering himself with the large
menu card.

I think we should go now.

She doesn’t hear what he has to say. Just then, the woman from the
other table leaves. He puts the menu card down and heaves a sigh of
relief. Anoushka looks up as she shuts her laptop with a note of finality,

Well it’s very simple, we’ll just find him at his father’s saree shop!

What?! What’s it called? Do you even know the name? You do realize
how many saree shops are there in all of Kolkata?

Just then, the woman he was trying to avoid shows up from behind him
and exclaims,


He gets startled and gets up,


Ya! Ya… Ushaaa!! How I’ve wished.. we could meet.. I was..Hello!”

She looks taken aback,

Really? We haven’t seen each other in what… three decades now?”

He starts to talk absolute nonsense, lest she give out his identity out.
Anoushka observes their interaction keenly. The woman watches him
blabber and realizes something is amiss. He keeps going on “So… Uh…

Anoushka asks,

You guys are old friends?

The woman senses how uncomfortable Vish is and says,

Woman (Usha):
No… we just met once… long ago!
(Turns to Vish)
Well… Have a great evening. Nice seeing you.

Vish heaves a sigh of relief, as she leaves, he got saved by a hair’s
breadth. Anoushka says,

Why were you being so weird with her?”

He skirts the question as the food arrives,

Hmmm.. you must try the Malai curry, it’s divine.. So come… let’s start
tomorrow morning… looking for your boy at every saree shop in


Scene 35 MONTAGE

The song from earlier scene picks up again.

Anoushka and Vish look at various saree shops in the various crowded


markets of Kolkata Finally, standing in the middle of a maze of shops
Anoushka says,

That’s a Mitra saree shop… That’s a Gupta Saree bhandar… I know! His
last name is Ray Chaudhuri. So, simple! We will look for the Ray
Chaudhuri saree shop!”

Vish, exhausted by now, agrees

Yeah! Okay!

He walks up and asks someone,

Yeh Ray Chaudhuri ki saree ki dukaan kaunsi hai!

Man on Road:
Yahaan toh bade saare Ray Chaudhuri hai… Kaunsi waali dukaan
chahiye aapko?”

Vish looks confounded. Suddenly, Anoushka squeals,

I think I found it.

She points to a banner, Vish reads, ‘POLTU FAMOUS SAREES’.

Poltu Famous Sarees????

That’s what they call him at home! Poltu. This has to be it!

Suddenly her excitement deserts her and she breaks into a cold sweat.

(Continuing in nervous banter)
Great! Wow! This is it!” Columbus ko mil gaya America!

Can you shut up for once? Please?

.You stay here! I will go on my own. Anoushka: Your hands are shaking? Or are mine shaking? Vish: I don’t know… I have never felt this nervousness before. right? I mean. I can handle this. Vish: And if it comes to saying ‘Sorry’. Why am I feeling this way. Vijay? Why are my feet frozen? Vish: Now that’s something even I don’t know. 69 He shuts up. he is inside. if you think I can do it. Everyone says it all the time… Just say it. I am going. It’s okay. I am fine! GO!!! Vish waits outside while she goes in. And that’s a good thing.. Anoushka: No! Actually. What to do? Should I carry you there? Haan? Like a Hindi movie… Carry you in my arms and... Poltu Famous Saree Shop / Day . CUT TO Scene 36 INT. Just go. then just say it.. This suspense is killing me! I am here. I can do this right? It can’t be tougher than the Barbican audition right? No? Yes? Maybe? Huh? Say something!” Vish: I don’t know! Even I am nervous! Anoushka: Great Thanks! You are all I need! (pause) If. It’s just Dev. Its just five alphabets. right? I mean. Anoushka: Vijay. He says. remember that! Okay? Two syllables… nothing great. She holds his hand to get some support and his hands are shaking..I am going for love. she continues.

She asks someone for Dev. Anoushka: Hello… I am looking for Dev. 70 Anoushka makes her way through the saree shop. Dev Ray Chaudhuri! Dev’s Father: Baat hee ees not hiyaar! Anoushka: Oh! He asks her who she is. Dev’s Father: What do you want? Why have you come here? Anoushka: Excuse me? Dev’s Father: I am his father. Dev’s father looks at her thoughtfully before speaking. People talking loudly in Bangla.. . All kinds of sarees being displayed and thrown around. she takes it unseeingly. Dev’s Father offers her a glass. The man looks confused and shouts out to someone else… Man: Babu… chotobabu’r shombondhe jiggaash kortese kinaa dekhoon! ((She is asking for the young master) The elderly man. Dev’s Father: Yes! May I help you?” She asks him. His expression changes. she says she is friend of his from London and then she tells him her name. he looks at her and asks. An assistant comes with tea. Onushka! Anoushka: Oh! Hello. evidently the owner of the shop and Dev’s father walks up and asks her.

. na? Beta. And what you did? Now see. Poor woman. na? Who’s son was the naughtiest boy in the colony. Obviously any mother would....I have come to say sorry to him. sensitive ekdom. All day at home. giving. I am sorry.. Vish springs up.... But he spoke to his mother. loving. He continues. Dev’s Father gets up and leaves.. Full of life. No need for anything more. I can’t risk this. His mother toh started crying only. Sorry but you have said enough. Dev’s Father: When he went to London.. Anoushka: Where is he? Dev’s Father: He is not in Kolkata! And it shouldn’t matter to you where he is. If I give you his wherabouts. Crying crying.. Only silence all the taaim. Dekho… He doesn’t talk to me much. is enough. my son was such a different man. dreamer. And then.. .. Anoushka: (slightly panicked) I. Arrey love ki re. I would be betraying my own son! I cannot do that. Anoushka stares at the half-glass of tea in her hand. No emotion only. All about him. And then. She is taken aback. I am toh businessman mentality. he had never spoken to any woman till he met you. Please tell me where he is. CUT TO Anoushka steps out of the shop walking like a zombie. It is. Please go back.. Two years later. I was surprised to see that he has changed so much.. And he was madly in love with you. Dev’s Father: Naa.. Poet. And you! Onushka. You don’t deserve him! She is shaken. 71 Dev’s Father: You shouldn’t have come.. enough.. he doesn’t want to keep any contact with you and we don’t want you to keep any contact with him.. he had never loved any woman. artist. So many windows he has broken with his football. What you have done to him already.But he? Why did you have to do this to him? You know. And she told me.. And now not going out. always has been. he is very sentimental.

