At the end of the day, Krish brings out a cake to celebrate the end of formal rehearsals. They have technical rehearsals the next day followed by the party at the academy and then they leave for Mauritius. The troupe gathers around the cake like they've never seen a cake before except for Pooja who is still busy staring at Brij's door. Krish says Pooja should cut the cake (why? to celebrate her love for you? dream on, lover boy! ) but a jealous Shelley cuts in and takes Krish aside. She tells him that this is the perfect opportunity for him to get on Brij's good side and to invite him to cut the cake. (oh, Shelley, if only you knew how firmly Krish is going to get on Brij's Not Good side very soon ) Krish, to his credit, is least interested and says Brij has already been invited to the party at the academy the next day but Shelley says he's done so much for them, Krish should invite him here on a personal basis. She then asks Pooja to go invite Brij.
Pooja seizes the opportunity and goes to Brij's office. Since Shukla and the peon are busy talking to each other (and Shukla has a habit of putting her off) she slips past them and goes straight to the door. It's standing ajar but Brij is not inside. She hesitates a bit but she is so determined to see him and talk to him about the state of affairs between them, she decides to go inside and wait for him.
She thinks this will give them a little privacy to talk. She is standing worried in front of the whiteboard where Brij's poem confessing his love for her and his decision to stay away from her is still visible. Just as she is about to turn and see the whiteboard, Brij walks in.
He gets a little tense, seeing her stand so close to the whiteboard and tries to hustle her out of the office as quickly as possible. Pooja tries to bring up the dargah but he interrupts her very brusquely and tells her to quickly state her business and go. Pooja is crushed by what she thinks is his displeasure at finding her in his office and quickly invites him for the cake cutting ceremony. Brij tells her he has no time and there is a lot of work to be done. Then he coldly holds the door open for her.
A thoroughly crushed Pooja wanders out of his office, looking lost. Brij firmly shuts the door behind her. Left to himself, Brij looks at the whiteboard where his feelings are displayed and says it's a good thing Pooja didn't read it. He wipes the board clean and says it's better if she never knew how he felt.
Outside the troupe gather around an unhappy Pooja and ask if Brij is coming. Pooja is about to tell them he's busy when Brij strides out of his office and greets the troupe while ignoring Pooja. He wishes them all the best. Shelley and Krish ask him to cut the cake but he tells them not to give him so much honor repeatedly and that they're going where they are through their own hard work. Krish says Pooja also deserves credit with Brij and asks the two of them to cut the cake. Brij and Pooja are both taken aback.
Bhavna shepherds a confused Pooja to the cake and also invites Shukla to join them. Shukla says he'll take photographs and send it to them as a memento. This time Brij takes up the knife first and Pooja lays her hand on his. But as the rest of the troupe applaud, Brij gently disengages his hand and joins in the applause, leaving a sad Pooja to cut the cake by herself. (Nahiiin!!!)
She stands there with a slice of cake in her hand as Shukla keeps clicking photos. Shelley asks her why she's just standing there - feed it to Brij. Krish is watching all this. Brij looks pained and Pooja is hesitant after being slapped down so many times. And her fears are confirmed when Brij simply breaks off a tiny piece of cake instead of accepting it from her hand. He leaves them all to enjoy the cake while Pooja looks after him with her heart in her face.
(Okay, Brij is being a total idiot today but I liked that he still came out and didn't let her down in front of other people. He might behave horridly with Pooja in private but he's still going to be her shield in front of others even if she doesn't know it.)
After everyone has eaten their fill and Krish has given them all their last instructions, they hear thunder in the distance. Bhavna offers to drop Pooja home before she gets wet in the rain but Pooja looks toward Brij's office and says no, she'll manage by herself. Krish is standing right in her line of sight so Bhavna misunderstands what Pooja is looking at and the troupe leave Pooja behind.
Pooja still hasn't said what she wanted to so she goes to Brij's office door. She raises her hand to knock but doesn't have the courage to go through with it. She hears thunder again and decides to talk to him early the next day and get home before it gets too late.
She's walking through a high wind when Arti calls her to ask if she's finished packing and to wish her for her trip. Pooja is walking sadly through the storm when Arti hears the thunder and asks if it's raining there. Their connection is lost and Pooja decides to call home.
Sumitra picks up the phone and is tearfully glad to hear her daughter's voice. She says she and Harivansh were waiting to call Pooja and talk to her. Pooja says she's scared and worried about going alone and traveling in an airplane for the first time. Sumitra is laughing and teasing Pooja that all she needs to do is sit in a plane, not fly it - when her stomach pains start again. Pooja senses something is wrong but Sumitra abruptly terminates the call.
A worried Pooja calls Arti and tells her to get home fast coz Sumitra is ill. She asks Arti if they're all keeping something from her but Arti tells her it's nothing like that. Pooja is all the more certain that something is up but before she can think anymore, the storm breaks and it starts raining heavily. Pooja wraps her dupatta around her head and runs for cover in the direction of the party office.
Meanwhile, Brij is sitting in his office looking at the pics Shukla clicked, especially of him and Pooja and smiling tenderly at them. He notices himself being rude to Pooja and Pooja's sad, bewildered face. Unable to stop himself, he goes out to see her but is shocked to see that everyone's gone home already.
Brij wanders out into the rain and closes his eyes and spreads his arms out wide to the heavens above. Unseen by him, Pooja is running in his direction, shading her eyes and not noticing him standing there.
Suddenly she's in his arms and about to fall. Brij instinctively catches hold of her. Pooja looks up and the two of them lock eyes. Brij is holding Pooja bent over his arm. Pooja is clutching the lapel of his coat. The two of them are shocked and unable to look away.
Precap: Pooja is crushed to find out Brij was too busy to come to the going away party. She really wanted to meet him before they left. She goes home and calls him. Brij sees her number as he's towelling his hair dry and looking at the rain. He asks Pooja to forgive him and cuts the call. Pooja can't believe he cut her call.
Bah! First he asks the universe for a sign and then he decides to ignore all the signs it sends him! Brij needs to go to the Baba and get his mind set on straight. I hope he gets to Mauritius just in time to see Krish propose in grand filmi style. It's just what he deserves.
As long as Pooja doesn't accept, of course.
And what was Shelley up to today? Does she know that Pooja is actually in love with Brij? Or is she hoping that Brij will take her away from Krish? Or that Krish gets jealous? So many questions!
Edited by bumtrinket - 29 February 2012 at 10:55am