Mayank and Nupur had a love at first sight sort of beginning though not in the conventional sense. Theirs was the kind of connection which was not defined merely by the process of falling in love Nupur needed help and Mayank helps her. The act of rescue, though not acknowledged by Nupur, had already created a certain respect and space for her rescuer in her mind. For him, it was her eyes, the minute she fell into his arms, he felt something he had never felt before (having never associated himself with females his age) . Then he saw her eyes, vulnerable yet determined. He felt a connection he couldn't explain. She left him without a thank you ...that sealed their bond.
As much as there is an undeniable attraction, the obvious dissimilarities cause them to think otherwise. They decide they hate each other. He is the cool dude, the academic champ and his sense of humour is only for a few to understand. Sarcasm is the tool he uses to put people at bay. He doesn't care about the world. She is the fighter, the talkative, open minded girl from a small town. She is filmy and loud, lovable and sweet. Its an obvious clash of personalities.
She cannot stand his sarcasm, he cannot stand her non-stop chatter. They are put together to do a project, they rebel. Its a opposites repel scenario. The underlying attraction continues, she falls into his arms, he cannot help falling deep into her eyes and she cant seem to take off her eyes from his. This, however they overlook for everything else.
Then there is an obvious need to overlook the dissimilarities and come to an understanding. The need is situational, they have a project to do. She wants him to be her dance partner,. So, its a need-based understanding that they develop, simply out of necessity. While, they do form this association, they realise, they have qualities that complement and complete each other. The underlying attraction strengthens as the comfort level has increased. The talent parade audition is a step where they realise their physical comfort with each other. She is flustered by his touch but her body reacts positively to him. This is a unique quality and most often, such situations lead to discomfort but here, there is not just comfort but a feeling of completeness. Nupur's mind has already associated Mayank's as that of a perfect partner's. As they work together further, there is an obvious closeness that leads to them being flustered but they never feel discomfort.
Slowly their contrasting natures also help in bringing each other closer. HE would never have danced if not for her..he would never have gone to a beach with a girl if not for her. She was the reason he was beginning to enjoy life. She was learning to take her work in the right spirit from him, though she lied, she is motivated to work harder just for him.
Betrayal! Mayank feels betrayed by Nupur. He is deeply hurt because, for the first time in his life. he had trusted a girl (or anyone other than his mother & himself) and this girl had lied to him. The very thought tore him apart, he does not realise it but his heart had already started falling for the girl in question. There are strains of love that he doesn't realise but there is the broken trust he is unable to accept. His coming for the dance is an act, where his heart overtakes the emotions (such as hate, betrayal)he thinks he feels. Pyaar ki ek kahani is supposed to be a dance of passion where 2 wounded souls are dancing in unison.They fight because, she knows she made a mistake and is remorseful, he fails to see her remorse. The ego overtakes all the beatings of the heart and they part ways. They are hurt far more deeply than they know. Even when they dance they look into each other's eyes, there is no anger because deep inside - the souls know that they are meant to be. The Ego of the individuals though come to fore-front when they clash after the dance!
He slowly and surely forgives her (atleast in his heart) as it was impossible for him to stay angry with her. Her defiance of him, impressed him further. Somebody challenging his very forte, his studies, was something that marked her as a equal in his heart and mind. When she proved that she was upto the challenge she had undertaken, instead of being more angry , his anger seemed to melt away..He had already started missing her (sample- the scene where he is studying and thinks of her involuntarily). He was deeply impressed when she answers a question in class, it wasn't a great achievement but her determination pulled him towards her even more. Then, quite conveniently they were again partners for a trip away from college and they would spend all their time together, outwardly they rebelled, but their hearts probably rejoiced. The very fact that he had reserved a place for her, showed his changing emotions towards her, when she fell into his arms, though they were supposed to be angry with each other, those was not the emotions they emanated. When he wanted her back, sitting with him, he was asking a girl he was supposed to be "hating" to sit with him. His actions were a dead-giveaway, the final straw being the act of missing the bus because she had not climbed into the bus. (of course, it can be argued that he would have done it for any girl)
As they spend more time together, they fight, they argue but they cant spend a minute away from each other. He is initially ignorant of his change in feelings. The first hug is a small trigger, a joke he played on her comes back to haunt him as her vulnerable side is exposed. He is confused to see her in such a state. Her vulnerabilities attract her to him even further. The complete hug distorts his single minded focus and causes his heart to feel for this girl. She on the other hand had always hidden her weaknesses to the world, but she gets caught in the moment and exposes her real side to him. The minute he says its a joke, she tries to cover up but its too late.
The hug solves the mysteries that their hearts carry, now only the individuals with their mixed feelings, emotions and egos needed to resolve their issues.
As he comes across a vile and corrupt person who is a total contrast to his personality (lucky mishra) and understands his not so noble intension, he feels protective of her and responsible for her. His instincts are more basic than he realises, protect the partner. The various escapades intensify the comfort level their hearts share.
The breaking point is when a drunk Nupur tells him that he is the sweetest person she knows, he cannot but respond..the drink helped in putting the egos at bay, so in a simple heart to heart conversation they realise their love for each other. Only Nupur will forget while Mayank's feelings towards her change forever!
Mayank is in love with Nupur, he understands it, even though he doesn't admit it to himself. He can feel himself getting lost in her eyes, her beauty, her actions, her conversations, her innocence, her enthusiasm, her smartness, her self-respect. Her very being, attracts him to her, he dreams of her. All these involuntary actions of his, disappoints the ego of the individual, the heart however had decided to part ways with the mind, so he lands himself in various flights of imaginations. He surrenders to his feelings when trapped in chunky mishra's bungalow. (Khuda jaane is the high point here).