curiously suspicious. Anoushka: I am a bitch.Wala. Vish: . CUT TO Scene 37 EXT. She is almost possessed. Vijay! I am! Vish: Vish: What? What are you talking about? Anoushka is silent. Anoushka: I want to cry Vish! Please Vish… Mujhe rona kyon nahin aata? Vish!!! Vish looks at her and says and he’s about to ask her again when he stops himself and says. from the chillies but she doesn’t want to stop. Vish: Anoushka! Tell me what happened. Anoushka is gobbling down one ‘phuchka’/ ‘gol gappa’ after another. Vish has had enough. Bibekanondo Park / Evening Evening visitors and crowds all around them as Anoushka and Vish stand at a Puchka. She starts kicking a tin drum in anger. 72 Vish: WHERE IS HE???? She just looks at him and says. Her eyes are flooded with tears. but Anoushka motions to the guy to keep it coming. punishing herself for it. Vish: You want to cry? Well! Kolkata has a solution for that too! She looks at him.

73 Stop now.. Look at me. she has made up her mind about it and she says she will book the tickets back to London tomorrow? . main tumhe beech raat mein hospital nahin le jaane wala.. everyone.You make me want to be young again and yet you are the only one makes me feel wonderful about being my age… and all this… me taking care of you! You are a bundle of contradictions… And that’s what makes you special! He goes on talking about how she is special... Vish: You. Finally!!!! He stops short of making a blooper. And now me! The women of my family are just cursed!” That’s when Vish flares up and says. he finishes the sentence in a strange way.I am here with you.. so we could value these moments of happiness more. By the Ganges / Kolkata Sitting on a bench. me. As she speaks. Even though he makes an impassioned speech. as if it were a bottle of beer. Anoushka: I don’t deserve happiness! I am just a bitch! My grandmother got her heart broken here. by the Ganga. Anoushka guzzles down a bottle of water. CUT TO Scene 37 B EXT.. vaise bhi uss couch par to neend nahin aati hai. She tells Vish that she was stupid to have come all the way here. Vish: Who the fuck said that to you? Huh? Don’t judge yourself by what happened to your grandmother! You deserve every little happiness there is. her voice has a ‘just cried her heart out’ quality. I mean. Anoushka puts her banana-leaf bowl out for one more. She looks at him. And how she was made to be happy. HE (God) wanted us all to be happy… and then he gave us sorrows and pains..

Anoushka continues. women and even Mr. Voh bhi Poltu famous sarees ki saree! Women: Achcha? Vish: . Will see you in a bit and then will take you to the airport!” He leaves it on the coffee table. Cool. Hotel Suite / Morning Vish jots something down on a piece of paper. salesmen. You don’t have to feel obliged to come with me. Rashid and Tania that I want to send with you. colorful and in his element. loud. 74 Anoushka: Are you gonna come as well? Should I confirm your ticket too? He is taken aback by her sudden decision and just remains silent for a moment. Poltu Famous Saree Shop / Day Gregarious. Girls. as he talks about his ‘Kingdom’. Vish has the entire saree shop rapt in attention. Does this mean the end of their adventure? CUT TO Scene 38 INT. Vish looks immensely worried. CUT TO Scene 39 INT. I will just book my tickets then. “I’m just stepping out to get some gifts for Kia. Vish: Toh ussne kaha… bass Dadaji main toh shaadi ka joda pahanke hi usse manaane jaoongi. Anoushka: I guess… you wanna stay. Raychaudhuri hear his story about his kingdom and how he is planning his granddaughter’s wedding in the most grand of styles..

. ki bolega aapko. Abhi dekho na. ladkiyaan apne mann meet ko jab manaane jaati hai.... Vish uses this opportunity to ask about Dev. aaj ka generation... bohut baara baara baat karta hai.. haam aapko bore kar raha hai. agar shaadi ke jode mein bhagke gayi. Papa shaaree ko Paris ke ramp pe lekarke jaayega. work shop mein baithke kaarigor ke saath kaam karega. Raychaudhuri: Nahin nahin… mera ek hi lerka hai.. aapko toh pata hi hoga na. Hamare riyasat mein. sheedha bag baandha aur haamaare wokshop ko chola gaya. Vish: Achcha? Toh milwaaiye na… yaahin kaahin hai? Raychaudhuri: Nahin! London mein paadhai kaarke aaya hye na. aap chooshe koro shaari! .. Paagol lerka hai. Aane ke baad se sirf kaam kaam kaam. Vish: Achcha? Ek hi lerka? Chota sa hoga? Kaunsi class mein hai? Raychaudhuri: Na na. 75 Haan. O toh Benarosh mein hye! Vish: BENARAS??? Raychaudhuri: Hain! Tai toh o shob korne chala gaya. bohut baara hye. Oh sorry! Maine toh khud hi tayye kar liya aapki beti hogi. Ekhon dekhun. Vish: Beti ki shaadi kya hota hai. Ray Chaudhuri takes special interest in him as he realizes that he is actually a potentially BIG client. Vish: Yahin hai workshop? Raychaudhuri: O ma… na na… ihaan nahin.. Aabhi toh mera business mein hi haath bataane laaga hai. toh ladka kabhi manaa hi nahin kar sakta!” Mr. Export karega! Ki ki shob bolta hye.

she says.. Vish: Kya hua? Itni chup chup kyon ho? Even though she is thinking about Dev. Anoushka looks edgy. at her admission. Vish keeps talking about how he also decided he wants to go back to London.. She is mostly edgy and silent till she says. yahaan kya rakha hai? Bloody hot and dirty country! He is trying to provoke Anoushka.. SHARP CUT: Scene 40 EXT. Anoushka: Nahin Main soch rahi thii. Vish: Haan… Chalein? Time ho raha hai! Anoushka (looking around): Hmmm! CUT TO . Vish: You know. 76 Vish: Benaras kyon gaya? Raychaudhuri: Hain? Vish: Nahin nahin. He asks Anoushka. Anoushka: Please! Gloomy aur Gray London se toh better hi hai! Vish smiles to himself.Vaapas jaake mujhe auditions phir se shuru karne hain. Taxi – Kolkata / Day Vish and Anoushka loading their luggage into the taxi.

