ANNTARAAL / EPISODE SIX- THE EMOTION


Really! I can’t believe it. You joined Aasman after all of us. Yet, you know all of Aarif’s secrets. Are you having an affair with him? Hmm… Remember! Kamila is still in queue. (indistinct chatter in background) What sort of party is this? The birthday boy himself is missing. And brunch… Why brunch? It’s Lunch, not brunch. (whispers) What? (indistinct conversations and greetings) Most of these rules set by Aarif sir are tolerable, but a sober birthday party? Weird. I agree. I mean, Aren’t we like, youngsters? Shouldn’t we be like boozing off our lives? (mumbles) Orange juice throws you off-balance and you want alcohol? Waiter. Tissue, please. And Aarif, no brunch please. I hate brunches. She is saying it wrong yet again. Tell me, Meghna. You seem to hate just about everything. Is there anything, that you like? Of course. Dhanush, juice? (romantic music plays) Charu…? Umm… Films. I like watching films. Woah. (laughs) She’s isn’t even in the same conversation. Which is your favourite one? My all-time favourite is “Dil Chahta Hain” Not bad. Dwarkesh, yours? JJWS. “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar” Oh. Umm… “Runaway Bride” Perfect. “Sound Of Music” “Kabhi Khushi, Kabhie Gham” Aarif sir, your favourite? “Charulata” Satyajit Ray’s “Charulata” Ohhhh…(prolonged) (music plays) “Ghare-Baire” What? “Ghare-Baire” Ray, (both together) Satyajit Ray. (music plays) It’s working guys! She has recovered her memory. I saw it last month, Kamila. Let’s raise a toast. to uhhhhh….. a sober birthday party! To… Orange juice. To Aarif. Sir. To my vacation. To Aarif sir’s weird rules. To Aasman. (everyone together) To Aasman. Double click to edit To these beautiful new memories. (everyone together) To these beautiful memories. Let’s… Let’s play some Aarif-sir kinda music. Sober. Exactly. Aarif sir, I dedicate this song to you. It is such an old song, that it is now in the Public Domain. Public Domain? Now explain it to her. I’ll tell you after the party. (laughs) Meghna, do you even watch Hindi movies? Or only Hollywood? Same old crap. Hindi movies revolve around barely a few tried and tested story-lines. Is there anything substantial in Bollywood movies? Emotions, silly, Emotions. (music plays) (song)
Love has no reason, no season. (song)
No way you would know (song)
it’s coming, its coming, (song)
to stir up your emotion… (song)
Love has no reason, no season. (song)
It gives you no choice, no warning, (song)
Walks through your heart (song)
and gives you what you were yearning… (song)
Love has no reason, no season. (song)
No way you would know (song)
it’s coming, its coming, (song)
to stir up your emotion… (song)
You would know nothing, (song)
no night, no morning. (song)
Cuts through your heart and leaves your (song)
heart mourning. (song)
Love has no reason, no season. (song)
No way you would know (song)
it’s coming, its coming, (song)
to stir up your emotion… (song)
Love, Love, Love, (song)
is like lightning, (song)
Sometimes frightening. (song)
Love, Love, Love, (song)
is like thunder, (song)
it makes you wonder, (song)
“What have I been doing all this while…..? (song)
Just not aware how to make my heart smile… (song)
All of a sudden I wanna go that extra mile…. ” (song)
Love has no reason, no season. (song)
No way you would know (song)
it’s coming, its coming, (song)
to stir up your emotion… (music continues and fades into next conversation) Aren’t you guys coming long? (slurring voice) No! I won’t leave until I meet that Bawaji. How dare he trouble Aarif? Let me just land one television serial- a title role. I’ll throw the rent on Bawaji’s face. How dare he trouble Aarif? My Aarif. How did she get high on coffee? (laughs uncomfortably) Get lost. Hey there, Chottu! Go and call your Bawaji. (raining heavily) Did you see, how close they were while dancing? Yes… Aarif and Charulata. Oh… I thought Meghna and Dhanush. They are cute, aren’t they? Their relationship has no future whatsoever. Their relationship is totally one-sided. Like mine. I hope it is not one-sided. Why are you girls like in a hurry to establish a relationship? Aarif is… kind to everyone. Seriously? So why isn’t he dropping me home? Isn’t it obvious? What? So how? Like the whole… Aasman thing? Dhanush and me, We actually met at a funeral in Goa. My friend, who had lost his grandfather was actually mouthing the lines
that Dhanush had written. Knowing my friend, I knew he could never say those lines, so I asked. And that’s how I got introduced to a new profession and to Dhanush. So… Meghna joined in after Dhanush? Don’t you feel jealous? Jealousy? No! I am really happy for Aarif. I am not. Tell me the truth, you… know Aarif since a very long time, don’t you? (music plays) (sighs deeply) Since a very long time, indeed. I knew it! Tell me all about it. From the very beginning. We were Khojis (seekers of knowledge) at Swantantrata University. We studied together for a year. So why didn’t you tell any of us about it? Nobody asked. Dhanush, I suppose, knows about it. Cecilia and Aarif? No way. They were just buddies, with a… common subject of interest. And…What does Khoji mean? What were you seeking? Cecilia and I, were studying psychology. We had a common mentor. Oh. Dr. Raghunath. So… we lived together in Dr. Raghunath’s guest house. So… Did something happen? What? Between the two of you, I mean, seeked something else in the process of seeking? Don’t be silly, Kamila. Come on, Something must’ve happened for sure. I… did like him. And once I was about to kiss him but… Dr. Raghunath walked in? No… You know how Aarif is. No… I wish. He said, he likes me just as a friend. (stifled laugh) Damn it! Then? (seethes regretfully) Then what? After a year, we both left onto our own different paths. To seek more? (in agreement) Hmm… No way. I am sure Cecilia needs her own hug today. You guys are… pretty comfortable. Never seen you’ll awkward. But… (thunder rumbles) just wanted to ask… is there a chance that… (romanic music plays) Cecilia, tell me something. You are back in the city for Aarif, right? Why would she do something like that? Because you do things for someone you love. I would! I would too! Me too! (music intensifies) Charulata is such a bad omen. (clicks tongue) She alone left the two of us heartbroken. (sighs) I’m not heartbroken, okay? Then maybe you have a heart of plastic. My heart is shattered. And this damned city doesn’t have enough trees left to hug. (music plays) Now… our only remaining choice is Dwarkesh. (laughs fondly) He is damn cute. Yeah. He is cute but… he gives me these “brotherly vibes”. (giggles) (mobile phone rings) Dwarkesh?! Yes, yes, yeah? What?! When, where, where can we come? (mobile phone rings) What? Where? (mobile phone vibrates)

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