| | Laagi Tujhse Lagan - 20th October 2011 Written Update
Laagi Tujhse Lagan - 20th October 2011 Written Update
Baji and Balu standing near the table in Dutta's office. Balu, who is hearing silently swallows the lump in his mouth, which he was chomping and says, "Gapp re... Kaay dhaandal kartos? (why are you panicking?)... sochne de re... gadbad hone ke pehle wo ..." Balu says but stops as he sees Naku at the door. Baji turns to see Naku standing at the door, her mouth parted and eyes moving from Baji to Balu; turning damp.
In a breaking voice she unsurely asks, "Kya hua?... Baji?... Kaka?... Saab theek hain na?"
Baji and Balu glance at each other and nod to Naku. Naku watches them with anxiously pressed lips.
Naku walks in slowly, her left hand holding Dutta's phone; her eyebrows slightly pushed together with her bottom lip trembling just a little; head tilted downwards a bit. Her watery gaze fixed at Balu and Baji who are standing together. She stops near Balu and Baji and asks in a soft voice, nodding sideways, "Saab... theek ... hain...na?"
Baji nods instantly and says in a soft assuring voice, "Arrey haan re Naku... tu... tu tension mat kar... (Baji glances at Balu quickly and tells Naku) ...hum log hain na... Bhau ko kuch nahi hua re... bas wo... aise hi..."
Balu watches Naku trying to loosen her breaths with her parted mouth. Naku looks at Balu and turns to Baji again as she asks, "Kya bol raha tha tu?... Mak..Mak... kya?"
Balu presses his lips inwards under his thick moustache and lowers his eyebrows as Naku nods upwards waiting for Baji to answer.
Baji tongue tied for a moment looks at Balu, who is watching Naku and thinking. "Bol na," Naku asks again, Baji looks at Naku as she asks, "Saab ne phone kyun nahi kiya... mere ko bole thay kal yahi time pe karenge... kyun nahi kiya? Wo theek hain na..."
In a soft, reassuring voice, Balu says, "Aaga hoyay... (Naku looks at Balu' relaxed face; his steady soft gaze on her face; the corners of his mouth turned up slightly in a gentle smile; he says)... wo ekdam theek hain... (Balu shakes his head lightly; Baji watches Balu and turns to see Naku; Naku hears as Balu says) ... tere ko kya bola tha main?... (Balu gently raises his right index finger and says) ...uske upar Shiv ki krupa hai re... aur rahegich.. tu kaay ko ghabarti... (Naku lowers her eyes, breathing steadily and chews her bottom lip; Balu notices her hand clutching the cell phone tighter at the side; Balu says) ...phone rakh de abhi.. (Naku looks up instantly to see Balu's face, in slight surprise as she hears; Balu shakes his head and says) ...usko nahi hoyega phone karne ko... (Naku's eyes cast down, tearfully; Baji watches with helplessly pressed lips as Balu says)...pann tu dil chhota nako kar... (Balu gently places his hand on her head and says) ...hum log usko ghar leke aane ka baat karte thay... (Naku looks up to see Baji nodding voluntarily as Balu says) ... nakki... bas..."
Naku nods a slow sideways nod; Baji says, "Arrey Naku... tu jaa re... so jaa...bohat raat ho gaya hai... jaa..."
Baji nods. Naku disinterestedly nods sideways and turns towards the door.
Balu watches her for a moment and calls out gently, "Aga Snusha..."
Naku stops instantly; Baji looks at Balu for a moment and looks towards Naku who is turning around to face Balu again. Balu smiles and says, in a cheerful voice, "Teri sutti ke fakt char din bache... majja kar ke le... hokumshah wapas aane ke pehle... (Balu sniggers; Baji lowers his brow for a moment and quickly brings on a smile, nodding; Naku smiles and lowers her face as Balu says) ...aur ghabar mat... tu jaise usko seh ke leti na... waise usko poleeswale bhi seh nahi sakte... apne aap wapas karenge usko bache char din mein, dekh..."
