Episode 8 – Part 2
Viplav : But for now, let me show what maamu and maami brought for you from Mumbai.
Pooja : (excited tone) Gifts ?
Dhaani, smiling stands up and goes towards the bigger luggage and takes out a gift wrap. Once the small parcel in front of her, the little girl rushes on opening to discover what surprises were waiting for her. She finds first a pink schoolbag which, open, was containing a pencil box, and notebooks.
Pooja : Wooow! Cinderella! (hugs her Dhaani maami) Thank you so much maami!
Viplav : (while Dhaani was hugging back her little doll) Hey! I bought you this. I deserve the hug.
Pooja : But I know it’s maami’s choice. Because she knows how much I love Cinderella.
Viplav pouts cutely sad when Dhaani smiles and whispers something in Pooja’s ear. Suddenly the latter jumps on Viplav and hugs him.
Pooja : Thank you maama.
And she cutely drops a kiss on his cheek making him smile again. Holding the little girl under his arms, he cuddles her and kisses on her hair.
Dhaani : Now next one.
Pooja puts again her tiny hand in the gift bag and holding something, tries to take it off.
Pooja : (struggles to takes it off) Hmm it’s so big.
Dhaani : One minute!
She helps her taking the thing off the bag and it was a blue-and-white-colored princess dress.
Pooja : (eyes and mouth widely open) Haaaww! Princess dress!
Viplav : Only for our little princess !
Pooja : (looks at Viplav) Can I wear and show it to everyone ?
Viplav : Of course.
Dhaani : (forwards her hand towards Pooja) Come, we will get ready to impress everyone.
They go away leaving the men alone.
Viplav : (talks to Dhanush) Chalo Dhanush! Let’s go meet bua and phupha betha.
He takes the child in his arms and letting him walk on his own legs, both reach downstairs. A while later, the ladies followed them and joined the family.
Pooja : (runs to her mother and father who were sit in the couch) Mah, baba, look how pretty I look.
Shalini : (takes the little girl in her arms and hugs her) Aww my sweetheart!
Kanak : Arey wah! My granddaughter looks so beautiful today. Just like a princess!
Pooja : Haan naani! Isn’t maami’s gift so beautiful?
Kanak : Because my granddaughter is wearing it.
Dhaani smiles while Viplav was hiding his annoyed reaction behind his frowned brows. And the little Dhanush, unable to understand the hidden talks, was looking at all this silently.
Shalini : (looks at Dhaani) Really bhabhi, the dress is really pretty. (talks to Pooja) Betha, say thank you.
Pooja : Thank you maami.
Dhaani : Why are you all thanking me? It’s Vi…
Viplav : (cuts her words) Oh oh Dhaani! When people praise you, do listen to them. Don’t behave modest ok?
Dhaani understands his intention. “Mad you are”, she smiles.
The day continues on their expectations. Dadaji coming back home from his trip to an Ashram, gets overwhelmed to see his grandchildren, and welcomed the little ones, as he didn’t want his Viplav baba to realize he was ignoring Dhaani. Years have flied, but neither Viplav realized his family’s misdeeds, nor Dhaani was enough strong to argue with him again, and create the same scene 8 years after. Though she felt missing that family atmosphere in Banaras, 9 months of being separated from her Viplav were more than enough to build courage to ignore all of this. And she never wanted Viplav to suffer because of her. She has been enough unfair to have made him move to Mumbai with her.
(flashback scene in Mumbai)
Dhaani : Viplav, I dont want to force you to stay away from…
Viplav : (his finger in front of her lips cutting off her words in middle) Shhhh! How long will you keep worrying for this yaar ? I have told you that I won’t go anywhere, leaving you and our son alone. (caresses her cheek warmly with his hand) And I am not selfish to make you stay somewhere you don’t feel comfortable.
Dhaani : Viplav, that’s not like…
Viplav : (convinces her) I know Dhaani. You don’t have to give me reasons. (covers her shoulders with his arms) I am your husband, and I love you more than anything else in this world. (smiles) And by the way, we were basically supposed to go to Boston after marriage na. So be happy we at least remained in India.
He makes her smile and stamps his forehead on hers, getting his face closer to hers, and then slowly his lips at few millimeters distant of hers. She was shyly smiling at each inch decreasing when he gets stopped by some loud shouts. His face contorts and turns to look at the crying baby sit on the bed while Dhaani stays in that same position, giggling and staring at her cute and angry husband.
Viplav : (annoyed reaction) Lo! “Laadla” is searching for his mumma’s pallu. Your son cannot leave you alone na.
Dhaani : (laughs) He is your son also Mr. Viplav Tripathi. But no, when he starts being naughty, he is only mine, right ?
Viplav : Arey! Can’t he let his mumma alone for a while ? Even papa needs mumma na. (pouts)
Dhaani : (teasing smile) Don’t you dare say anything about my son! And now that you have become a father, be like a father. Don’t remain a child!
She laughs and assist her 1-year baby boy, while Viplav smiling at them, continues his work.
