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The society gets vitiated by the ideas each one carries in their minds. The Vyas household is the nursery in which the winds of the future, waft on to the faces of the young minds of Navika and her brother. Nanhi is addressed as Navika in her school register, where is is a number and a source of income as well as the material on which the institution intends to work, for for the future of a nation, but what will it turn out to be ?
This is what bothers an educated woman like Megha who has around her women, who have been nurtured in the school of tradition and inherited culture. When Megha shows her fear for her child, as she got into trouble trying to defend her father, her Jiji finds it exhilarating, but Megha thinks of her future in that trend of confrontation. She would like to take a cautious approach, but the people on whom she depends are not strong pillars on whom she can lean. The father, strikes a middle path, and tells them that they have to fight. He tells them of the case that is going to take place in Bhopal, and he wants to go to represent his dead son, who can not defend himself.
Megha when she sees the notice for the meeting finds that it is taking place on the next day, and the father tells her that it is the result of undue influence exerted by vested interests, who do not want to give a fair chance for the truth to come out. The Jijy, the father's sister gives them courage and tells them to take Navika too, who is watching them with glued interest. The mother kneels before her child and promises her to defend her Dad, and their eyes glow.
Before leaving Megha prays and asks for success and goes with her father to Bhopal for the hearing of the Mahananda Flyover Case.Someone Worse Than a Black Cat
Megha and her father leave and come down to the road. Mohan after getting in touch with his contact on the telephone, rushes with the lunch pack prepared by his friend Guru who lives with hime. On the way, again Megha comes face to face with Mohan, and stares at him, as he is about to knock her, and her father a little ahead of her, looks back at her, and seeing that she has stopped, asks her, "Have you seen a black cat?" She looks at him and says, "This is something worse than a black cat, and faces Mohan.
They take the bus and it wends its way over the city roads and leaves the city and goes into the countryside, on its way to the capital city of Bhopal. Megha's thoughts go back into the past and all the haunting memories flood into her mind. She recalls the day she got the news of her Amar's death for the first time, and the hand set of the phone dropped from her hands. She wipes her tears, and the watchful eyes of her father do not evade his daughter in law, and he makes signs with his fingers telling her not to give up. As the bus runs its course, we see Mohan too is on his way to some place and he too is caught up in his thoughts. Is destiny driving them to the same point ?
Eventually, they reach their destination and arrive at the haul where the enquiry is going to be conducted. The members of the family of the dead staff are already sitting and Megha and her fathr are standing at the entrace, and get hostile looks from the others. They take their seats on the front row, being the main party to the case. The Chairman of the Construction Company arrives in a sombre mood, and walks gravely to his seat. He is an elderly and man of maturity, so it appears.
The enquiry starts, both Megh and her father stand to present themselves to the court and Megha introduces herself as the wife of the late Amar Vyas, and she points out to her father and says, that he is Veer Kant Vyas, the father of her husband. Both take their seat.
At home, Amar's mother is complaining that if Amar had listened to her and stayed back, this would not have happened. Her sister in law, is platting the hair of Nanhi, and consoles the mother of Amar, and gives her courage. The mother complains that her son wanted to show off to the rich parents of Megha that he could also become rich, and the aunt tells her that he did it not for Megha but to give you two pride in their son. He always wanted to outshine others and prove himself his worth. The distressed mother has only negative thoughts and she makes her outburst in front of the little Nanhi, who listens to her grand mother and her bitterness, not able to understand the roots of her pain. Nanhi leaves the room, and stands by herself in another room, trying to understand their sorrow.
In the court in Bhopal, the case begins, and the lawyer presents the Chairman, Shet Deenanath and on behalf of Amar Vyas his wife. They are asked to present their papers and documents to the Committee and they are laid on the table. Megha places the passbook of Amar Vyas, and all the documents of their investments, and says this is all we have. The bank accounts are sealed by the court, and they live at the grace of her in laws.
One of the wives of the workers, who does not seem to understand the flow of the proceedings, comes to Megha and manhandles her, and shouts at her, if these documents will bring back her son. She does not realize that Megha too is a victim, and they have been framed by vested interests. This is the unfortunate situation in this country, that people due the lack of thinking ability can be easily misled and distracted. The order is soon restored, and the Chairman watches them from the sidelines. Perhaps he remembers how he had started and with what vision, but how things have gone wrong. He seems to be a person who might have been a young boy, when the Colonizers left this country to their own wits to survive, and had been taken over by under average talent who knew how to grease the palms and gain their ends. The guards take the distraught woman out of the Inquiry room.
The Judge asks Megha to place her case, and she is in a daze, the father bolsters her courage, and asks her to remember her daughter Nanhi and with what courage she has sent her to this place. Megha revives, wipes her tears, and stands to face the court.
At home, Amar's brother is doing his work, and his wife starts bitching about his brother and their children. She wants them to leave this house as soon as possible and take their money and leave for good. Her husband reminds his wife Renu, that Megha can not help, if the court has sealed her bank accounts. Once the matter is resolved, then she too can give her share. Their son, Tanmay looks on. The wife is after his blood, to sell his bike, so that her son can get what he wants, and he tells her that if he sells his bike, how is he going to his work ? Both mother and son, are selfish and make the life of the man miserable, and he walks off from there. The father hits on an idea, and tells his son to give an ad in the newspaper to sell his bike, and the son and his mother jump for joy, building their castles in the air.
Tannu runs to the bike and tries to start it and Nanhi is getting ready to go to school. She asks for a lift, and he obliges and the first reach the newspaper office, where Nanhi looks at the business deal with great interest and wide eyes, absorbing everything into her deep little mind.
In the court, Megha is giving her side of the case, saying that the Chairman had leveled the charges that her husband had taken bribes and used substandard materials, and that is why the flyover failed. She asks the judge to think, that if her husband had earned so much money, would he think that his wife and the two children will be in doldrums? She tells him, that they have to economize to live and two years have passed, and all the bank accounts of her husband have been sealed. She says, that if her in laws had not helped they would have been on the streets. The judge loses his patience and tells her to stick to the point as there is not much time at their disposal. Deenanath, smiles approval at the judge. Has he purchased him ? Is this a story before the rise of Anna Hazare ?
Megha continues her case, and tells the court, that her husband too was one of the people who died. If he knew that this flyover was constructed with sub standard materials, would he have been on the flyover to die with the others ? The very fact, that Amar was working on this fly over day and night, is a proof that he was guiltless. She assures the court that he too like the other 24 who died, had no idea that materials were being adulterated. He too was the victim of the corruption of someone else. She faces the Chairman who looks at her too, and she takes her seat.
Mohan is with his friends and discusses how his plans have been frustrated. He too seems to be on the trail of Deenanath, and is hell bent on exposing his corrupt practices. From his talk, it appears, he was after the girl who would have spilled the beans on Deenanath, but she got frightened and ran away, and he tells them that if it was not for this woman he met on the way, and who blocked his way, he would have settled his scores with the Contractor.
Back at the court, Deenanath gets up and makes his statement. "I do not want the soul of a departed person to be hurt, and so I will take up all the blame on himself. But since there were 24 others too, I want the court to find out the real culprits and punish them. I will accept whatever decision the court takes." and he takes his seat. But he does not know that Mohan Bhatnagar is on his tail, and is about to light fire crackers on it. The judge adjourns the case to end of the month to declare his verdict, and winds up the court.
Back in Indore, Mohan is sitting with the photograph of Deenanath, and says to himself again and again, "This is the guilty one, this is the guilty one" again, and again.
Edited by walquest2000 - 14 January 2012 at 10:26pm