Posted: 17 November 2004 at 9:05am | IP Logged
In the jail, Riya Sen meets other female prisoners who complained against the jailer. She is recording their statements. Face shows consternation. She goes to the men's side too and finds no support, finally sees Shankar. The entire conversation is muted. Finally they shake hands.
She then goes into Urmila's cell and greets her. Urmila says nothing. Riya tells her she wants to ask her something. Urmila tells her she knows all about her past, present and perhaps future too, what more does she want. Riya tells her that she knows, but would like to understand her and what happens. Urmila says that it makes no diff. You are with the law and we are prisoners are on the other side. Whatever we say will be misconstrued. Riya puts a hand on her shoulder and tells her that she understands what they are going through. She has met the other female prisoners too and seen the sadness in their eyes. But this time she wants to side with the truth. Urmila should see the situation from her eyes too. It is not unknown for prisoners to blame the jail authorities to get their sentences reduced. So even being a woman she cannot blindly believe statements made by women. But this time she wants to genuinely know the truth and help if she can. Urmila turns around and tells Riya to ask what she wants to know.
Mr. Mathur is talking to Manas. He tells him he is not favouring Simran because he is her father. But why did Manas hit the jailer being such a mature person. Manas tells him that he could not stop himself. Mathur says that these things happen in cases and the judgment has not been pronounced yet. Manas is totally disheartened. Says that he does not know what will happen to Urmila now. Mathur says that Urmila is all alone while he has so many friends. He says that it is because of the many friends he is facing this problem. Had Abhi not written that article, half the problems would not have happened.
Simran tells her father that Manas should not have done this. The reason the case is where it is, is because of the lawyer's incompetence and has nothing to do with Abhi. Mr. Mathur says that as usual Abhi has been impulsive and gotten the article printed. See what happened. Simran tells him not to be biased towards Abhi. He always sees Abhi as that person who married your daughter and left her. He has never seen him as an individual. While that was her past, she has moved on, and he should too. Even Manas would not have said the things he did had the case been in his favour. Then he would have praised Abhi. Simran tells him that Abhi had no ulterior motive in writing the article. And no one has the right to behave like this with Abhi. She and Mr. Mathur have a big argument.
Abhi is in his room sitting on his desk. Neha walks in and apologises for being late since she had to finalise stories for the week. She enquires about the case. He does not say much just that the hearing has been postponed. Neha tells him that this is normal in court hearings. Abhi says that even Manas thinks that my writing the article was detrimental to the case. Neha asks him what happened. He mentions Riya Sen that she said that all articles written by Musafir are bisased because he is Simran's friend and all this is done to reduce . He is getting very angry. Neha calms him down by telling him that often those people hurt us who we expect least to do so. Though Dr. Manas thinks this way, let him, Abhi should not be upset.
Abhi's parents come in. They mention that they never gave them any wedding gift and would have done so earlier except that the mom-in-law was not agreeable. She laughs. Father hands over a set of keys to Neha and tells her that these are keys to their new house. Their new wedding life should start in their new home where they can understand each other and learn to know each other. Neha looks at Abhi, she has tears in her eyes. Abhi tells the parents that he does not know what to say, they have thrust it on them so suddenly. Mom says that she was not agreeable at all, but Pop explained why this should be done. Neha then asks them why they are throwing them out of the house. They should tell her if she has done something wrong. She will not go anywhere. This is her house. She becomes very emotional. Abhi looks at her surprised.
P.S. Astitva completed 2 years and 400 episodes today.