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When They Met
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.
First Step towards Friendship
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.
The Pain of a Broken Relationship - Friendship
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!
New Walk of Life and RelationshipHe 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 First Realisation - MayankThe 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.
The Ignorance that Hurt Her - NupurThen, 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.
Confrontation with Reality - Confession
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 Confession - The Awkward FeelingPost 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.
Stage 2 of Love - Dream about the FutureShe 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.
"Distance" - That only strengtened the Bond ofLove
Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there but whenever I start feeling sad, because I miss you, I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.Passing through this phase of life was another milestone for both Mayank and Nupur.Although like any normal couple they also encounterd misunderstandings and insecurities yet their love was strong enough to withstand the hurdles posed in their way. True love doesn't mean being inseparable; it means being separated and nothing changes and this was exactly the case for both Mayank and Nupur.Nupur being the "ultimate nautanki" always end up being in trouble but Mayank was always there for her.Nupur did'nt tell Adhiraj that she was the Nupur for whom he came looking after for marriage and when Mayank came to know about this he asked Nupur to tell the truth before the situation gets worse.Nupur influenced by Mayank's truthful and sincere nature agrees to open the whole matter infront of Adhiraj but fate has other plans for them.Before Nupur can tell Adhiraj about her real identity Bui came from Mowrena and the truth was out shattering the trust Bui had on Nupur and worsening the situation even more.
Marriage - A Dream that came Unexpectedly
Nupur's family trust on Nupur was truly shaken and they were not ready to accept any explanation from her side.Mayank decided to confront the situation instead of backing off and that was the point where they faced another hurdle in way of their love.Truly loving someone is'nt something to be ashamed of and Mayank and Nupur were not fearing anything because they knew that they did nothing wrong.On revelation of their relationship Nupur's family did the same as in our society.In our society,girls should be married off in such situations to avoid bad-naming of the family and the girl herself and Nupur belonging to the conservative Indian family became the victim of this unnatural tradition.But Nupur was'nt the girl who would tolerate injustice.She raised her voice to defend herself and her love but all in vain.Both tried to change the mind of Bui and Nupur's Bauji but the ball was'nt in their ground.Nupur was forced to marry Adhiraj and both Mayank and Nupur sacrificed their love just to maintain the honour of Nupur's family.Hearts shattered,souls dispersed,eyes gloomy,tears praying and wishing to get freed from their eyes but little did they know that in no time the reason for them to get freedom from eyes would be altogether for a different reason.Adhiraj's parents came to know about Mayank and Nupur's relationship and they called off the marriage making the bitter reality true for Nupur's family who were doing all this just to avoid this situation.Bauji was still thinking about his family honour instead of his daughter's happiness.He asked Mayank to marry Nupur which he obviously did.How can he leave his darling Nupur alone to face the cruelty of world alone?Happiness reflecting from their eyes and their heart enchanting only one mantra "You are my soul mate, my sweetheart, you are my dream come true, from now until the end of time I give my heart and soul to you",they got married.But little did they know that Bauji was just doing this to get rid of Nupur and the series of backbiting that initiated after her marriage was called off with Adhiraj.This came as a real shock to Nupur.How come a father can be so cruel?
Life after MarriageMayank and Nupur started their new life together. For the first few days they stayed secretly in the Excel college. Then they moved into Samrat's outhouse and started their new life! They became the ideal college going and married couple, an inspiration to many. Nupur was insecure about losing her sister, her only family after Mayank. The insecurity came out through anger, worry, jealousy. Mayank was her constant source of support as they went through this as well.
After rescuing Gunjan from the eve-teasers and setting their differences apart, Nupur and Mayank geared up for their first Valentines Day as a couple.
After a fruitless attempt at seducing him, Nupur was pleased and touched when Mayank said, on Valentines Day that he wanted to make Nupur his wife in the true sense, meaning that he was ready for their consummation.
They consummated their marriage, becoming each others in body and soul.
Ups and Downs of Life which got them moreClose
When Gunjan was shot by the brutal eve-teasers, Nupur was shattered. It was Mayank who was her sole source of support, her confidante, her best friend. Bauji forgave his daughter, but not Mayank.
Nupur the warrior decided to take matters into her hands. She openly challenged the politician Jitendra Devraj on National Television. When she returned home victorious she was afraid to meet Mayank's eyes. That day he told her that she cannot do stuff like this without telling him, because now their lives are entwined into one and it's US before ME!
Then came the phase of yet another misunderstanding between the duo. While they were both drunk, they kissed in an empty classroom, only to be caught on cam by Uday. He thought it was someone else and the next round of misunderstandings began.