But I am going back. (pause) I know what I want. get a coolie etc. Now Vish is absolutely hurt and shaken by her words. I am not in love with him. I wanted to surprise you! Sayign this. – INT. go. You want to go. I am not going to love someone at the cost of my self-respect. he gets off to unload the luggage. Anoushka: Wow! This doesn’t look like the airport we landed in. She gets off and says. he walks towards the train. Anoushka: I am not going anywhere. came to the station! Saying this. She says. . She runs behind him. I am not interested. You will never take my decisions! I have made up my mind and that’s that. Anoushka is taken aback. Vish: (suddenly) SURPRISE!!! She is clueless. Anoushka is clueless about what is happening. He tells her that he went to the saree shop and found out about Dev and that he wanted to surprise her and hence. Howrah Station / Day The taxi drives into the Howrah station. I value myself more than him. Anoushka: But you should have told me before! Vish: Well. 77 Scene 41 EXT. Anoushka: Hey hey hey! Where the hell do you think you are going? Huh? What do you take me as? Some five year old girl? How can you make these plans without telling me? Vish stops surprised by her reaction. He takes her bag and hands it to her.

She takes his bags. She says. having said his mind. She runs and gets in. Let’s go. They walk along the train. And SUDDENLY. She follows him. He asks what he is doing. dressed down! They start walking along the station. He huffs and puffs as he gets onto the train. You are to blame. People help Vish get in. I really thought you were genuinely trying. . The train pulls out. I am sorry Anoushka… Main… I thought you really loved him. Right. Come let’s go back. Pyaar mein self respect ki koi jagah nahin hoti… You have to be able to make an ass of yourself in love… Ussi ko pyara kahte hain… Parr tum shayad uss pyaar ke liye taiyyar hi nahin ho. People wave out. I am sorry… But you are only thinking about yourself. Anoushka: Okay.” She hugs him tight and says. He walks away. as they walk away. 78 Vish: Fine. Anoushka hears him and is a little taken aback. His voice reflects the anger and the hurt that he feels… Vish: You know. Vish: Never again do that to me again. She turns to him and says. Let’s go back! This time he dresses her down. I never wanted to come here to begin with. The announcer announces. as he has never spoken to her like this. You dragged me here. Anoushka: Just run! They run. If I die of a cardiac arrest. Anoushka: Let’s go! She starts running to get into the bogey. Thanks.

He just smiles. playing Antakshari. Anoushka is stunned he doesn’t even know where the train goes. they cross a motley bunch of people to get to their seat. she looks around. He says. taking in things. They sit among a group of army men. Vish: Kya? Can you pardon me please? Maine bhi yeh sab pahle kabhi nahin kiya hai!!! Anoushka says. Anoushka: Pata nahin main yeh sab kyon kar rahi hoon? Agar yeh sab pyaar vyaar kuch hua hi nahin toh? Vish: Kaise nahin hoga! Pyaar Vyaar toh hai… Harr taraf hai Anoushka: Oho! Achcha? Kahaan hai? Itni badi bheed mein mujhe sirf ek hi idiot . 79 Anoushka: Achcha ji? I will never let you die. Vish sits down and says. Train / Day to Night Inside the train. CUT TO SCENE 42 INT. Anoushka is absolutely new to this whole surrounding. Vish: Yeh train kahaan tak jaayegi ji? Someone tells him it goes till Patna. He says. You are my little guardian angel! My rockstar! She keeps hugging him. Anoushka: This is madness. Vish: Kahin toh jaayegi… Phir vahan se aagey ka raasta dekh lenge! She glares.

in typical popular hindi cinema fashion. MAIN! Vish: Khud ko itna importance matt do. An old couple sharing a samosa. the young man – all join in. the old couple. The song ends in a crescendo. of course. 80 nazar aa rahi hai. Vish is. Vish starts singing. Under her bunk. Train / Day Anoushka wakes up in the morning with sounds of coffee waalahs and hawkers selling all kinds of breakfast. old and young. the man next to Vish who was singing. Anoushka and Vish make beds and sleep. “aapki chance” Anoushka finds it a little strange and just to humour her. Various women. Woman 2: Your grandfather love you so much. a shy smile even as he whispers. The other passengers – the kids.Pyaar humein kiss mod pe le aaya! In the course of the song. She doesn’t understand… Another woman explains in English. One of the old women remarks. offer him all kinds of breakfast. A young man on the phone. bonding. CUT TO Scene 43 INT. Even as he is doing this. Anoushka gets off the bunk. the centrifugal force of this cosmos. Day becomes night. No no eat till you wakie wakie. turns to him and says. Reference Song . suddenly the six other brothers from Satte pe Satta make an appearing. Saare hi yahaan idiots bhare padein hain! He shows her different kinds of love. we see Vish with the ‘Satte pe Satta’ brothers.” . Woman: Lo ji… Utth gai aapki poti. The bond between the group of army guys. a whole universe seems to be thriving. A couple of siblings squabbling on the upper berth. the army jawans. groggy but smiling.

..” Anoushka: I don’t care how you explain to whoever… But please. Anoushka: We are friends. He asks her why she walked away. Main usse manaake aata hoon. Yeh round toh maine hi jeetna hai ji. where Anoushka stands looking out. Vish: . 81 Anoushka: My who?? Woman 2: Your grandfather. Vish looks embarrassed by her behaviour and says. Ek saatth saal ka Buddha aur ek baees saal ki ladki. Okay?” He just smiles and apologizes. She remains silent for a moment and turns and says. She looks at Vish and walks away. Round round around Temple? You are such a good granddaughter. to them. He walks out to the vestibule. Pranaam pranaam. Vijay! Vish: Try explaining that. Daddu... You talking Daddu to teerath. never bring up this grandfather thing ever again! It’s not done. Uh. Anoushka: Cool! Just then the six brothers from Satte Pe Satta troop in to the vestibule.. They exchange good byes.remember. Aap tab takk pattey baanto.God God.. Anoushka: Why did you tell them I am your grand daughter? Vish: (Stumped for a moment): Because it’s very difficult to explain what this is. their station is approaching. Vish: Uh… Bura sapna dekh liya hoga. Friends.

while he looks around like a dandy prince stuck with the ‘dirty plebians’. waiting for the bus. . Vish makes a call to Bhuvan.. Bhuvan: Aap ho kahaan? Vish: Tum Benaras ke liye niklo abhi!!! Rai Baari mein Poltu hoga.Dev Raichaudhuri... Usske baare mein pata karo! Bhuvan: Kyon? Vish: Bhai. she probes him about his life.. She munches on a bag of chips. tees saal se usse dhoond rahe hain. 82 All the best! Brothers: Yes Thank You! We really hope we find him. She plays a game of random questions. Vish: Who? Brothers: Humara saathva bhai. Bus Stand – Patna / Day In a typical Indian ISD-STD Phone Booth.. Aadar satkaar karna usska. pata nahin kaha chale gaye Bhaiya! Vish: Oh. Dev hamara damaad hai. Vish and Anoushka are at the bus station in Patna. CUT TO Scene 44 EXT. hum apni poti ko laa rahein hain vahaan. He hangs up and comes out. Bhuvan is furious that he hasn’t heard from Vish in so long.

