Frustrated by the presence of what she considers no more than a red stain on her forehead; Sanchi opens the tap to begin washing off the Sindoor. The worried mother who is watching on, dissuades her from doing so.
The traditionalist that the old woman is, confesses her worries to her puzzled daughter 'If I could, I would have definitely changed the past...but, now that I can't... I request you not to do something as ominous as this...dont wipe off the Sindoor or remove the Mangalsutra.. they are the signs of a married woman...' she holds her daughter's hand to stop her 'You are now a married woman and this is the truth...this Mangalsutra and Sindoor are symbols of your wedded status...'
Almost like as though her mother's obsolete views were the last straw, a breath of life finally finds its way into Sanchi's destitute face. Defiantly, she walks up to the shower and opens it, allowing the water to stream down along with the red mark from her forehead. Pleased with her actions, (she looked admirable here) she turns back to her mother, her forehead now purely white again!
Understanding what her daughter was made of, the helpless Veena takes Sanchi's decision in stride and helps dry her face by patting it down with a towel.
The daring girl utters in rebellion 'Ma ... I have washed away the insult.. the marks of humiliation from me...please change your old-fashioned ways of thinking... Sindoor is not meant to be a shackle...a marriage is something that a girl looks forward to, by taking a step at a time with a husband of her choice... what happened today was a crime, not marriage...' she continues angrily 'Just because Indu Singh applied sindoor on my forehead, I will not bow down to him...I will fight against this marriage.. I am a girl of today.. a human - not a property that can be traded through Sindoor and mangalsutra...'
Watching the dauntless stance, the dazed mother remains briefly quiet and then gives her daughter a proud hug. However, the fear on Veena's face remains unhidden.
Returning to his mohalla amidst the usual fanfare, Indu strides along; his stern face barely giving away the merciless feelings within. While Roop watches the small procession tearfully, the handsome groom arrives at the small block of flats and climbs the steps to the first floor. Irked by the welcome which is nothing more than a facade, a mere show of affection; Indu stops his mami from even offering him a sweet. Indicating to her that he accepts her blessings, the grim Indu is about to proceed inside when an angry voice calls out to him from behind.
The angry roop faces him, with one of her hands behind her. Pouring out her vexations and bitterness the girl wails 'You married a girl who tortured you in return for your love...one who hates you...and you cheated someone who genuinely loved you...'
Indu looks on, hardly swayed by her frustrations.
'I will never forgive you for this' so saying, she hurls a fistful of chilli powder on his face.
Taken aback by the attack, Indu runs his fingers on his face in agony, the powder now smarting his eyes. However, he does not retaliate to her assault - by action or even by word!
At the terrace, even the friends are puzzled as to what form of revenge this could be, considering that they both were now living their separate lives.
However Indu reassures them austerely 'This is only the beginning.. I will make her suffer such that she will want to die.. but then, I shall not let her die either'
He lets out a jubilant chuckle and the group join him in laughter.
Back to her old form; Sanchi studies herself, sitting in front of the mirror. Doubly ensuring that the Sindoor had indeed been wiped off thoroughly, she remains haunted by the flashbacks of the sham wedding. Wrathfully, she curses the bane of her life 'You ruined what should have been a beautiful moment in my life... you gave me such hurt...you ruined my parents happiness...' pausing briefly, she vows under her breath 'I'll make you repent for having touched me to put the Sindoor and Mangalsutra...tit-for-tat; I'll make the sindoor seem like a poison to you... the mangalsutra like a noose around your neck...'
At night, on the terrace
Staring into oblivion (actually looking out onto the facing empty terrace) she fails to realize that Mehek and Veena are watching her sorry form, debating on how to cheer her up. Mehek decides to help Sanchi overcome her reclusive state and leads her to her bedroom.
'Hopefully, he should now leave you...' Mehek muses 'Now that his wishes have been fulfilled...' she even comes up with a silly ploy 'Why don't we start a Sanchi gang to counter him...'
However, Sanchi is too worried about the well-being of her own parents to be moved by Mehek's attempts to amuse her.
A few futile attempts later, the loyal friend finally concedes 'Sanchi, when Prabal cheated me and I had broken down... you were the one who advised me...that happiness is hidden inside oneself...and one should search for it within...don't look for it elsewhere...it's within you...' so saying, she successfully manages to encourage the devastated girl like a true friend.
Still restlessly pacing on his private terrace (hmmm...I wonder why) Indu mutters to himself 'What a strange wedding...what an amazing onslaught on that Sanchi...'
How well this ruffian knows his girl, is just no secret. He realizes that Sanchi must be enraged; fretting to counter-attack him at the next possible opportunity (not sitting and wailing like other girls would be)
Despite his friends prodding him, he shows no interest in celebrating his first steps of victory. He wants to ensure a full conquest, before contemplating on any form of fun and drinks!
He decides to come up with and act on his next plan, before Sanchi finds time to recover and oppose him in her own way.
He contemplates on taking forward his revenge to the next level - the campus grounds of the university!
Precap - Sanchi is shocked (should she even be, after knowing Indu so well) on seeing a reception dais in the university grounds...
Edited by lashy - 24 May 2012 at 8:46am