(End of flashback)
Viplav never missed to care about her and Dhanush, but also their Mumbai family. And Dhaani got adapted to the life in city. She felt her small world with Viplav and their child finally built. And they used to come to Banaras for special occasions as she knows how much attached Viplav is to his Banaras and family. She also wanted her Dhanush to know Banaras. After all it was his parents’ love symbol. And even Dhanush got enough close to his Sushma dadi, Shalu bua, Pankaj phupha and their pyaari si Pooja. She was his only and close friend in this small town. And now, Dhaani’s only wish laid on having a better and happier family atmosphere, solving all the misunderstandings between her and her in-laws, so that she could happily reside in her sasural, and shower a happy family surrounding for their son. Until then, she preferred ignoring all the insults and letting Viplav live peacefully.
It was night time and all the patients were sleeping peacefully. Except that one room…
Viplav (younger look) : I don’t get it sir. (angrier tone) How can such a mistake happen in this place ?
Nurse : Sir, it’s not our fault. And we are trying to find out what happened too.
Viplav : Not your fault? Of course it’s not yours but ours, that we believed you and left my wife and child alone for a while.
Police inspector : Mr. Tripathi, please calm down.
Viplav : I cannot calm down inspector. My daughter has disappeared in a hospital, within few hours after her birth. My wife is in a complete destroyed state there, and you want me to calm down?
Prem : (his hand on Viplav’s shoulder) Viplav, relax! Go and console Dhaani, we will take care.
Viplav looks down to sigh and then looks at his desperate and statued lady, who was already being consoled by Radha. He goes close to her and sitting next to his wife on the bed, he tries to wake the mostly-dead soul of a crying mother, whose tears weakened slowly her body.
Viplav : Dhaani, please. Say something.
But she remains silent and motionless.
Viplav : Dhaani…
He was weakened as well. The loss of their child just took away all the happiness that could have freshly restarted the family they wanted. He slowly lays his head on Dhaani’s shoulder, bursting out his pain.
Radha : Viplav bhaiyaa, don’t worry. We will find our Vidya.
Viplav : Hamari bachi…
Suddenly they hear a baby crying from another ward, which wakes Dhaani up.
Dhaani : My baby!
She stands up on her feet confusing Radha and Viplav, and runs away with a smile of relief.
Viplav : Dhaani, where are you going?
He follows her running steps and once in the corridor, finds her seeking for something very special around her. He gets closer to her and makes her speak.
Viplav : Dhaani what are you doing? Let’s go inside.
Dhaani : Viplav, I… I heard..
She gets interrupted seeing a nurse coming there with a new born. She smiles broadly and runs towards that person to take the child in her arms.
Nurse : Madam, what are you doing ? Please give me the child back.
Dhaani : She is my child. (shaking hard her head negatively) I … I won’t give to anyone. She is mine only.
Nurse : Madam, this is not your child. Please give back the baby to me.
Dhaani : No she is mine.
Viplav joins them completely shattered seeing this Dhaani. She was behaving like a mad woman, and his poor heart was not at all able to see that.
Viplav : Dhaani, what are you doing? Give me the child.
Dhaani : (looks at him like a sad child) Viplav, (showing the child) she is our child, and this nurse is trying to snatch her from us.
Viplav : Haan haan, now give me the baby to me.
She handovers the child to the man with belief but it happens in the opposite as he gives back the child to the nurse.
Dhaani : Viplav, what..
Viplav : (talks to the nurse, reassuring he will take care of his wife) You may go.
The nurse goes, and Dhaani’s feet following her, Viplav takes her wrist in grip in a way to make her land on Earth again. He then tightly holds her arms and makes her stand properly in front of him.
Dhaani : (looking at the nurse going) Viplav, she is taking our child.
Viplav : That’s not our child.
Dhaani : (crying annoyed, her face contorted and some tears voluming and glittering her tired eyes) She is my…
Viplav : SHE IS NOT OUR DAUGHTER! (tears making his throat worse) Don’t you recognize my daughter ? She … she has the same eyes like you, and a nose like me. The softness of her mother and the smile of her father. (indicates the child who was gone by a finger of his over his shoulder) This child has no ressemblance like our Vidya.
Dhaani : (crying and a trembling voice) Then… wh… where is our child ?
Viplav had no answer to give but an other tear falling from his eye. Dhaani suddenly gets back on her senses remembering what happened around one hour ago. The way she lost consciousness trying to discover what that strange odor was coming from, and then woke up to hear the little girl has been kidnapped, disappeared. Her mind going through all the last pictures, few tears following each other, covered her cheeks. She falls on the floor, getting away of his grip, and bursts out into tears, a devastated heart unable to be consoled for a while. The man bends down and side hugs his wife, covering her under-neck part with his arms and leaning his head on hers.
Dhaani : (cries loud) Mera bacha! MERA BACHA!
Dhaani (present day) : (gets up all by sudden, screaming) Vidya!!!
Precap – Viplav and Dhaani’s conversation.
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