Vish: Haan. CUT TO Scene 44 INT. Tum bataana nahin chahte ho. She gets a little curious now and says. covering himself with sheets and bags to shut off the light and sounds. He gets a little nervous.? He is in a tough spot and stutters and stammers. even as a kid next to her keeps predicting the dialogues. Main chupa raha hoon. Bus – Highway / Afternoon . Anoushka: Tum chhupaa rahe ho mujhse kuch? He humours her and says. Vish: Kya? She pauses a second and then says. she who used to scoff at it. The look holds.... toh jaane do! The bus honks and is ready to leave. Vish has gone off to sleep. CUT TO Scene 44 B EXT. Anoushka: Nahin. Anoushka watches the film now.” He tries to get out of the situation and suddenly she looks at him curiously. DDLJ plays on the TV. Bahut kuch. He quips in trepidation. 83 Anoushka: You don’t have ANY family? Like no one. Bus / Day In the bus. Suddenly the bus comes to a halt. Kuch nahin. Anoushka falls for the romance in the film.

The day has turned into dusk. Anoushka says. Vish: Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong! JUMP CUT Scene 44 C EXT. They crack up and sits down on the road itself. Anoushka: Rashid kahta hai… Sab kuch Allah ki taraf se hamare liye ek sign hai. YOU will listen to me! Do as I say. They have given up and sit at a deserted highway mazaar of a Peer Baba. Anoushka: God! You start fighting like a little kid! Now. WALK! CUT TO She carries his bag and walks on the road. Vish: Achcha? Toh? Yeh kaisa sign hai? Ki humein uss bus ke theek honeye ka intezaar karna chahiye thaa? . Driver: Ab tyre toh mere se pooch ke burst nahin hui na? Anoushka drags Vish away. She tells him they will try and walk to the closest town/village/bus stop and get another bus from there. The bag’s strap also breaks and the two of them burst out laughing. Ek bus stop bhi nahin hai! Vish just smiles at her spoilt child complaints. Anoushka: Kaisi country hai!!! Ek bus bhi theek se nahin chalti! Kuch bhi theek se nahin hota. Highway / Evening Time has passed. 84 Vish fights with the bus driver about not being able to get them another bus. The unhelpful bus driver gets agitated and says.

we were the kings of the world. Kaisi Hallmark cards waali baatein karte ho. jaise ki. He tells her about the heady adrenaline of youth. She smiles. anything is possible. whenever I am in doubt. saamne ek khai aur uske peeche pahad. 85 Anoushka: Nahin. . I have a lot to that that place for! Anoushka hears this and says. Someday. in my head. Vish!” He challenges her and says. mamuli si ek terrace. Vish: Tum dekhna… Close your eyes. I go to that small balcony in Fatehgarh. my youth has passed but still.. You sound like some weirdo when you say these things. ek chota sa hotel. When he was in college. Vish: Years have passed. and I know. Vish: Phir vahi baat? Hamare yahaan ek kahaawat hai… Agar tum kissi cheez ko tahey dil se chahte ho. he and his friends had gone on a shikaar holiday and they had discovered this place... pahad ke peeche se jab suraj nikalta tha toh sab kuch sunhera lagne lagta tha.. He tells her to imagine HER HAPPY PLACE. hamesha ke liye tumhaari ho jaati hai! Vish tells her about the secret HAPPY place that he has. as if. What if yeh sab ek sign hai ki… mujhe Dev se milne ki koshish bhi nahin karni chahiye?” Vish says. I can do it! Magic and miracles happen My problems are sorted out! Someday I will go back to that place. She shuts her eyes and tries it.. tum bhi. Anoushka: Please. Vish: Ek chota sa sheher. toh Allah tumse pareeksha leta hai… uss raaste mein badi saari kathinaayiyaan daal ke… Agar tum unhe paar kar gayi… toh voh tumhari cheez..

. achaar. The man of the house introduces his daughter to Vish and Anoushka and says. Bass yahaan raaste mein. dua maangne rukeye theye. Vijayji! Vish: Muft mein hum dono ne apni happy place exchange kar lii! Silence. Anoushka finds this large joint family bonding strange yet cute. if there is space in their bus. The bus stops at the Mazaar. Vish asks them for a lift till where they are going. as she comes out of the reverie. . Smith walks in and I drop the whole jar of achaar on her! She opens her eyes. The whole gaggle of the family is introduced to Anoushka by the women. And then suddenly. Man: Bitiya ki shaadi karaane ja rahein hain... No miracle. She smiles and says. Anoushka: Kya hua? Kuch bhi nahin! Koi magic nahin honeye waala mere saath. Mirzapur. Woman: Yeh bachchi ki khaala Tabassum. The man extends his hospitality and how! He invites them into the bus. CUT TO SCENE 45 INT. 86 Anoushka: Naani. a bus comes rattling down the highway. old women make place for Anoushka while the men in the family give Vish the best seat possible.I am running around and she is shouting at me. A large family comes there to pray. Bus / Evening Inside the bus. me. Mrs. They are all dressed up and Vish asks them where they are headed.. our backyard. No nothing.

