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Savdhaan India, January 19, 2013
Amidst a huge media stir, Anuraag Khanna weds Radhika Menon. She is anxious and hesitant, are they making a mistake? But a very caring husband reassures her.
Mr. Mohnish Bahl introduces this episode reminding us that Mumbai is the city of aspirations, hopes, and dreams; and for anyone connected to this city; there is no other place that can compare. The young aspirant to the world of glamour and with the hope to find his place on the "big screen", Anuraag Khanna had come to Mumbai, and he was ready to do just about anything to fulfill his dream, but despite eight years of struggle he made no headway. Suddenly 27-year-old Anuraag married the 45-year old Radhika, widow of a famous film producer. This marriage, with the vast age disparity, had the full attention of the media. Was Anuraag a typical opportunist who had married Radhika to climb the ladder to success? The reality behind this alliance turns out to be quite unimaginably dramatic.
Radhika discovers Anuraag's plan to sell off a farmhouse that was her late husband's property, to which she was the natural heir. She accosts Anuraag about his plan to sell the property behind her back. The soothsayer husband, by whom Radhika was obviously mesmerized, convinces her that he was merely helping to revive the precious property that was wasting away. The deal is now mutually struck and Radhika is given the opportunity to spend one last night at the farmhouse before the new buyer takes it over. Anuraag invites the buyer to dinner, manipulates that he is out drinking with the new owner, having gone on the pretext of bringing dinnerÖ. While Radhika, alone in her room, reminiscing about her late husband, is attacked by an unknown mysterious intruder.
It seems all too contrived and convenient. Anuraag has a foolproof alibi of being in the restaurant; the security guard notices a masked woman making her escape; and when Anuraag returns with the guests and the food, he discovers everything awry, and Radhika is dead. Was it a simple theft or something else?
But the alibi was not even necessary it seemed. Anuraag was the gem who had taught Radhika to live again, who had brought joy back into her life. He stood by her, helped her to recover from the grief of her loss and had help complete the incomplete project of her late husband. It seems like a cut and dry caseÖ till an anguished daughter, Rani, rushes in. She had objected strongly to her mother's alliance, and was convinced that Anuraag was behind the murder of her mother. Then the final "proof": Rani throws light on Anuraag's extra-marital affair. The post-mortem report gives out that a woman committed the murder; and when cornered by such evidence Anuraag confesses to having got "carried away".
Mohnish Bahl highlights this fact. How easily Anuraag passed off his "alliance" as getting carried away? The sanctity of marriage is not held together merely by a piece of paper. Marriage is the endorsement of two people's trust and faith, and Anuraag had violated that sacred commitment. How can a woman accept seeing her husband with another woman? Especially when she herself is standing by her own commitment with trust and absolute faith? Radhika had every reason to be upset, but yet again Anuraag had convinced her that he had made a mistake, and it would never happen again. The police was not so easily convinced. Swear as he did, that he had never reverted to this alliance, Anuraag was the prime suspect.
It transpires that Anuraag manipulated the sale of all properties that were in Radhika's name; and everything was conveniently being reinvested in their joint names. He womanized freely, bringing young women to the inevitable "casting couch". The girl Preeti, was the woman with whom Anuraag was having an affair. She confesses that she had gone to "steal" and that Radhika was killed by "mistake". She even goes to the extent to say that Anuraag was not an accomplice. But the noose steadily tightens around his neck. Despite and evidence pointing in his direction, the so-called alibi, was holding out till the break through, from Preeti's confession that she had met Anuraag at the same restaurant that very night, after the "deed was done". And this meeting was caught in the restaurant's CCTV.
As Mohnish Bahl says, Radhika's daughter Rani had seen through Anuraag's devious motives at the very outset, but the mother had chosen to ignore all the indications: the sale of properties, the warning by her family lawyer, and most importantly, his extra-marital affairs, despite catching him red-handed. As per statistics of the National Crime Report, sixty per cent crimes are perpetrated in Mumbai! In the one year 2010-11, there was a 15 per cent spike in crimes against women in Mumbai alone! Anuraag came to Mumbai with the dream to become a film star. But instead of genuine endeavour he took a "short-cut" to success. Crime will continue to spread its tentacles, warns a very emphatic Mohnish, as long as we keep giving it leeway. Raise your voice against crime; be alert for a safe Mumbai, Savdhaan India, and Savdhaan Mumbai as Mumbai fights back!