Originally posted by Ipoona
Hum saath hai ...
Her Jiji is very ziddi. Unki na ko ha mein badalna bahut mushkil hoga ... Ziddi ... Must run if the family, Tell me something I don't know Khushi ... Tumhari na ko han ...
But what he doesn't know is, how to woo. His idea of winning over her Jiji by having Aakash shower her with gifts is met with a horrified disbelief. This is not some business transaction, these are matters of the heart and as such require some out of the box thinking ... Kuch accha ... Kuch dhamkaydar ... Kuch alag ... His eyes roll in wary scepticsism, but he is willing, Bolo, he invites.
Her eyes sparkle. She has a plan ... She signals for him to lean in, Aaiya toh sahi, she insists impatiently. He may be charmed but he is not that easy either, Wait, he orders haughtily.
A veiled acknowledgement ... a future hope ... a current pact ... a firm handshake ... All said in Khushi's conciliatory words, Humaray beech jo kuch bhi hua ya ho, lekin iss mamlay mein hum saath hai. All may not be lost ... Does it give him hope ?
He attempts to drop her home. He seems preoccupied as she instruct him with the tasks at hand. Uhh, he mumble, unsure, hesitating, Mujhe tumsay kuch ... She is wide eyed and engaged in some double oh seven kind of surreptitious dealings from the car floor.
What ??? Tum wahan kya kar rahi ho !
He had already apologized yesterday, but maybe that was not enough ... Maybe he has lost sleep over the harsh words he had offloaded on her last night. Maybe a formal, personal, all but on his knees apology will ease this chest constricting guilt ? Maybe ... The words that he was stumbling to form, are lost forever in her silly antics.
The utterly ridiculous filmi plan ... Following her instructions to the letter, Aakash had made, in his opinion, ridiculously high volume of pleading phone calls, unnecessarily incurring the risk of exposure and all that was accomplished was that an irritated Payal had finally snapped into the phone ... Do your worst ... A colossal failure right at the onset.
His part ... He was, following the numerous phone calls, supposed to show up at their house and present Payal with some insane letter detailing how his distraught brother planned to end his life.
She had been in full form, theatrically shouting from off stage, before making a dramatic entrance. Aapko nah sunay ka itna shok hai, humari Jiji nay jawab day diya hai. Since he seems to have trouble taking no for an answer, she benevolently has planned, entirely for his benefit, to place a large sign on his wall, that said in plain words ... Nah ... Nah ... Nah ...
Shut up ! He had snapped. Is she playing her dumb role or is she messing with him. Nah ? What does she mean ... Nah ... She knows very well he does not know the meaning of the word ...
The letter is read, again in his weary opinion, with a complete lack of subtlety, with unrequired flourish and flair and cheeky winks. He is left exhausted, his limited acting abilities stretched thin.
Was her plan really this good or were girls in love really this stupid ? He watched in amazement as her Jiji reacted entirely as predicted. She gasped on cue, she fretted frantically, totally unprompted and she accused, surprisingly quick witted ...
Aap kaysay Bhai hai, Payal had questioned him astutely. His brother had run off, planning to jump off some very precise location that he is aware of and he was here, delivering her this stupid letter, rather than rushing off to save his brother.
Excellent point, Payal ! At least he is not going to be lumped with a dumb sister in law. Never one to argue in face of such sound, logical reasoning, he is solidly stumped. Kay bolon aab !?! He blunders his role completely, supremely frustrated.
Nothing more than a minor glitch for our girl ... Ironed out in a blink of an eye ... Kya, kya bolon ? Kuch mat boliya, she pleads ... Really ASR ... Where's your razor sharp Shatir dimag when you need it ? With all the talent of a seasoned duper, she hustles her sister into the car, away from logical thought process and sane reasoning.
Don't worry Aranvji, I got this ... Wink ! Just the adrelanin he needed for his weary heart.
More drama on top of the hill than he has encountered in his entire life. Apparently Aakash too is taking this fake jumping scene seriously. His glasses lie perched precariously at the edge of the ledge, telling a, could be, gruesome tale.
Payal screams in fear. Her sister is ingeniously helpful. Humay lagta hi ki Aakashji chashma utar kay kuday hogay. Voh kya hai na, unhonay soocha hoga unchai na dikhay toh cum daar lagayga, aur kudnay mein bhi aasani hogi ?
He turns away, breathing deeply, restlessly planting his hands on his waist, unbelieving at the level of absurdity this girl is dragging him into. And then for collaboration she had turns to him and inquires innocently, Kyu Arnavji ?
Where does she come up with stuff like this ? Despite his inherent impatience at the irrationality of the situation, he is left easily disarmed. He turns his face sideways, squinting at a distant spot on the ground, his pressed lips curl as he tries his best to hide his pleasure.
The whole day he has been suppressing his joy, his pleasure in her, her craziness, her sweetness, her infectious joy. And now, for a brief moment, he gives in. A quick, sideways, blink and you miss it, I give up, smile. She beams with joy.
Mission accomplished ! Payal and Aakash hug and confess their feelings openly.
She jumps with joy, reaching for his arm. Realization seeps slowly, the smile in his eyes, deepens as does the color on her cheeks.
They walk two steps behind the couple of the moment. The evening sun is still high in the sky. It is not dusk yet. The sun and the moon must wait their turn to meet.
They walk together, separately, but tied by bonds thicker than blood.
Ipoona, loved loved the write up. Cutest epi of all... how much more adorable they can look... hnestly, Khushi's jhalliness there in the caf was a tad uncomfy to watch.. but kya karen he is head over heels fida for the same..:)
Yes, something serious was certainly up his sleeve while dropping her.. loved what you said about that.. yes he is certainly preoccupied with that.. his whole coming out of the house today was actually centered around those nasty words to her.. may be an amendment.. if only sanka devi lets..
aah.. us "wait" ka kya bolo...Barun added so much with his Dilli Ameriki accent..:)
That last shot was one of THE best.. I said some time ago.. I can put it as my mantle piece... so much in it both visually and symbolically..Loved your sun/ moon connection to it...
Enjoyed one of the best light hearted epis...