87 Woman 2: Yeh Tabassum ke Nandoi ke bhateeje Farhaan.. Anoushka still tries. Vish: Ab dekhiye na Vilayat mein rahti hai hamari poti. Vish hears this.. Yeh hain bachchi ke chachajaan aur unnka bada beta Zahid. . but she doesn’t talk. Mere Dadaji.. Dadaji nahin. uh. from where he sits. Then she is asked… Woman 3: Aapka naam? Anoushka: Anoushka? Woman 4: Aur aapke Dadaji? Anoushka: Actually voh mere. She laughs… Anoushka: Itni badi family hai? It’s all a new world for her. Yeh hain… Anoushka looks fully lost between all these relations. Already itne log family mein… phir… usske baad shaadi karke apne husband ki family. who is the only who looks glum in the whole crowd. Anoushka sits next to the bride. He turns to the men and says.. Kya sochegi India ke baare mein? Man: Shukar hai bus toot gayi. Baap re… Tumhe sab yaad rahega na? Won’t you forget?” She shuts up realizing there is no response from the bride. Anoushka: Tumhe inn sab ke naam kaise yad rahte hain. actually (then to avoid confusion). pahli baar India aayi hai aur hamari bus toot gayi. Anoushka tries making conversation with her. Varna aap aur hum milte kaise? He smiles and exchanges a look with Anoushka.Ji. Unnka naam Vijay hai.

Bride: I can only tell you because you are a stranger. having just seen DDLJ. The bride is silent. 88 CUT TO Scene 46 EXT. Anoushka: Mera naam Anoushka hai. INT Wayside Restaurant / Evening The family has stopped at a wayside Rest-house. Anoushka: Kissi aur se pyaar hai? Bride: Nahin! Anosuhka: Tumhe shaadi nahin karni? Bride: . Anisha nahin… Tum kissi Anisha ko bulaa rahi thii kya? Tum bataao kaun hai… Main bulaakar laati hoon usse. Anoushka is in the restroom all by herself as she washes up. Anoushka: (taken aback) Kya hua? The bride is silent. The bride tells Anoushka. Anoushka imagines the worst. Anoushka is a little freaked out and doesn’t really want to be here. Finally the girl speaks up. Suddenly she hears someone call out. Voice: Aneesha ji? Anoushka looks around for who is calling her. She opens a cubicle and sees the bride is sitting staring in her direction.

Just then. How can I get married and spend the rest of my life with a stranger? Anoushka: Baat toh sahi hai tumhaari! Bride: Please. Anoushka runs up and drags him away. CUT TO Scene 46 B EXT. He looks like he is caught in a fix. Anoushka: So you will meet him na? Obviously! The bride says the families won’t let them meet before the marriage so she will only see him after she is his wife.. seeing the bride’s expectant eyes. Anoushka is shocked! The bride continues. Just then. Anoushka says. Bride: The only person who can arrange a meeting between us is YOU! Anoushka is taken aback with this sudden responsibility. 89 I don’t know this person I am getting married to.I want to meet him. She knows she has to do it. someone from the family walks up to them and says. Vish hears what Anoushka has to say and then freaks out. if he has come all the way. Wayside Rest-house / Night Outside. the men of the family tell Vish that he has to stay on for the wedding. Man: Kya soch rahein hain itna? Rukna toh aapko padega hi shaadi ke liye. . Anoushka: Paagal ho kya tum? Anoushka: We have to do this! Bada Love Shove ki baatein karte ho… Ab kuch karne pe aayi toh mukar rahe ho? Come on now..

The matron finally decides. Vish says. Guest House. – INT. The matron distributes responsibilities. The groom is introduced. everyone gasps except Vish. 90 Anoushka: Ji! Hum rukenge! CUT TO Scene 47 EXT.“Masha Allah! Vaah Vaah” When it comes to the car. CUT TO SCENE 48 EXT. Menfolk of the bride’s family emerge from their cars. She insists and makes up things like she needs a facial after the bus ride. Mirzapur / Day The bus reaches Mirzapur. Vish enters with the men and are greeted by the groom’s family. Matron: Chalo… yeh bhi ho gaya! Vish offers to go with the men folk with all the gifts for the groom’s family. And along with it all. drives into the guesthouse. Groom’s House / Day Various decorated gifts arrive in taxis. Everyone praises the gifts with. Anoushka: Main! Main le jaoongi! The other women insist she is a guest and she should not be made to do any work. Suddenly the whole family goes into top gear about getting everything organized. Matron: Aur baby ko parlour le jaana hai… Yahaan yeh baaju waala? Anoushka immediately quips. Vish: Yeh test drive karwaaya aapne? . is a ribbon wrapped Maruti Zen car. The gifts are given one by one.

Vish screeches as he asks him to stop. all the while confused. gaadi aur ladki hamesha test drive karni chahiye! He gives directions for the parlour. He keeps insisting and makes up random reasons and excuses. Vish: Gaadi hai… Dulhe miyaan ko dekhna chahiye ki nahin… Gaadi kaisi hai. He says Vish: Vahaan ke raaste best hai. Vish: Dekho beta. phir baad mein gaali denge! Everyone is silent. Patna Roads / Day The groom is driving through the streets. test drive ke liye! He is fully confused but is overwhelmed by Vish and does as said. Itna lamba dulha hai.? Vish: Test drive ke bagair??? Arrey. Aise hi Vaah vaah kar denge. 91 Random man: Ji. agar usske paiyr iss gaadi mein fit nahin huye toh? Everone is confused about why he is stressing about the car. He looks at the groom and says. Vish: Chaliye miyaan! Drive pe! Groom: Ji? CUT TO Scene 48B EXT. The guys asks why. He drives up to the parlour.. CUT TO SCENE 49 .

the bride sits facing the groom. Finally.. but he looks worse. Groom: Aap log kaun hain? Mujhe kidnap kar rahein hain kya? Anoushka says. 92 EXT. Beauty Parlour/ AFTERNOON Anoushka jumps up on seeing them. She looks rather tense.. Bride: Why are you marrying me? Kissiki photo dekhke tumne kaise decide kar liya? Groom: Tumhari photo nahin. Bride: Kya? He takes out the photograph and shows a photograph of hers in that pic. He is confused now. Jannat! Haath mein haath daal ke! SHARP CUT Inside the seedy massage room. mujhe toh jannat jaana hai Anoushka: Fikar matt karo. Tera pata nahin Tiger.. Chalo! She pulls him by the hand.Galat hai yeh! Ek toh beech highway mein unnse lift lii humne… Upar se shaadi bhi tod ke nikal gayein. The nervous energy is too much to handle. Tumhaare photo ke peeche jo photo thii. . a smile of accomplishment. Vish: Yaar. She opens the door and asks the groom to get out. through the parlour and into the massage room. Hum saath jaayenge. the girl breaks the silence. – INT. He says. She turns to see Vish and smiles. Sorry for being so impolite. But there is a gentle romance in their discomfort. there she is standing in a blackbelt with trophies. Anoushka: No time for questions..

