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Life is like that
The Conman and the Cynic
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I apologize if my post is appears a bit unstructured; my thoughts are a bit jumbled today and I could not get them into any order.
Shyam, the Master Manipulator
Mahabharat Connection: Sorry to go keep going back to this epic, but there's one story that I wish to share. I watched a movie that showed a different side of the story of Shakuni. Gandhari (Shakuni's sister) has a curse that the person whom she marries first will die. So, her family gets her married to an animal (sorry don't remember this particular detail) and after that she gets married to Dhritarashtra in the Kaurava family. When Duryodhan and his brothers hear about this, they feel insulted and cheated and take the entire maternal family as prisoners. These prisoners are fed with just one bowl of rice each day. The family members keep dying of hunger, but they decide that at least one of them should survive to take revenge and they choose Shakuni; while all are left hungry, he's the only one to be fed the entire bowl of food. Shakuni survives and the remains of his family turn into the magical dice for him to use at the right time. Eventually the Kauravas decide to release him out as he's all alone and the last survivor. From that day start Shakuni's manipulations and plans to bring down the Kaurava family and he uses his dice to cause a war between Pandavas and Kauravas. Now, I don't know the authenticity of this story, but if it's true, it sort of matches the motive of revenge that Doods wrote w.r.t Shyam's background.
Of course, it's clear to all that Shyam, like Shakuni, is the master manipulator and Anjali is the manipulated ''.is she truly though? She herself is another manipulator. But let's stick to Shyam for now.
Shyam knows he really needs Anjali to get back into RM. His strategy is to feed her ego by telling her he cannot live without her, he needs to take care of her, be by her side etc. Though his strategies failed earlier, he never gave up and now his plans are bearing fruit. He pretty much planted ideas in Anjali's mind on how she can bring him back. He tells her that he knows how obstinate she is, how she can refuse to do things others ask her to do, to which her reply is that he's the only one who can make her see sense when she gets into this stubborn mood. Ahhh, things begin to slowly fall into place in Anjali's mind and she now has her own strategy on how to get her husband back into RM (you still think she's dumb?). Bas, kaam ho gaya (the work is done), Shyam need not do anything further.
Anjali ' She's easily taken in by her husband's words, gets up from bed and decides to put her plans into action right away, walks to chote's room and tells him that she wants her husband back, thereby shocking everybody. I give her full marks for her conniving strategy. This is one hard woman who knows how to get things done using blackmail, period.
In conversation with Anjali ' Are you the weak woman who just lost her baby, was unable to even get up earlier and whatever happened to your bleeding feet, they don't bother you anymore? Did you forget that RM is Arnav's house and not yours? You talk so much about puja path and going for satsangh and all you learnt is how to manipulate others?
Dadi ji ' Finally she tells the truth of how she met Shyam and how he begged her to unite him with his wife. Dadi ji feels that Anjali is Shyam's responsibility and not Arnav's. She doesn't believe one word of what NK or Arnav tell her about Shyam and wants proof.
In conversation with Dadi ' You got it right that Anjali is Shyam's responsibility. So, why didn't you ever ask damaad ji to leave along with Anjali so he can take over her responsibility? Why didn't you plan for this and help him instead of helping him to meet your granddaughter secretly? You were not even part of the family until recently, so why should anyone provide you with proof or justify themselves to you?
Arnav & Khushi ' Their equation has certainly changed dramatically. They love and respect each other's views. Khushi is providing Arnav all the support that he needs and giving him the strength to move on with his decisions regarding Di. She hesitantly told Arnav that may be death of his baby changed Shyam and may be Shyam could meet Anjali just one time. Arnav, who has now truly understood Shyam, his lack of character and his manipulations, is not willing to give him a chance; he also tried to ensure that the decision is agreeable to her. Khushi accepts his decision. This is a major change in that Love creates understanding.
Random thoughts: Khushi's nature is such that she cannot see anything bad happening to anybody and is always willing to give people another chance. For just a few seconds she felt that maybe Shyam had changed? May be Di can meet him one time? She didn't say let's bring back Shyam and let's all party together and be happy. In fact, she listened to Aranv, respected his view point and is willing to go by it. Yes, she knows Shyam better than Arnav in many ways, but doesn't it happen to the best of us that we doubt ourselves and our judgment at times? She also did say this was for Di's sake. Yes, as a woman Khushi understands Di's needs at this critical time. Well, before we all take off at Khushi, Anjali herself is about to get her own way, so Khushi doesn't seem to have much say in this matter.
