A Bollywod script – “Full circle”

Flashback. The Girl came home. And told her dad, “The name is Khan, Mrs I Khan”. Dad, a popular leader, an upper caste Hindu with rich roots and cultured upbringing, stared at her young husband who had a Muslim sounding last name. He said, “No way”. Tension persisted, and a few tactical moves later, Dad won the battle of last-names.

Fast forward. Husband didn’t last long, ill health the culprit. Meanwhile, Dad got to rule the land, and passed away in office. After a lull, the Girl took over. A dynasty began. Sons grew up and got wings. One flew long and far to land seven seas away to return with a wife. The other one stayed loyal to his country. Sadly enough, only the better pilot survived to succeed. Eventually, the Girl too lost life in office, and so did her successor-princely son who left behind a son and a daughter.

Longish lull, things get dull, and then comes the climax.

Climax: “The name is Vadra, not Gandhi“, roars the grand-daughter as she makes a comeback to prince(ss)ly life. Pan, zoom, freeze and flash, thunder noise in the background, just like the ‘K’ tele-serials. The movie flashes back to the similar dialog her grand-mom popped 65 years ago. Whats in a name, question some. Dynasty my friend, answer some.

Now what: Ab kya hoga? Whats in store? Who will win this battle of last-names? Will the feminists start a campaign to knock down the male-dominated last-name regime, thus handing dynasty-loyalists a victory? Or will our grand-daughter play the Bharatiya Naari and do what her grand-mom couldn’t two generations ago?

Jaan ne ke liye dekhiye (drum rolls) – “The full circle”. Releasing soon!

[Disclaimer: It is just a Bollywood script waiting to be Karan-Johar'ed. Resemblances to real life characters/events past, present and future are either inspirational or coincidental but not intentional. The blogger has no intentions to malign personalities here and doesn't express on politics as such.]

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9 Responses

  1. wonderfully said, silkboard.
    loved the disclaimer.

  2. Pranav… is this a secret script you are working on? ;-)

  3. @ RK, Vijay, thanks. Tried some political history for a change. You just cant stay tuned out of happenings at the dynasty.

    After (G)Andhi, I think its time for another movie on the subject. Their story has all the masala, love, hatred, religious harmony (aren’t they a truly secular family – Hindu, Muslim and Christian), Saas Bahu stuff (Menaka?) and more – so much to put on screen that even Yash Chopra will find it tough to squeeze in any song-dance routines there!

  4. in the meantime, folks at churumuri are working to upstage pranav with their documentary on a certain ‘angadi’ :-), also with no connection to real life.

    - s.b.

  5. i take objection to your song & dance about song & dance.

    there are scores of examples of brilliant use of song & dance.
    my fav has to be the use of kathakali to show dushyasana vadha in bharath ek khoj. man that is graphic. will give you the shivers.

    is there any better way you would have written the post letter scene in ijaazat other than with ‘mera kuch saamaan’? what about ‘khaali haath aayithi khaali haath jaayegi’? what about ‘yaava murali’ in america america? what about sagara sangamam? what about yeh duniya agar milbhi jaayegi in pyaasa? what about yaar mere tum bhi ho ghazab?

    while songs about love proliferate, films have given us songs & visualizations addressing a whole range of contexts. do deewane ikk shehar mein, svargame endralum, kayy laagadu endu, common man.

  6. [...] Silkboard feels his script has the potential to be “Karan Johared” soon… Climax: “The name is Vadra, not Gandhi“, roars the grand-daughter as she makes a comeback to prince(ss)ly life. Pan, zoom, freeze and flash, thunder noise in the background, just like the ‘K’ tele-serials. The movie flashes back to the similar dialog her grand-mom popped 65 years ago. Whats in a name, question some. Dynasty my friend, answer some. [...]

  7. :P

  8. It’s a wonderful piece.It is the greatest story ever told of the ” sacrifice “of a family for the parivar.

  9. Thanks Ramesh, Prof Shashi, Desipundit, s.b., though I cant take the credit for the story here – its more like documenting history, which as they say repeats itself. Lets wait for UP poll results now and see what worked and what didn’t.

    Tarle, lets put it this way. The story has so much in it that there will be no place to fit the ‘routine’ song and dance stuff.

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