Balu sniggers; Naku's face lowered, she blushes slightly with a faint smile, swallowing a lump simultaneously.
Baji suddenly says, "Haan pann Naku... (Naku looks up to see Baji's face; his smile has faded away and face is slightly more serious; he says) ...agar... samajh agar Bhau ka phone tere ko aaya... toh mere ko aake bol... mere ko Bhau se kuch baat karne ka hai... zaroori hai..."
Naku nods and turns to walk out of the office door.
Balu and Baji watch Naku's back disappear. Baji turns to Balu whose mouth is pressed and eyes narrowed in thought.
"Dada..." Baji says, Balu turns to see Baji with a pensive face; Baji says, "Wo police wala bola, Bhau ne bayan dene ko saaf mana kiya... kagaz phenk ke maara uspe... (Balu slaps his forehead as Baji says) ... toh ye Makoka lagayega kaise?"
"Ye Dutta tera... khooleshwar (remarkably foolish fellow) haai ek number ka... (Baji hears as Balu says angrily in a slightly raised voice) ... bayan nahi dena ka, pann kagad phenke maarne ka kya! Shaaay! Usko kusar (vengeance) kaay ko rakhne ka mauka deta hai ye... (Baji hears as Balu says angrily shaking his head) ...pehle hi ekdam snaan karke peeche hai wo aur ye vedsar..."
"Arrey pann Dada... wo bhi shaana bana na... wo saale malum nahi kya, makoka mein diyele bayan pe palat nahi sakta, Bhau... kaay ko bayan maangne baitha wo Bhau ke saamne, saala?" Baji asks with a scowl and goes on, "Aur Bhau ka khopdi hai na, aise time mein bohat sanakhta hai... mere ko ye tension hai, Dada, ki dono ka kuch locha nahi hona mangta hai... wo saala Bhau ko uskane ka dekh raha hai Dada ... (Baji waves his hand sideways and says) ... aur ye Bhau bhi... usne vakil ke wahan se toh kuch bolna mangta tha na... vakil ko bhi phone nahi kiya... (Baji shakes his head with a twisted mouth as he says) ... kya soch raha hai ye Bhau?"
"Naai re Chhottu, mere ko nahi lagta hai aisa lafda hoyenga wo dono ka... (Baji turns to see Balu speaking with conviction and nodding with deeply lowered eyebrows) ...karne ka rehta toh abhi tak Dutta ne usko kaadi maara rehta aur usne Dutta ko... (Baji hears as Balu says) ...pann Dutta gapchup hai toh ruk ja re Chhotu... kuch socha rahenga usne... usko kya andar rehne ko majja aata hai kya?...tu ghabar mat... shaant reh... kal wo vakil ko bhej usko milne ko tuich, wo nahi bulaya toh bhi..."
Baji nods and says, "Kal ke kal, mere ko wo gaddar ko dhoondhne ka hai jisne wo... (speaks with a flared nostril and a snarl) ...haramkhor Mhatre ko Malgund ka entry diya..."
Balu brings up his right hand to stroke his chin as Baji angles his head slightly in thought and shakes his head. Balu meets Baji's eyes and pats him on his shoulder firmly.
Dutta, wearing his deep brown outfit; sitting in a casually unflappable posture; left ankle crossed under the straight stretched right leg; back and head pressed to the wall behind him; right hand curved above the head and left hand loosely at the side --- thumb and fingers rubbing extremely slowly. Dutta's face is lined deeply, especially the forehead and the glabella, but not a hint of anxiety. His mouth severely arching downwards and jaw clenched tight enough for the temple veins to be visible; eyes tapering and focused at a blank point, unblinkingly.
