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GUZARAA HUAA MAUSAM A Season gone by A script by S. Manasvi Beginning credits appear on photographs of two girls, Nisha and Kiran in the twelfth standard of their school, enjoying life. INT. RESTAURANT -- DAY A waiter with coffee on his tray passes by through the tables of a posh restaurant. Formal atmosphere. Knife and fork over a plate. Napkin being carefully unfolded. Flower being kept on the vase. He walks towards a corner table where Nisha, a twenty-five year old girl is sitting working on her laptop dressed in blazer formals. Waiter places coffee on her table. WAITER Would you like to have something else M'am? NISHA No Thanks! Nisha is unbothered by his presence. She keeps working. Waiter leaves and we hear a banging noise in the background. A sweet voice is heard saying "sorry". Nisha stops for a second but then continues working. The sweet voice whispers in Nisha's ears. VOICE I spy! Nisha. Nisha looks up and is surprised to see Kiran, a girl of her age dressed up in bright colors. Kiran giggles like little girls and hugs Nisha. Nisha pats gently on her shoulders and holds her little away from herself to be able to see her face properly. NISHA Kiran! KIRAN Yes!!! NISHA (in a different tone) Kiran! KIRAN Yes! Of course! NISHA Kiran! KIRAN (picks up a spoon and sees her face in that) Looking like something else? NISHA Stupid! Kiran sees the laptop cover on the chair and pulls a chair from the adjacent table. A person who is about to sit on that chair gives her a look. KIRAN Anyone sitting here? Kiran turns to Nisha who looks completely in awe of her. Kiran shouts towards the waiter. KIRAN One cold coffee here! As she sits down she notices a question written on Nisha's face and her frontier mail starts. KIRAN Had come to Mumbai with my group. Had a conference on gemology. I came to Pune. They'll pick me up in the evening. Had gone to your place earlier. Met Raghu Kaka. He has aged so much. He told me you'll be in office or here. This place was en route so... hey! Just close this laptop... NISHA No... its downloading... Kiran has closed the laptop by then. She looks regretful for a moment while Nisha detaches her mobile from the laptop. But then it starts again. KIRAN 6432413! Isn't it! I called up from station itself. Even aunty wasn't... Thank You! Waiter keeps cold coffee on the table. As Kiran takes a sip, she finds Nisha staring at her. NISHA You will soon run out of words. Kiran is reminded of someone. KIRAN Madam Sinha! Nisha just smiles. KIRAN But she'd said this for both of us once. Is it applicable for just me now? NISHA Listening The tone makes Kiran uneasy. She tries to read Nisha's face. Nisha gets conscious. NISHA It's been eight years... Kiran interrupts. KIRAN 94, 95, 96... It was last paper for the twelfth standard when your dad had passed away... sorry... NISHA Leave it. Kiran again watches Nisha in that awkward silence. She releases the hair-pin from Nisha's tightly tied knot and her hair loosen up. KIRAN Does it remind you of something? Nisha shakes her head. KIRAN Hey! (in a arty tone) I did my best to refuse... Nisha proceeds to tie back her hair. KIRAN Come on! Tick tick 1, tick tick 2... tick... Nisha is not even trying to remember. Her blank stare starts troubling Kiran. KIRAN Maya Memsaab, Dear! Our first adult film in theatres. Nisha just smiles. Kiran looks at her. KIRAN This wasn't you! These glasses? NISHA It's a Zero power one. Bossy look. We have a staff of 125. KIRAN Hunter would have been better. Is it an office or a circus. NISHA Worse! KIRAN And your manager... Mr. Awasthi? NISHA He's there. But mom wanted me to look after personally. Nisha starts stirring spoon in her cup. NISHA I started it during college itself. Once a week, once in two days, daily and then... Kiran puts her hand on Nisha's hand which is stirring the spoon. KIRAN ... and then... Twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Can make it out. Home to Office, Office to Home. Home to Office, Office to Home. NISHA A "Mullah" will run only till the mosque. KIRAN Just Imagine! This 'bar' mid-way. Both laugh like kids. KIRAN Come on! Such a lovely weather. Show me around your city. Nisha is suddenly apologetic. Kiran gives a questioning look. NISHA I've a meeting... KIRAN Can't you postpone it? Nisha nods negative. KIRAN Give me your mobile phone. NISHA Why? KIRAN I'll try getting this season post- poned. Nisha tries to laugh it off. KIRAN I have to leave by evening. NISHA And you have the nerve to call me 'busy'? KIRAN At least I manage to take out time for friends. NISHA As if... Kiran shuts Nisha's mouth by her hand and points at her cell- phone while making strange noises to avoid listening to what