A baby arriving at their doorstep didn't make things any better. It was the suspected baby of one of the boys, and Nupur suspected, yet trusted her husband. After a series of trials it was confirmed that it was just a prank and that the baby didn't belong to any of them.
Dream to be a Good Wife and of having One
An opportunity arose for Nupur to achieve her childhood dream of becoming an actress. But, unfortunately, she couldn't make it and she saw her sister walk away with her dreams. This was the peak of the time when Mayank realized that he had been doing nothing for to achieve his dreams and goals. He knew that love was a lot, but definitely everything.
He told Nupur that if one dream closes, we should see another one. We cannot stop dreaming. They confide in each other that they achieved their dreams of getting and becoming a good spouse! Its a high point in their relationship, because they are now ready to take up more responsibilities as well as work out their marriage.
Career V/S Love
Then started a phase of their life which nowhere was less then a dreadful nightmare of their life. Many things were leading them towards a heartbreaking, horrific ending which was going to change life of everyone, most importantly Mayank's.
Both Mayank and Nupur applied for same scholarship which due to some reasons Nupur won, unaware of fact that her opponent was no other than her husband. This leads a little ego problems between the duo and they had to apart their ways but again it was their love who make them one as they realized their mistakes. Mayank got the scholarship of completing his education in USA with job offer because of his tremendous and unquestionable intelligence. This was a huge opportunity for Mayank to give the colors of reality to their dreams. Nupur was to go to dehli to pursue her dreams of becoming successful in life so that she could stand with Mayank in every step of their life.
The Sudden Turn of the Destiny
Nupur wanted her sister's life secure before her going anywhere away from her. She had to go to dehli in spite of her heartful will to accompany Mayank, because it was next to impossible for her to stay away from Mayank. In the Samrat and Gunjan's engagement party Mayank gave Nupur surprise that it's not only Mayank who is going but Nupur also. They would achieve everything in their life together.
Apart form all this there were happening many incidents leading towards a huge loss of one of them. And then during their way to airport, the worst and atrocious incident of their life came across all of them. A horrendous accident which changed everyone's life! Gunjan lost her guide, a mother figure to her, who was always there for her in her every happiness and sorrow, who used to wipe her tears, join in happiness of her young sister putting aside her all problem, difficulties, interests even her own life. Samrat lost his friend who was there to understand her, to make him smile even through hardest of times of his life. And Mayank, Mayank was the one who lost his life, his other half, his Nupur. He was a lifeless body without any interest of living in him left.
Thus Nupur was away from all of them, forever and ever.
The New Begining to the Unclosed Ends
3 years later, everything was going on at same pace. But few people's life had got appalling turns to make them all lonely, apart from everyone, everything. Mayank became a successful person, who achieved everything in his life which he wanted to. But without Nupur this was nothing, he had no one to share all those happiness of his life with, but things were little bit different here. Though Nupur was far away from Mayank but he never let her go from his heart, his memories, his life. She was there for him, her memories were with him which were enough for him to spent his life.
Samrat was accused by Gunjan and Mayank that he was the one because of whom they lost Nupur. He was trustee of the ExcelCollege. Due to some reasons Mayank had to join ExcelCollege but this time not as student but a professor. The last thing he wanted was to join ExcelCollege, but everything was drawing him towards college. Nupur's memories were there in every nook and corner of college. It's everything leads him to only one person, Nupur. Through this thickest period of abysmal misery of his life, it wasn't even for a second that he could forget Nupur, the reason he still was breathing.
True Love that gets Back to Complete theIncomplete JourneyAfter so many years of darkness, just a little ray a hope was like a ray of life for him in dark tunnel where he had got lost. Without caring about anything else he started following that little ray which could relieve him from his unfathomable pain, he somewhere believed now that it will lead him to Nupur, he just will have to put his all soul in searching Nupur. He knew, He damn knew now, his life was alive. His Nupur was alive. And he was craving to have her in his arms, to tell her that how he spent these years without her. He was a lifeless body without Nupur, who had had nothing left to live for.
After few years of separation which were a lifetime for Mayank he finally got some clue, which firstly he didn't want to think about. Many signs which were leading him towards one person of his life he loved from all his heart and soul. Many things were pointing towards only one thing that his Nupur is alive. After making himself believe on thing that Nupur is no more, it was hard for him to think about all this. But destiny had something else in store for him. It was his love which make him believe that, Yes! Yes, Nupur is alive. She is alive. But where, he had no clue.
More Yet to Come
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