. Yeh blackbelt karate waali. Then he adds. looking for Anoushka. Issi se shaadi karni hai mujhe. comes up. Groom: Rehaana. And my instincts have never failed me. Music picks up. bends closer and says. beaming. Tum toh yeh ho. And going by what I see. Main usse Dilli nahin le gaya hoon test drive pe.. The groom walks out smiling. Just then the bride comes running out. I have always gone by my instincts. I know I am not wrong! SHARP CUT Outside. CUT TO . 93 Groom: Yeh! Mujhe pata thaa tum yeh nahin. na? They both burst out laughing. Bride: Ji. Vish and Anoushka sit in the car. lehenge mein. Kung fu champion Rehaana. Vish Usse bolo jaldi karey. Groom: Actually na main yellow belt hoon! Bride: Tum yellow belt ho?? Groom: Haan. She smiles an embarrassed smile and says. Bride: Toh? He says. She sees her. Baaki tum sikha dogi.

CUT TO A young boy at the wedding gives Anoushka a flower. CUT TO . “Usse kissi aur se pyaar hai!” CUT TO She observes the Kanyadaan (The Islamic equivalent of it). she messes it up. Vish says. helps her drape it. and later at night. CUT TO It’s ritualistic that the bride try a taveez around a tree trunk. CUT TO The bride pulls Anoushka and whispers about her groom. Anoushka sees Rehaana do it. and in it is the most beautiful saree! Anoushka has no idea how to drape it. 94 Scene 50 – PBS – Montage On the wedding song are cut moments such as. CUT TO Anoushka takes Dev’s photograph out from her purse and looks at it. when everyone is asleep. she quietly goes out and does it all by herself CUT TO Anoushka has nothing to wear at the wedding. He gives her a box in with POLTU FAMOUS SAREES written on it. The guests greet each other in traditional hugs. Groom and Bride say ‘Kabool hai’. Vish falls on the floor in laughter when he sees her. “Handsome hai na?” CUT TO A suitor asks about her. Vish tells her to wait.

mere past se. CUT TO Scene 51 EXT. main aur Dev… teeno bhaag jaate hain! Nahin? Vish: Kiss se bhaagenge? Anoushka: Sab se. Two people with screwed up love lives sorting others’ lives. She turns to Vish and says. We will go and sort out other people’s love lives. (Pause) Oye.. Anoushka: Just adopt me! This is it. You’ll be the best man. Sab kuch… Main. Vish: Ya. She is amazed. mere voh… aur ek random man. jo pata nahin kaise. the Bride hugs her tight and whispers. Just then. They are almost at their destination and Anoushka is feeling a certain kind of high. “Thank You’. Nahin jaate Dev ko lene… Tum aur main… ek eternal road trip. Duniya se. She sees the Ganga and the ghats from the taxi. Anoushka: Meri bhi Rehanaa jaisi shaadi hogi. Benaras Roads / Day Vish and Anoushka sit in an ambassador. Hai na? Aur kaun? It’s like. they cross the checkpost into Benaras. mere laakh na chahne ke bavjood mera best friend bann gaya hai! He smiles. hiding the secret deep within him. 95 At the Bidaai. ghosts se. The bride’s mother holds on to Anoushka’s hand and cries. tum karna mera kanyadaan. I want this life… Your life. Anoushka also starts crying. na?” . Hah! Anoushka: I have a better idea! Tum.

Vish introduces Bhuvan to Anoushka as his comrade.that he has found out about one such Rai Baari in Assi Chowk. right? Why are we checking in? I am sure he has a comfortable place. as he watches her. He says. She gapes at him like she doesn’t believe it. Usse kidnap kar lenge aur zabardasti shaadi kar loongi main uss se. Anoushka gets excited and says. 96 She keeps talking like an excited child. Anoushka: That’s it! Let’s go! I can’t wait. Bhuvan walks up and greets them. Vish: I love him so much that I hate him! He turns to Bhuvan. She is confused. Vish: Aapne pata karwaaya yeh Rai Chaudhuris ke baare mein? Bhuvan gives him details.. Vish: CHALOOOOO! . And he bursts out laughing. (Pause) Main kitni silly sound kar rahi hoon. Anoushka: Ab agar Dev ne zyaada chu chu chaiyn chaiyn kii na toh bass that’s it. Phir Mr. friend and guardian angel. then a swim and then some sleep before he can head out. Why don’t you tell me? Main bilkul Hallmark cards jaisi sound kar rahi hoon! Na? Haan? Maybe?” CUT TO SCENE 52 EXT. Taj Hotel / Day The cab drives into the Taj Hotel. Anoushka: But we should be going to where his place is. Vish says he needs a shower. Raychaudhuri ko bandi banaake main vaapas London le jaoongi.

They look up and see a dilapidated yet resplendent old house. breathing heavily. Assi Ghat. Anoushka follows him in. She’s entranced. Vish rests a hand on Anoushka’s shoulder. and shows her this old room filled with photographs of Anoushka’s. Vish and Bhuvan also walk in behind her stop short as they look around are the many photographs of Anoushka. 97 CUT TO SCENE 53 EXT. Old Woman: Yeh Baba ka kamra hai… Yahin rahte hain. I feel like I have come home. and tells Vish about the sarees here and the place and people. colours bathing the daylight. Vish and Bhuvan exchange a look. Old Woman: Anoushka! Anoushka is taken aback. She looks around as they walk through the myriad gullys. pushing the delicate wooden door. The woman leads her through the courtyard and into a room. – INT. Bhuvan tells them that they have come to the Rai Baari. sarees flying in the wind. Rai Baari. Anoushka: I. Anoushka sees the sights and sounds of the place and is fully enamored by the place. don’t . She looks around this quaint little universe of zardosi and fabric. Anoushka is moved to tears as she stands there. An old woman there slowly walks up to Anoushka and peers into her face before she cups it with her frail hands and pronounces.. for the first time in my life. kaam karte hain… din raat… aur aapki baat karte hain. Anoushka: How do I know all this? Because Dev has told me so much about this place! (pause) You know. Bhuvan goes inside. She turns around in a daze. Benaras / Day Vish and Anoushka are led by Bhuvan into the lanes of Benaras.