Nisha is saying. Nisha dials a number. NISHA Hello. Please postpone my meetings for today... Okay... Just a sec... Nisha keeps her hand over the phone and turns to Kiran. NISHA When is your vehicle coming to pick you up? Kiran who is drinking her cold coffee makes a gesture of seven by her fingers. NISHA Set it up for eight pm. As soon as Nisha ends the call, Kiran does "YES" and turns around to see the waiter. KIRAN Bill please! EXT. OUTSIDE THE RESTAURANT - DAY Nisha and Kiran come out and Nisha's car comes in the porch. An old man, who is the driver comes out and opens the back seat for them. Kiran looks at him and turns towards Nisha. KIRAN Why do we need a Driver? This "Bar- ba-papa" is going to be a chaperone or what? Nisha doesn't know how to react. She raises her eyebrows to signal Kiran to stop but Kiran turns to the driver and asks for the keys. KIRAN Uncle Chips! Please go ahead for office. Madam will reach there by evening. The driver looks at Nisha and Nisha signals him to do as told. He leaves giving the keys to Kiran. Kiran takes to the driver's seat and Nisha sits next to her. The car exits the restaurant premises in full speed. EXT. IN THE CAR DAY Kiran is driving and talking to Nisha. Nisha looks at the road scared every time Kiran turns to her to talk to her. KIRAN Are you in touch with anyone? Deepti, Archana, any of those... And that "Lifeless Garden"? Used to give you one Amul Chocolate every Friday! As a gift for "someone you love". Nisha shrugs her shoulder indifferently. Kiran is curious. KIRAN Tell me... Is Siddharth still... NISHA Leave it! Nisha looks at the road. NISHA Left! Left! Left! Kiran takes a sudden left and they are saved from banging into the huge truck that was coming straight at them. Kiran stops at the side of the road. Nisha is extremely tense but Kiran just can't stop laughing. KIRAN Did you get to see the look on that driver's face? Nisha stares at Kiran for laughing in such a situation but slowly joins her in her laugh. EXT. SIGHT SEEING SPOT DAY Kiran is walking towards Nisha with two green coconuts in her hand. She stops when she sees Nisha talking over her phone. NISHA Just freeze his account and send him an explanation call. You could have taken this decision yourself! As Nisha closes her cell-phone, she turns to find Kiran staring at her. Nisha smiles apologetically. Kiran comes closer and hands her one green coconut with straw. Nisha takes a sip and spots a ring in Kiran's finger. NISHA You are engaged! Kiran looks at Nisha, looks at her engagement ring. KIRAN Nothing formal. Marriage might take another two years to happen. NISHA But this gentleman... Nisha is interrupted by her cellphone ring. She picks up the call. NISHA Yes... keep it 33 percent. no... doesn't matter. Nisha shuts the phone and gives a questioning look. NISHA So? KIRAN Shashank. Who else? Nisha can't believe her ears. NISHA Since then? Its been eight years! Just a minute. Is this the same ring which he... KIRAN ...which he bought with the cultural festival prize money. NISHA How is he? KIRAN Still the same. Isn't it amazing how some things never change. Nisha wonders about the truth of that statement. KIRAN Nothing has changed. Nothing at all. NISHA And may be... Nisha's phone rings again. Nisha takes the call. NISHA 7.55! I am coming at 7.55. Nisha shuts the phone, this time with anger. Looks at Kiran. Kiran has finished her coconut water. KIRAN looks around for a dust-bin and then tries to aim the green coconut towards it. Nisha sees this and takes the coconut from her. As she goes towards the dust-bin, Kiran spots Nisha's cell-phone and shuts it off. EXT VARIOUS PLACES DAY Nisha and Kiran at various other places simply laughing and chatting. INT RESTAURANT DAY Kiran and Nisha have finished their lunch. As the waiter takes away the finger bowls, Kiran opens her bag and takes out a pair of flashy earrings. Gives it to Nisha. NISHA Thanks Kiran! But these kind... doesn't suit me... Kiran is taken aback in surprise. She holds the earrings in her fist. KIRAN Is it? I remember you dressing like an Arabian Queen in those days! Kiran places it again in front of Nisha now with more authority. Nisha just keeps it in her bag. KIRAN For your kind information, they are my designs. Nisha is impressed, at least shows that she is. KIRAN I've an Exhibition the day after tomorrow. My first big exhibition. Looks at Nisha, her eyes light up. KIRAN Why don't you come? I'll show you around. We'll enjoy like old times. Nisha takes out her pocket organiser. NISHA Sorry dear! Day after tomorrow, we have that Dubai Delegation... Kiran makes face as if cursing silently. Nisha looks at her and then searches for further dates in her organiser. NISHA I'll come some other