Naku lying in her side of the bed; turned on her right to face Dutta's side of the bed; her sombre eyes locked on the unoccupied side; her right hand gently moving on Dutta's bedside; left hand at her baby bump. Naku speaks in a faint whisper into the space around her, "Saab... jo pal ka intezaar tha, wo aaj aaya Saab... halka sa... khamosh... pann pata hai Saab... aaj jabhi mere andar usne wo chhhottiii si hulchul ki na, wo samajhne ke baad na Saab... (Naku presses her lips down and says) ... Naku ko... apne andar... aapka ansh mehsoos hua Saab... (Naku smiles with damp eyes; lovingly pressing her hand down to her belly and the other to Dutta's empty side of the bed)... aaj usne apne hone ka ehsaas karaya Saab... ab aap aaoge na... (Naku takes in a deep breath and says) ...toh dekhna aur bhi khushi se naachegi wo... (Naku's soft tear escapes her eyes from the side as she says) ...apni Aayi ko hi tangh karegi... aur aapko bhi maza aayega na... mere ko malum hai... (Naku presses her lips for a moment and says faintly) ... Saab..." she gently closes her eyes.
Dutta takes in a deep breath; his eyebrows raised sharply and lips pursed; tapering eyes focused at the blank point in reflection. Moments later, Dutta raises his chin up and takes in a firm unwavering breath. He brings up his right thumb and index finger to press his eyes down. Moments later, he lowers his hand from his face and blinks rapidly; his eyes watering and red. Dutta quickly raises his left upper wrist and glances at his watch... 1am... His eyes move around his cell and to a constable sitting in a plastic chair in the corridor outside the door; facing inside; but fast asleep and snoring. Dutta disapprovingly shakes his head and takes in a deep breath; chest rising and falling once; he tips his head on his neck and gently shuts his eyes, speaking faintly through a sigh, "Ayye Naku... (pauses and gently shakes his head once on his right) ...tu intezaar kar rahi hai mera?... (pauses; eyes still closed) ...sahi kaha tha tu ne... (Dutta's eyes shut, his lips form a smile as he says to himself in a near inaudible whisper) ...ye ek-ek pal ek din ke barabar hai, Naku... (Dutta takes in a sigh and whispers) ... tere bina... (pauses) ...aur uske bina... (Dutta takes in a deep breath; tilting his head on his left shoulder as he says)... main bhi ab bas aana chahta hun wahan... jahan chain hai... pyaar hai... wajah hai... zindagi hai... tu hai... Naku..."
Dutta's eyes closed he presses his chin up and squeezes his eyes tighter.
New morning at Patil Niwas
Naku, dressed in a rust colored saree with silver and gold leaf motifs all over; paired with a similar tone rust colored blouse with silver and gold embroidery on the sleeves; hair tied in a plait at the back; her green bangles between two gold kadas on each wrist; mangalsutra around her neck. Naku steps into the hall from the passageway. A maid servant, who is dusting the furniture turns to see Naku and asks, softly, "Aap ko kuch chahiye kya vahini?"
Naku shakes her head and politely says, "Nahi... wo... Baji ko dekha? Wo ghar par hai kya?"
The servant nods and says, "Bajibhai abhi aaye... upar gaye hain, vahini..."
Naku nods and says, "Accha... theek hai..."
The servant watches Naku walk towards the stairs in the hall and goes back to dusting.
As Naku walks in the corridor to Dutta's office room, she hears Baji's loud voice from the room down the corridor.
"Kya hai re!? Tere ko kitna time dene ka... tere ko tabadtob ka matlab samjhake du ka, saale? Gaye chaar din se mere ko ek din-ek din kar raha hai...(Naku lowers her brow as she walks nearer to the door; Baji's voice turning angrier) ... toh pehle bola kaay ko nahi... Diwali ke liye rukha hai kya tu saale... (Naku reaches the door and sees Baji's back to the door; his left hand is raised in a wide sidecurve to his ears as he says) ...haan kidhar hai wo, mere ko milne ka hai, aaj ke aaj chal... bol... (Naku steps in and watches as Baji says) ...haan theek hai... aata hai main... chal..."
