Apologies, I am an incoherent mess today.
If I could, I would, capture the essence of today's episode in a bottle...Poignancy at its best and Parth and Niti along with everyone else killed it.
Let me start with when Manik breaks down the garage door and their eyes meet, everything flashed right before their eyes, the rawness of their emotions made me choke up, the yearning, the desperation, the relief, everything just flashed between them, for the both of them, the dark ceased to exist and only love existed for that one moment. For the monster he is, Manik forgot all about Pandit for that instance, it was always her and only her, to take and wrap her securely in the comfort of his arms, the home to her need, the haven to her pain, the sanctuary that shelters her.
Most of us anticipated that Pandit would be dead-meat, the minute Manik would set eyes on him. But all he did was punch him initially and that too to get him out of the way. His main concern was and is Nandini. And as you so right said, IT WAS ALWAYS HER AND ONLY HER.
I loved loved the scene of Chacha Chachi before Fab4 and Nandu and Navni come. The love and warmth of them, revelling in their love for Nandu, the domesticity and comfort of family. It served as a beautiful contrast to the broken-down Nandu and served to underline her state. This was a girl who grew up in the beauty of these surroundings, not in the ugliness that beset Fab5's lives. The warmth and love of the Murthy's kind of played to take Nandu's broken down state to the next level. The contrast was key to bring Nandini's pain to the forefront.
Well-observed and pointed out. Scenes like this, do tend to get ignored, especially with such a power house performance by the main leads. But it is very important to appreciate such scenes, as they add more meaning to the whole track. A simple, innocent girl who has always been basked in love, affection and comfort of her family- is now exposed to the ugliness of the society. The ordeal Nandini went through will be traumatic to any girl, but all the more difficult to those, who have always been sheltered.
Nandini in a numb state, flashing back to the Pandit and his violative touches, her whole essence , the core of her soul rocked by the dirtiness and ugliness of a man who was supposed to be a mentor. How to trust again?
How to love music again? How to love again? And she stands under the shower, willing the water to wash away the bruises and marks on her body and yet what about the bruises on her soul?
Pandit has violated her, not just physically, but emotionally as well. The innocent girl, who trusted everyone, now will lose that trust. She even trusted Manik (her tormenter), in the early days (store-room scene), when the only relationship they shared was the so-called "hate" relationship (of course, as audience, we know different). And now to lose that trust!! The Psychological trauma and the scars will take a long long time to heal. But hopefully Manik and his love will help her cross that bridge!
The shower scene was all about love
today. The gentleness of touches as he removed the ugliness that had wrapped around her for a few hours. Her flinching at his touch, he flinching at her bleeding ear, recoiling in pain, and yet at the end of it all she finds her comfort in his light loving touches
, in his gentle care, her light begins to shine again. He comes in, steps in, the self-proclaimed Monster with his caring hands and gentle touches, trying to prise away the ugliness that surrounds her being at the moment. Holding her gently, giving her space, caressing her with the love and comfort of a man-child.
Her light was almost snuffed out today but even as the darkness surrounded her today, he came as a firefly today, a beacon providing light. For the Monster who claimed the dark as his own, was the knight of her light.Yes, it was such a beautiful scene! So very well shown. I wrote in some other post that at no point did I feel I was watching a fictional show. It was so realistic, the post-trauma reactions and how one should be treated. And Manik was spot on- he gave Nandini all that she deserved at that moment- her much needed space, yet not leaving her, utmost care, tenderness, affection, devotion, protection and LOVE! Yes, he is her fire-fly to light her up in the darkness and her knight!
And I loved the towel scene a lot, the fact that despite it all, she remembers to wrap the towel around him. He matters, even as the world has shattered around her.
Again, another scene that will be etched in our memories for a long time to come. Very thoughtfully done by the CVs.
I have made a post on this scene, on another thread and especially the LOGIC behind choosing WHITE as the colour of the towel (usually KY2 has all striped coloured towels).
If this isn't love, then what is?
Hats off to everyone in the episode today, yes there might have been some glitches but in the overall scheme of things, it was a soulful episode. And really well enacted by everyone but especially Parth and Niti. Love all around.