However, once he is out of the Bungalow, he starts to question his judgement. However, small actions like the thorn from the cactus that pricks her and his completely worried response to it, makes him realise he is giving himself away.
Nupur meanwhile has developed immense respect for him and trusts him implicitly (Remember the time she wakes up post the barn night, she suspects herself but has full faith in him). Her sparks are based on the care he gives her. As much as she doesn't realise it earlier, she now knows that she feels most protected, comforted and comfortable with him. While she can be herself, he can continue to play a huge part in her life. The obvious love that Chunky mishra can see is lost to Mayank and Nupur though. They continue to be in denial, rather, their minds are yet to accept what their hearts have known all along
Realisation for Mayank is not far behind because not just his heart but his mind had realised as well, he just needed a trigger to remove the delusions. He finds that trigger during the academic meet, in the form of chironjee, her behaviour towards Chironjee and her comparing him to this person arouses a new emotion in him, jealousy. All the while he was convincing himself to stay away from her as he wanted to believe that his feelings were nothing but a situational infatuation. He was in for a rude shock once he sees a set of goons attacking Nupur, he would've helped any girl in the same circumstances, but the very fact that it was her and she was hurt causes him to completely lose control of his temper. Only post the incident, does he accept his love for Nupur to himself. She on the other hand is in awe of him, not yet ready to understand her feelings. As he spends more time with her he realises his feelings are getting stronger by the day. He finally decides to mask his love with a theory ( the desert island syndrome) and decides to stay away from her.
Then, begins the low phase of their relationship, in his effort to stay away from her, he hurts her and ruins the friendship that they had developed. she in turn is trying hard to get back the same bond that they had forged, her heart sees beyond his shield but there is only so much she can do. This in turn leads to him displaying contradicting emotions, where at one point he is possessive of her while at another point he is rude to her. This leads her to assume the worst (drugs, no less) and becomes the cause of a big fight. It is when he hurts her deeply with his words and he sees the pain in her eyes does he realise how much he is hurting himself as well. He makes such an heartfelt apology that she can do nothing but accept his friendship.
Next is the night that changes the story of their lives, when she is trapped in an embarrassing situation (the tear in the dress), she is too overcome to do anything. He gives her his shirt, puts her at ease, wipes her tears, brings a smile on her face, makes the world's best coffee and wins her heart. This is the first time where she consciously acknowledges the goodness in him and even comparing him to her dream man- Raj of DDLJ. She feels something like love for him for the very first time. He who had tried to stay away from her realises there is no escaping the love he has for her and decides to give his love a chance.
The change in Mayank is marked, he wants her to realise her feelings for him and uses his character in the play as a tool. He questions every action of hers, be it her concern when he is hurt or her unabashed admiration of him or the compliments she showers on him to the choice of colour of clothes. He even coaxes an yes out of her in the pretext of the drama rehearsal. Unfortunately, even though she realises she has feelings for him, her inferiority complex sets in and she is unable to see the Mayank behind the character Varun he plays in the drama. On the day of the drama, a misunderstanding leads to fight which further leads them to believe that they never had feelings for each other. On stage, both are unable to hide their actual feelings for each other, he stops her and she hugs him and he understands, whether she knows it or not, she loves him. That helps as a trigger to actually make a confession of their love on stage. Nupur, even though has known all along her love for him, is left speechless when he does tell her. However, when she does tell him, its the union of 2 hearts that were always meant to be together.
Post the confession, the awkwardness sets in, the shyness that cant be avoided as they were never this close before. They had always had a varying equation ranging from fights to friendship , but love was something else. They communicate heart to heart after a long time. The increase in comfort level in their relationship happens slowly and steadily. Initially, Mayank, having been in love with her for a longer time, takes charge of the relationship showering her with gifts and taking her on a date, She is still apprehensive about even saying I love you. However hard he tries to put her at ease, she continues to feel inferior to him. This leads to another tiff (the locket issue) , but when she sees he is committed to her and on seeing how relationships can be fickle in nature (sheena issue), she finally realises how valuable he is to her and expresses it simply and comfortably in the form of an I love you.
She is comfortable with him and starts dreaming of a future together . Being a girl from a small town brought up on stories of her prince charming, she wants a commitment for marriage from him. He being the only son of a single mother has other aspirations such as a stable job after studies, hence marriage is not something that he looks at as an immediate possibility. Another cause for friction is her desire for public display of affection while he is averse to it. To her it is acceptance of the relationship in front of her friends, to him it means nothing. She needed the sense of security that the acceptance provided, while he understands this, he needs his time to provide this comfort. When another misunderstanding crops up leading to an almost break up, he realises how important she is in his life, he is no more afraid to commit. She, however is shattered. When he does go all the way to Morena to make up with her, she gains some hope in his love for her. He is ready to go to any extent to get her back in his life as he realises he is incomplete without her. However, since the circumstances again play spoilsport, she is broken beyond belief. Though her mind tells her that she has been betrayed, her heart refuses to stop loving him. When the misunderstandings are cleared and she apologises, he does what she always wanted, a very public acceptance of their love. She is moved beyond words and though she had always loved and trusted him, now she found comfort with him. The passion that they share in the barn is nothing but the acceptance of other in their lives. That they had been back from a brink of a complete break-up and emotional turmoil helped strengthen the relationship even further. The prospect of a long distance relationship also brought a different understanding that was earlier missing.