time. Kiran hints her to close the organiser. KIRAN That "some other time" didn't come in the last eight years! When was the last time you had spent time with your friends? NISHA Why? Just last week, I was invited at the water-world inaugration... Nisha stops, seeing Kiran passing a sarcastic smile at her. KIRAN You won't even bother to go somewhere if you are not the "Chief Guest"... Nisha silently stares. Kiran tries to read the meaning of this silence and wonders. KIRAN Time is never there. You have to take out time for some things. EXT. OUTSIDE SHOPPERS' STOP DAY Nisha is driving this time. She parks the car at one corner of the road and comes out. As Kiran comes out, she looks around. KIRAN What's here? Nisha shows her the big shopper's stop store across the road. NISHA I've to get something for you... Kiran proceeds to sit back in the car. Nisha looks at her. NISHA Kiran please. Kiran comes out again. KIRAN sorry! Anyways, I don't like shopping at places with fixed price tags. Rs 499... Rs 799. I mean... whom are they trying to fool? NISHA But they are worth it! KIRAN May be... But I can't shop without bargaining. Nisha smiles in surprise. KIRAN Yes. Bargaining means the right to chose. Its our fundamental right. Nisha shows disagreement. KIRAN Think for yourself. If we don't have the right to choose, life will become so dull. Nisha feels uncomfortable with this statement. KIRAN Don't we choose things for ourselves? Right career, right food,. Our own time! Nisha starts feeling out of discussion. KIRAN Then why can't we chose the right prize? Come on, tell me... Kiran laughs saying this but stops seeing Nisha's expression. Nisha turns away. Kiran keeps her hands on her shoulders. Nisha turns and just smiles. NISHA Can't say Kiran. I never had the right to choose. But now I've got used to it. Nisha's statement hurts Kiran deeply. EXT. FASHION STREET DAY Kiran takes Nisha to a roadside shop. They look at several dresses until Kiran decides on some. The salesperson is continuously running behind them. He is helping them in finding the stuff they want. Kiran gives the dresses to him. KIRAN How much is this for? SALESPERSON 460 madam. Kiran starts looking around the dress. Salesperson is curious. SALESPERSON It's all tested stuff. You won't find any defect? Kiran looks at him. KIRAN No. I am just checking where are the pure gold threads woven. SALESPERSON Sorry? Kiran passes a sarcastic look. KIRAN You thought I am a foreigner and you can fool me as you want. SALESPERSON No ma'm. It's not... KIRAN It is. It is. This dress is not worth more than 250. Isn't it. Nisha shows disbelief. SALESPERSON What are you talking ma'm? We don't keep such high margins. KIRAN Cross your heart and tell me again you are not cheating us. Nisha is shocked by the sudden sweet tone of Kiran. SALESPERSON Okay ma'm. Let's settle for 300. Kiran shakes her head and turns to leave. SALESPERSON Okay, 270. Final madam. Kiran hands him two more dresses. KIRAN This other one for 300, this one for 210 and this is for 150. How much does it add up to? Nisha takes out money from her purse. NISHA Nine hundred and thirty. Nisha and Kiran come towards their car laughing. KIRAN Make the shopkeeper reduce the price and still make him feel guilty. NISHA I hope you don't get a customer like this in your exhibition. Saying this, Nisha casually proceeds towards the car. Kiran realizes what Nisha means but then just smiles and moves towards the car. She asks for the keys. KIRAN Now, my turn. EXT. KAMLA NEHRU PARK DAY Kiran stops the car where there is a row of chaat thelaas. Kiran mixes and matches all types of chaat. As Nisha gulps one paani-puri, Kiran looks at her. Both of them laugh their hearts out. As they stop laughing, they see two little girls staring at them. Kiran throws a questioning look at them and the girls run inside the park giggling away to glory. Kiran and Nisha look at each other and just smile. Nisha again looks in that direction and sees people of different age groups in that park, all of them in good company. NISHA You don't get to see this life in closed restaurants. Kiran looks at Nisha and smiles agreeing with her statement. EXT. PARKING LOT EVENING Nisha and Kiran reach the place where they had parked the car. Its not there. They look around and right where they are standing, they find written in very small text in native language that means "only for two-wheelers" below the small board of parking. Nisha throws a stern look at Kiran and Kiran looks around in guilt. INT. POLICE STATION EVENING Nisha is in the police station talking to the police inspector when Kiran enters limping on her left foot. Nisha is just wondering what Kiran is upto. KIRAN Can't you have bigger parking signs? Policeman