Hope you slept well, irrespective of whether your Donkeys found a buyer or not.
As for today's (last nights?) episode, after having seen it and the precap, I went straight to the archives and fished out the 16th dec'10 episode. A sibling scene I treasure much. Then one thing leading to another I was witness to that evening when Baji sang for Dutta, Dutta sang for Naku and then Baji's drunken showdown with the man who makes his world.
That got me thinking, what type of an individual is Baji?
Felt like asking him, kis mitti ka bana hai re tu?
He would probably have answered, "kachchi mitti ka. Dutta mujhe jab, jis sache mein dhalta hai, dhal jata hun."
Do they really make men like Baji?
He was there to to pick up the pieces when Sima left Dutta. He took his hand and walked him back to sanity when Dutta stood shattered after his first kill. Then stood shoulder to shoulder when Dutta went through the transformation to Bhau. Willingly took up the multitasking of being his Man Friday to his alter ego. It was Baji who first sensed the love blooming between his friend and Naku, the first to try protect that love from all the storms that were engulfing it, because he did not want his friend to lose such a pure relationship.
Today too he shrugged aside all insults, accusations and hurt to worry about Dutta's mental state. Its Dutta's turmoils, his destiny, his pain, his tribulations that tear Baji apart.
Yet has this man not hung on to that same roller coaster ride that is their lives together?
He has been Dutta's shadow for more than twenty years. Yet do we know of his past? He has to be an orphan. A loner in a way because he always hides his real emotional needs and scars. I mean he has to have at least some, if not many. He too must have felt revolted the day he shot his first victim, but did he express it? Was there anyone by his side to help him overcome that phase? How does Baji deal with all this psychologically?
Baji is a chatterbox but he seldom expresses his real self, seldom shows that very serious side he carries within. May be Madhu had a glimpse once, but there too it was more a Dutta related issue than Baji. I agree, this man doesn't have a life of his own, more clearly, doesn't even believe he can have a life of his own beyond Dutta. He has not learn't to look beyond Dutta in his life. How I wish I had Baji for a friend. But guess one has to be extremely blessed to have a boon like Baji in their lives.
For me, today's episode belonged as much to Baji as Dutta. I thank the writer for having created Baji.
Vinay, thanks for giving life to Baji. Just as there can be no Dutta besides MR, there can't be a Baji without you.
A drunken Dutta atop his open hood jeep...this has always been a show stopper and the case was no different today.
At times I get this feeling that Dutta's biggest pleasure lies in his self pity. MR invariably came up with another stunning performance. With all that help from Ana, the scene flowed like a dream
What looks like an improvement is Dutta reflecting on what Naku and Baji had said. He has finally started thinking.
Dutta's soliloquy with his late father was also a pointer. Showed, despite all that hate, he remains intrigued by Damodar. Loathes his virasat, his uttaradhikar, yet still wants a lot many answers from that same man. He simply can't ignore the blood tie. Why else would he be talking to Damodar's memories? He remembers that last hug. why?
So I thought about what has transpired and had this feeling that may be Dutta will be more than a little wistful today when Madhu tells him of her childhood, of the days she had shared with their father. Will Dutta have a tiny pang for not having been a part of that scene himself?
I don't know what Madhu 's going to tell him, how hurt she feels right now. All I know is, Dutta won't let her go. But Madhu being as strong headed as he, things will surely turn interesting. Today when Dutta walked past her without even looking at her, it was more an acknowledgement of her presence than anything else. Dutta knows Madhu understands his moods, so he need not be polite with her, but then again this man takes people too much for granted.
But one thing is for sure, Dutta has not just accepted the sibling ties, he cares for Madhu.
He is trying to reach out to his sister.
Just one last bit before I stop boring one and all,
You can take Nanasaheb's name away from him, But you cannot dethrone a style icon.
Call him whatever you like, he will still be a rose.