I don't really know what's next . All I know is Arnav is here . And will be !
There are only 2 organs working in my body now . My brain , eyes as they can see that towering figure in front of me , my eyes are functioning in another way too , they are realising salt liquid content - my tears .
I couldn't move . I couldn't blink . Only see Arnav and analyse what he just said .
Arnav : I had no other option Khushi . You left me with no other option . All I could do to keep you by my side is this .
He said in a low-drunken tone . I don't know how long I kept staring him . He came and shook me by shoulders and I shuddered .
Arnav : Speak something !!
Khushi : Huh ?!
Arnav : Say . Something .
Khushi : I have to talk to my mother . Let me go .
Arnav : She's not here dammit ! Get it into your stupid brain !!
He said becoming quite angry .
Arnav : Now you'll have to stay with me . Got it ?
Khushi : No I didn't !! I didn't get you and I can never .
I yelled at top of my voice and pushed him away taking a few steps back hurriedly .
Khushi : How can you stay with me ? What are you even saying ? I'm not understanding anything ! No one told me .. Amma .. She didn't tell me .. What's going on ? I'm not getting anything !
I collapsed on the floor crying . What's this ? My mother left me with him . And he's saying that he's going to live with me ! I didn't understand anything .
Arnav : Relax .. We both will be staying together here . As long as you stay here in Mumbai . Neither your family will be here nor your two friends . It will be you and me . You can work here . If you want this to be a secret it will , I don't mind . But you have to stay here , with me in this house .
What is he even saying ? I got up . Why would I even be here ? Is he my husband or my boyfriend that I will stay with him in his house . I have high ethics and morals , I can't stay with a guy unmarried . Never !
Khushi : I'm not going to stay here . Not even a minute . Goodbye .
I started going to my room but he stopped me by catching my upper arm .
Arnav : You've already signed a contract Khushi .
I immediately turned to face him .
Khushi : I know about you and your silly-but-not-funny contracts !
He went to the tea table, got a file and handed it to me .
Arnav : Read .
I went through the contract . It wasn't silly . It was ..
Khushi : 50 crores ??! Ee .. In .. In cash ?
Arnav : Yup !! Whenever you hand over 50 crore rupees in cash you will be set free .
Khushi : What if I don't and go away .. Just like that ?
Arnav : You will have to do whatever I want you to !
Khushi : And what if I don't do what you want me to .
Arnav : Simple , I will sue you . And I promise that you will get harsh punishment .
When did he become so intelligent ?
Khushi : I will tell all this to Amma . She will slap you and beat you until you bleed .
I took out my phone and dialled Amma . I was not only surprised but shocked with her reaction !
Amma : Beta ! Even I didn't want this before but you don't accept him either . I know this is not good but you don't worry . Everything will be fine soon .
Khushi : Amma ! What are you saying ? I'm not married . Do you think this is right before marriage ? What are you even trying to say ?
Amma : Khushi , even I don't like this but ... Khushi .. Arnav will look after everything . You have your shoot tomorrow . Take rest beta. Don't overthink . I'm there for you .
She cut the call . What is all this ? How can he even convince everyone so easily ? How can anyone come into his path in seconds . No one even thinks of our ethics and morals ? Arnav is modern for him , these morals and ethics are some useless values which are overrated .
And my mother isn't there for me . She is with Arnav . She only thinks about him because he is related jiji's family .
I remained like that . Hopeless . Helpless . Lifeless . I laid on my bed . Thinking ... Thinking .. Thinking and thinking , slumber took over me .
I woke up as fast as I could . Continued by my beauty regime . I prayed to God to make things right . I drove to the set .
I dressed up as the protagonist of the show . I was done with my makeup and costume . I was doing my hair while the hairstylist helped me .
I was already to shoot .
Meenu : Perfect Khushi . This is what we want .
She complemented me and got back to work .
I was going to my green room when I heard Rakesh uncle's voice .
I leaned on the wall and bent a bit to know what they were talking .
Nicky : You can't do that !
Man : Of course I can ! And I will !
It's Arnav . He was smirking . Nicky ji and uncle looked worried .
Arnav : I will provide you with the best designers of AR . And I will myself design a few costumes and you know that this will benefit you . All I want is 10% of your shares and the lead pair shouldn't do any romantic scenes .
Nicky : But this is a love story ASR . How can we not have any romantic scenes .
Rakesh uncle and Nicky ji were successful in convincing the ASR . But ASR is ASR .
