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.]