I was so glad to see Arnav's brain starting to work. But too late for the restraining order, Shyam is already in RM. I'd rather he unearthed some more truths about Shyam by having him investigated.
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"Tauba tera jalwa , tauba tera pyaar, Tera Emotional Attyachar"
I feel for Arnav, I really do.
Episode starts with HP removing the Baby cot from Anji's room. All the hopes that we have pinned on the WILL stuck underneath the cot went Tie Tie Phish with it. Looks like we are always gullible enough to pin our hopes on some small detail which Cvs don't even remember later on. Or is it time for HP to redeem himself for letting those dodgy looking people install cameras all over RM? He might find that paper stuck underneath while putting it in the storeroom and brings it back to Arnav? Too much? I know...I never learn.
Dadi confronting Arnav...again. You know I will be so happy the day this lady will see her mistakes and eat a humble pie. On second thought from the looks of it, this lady doesn't really need to eat any pie. Finally Arnav puts 2 and 2 together and realised why Dadi decided to annoy them after 14 glorious years of bliss (for RM vasis I mean).
Dadi seeing Shyam ke Ankhon mein pyaar???? Excuse me while I am rolling on the floor laughing my head off. All our suspicions have been proven correct. What did Shyam actually do when he visited her in the Ashram? I'm asking because I am very curious why this lady who is always stern and no nonsense about everyone, turns into mush regarding Shyam?
Moving on, I really liked the fact that the whole family especially Nani straight away said Shyamu was the guilty party. They have no doubt in their mind and that is helpful. Loved Arnav's dialogues in this segment. We got some new ones rather than "Aas paas bhatakna" one. But Dadi is still stuck on "Jis insaan ke bareme aap baat kar rahehe wo Anjali ki Pati Hai". And did the CVs actually read my wish list about Arnav finally being a bit more pro active? Maby I should write more of those. But really CVs, you cannot just show Arnav reacting to Shyam's plans. He is a self made man and one of the main qualities to achieve all these in foresightedness. Only times he has used this quality is to keep Khushi with him. About time we see it used for Shyamu. Looks like out of that whole RM gang only Arnav has understood the true face of Shyam and he will not be duped this time. Yup, he is still my hero. I loved when Arnav told Dadi that she was better off at the Ashram. Did you see the whole family's reaction then? Says a lot how much they all love you Dadi. On a side note, Barun Sobti was too good in the confrontation.
Now I don't know which tunnel Creepwa crawls through and just pop up unnoticed all the time. But Shyamu, why give that clichd evil smile for the camera? Do you think we have suddenly forgotten that you are the villain and you have to remind us with pointed looks and creepy smiles? Anji darling I do sympathise with you, in fact we all do. But honey why do you always use your Sayani brain for emotional blackmail of your brother rather than seeing hubby dearest in his true colours. I just have to keep on hoping.
Now lets come to Khushi. Did anyone else go Satyanash and Facepalm like me? Oh how nave and gullible can you get honey? Now if it was just him pretending to be unmarried while being married I could understand but you have seen him during the whole kiddu track and what he is actually capable of. Just a bit of fake crying did that? Please learn something from your husband about the real world. Will she finally learn when the past comes out?
Anji finally said the magic words "Mujhe Shyam chahiye". Not even going to talk about Dadi's smirk here. This lady is really getting on my nerves. We all know what's gonna happen here, Arnav will initially say No. Anji will start her emotional blackmail in earnest and finally in family pressure (read Dadi and Khushi) he will have to bring back Shyamu. I just hope the whole family keeps tabs on him and not just start believing his sweet talks.
Finally, where was Payal in all these? Kitchen or Dhobi Ghat?
Was going to write somethinng about the title "Iago" but luckily my very learned friend Shazi's post is on top of mine. Sorry busy at work so its all a bit disjointed, but my friends at Redux are very forgiving.
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