ASR : Fine . But the hero should not touch the heroine .
Well I support ASR now . He's actually making my work easier . It's wonderful . Hey Devi Mayya please make him successful .
But they both convinced ASR again .
ASR : Okay fine. Minimal touching . And that's final .
I thanked my Devi Mayya 1000000000000000000 times ... I'm more than happy .
I went back to my green room . I started jump up and down and did all the crazy steps ...
I composed myself . I checked my costume and makeup .
I took my phone .
Khushi : Shall I thank him ?
Shall I ?
Khushi : But why did he even put on those conditions ? First. Of all why should He provide with designers from AR to this show ?
I pressurised my brain to think .
Khushi : Okay .. He is anyways taking the profit but he has many MNC's ready to have million dollar contracts with him . But why this ?
After a while ... I arrived at conclusions .
Khushi : He doesn't want me to leave him in anyway !!! Hate him !!
I said . I walked out of my green room . I saw the male protagonist arriving . I stood still in my place with my eyes wide . I've seen him in many hit daily soaps . And I'm his co-star now !! By the way he looks more hotter than he does on screen .
He was talking to the director and the producer .
I felt butterflies flying in my stomach . I'm damn nervous . Meenu ji called me then . I took baby steps and walked to them . Hey Devi Mayya .. Hamari raksha karna .
Meenu : So she's your costar , Khushi Gupta .
I smiled .
Khushi : Hello sir .
Akhil : Hey ! I'm Akhil . And you can all me by that name . You don't have to call me ' sir ' .
He said in a friendly way .
Khushi : Ji .
Akhil : Okay girls . I'll be back after I get ready .
He went towards his green room which is exactly beside mine . Meenu ji started getting everyone in place .
Nicky : Khushi , don't be scared . He's very good . He is an amazing person .
Khushi : Nicky ji , I wanted to ask you something .
Nicky : Sure . But call me di . Okay ?
Khushi : Teekh hai . I wanted ask why was Arnav .. I mean ASR .. What was happening there ?
Nicky : He called us a couple of days before and said AR will be the costume agency for our show . And of course I said a yes . And asked him how much share he wants and he said none . I spoke with Rakesh ji and I got to know that you all are common relatives . But I thought it was fishy . So we had several meetings together and then I understood that he wasn't actually interested in any profit . He wants to be a part of this show ! Don't you think it's strange ?
Khushi : A bit .
But I know the real reason . He is a ghost !!! He doesn't want to leave me alone !
Nicky : And today he suddenly turned up and said he doesn't want any romantic scenes between the leads and he wants 10% of the profit . Share isn't a problem but he is hell bent to make this love story into a comedy show .
Khushi : I think that's actually a good idea . That would be different right ?
Nicky : And difficult too !
She added and I suppressed my smile seeing her cute-but-helpless expression .
I nodded . I sat on the chair and Akhil came .
Akhil : Hey Khushi .
Khushi : Hello . Again !
Akhil : So you are from Delhi right ?
Khushi : Well .. Bought up in Delhi but I'm actually form Lucknow . And what about you ?
Akhil : I'm from Delhi too ! Same pinch . When's your birthday ? You don't have to tell your year .. Date is enough .
Khushi : I don't mind telling my year of birth too .. 2nd October 1992 . And when's your birthday ?
Akhil : 2nd September 1990 . I'm 2 years older than you .
We kept talking and talking . Getting to know each other .
Akhil : We both came a way too early . I think it takes more time for our shot .
Khushi : We've waited for so long na ? I'm bored .
After a couple of minutes our shot was ready . We had to go outside into the massive garden . Meenu ji described the scene and elaborated on what should be done . It is for the first promo .
Meenu : Don't be nervous . You've done this before . The only difference is , this is real . Okay ?
I nodded .
She adjusted our placements and the crew ...
Meenu : Lights .. Camera ... Action ..
There was a guy catching that gun like fan . We both walked towards each other and stopped . Meenu ji called out .. " Look into your eyes " ... So we instantly looked into each other's eyes . Then I realised Akhil ji is exactly like Arnav ... I mean their heights matched .
We crossed each other's paths and stopped and looked at each other again ..
Meenu : Cut !! Very good guys .. It was an amazing shot ..
Everyone clapped . Now we have to change our dress and start shooting for the first episode .
Sorry Akhila di !!! I made your name Akhil ... I hope that name exists . Sorry again Akhila di !!
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