Baji hangs up and spins around on his heel, but stops insantly and flinches a step back as he sees Naku; he instantly smoothens his face and looks at her lowered eyebrows.
"Ah.. Naku, tu... tu kabhi aayi idhar?" Baji asks.
"Abbhi," Naku replies.
"Bol na re... Kya hua?" Baji asks gently.
"Tu kahin jaa raha hai kya Baji?" Naku asks in a soft plain voice.
Baji looks at Naku's face, waiting for the answer. Baji says, "Arrey haan re, wo thoda kisi ko milne ka hai... (Baji pauses and shakes his head slightly as he asks)...pann kyun pooch rahi hai? Tere ko kuch chahiye kya?"
Naku lowers her eyes for a moment, pondering with parted lips; Baji sees her take in a breath; her face pensive. Baji says, "Bol na re... soch kya rahi hai... kya hua?"
Naku looks at Baji's face; he is nodding encouragingly for her to go on. Naku says, in a soft voice, "Baji... (Baji nods and hears interestedly; Naku presses her lips for a moment and says)... wo... wo... sab log Kolhapur ke mandir gaye hain na... (Baji nods; Naku swallows a lump and says) ...tu mere ko apne wale yahan ke mandir leke chalega kya?... (Baji's brow irons out as he hears; Naku says in a hopeful voice) ... mere ko mann mein aaya Baji toh..."
"Naku... pann tere ko wo seedhe chadhne ko hoyega kya?" Baji asks, hesitantly.
Naku nods promptly and says, "Haan Baji... main ekdam theek hai... bas mann ko accha lagega na... (Naku nods sideways once and says) ...Saab ke liye puja karegi... leke chalega?"
Baji presses his mouth for a moment and says, "Haan re, pann mere ko wo aadmi ko milne ka hai... bohat lafda hoke mila hai wo re... haath gaya toh..."
"Tu na," Naku says instantly, "Mere ko mandir mein chhodh aur jaake aa.. tab tak main puja karegi aur panditji ko bolke aarti karwayegi... tu tab tak aa jaana ..."
"Pann tu akeli..." Baji says, shaking his head and adds, "Nahi... main tere ko shaam ko leke jaata hai..."
"Baji..." Naku says in a pleading voice; Baji hears, "Dekh... Aayisaab aane ke baad, mere ko jaane nahi dengi... maine hartalika ka vrat bhi nahi rakha ye baar... tab se main mandir bhi nahi gayi hai... mann bechain hai... mere ko leke chal na... (Baji hears with a hesitant face; Naku insists)... tu jab tak aayega, meri puja ho jayegi, Baji..."
Baji takes in a sigh and says, "Theek hai... chal..."
Naku smiles and says, "Haan paanch minute haan... puja ki thali banane de... (Naku makes the sign of five on her right palm and says) ...paanch minute haan Baji..."
Baji nods and Naku instantly turns to run out of the door. Baji says, "Aaram se jaa Naku... paanch ka saat le... pann aaram se..."
"Tu aa jaa neeche, Baji," Naku says in an energized distant voice from the corridor.
Abhijay wearing a light blue shirt with beige unpleated trousers; sleeves of the shirt rolled up to his forearms; a big dial wrist watch on his left wrist; his cellphone in his right wrist; sparkling brown leather ankle boots with plain toe-caps and seven pairs of eye-lets; lace neatly criss-crossed with plain khaki colored socks in his feet; flanked by a plainclothes officer he enters a swanky office and walks to the reception desk; a lady staff seated at the low-level desk
The officer accompanying tells the receptionist, "Excuse me... (the receptionist looks up)... hum log ko Pratap Mhatre se milna hai... (Abhijay's eyes moving around as the officer says) ...hai wo?"
The receptionist says, "Aap kaun?"
