“Wo chaand jaisa sheetal hain to Kumud suraj jaisi tez.”
The dialogue held true with today’s episode where Kumud spewed fire on Saraswatichandra while he sat there, gobsmacked by the attack. The precap for Monday showed us Kumud being cooled down with the calming presence of Saraswatichandra in her house.
The struggle, the fight between mind and heart continues for Saraswatichandra and Kumud. Had we been following the original storyline, Kumud’s dialogue today would have set the precedent.
“Hum dono ki baat shuru toh tumhari na se hui thi, par khatam meri na se hogi.”
Not that we’re following the original storyline here. The original story ends in tears whereas, from what I’ve heard, Mr. B wishes to give it a happy ending. Just hoping the story is adapted nicely, is all.
Anyway, the main point is- Kumud vents her anger in this episode. Or maybe it’s just the hurt talking when she calls him a shameless coward, who has neither inclination nor guts to stand up to his father. Furthermore she thinks he’s a selfish, cold man who considers his own whims need to be fulfilled and doesn’t value the importance of relationship building in life.
The episode begins where Kumud informs her sister Kusum, that she will ensure Saras realizes what a grave mistake he’s made by rejecting her without seeing her. He would be replied back for his letter- right then and there.
Saras, who has reluctantly agreed to the video conference, waits in his living room quarters to see the girl he has refused. I sniggered when I saw him buttoning his shirt up. Trying to impress someone Mr. Saraswatichandra? 😛
Anyway, he waits, and what does he see? He sees a horde of relatives on the screen when he logs in, comparing him to a heart throb hero. His embarrassment at their praise turns into question as his eyes search for Kumud. How in the hell did he know the girls gawking at him weren’t Kumud?
At her request, Kumud is left alone to talk to Saras. She approaches the computer, slow and firm. His first glimpse to her is of her tiny waist, cinched by a “kamarband” connected to red and yellow pom poms that swing at her waist with each step, singing a melody that attracts him. His discomfort vanishes one instant and is back the next when her hand tightens on the chair. What does she look like, he wonders. What will she say? Has she received the letter?
Kumud is nervous. She knows what she has to say but she stands still and a small smile at the look of his eyes on the screen graces her lips. She wipes it away and sits with her back to the screen as she speaks.
He wishes to see her face, to know whom he is talking to, but she doesn’t let him that have luxury. After all, as she points out, what is the need to see the face of a person that is not going to matter to you in life at all? Her voice is firm, each word hurting Saras like a tight slap. He struggles to keep his arguments at bay. He recognizes her hurt, her need to talk. It is surprising that when she talks of her own hurt and anger, he listens avidly, but when she starts challenging him, his mind wanders. He is distracted by the small bells that speak to him, making him smile. However her last words make him realize, he’s done her great injustice. His manliness is now challenged- will he go to Ratnanagri and say no to her father in person?
The pre-cap shows him arriving in Ratnanagri. Will he say no or will he change his mind remains to be seen.
When they finally showed the pre-cap for the show, I wanted to say- well now, the story has finally begun between Saras and Kumud. Until now, it was just a foreplay that went on. Now they will actually start with the game of love.
What a downfall from the heights of rosy imagination! Kusum teases Kumud about the letter from Saraswatichandra, not knowing the lightning that is going to strike Kumud’s heart. She reads the letter for Kumud and stops, unable to read the horror that is written in the letter. Saras has denied any interest in marrying Kumud!
When Kumud reads it for herself, she feels herself falling deep into an abyss. How quickly can one’s mood change, how deeply can one’s heart sink. How much can one person’s words affect another? Her shock is not unwarranted. How could a man send a proposal and then send rejection too? How did that work?
The more she thinks about it, the angrier she gets. Saraswatichandra had mocked her family, insulted it. Worse, he’d insulted her father. She forgets her own suffering, her own shock when she thinks of the reaction of her family once the letter and its contents are shown to them.
Not that she gets a chance to tell them at all. They’re all excited because they’re going to a cyber café to see family’s first son-in-law on the computer, via video conferencing. While Saras had been writing his refusal and Kumud digesting it, their fathers had arranged for a video conference so that they may speak to each other.
It was quite touching to see her father acknowledging the efforts of her daughter’s wisdom. It was Kumud who had brought cyber café into existence in their village. And now her wisdom will bear fruit, in the form of Saraswatichandra’s face. Or so her father thinks!
The only person in the family who still feels wrong about all this is Dugba; her badi-ma. Despite her protests, the whole family travels onwards to the cyber café. It is time, as Guman appropriately mentioned, for a “dhamaka” (an explosion) in the story.
Saras feels he’s not done it exactly right when sending the letter to Kumud. He feels he’s not apologized for his actions enough. His rejection for the proposal has been enough for a shock for Laxminandan anyway. What would his reaction be if he found out about the letter? One thing puzzles Saras though while his father talks about he and Kumud coming online for a video conference. He’d sent the letter with his refusal. How is it then that Vidyachatur has not responded back to it. Did the letter reach the right hands? Had Kumud not told her father about it then? He has to wait and see.
Kumud feels tied in knots, trying to find words and situation where she can talk to her “bapu” (father) about the letter. Her anger deepens against Saras. He’s the one who’s put her in this position. Her eyes ice up as she thinks of what she wants to tell him.
And this is where the pre-cap comes in. I’m all agog to see what she says and how Saraswatichandra responds to her anger, her challenge.