Bhuvan: Fikar matt kariye. Anoushka: Oh! Old Woman: Kal shaam ki plane hai unnki. That’s it! Like DDLJ. And. where she sees women weaving the sarees. 98 She turns to the woman and asks. Bhuvan: Parr abhi toh yahaan se Dilli ki koi flight nahin hai! Jo hai kal early morning hai… saat bajey ki. Vish: That was the station. Unnka number kya hai? Anoushka: Nahin nahin! I have come this far. Old Woman: Ab hi… kuch der pahle nikle. Vish says. Anoushka: Baba kahaan hai? Old Woman: Japan. I want to land up. Vish: Let’s just call him... I will not spoil it by calling him. Vish: So great! Let’s go now… and we will catch him at the airport in Delhi. She walks out into the courtyard. Anoushka thinks she hasn’t heard right and repeats her question. bitiya… Dhoondhne pe toh Kunwar saab ko aap bhi .. Stop him at the airport. Anoushka looks perturbed. Dilli se. Anoushka sticks her tongue out at Vish. That’s when the woman says that Dev has taken off for Japan to attend a convention.

Khudgarz hi rahenge. The woman who’s weaving it doesn’t know what this about.. CUT TO SCENE 54 Ext. Me. Bhuvan is a little taken aback by Vish’s act. Anoushka: I feel like I’m in a film! Like I’m living a film! Can you imagine. Aap bass aasaan raasta chunna jaante hain. with his sign. Anoushka stares at it. The woman takes out a small chit and shows Dev’s doodle on it. Anoushka runs towards a saree being woven. She sees some people bathing in the Ganges. Khudgarz hain. She sees a pattern on it and smiles. here. Not having heard what Bhuvan said. Vish presses his hand hard and silences him. Bhuvan and Vish stand at the top of the steps. Parr nahin. Bhuvan: Kyon? Vish: Please Bhuvan… Tum nahin samjhogey… Bhuvan: Nahin! Main nahin samjhoonga. She runs down the steps and up to the river. Main toh kabhi samjha hi nahin aapko… Phir achanak yeh utth ke London jaana. Aap khudgarz theye. Ganga Ghat / Evening As they walk back on the ghats.. The woman is amazed. Bhuvan: Aapne bachchi ko abhi tak bataya hi nahin? Vish: Nahin. 99 mil gayin… Midway through his sentence. Usse sach kya . Mujhe laga shayad aap pahli baar apni bhool ko… kuch galtiyon ko sudharne ja rahein hain. Anoushka lifts up her sleeve and shows her a tattoo which is the same pattern. all of this. Anoushka talks about how she knows it’s all going to work out now.

Vish tells her . He walks up to her. CUT TO SCENE 55 EXT. She is excited to see him. drenched from the waist down. Vish looks through the lamps and the people for Anoushka. Vish: Toh kya karoon? Bhuvan: Kuch toh nahin milaa usse aapse. Voh haqq bhi matt chheeniye uss se. Dasaswamedh Ghat / Dusk A loud. sach mein… toh sach se shuru kiya hota. colourful and soul-stirring aarti on the ghats of the Ganga. albeit tentative. Aur aap ko bhi. Yeh toh kuch nahin. At least usse sach sunn ne ka haq toh hai. Parr aap mein sach bolne ki taaqat hi nahin hai. Anoushka: Tumne mujhe dhoondh liya itni bheed mein? Vish: Poori duniya chhaan ke tumhe dhoondha hai. He finds her sitting by the ghat looking at the Aarti. glee writ large on her face. Sochiye jab aap usse bataayenge… toh uss pe kya beetegi? Aapko toh apna dost maan baithi hai voh. She tells him how the Aarti is absolutely mesmerizing. Aur aap… Ek jhoothi kahaani ki aadh mein usska dil jeetne ki koshish kar rahein hain. Iss se usse bhi dukh pahunchega. 100 bataayenge? Yeh sab bhalaai na naatak kar rahein hain aap… Vish: Bhuvan! Main koshish kar raha hoon… Prayashchitt karne ki koshish kar raha hoon. As Vish turns he sees Anoushka climbing up the steps. Bhuvan: Agar aap prayashchit karna chahte.

But I couldn’t help it. But yes. Vish: Radha must be smiling at us right now. I don’t even deserve your hatred. But this. Anoushka wonders what he means. She turns towards the direction where the lamps float away. But I HAD TO see the one person. I am not asking you for your pardon. I cannot explain the feeling. whenever and wherever I am… Maybe not. But she wanted to get married. She runs back with the diyas and asks Vish to walk into the river with her. Vish: It’s said if you set these lamps afloat on the Ganga. I know. Me.. I have done terrible things. Anoushka turns around to face him. I know. you hate me. the river will carry the glow to your ancestor. You.. Anoushka stands up and buys a few diyas being sold by a little girl. Vish: Anoushka. Before Vish can even say anything. And you are lovely. Vish follows her into the Ganga as she says a little prayer and sets the diyas afloat. child. I… . when at the end of your life you realize. 101 that the Aarti is done to pay obeisance to one’s ancestors. who I could call my own in this wide world of strangers. I should have never pretended to be this other person. Here. the joke was actually on you. (pause) No I never came to feel better for myself. Vish: She never believed in rituals. That’s when Vish starts speaking. She was a bag of contradictions… She would call me in the middle of the night from London to tell me that she killed her first cockroach… little inane details about her life… but never did she tell me we had a daughter. I don’t think I deserve any more than this anyway. unable to believe what is being revealed to her. Vish observes her fondly. you deserve to know who I am. Anoushka says she wants to set diyas afloat for her grandmother. Maybe no lamps will carry their glow to me. Vish continues.

the bylane of Benaras. interrupts him. You..Montage In a series of shots and sequences we see Anoushka. Please. Don’t say anything. Don’t follow me. Don’t. You don’t deserve any happiness. praying every moment the thought crossed me. .. Anoushka: You know I always had that nagging feeling. she interrupts him again. She pauses and looks back at the hotel once. And you are damn right. Saying this... 102 Anoushka. Vish keeps staring in her direction. But you are! You. I will talk. almost like she is possessed in a fit of rage. at all times… But I was hoping.. the lanes. Anoushka packs her things at the hotel. Just when. Anoushka: No. Anoushka walks through the Aarti and the lamps.. what if you were him? What if? And I stopped myself from thinking like that… Everthing pointed to that. You are him! I am sorry.. CUT TO SCENE 56 – PBS . Just when I thought... she walks away. overwhelmed with tears. CUT TO She gets into a cab. Please. old man. Why did you have to make me feel so stupid? Why did you have to strip me of even that last strand of faith I had? Why? As he starts to speak. You listen. It’s pre-dawn. whoever you are… The joke is on me. you. A dramatic upswing as EPIC MUSIC picks up on the soundtrack. You deserve every misery. that constant fear. that you weren’t him.