The officer looks at Abhijay, who has turned his face to see the receptionist; Abhijay says, "Abhijaysinh Deshprabhu... (he loosely points to the cabin on the left and says) ...wo jaante hain mujhe..."
The receptionist nods and says, "One moment."
Abhijay glances at the officer and nods as the receptionist dials a couple of keys on the large base phone and speaks in, "Sir, Mr. Deshprabhu aaye hain aapse milne ...unk..."
The reception pauses in mid-word and hears. Abhijay watches her nod and say, "Ok Sir."
She puts the phone down and says, "Sir aa rahe hain..."
Abhijay nods once. Even before he can turn he sees the door of the cabin on the left open in a jiffy; Mhatre, wearing a loose white shirt with thinly striped black trousers steps out; a smile on his face as his opened up eyes move from the officer to Abhijay.
Unable to mask his surprise in his voice, Mhatre says, "What a ... an... unexpected visit... SP Sahab... (Mhatre extends his hand in a handshake and says)... please come..."
Abhijay smiles a hard half-smile, shaking Mhatre's hands firmly and follows Mhatre to the door next to the cabin where he has stepped out from.
Mhatre ushers Abhijay and the officer to a tiny conference room, in shades of blue and steel gray; a round glass table and five chairs; one side is a complete glass, giving an overview of the waiting lounge and the other staff moving about from the different rooms.
Abhijay sits down in a chair; next to him the officer. Mhatre sits across them on a chair and says, "Kya lenge aap... tea, coffee... or..."
"Just your time," Abhijay says instantly, with a hard smile, "Thank you ...(Before Mhatre can react Abhijay turns to his officer and says)... paper ghya (take the paper)..."
Mhatre's eyes in a squint from his thin golden rim glasses and eyebrows drawn downwards deeply; he watches Abhijay look at him and eases out his face, brining on a formal smile. Abhijay says in a business-like voice, "Mr. Mhatre... (Mhatre nods. Abhijay says, nodding once) ...kuch sawal poochne hain... Bhonsale ke murder se related... (Abhijay pauses and narrows his eyes and sees Mhatre nod faintly; Abhijay says) ... aapse ... help... chahiye thi..."
"Sure SP Sahab," Mhatre says in a pleasant voice, "Mere se jo hoga main karunga..."
Mhatre's hard smile intact. Abhijay nods and says, "Thank you ... so aapne kaha ki aap us din poora din, yahin apne office mein thay, meeting mein... right?"
Mhatre nods with lips pressed upwards and says, "Yes... but yahan nahi... neeche wale... (he points his index finger to the floor and says) ... chamber mein... isiliye yahan ke staff ko..."
Before Mhatre finishes, Abhijay nods at the officer, who begins to note down something on the blank white paper. Mhatre strains his eyes to read inverted letters.
Abhijay says, bringing up his left hand to gently rub his forehead, "Kya us din aapka sab assistants, ya staff... sab yahin thay, office mein?"
Mhatre nods and parts his mouth with severely narrowed eyes and says, "Actually, main ek-ek employee ka track nahi rakhta... (Abhijay nods; the officer glances at Abhijay; Mhatre says) ...so, main..."
"Kya aapne kisi khaas assistant ko, apne kisi kaam se kahin bheja tha?" Abhijay asks.
Mhatre shakes his head waving his hand, trying to remember and says, "Let me think... umm... (Abhijay presses his lower lip inwards as he watches Mhatre with a wrinkled forehead; the officer waits as Mhatre says, "No... maine kisi ko nahi bheja tha..."
Abhijay nods and says, "Right... (the officer keeps noting down things) ...Mr. Mhatre, kya aapka koi bhi assistant aapke phones use karta hai?"
Abhijay watches as Mhatre's brow twitches for a moment; he watches Abhijay with still eyes. Abhijay waits with a faint smile on his mouth pressed down.
Mhatre asks, shaking his head, "Aapka matlab kya hai?"