We are not here to trouble you unnecessarily. That place is for two wheelers and... Kiran again cries in pain. KIRAN Ouch. POLICEMAN What happened? KIRAN You troubled us anywise. You do your duty. Policeman continues to work, then suddenly turns to Nisha. POLICEMAN (in native language 'marathi') tell me something... KIRAN She doesn't understand 'marathi'. Ask me. I'll tell you everything. Policeman is suddenly bothered by the harsh tone. KIRAN She dropped me ahead and then went to park so that I don't have to walk much. She could not understand the "only for two wheelers" sign. The policeman looks suspiciously at her. Nisha turns to him. NISHA How much do I need to pay fine? KIRAN Give it to them whatever they ask for. Ultimately we only have to pay for humanity. Nisha feels uncomfortable with this scene which Kiran is creating. She proceeds to take out money from her purse. KIRAN You look like a family man. Do you have kids? Nisha is about to get irritated. NISHA Kiran, please! As Nisha places money on the table, the policeman looks at Kiran. POLICEMAN Leave it, madam. Nisha leaves the room without saying anything. POLICEMAN Escort them to their car. (turns to Kiran) you ought to teach her marathi. How will she survive here? Nisha doesn't stay there to listen. EXT. OUTSIDE THE POLICE STATION EVENING As Nisha comes out and starts walking towards the car, she turns to see Kiran still sweet-talking with the policemen. Nisha takes out her mobile and finds that her mobile is switched off. She turns and sees Kiran walking towards her. She shows the cell to Kiran. Kiran acts unaware. NISHA You switched off my cell? KIRAN Me? No? Why would I? Nisha doesn't believe her. KIRAN I swear I didn't. battery must have drained out. NISHA Battery was full, Kiran. You know how many important calls I must have miss... this is the limit... KIRAN Exactly. The same important calls that you were shutting off in anger. They were troubling you, they were troubling us so I. NISHA So you took decision on MY behalf? Kiran feels uneasy with that fight. She proceeds towards the car. Nisha walks with her. As Kiran sits in the car and Nisha sits next to her, Nisha looks at her. KIRAN I am sorry. NISHA So am I. but you should think twice before acting childishly... KIRAN No, Nisha. I am proud of this childishness. To be happy, the kid inside us needs to be alive. Saying this, Kiran starts the car and drives ahead. INT. CAFETERIA EVENING Kiran is trying to understand what Nisha has become. Suddenly a loud roar of thunder distracts her. Rain falling on the terrace of the cafe reminds Kiran of something. KIRAN Remember, how we got drenched on the biology lab terrace. (sings) singing in the rain... Madam Sexy sena (winks) NISHA Saxena. KIRAN She had a major Culture shock. The way she scolded us... Nisha remembers. KIRAN & NISHA TOGETHER (in a nasal tone) You girls are not kids anymore. You should walk with your heads down. A round of laughter follows. Kiran stands up. KIRAN Come. Let's get drenched. NISHA Are you crazy? I have a meeting. Your vehicle is coming to pick you up. Gonna go all drenched? KIRAN I'll dry up by then. I am not made up of cotton. Am I? Nisha tries to laugh it off and Kiran just holds her hand and almost drags her to the terrace door. Suddenly the mobile rings. Kiran tries to snatch it from Nisha but just near the door, Nisha manages to release herself and take the call. Kiran moves on to the terrace. NISHA Hello! VOICE Ma'm! Can we pre-pone the meeting? By about half an hour. Nisha looks through the terrace glass-door at Kiran. VOICE Ma'm! NISHA Yes! Do it. Nisha turns off the mobile and places her hand on the glass door. We see her reflection on the glass door and Kiran through it. Kiran watches Nisha in wonder. Nisha just smiles at her. EXT. ROAD EVENING Nisha leaves Kiran outside the travels office and Kiran rushes in. Kiran turns to wave Nisha but sees that Nisha has moved her car ahead. Kiran keeps looking in that direction for a moment then turns back to go inside. As Nisha drives ahead, her car stops because of traffic. The rainwater falling on the glass-shields of the car remind her of the day spent. She tries to touch the water falling on the glass from inside. INT. NISHA'S HOUSE NIGHT Stream of rainwater is falling on window-glass. We see that it is window of Nisha's living hall. Nisha enters the hall, returning from the office. She looks out of her window. She comes near the terrace door and puts her hand outside with hesitation to feel the raindrops. But she doesn't. Just when she could have touched the falling water, she withdraws her hand. She closes the terrace door and tries to touch the water falling on the glass. A loud roar of thunder follows. [END CREDITS ROLL]