CUT TO Anoushka sits in the flight. She kisses him for a moment and then moves back and says. 103 CUT TO Anoushka’s cab drives by the ghats. But even though she looks like she is falling apart. Anoushka: I need a haircut. He grabs her and kisses her. CUT TO Anoushka trips on something. na? Dev: You still can’t say you love me. Someone tries to help her but she just breaks down. grabs his ticket and tears it violently and then calmly hands him the pieces. all by herself. taking a deep breath. She keeps looking down. thinks for a millisecond. Delhi / Evening Dev gets off a cab and offloads his luggage and suddenly something catches his attention. CUT TO SCENE 57 EXT. absolutely disheveled and distraught. even as Dev’s smile becomes even more vibrant. Finally Anoushka quips. na Anu? Just say it and I will tear up this ticket. He is shocked to see Anoushka sitting on the pavement across. She just dumps her luggage in the next seat. all over her own and someone else’s luggage. He drags his suitcase and walks up to her calmly. he breaks into a smile on seeing her. which lies empty. IGI Airport. The gorgeous Benaras Sunrise. she looks away. and falls flat on her face. CUT TO Anoushka at the airport. She just looks up. .

You know what happened to naani! Dev: Anoushka. That’s just how it went. What do you mean? Repair this? Repair what? With that man? I mean. . I knew all along. right? Anoushka: Dev. How else do you think he found out? Anoushka.. Naani never told him they had a child.. Dev: “You’re not serious are you? Anoushka: What do you mean? Dev: You ARE going to repair this. Anoushka is stunned to hear this. Anoushka: How do you know? Dev: Because I read the letter she sent him. After a moment’s pause she says. Anoushka: So that’s it. Ever again. And now it’s over. 104 Anoushka Dev. Dev: I think I know what this is about. So… let’s not talk about it. There are many empty coffee cups in front of Anoushka. I have to tell you something. CUT TO SCENE 58 INT. Coffee Shop – Delhi / Evening Anoushka and Dev sit across each other.

And something in his eyes told me he meant only well. CUT TO Scene 59 A INT. he never came to say sorry? He. Dev gives up.. Anoushka. Anu. He does… Khud se nafrat karta hai voh aadmi… kyonki tum se paar karta hai voh. He loves you. Dev: You can’t really love till you learn to forgive Anu. Anoushka is surprised at the angry tone is voice takes. Don’t! You know nothing about him. Dev. he pleaded with me to not tell you. Nahin toh nafrat tumhe khaa jaayega. Parr shayad apni nafrat ko maafi mein badal sakti ho. Dev realizes she is shaking with sobs. Jaise tumhe mila. Kuch khushnaseeb hotey hain jinhe unhe sudharne ka mauka mil jaata hai. Don’t you see. Dev: I wish he hadn’t done this false identity thing. Cab. for you.. he just came to undo his mistakes. Delhi Roads / Evening Anu and Dev are in a cab. CUT TO Scene 59 EXT. She stops in her tracks.. Dil toh tumne bhi mera toda thaa. Anu. But itna toh jaanta hoon ki galtiyaan sab se hoti hain. Anoushka: Don’t defend him. Galti ho gayi unn se… Isse tum nahin badal sakti. He turns around and says. calling various numbers They try the Taj at Benaras where they were staying but no one seems to know anything about him. 105 Dev: Anu. and here. Hotel Room / Night .. Anoushka! Anoushka stands up and starts walking out. Anu. Dev: Maybe not. as much as he could. here we are.

He tells Anoushka that this is really pointless and that there is no way. She turns and shakes Dev out of sleep. which has been turned into a hotel. she can just randomly find him here. Anoushka asks about the terrace with the view of a gorge and the mountains. Dev looks really unsure about this. She gets up. The receptionist smiles and sends a bellboy to escort them to the terrace. Dev comes to the terrace. Sudden passion takes over. she knows. curious. 106 Dev is sleeping while Anoushka tosses and turns. Haveli-Hotel. Anoushka walks up to him and hugs him. Dev says he is tired and that they should check in to the hotel now. Anoushka I was hoping! CUT TO Scene 61 B INT. Dev asks about Vish but the receptionist says no man with this name has checked in here. Anoushka walks into the haveli. Suddenly. CUT TO SCENE 60 INT. as if. Anoushka walks into the terrace and it looks nothing like what Vish described it to her as. Anoshka’s face falls. They start kissing. Dev looks at her in his sleep. I think I know where he could be. they were coming together for the first time ever. . Dev: You are mad! You really thought you could find him here? Anoushka shrugs. Anoushka: Dev. walks around the room and stands at the window looking out at the rising sun. Fathehgarh / Evening. Hotel Room / Twilight Dev sits by the window of their room. She sits there disappointed. as she looks for solace in his arms.

She breaks into a jog and starts running towards him. He just smiles as she holds him tight and whispers. Anoushka: I love you. Anoushka jumps out of bed. It’s surreal and ethereal. Vish turns and hugs them both. and pulls on a jacket. Dev jolts up and asks what happened. her eyes fall on the window. THE END . Anoushka runs out of the room. with a pressing hurry. but by now she has run out of the room. And suddenly a curious glint gathers in her in them. Daddu! Dev also walks up. through the complicated corridors of the hotel and onto the terrace. Over his shoulder Anoushka sees the mist part to reveal the vision he had painted of his ‘magical place’. in Dev’s arms. a man in a shawl stands overlooking the mist. 107 CUT TO SCENE 62 INT. She runs and hugs him from behind. Hotel Room / Twilight Anoushka wakes up early in the morning. I love you. We reveal it’s Vish. At the other end. She turns in bed languorously.