Touch & Go

(Scene 1)

What? Are you in sense Shashank?

Of course, I am in sense sir; just you need to get convinced.

But Shashank, how can I, I don’t think you have that competence

Sir, please don’t underestimate, let’s try it out once, see the response, then you would realize you have taken the right decision

Ah I just wonder if we are making a big plunder here, it’s going to be a big flop!

Stars are born out of such plunder sir, just wait & see

For your information, I am not making a movie here; we are planning for a play for our annual day college function.

Yeah, I am aware of it, I am also aware that this is going to be our 25th play in this college, that too on our Anniversary day

So you think it is worth taking this risk?

For a second please forget the rest, look at me, don’t I have that hero material, the charisma, the required magnetism to woo girls, tell me honestly, do I lack these?

Well I can’t say no, when I am aware of the fact that you have too many adherent feminine fans out here

Ah there you are, you are great sir, simply great, so far our college has seen me doing only a second hand fiddle in all our plays, this time it would different, it would be a dream come true role for me, I read the script sir, and the screenplay is simply mind blowing…

Okay , okay Shashank, stop it, It’s enough, I am already feeling the cold here, I would say a final yes only after I talk to Amreesh, he is been my hero so far and it’s not professionally wise for me to cast you as hero this time without consulting him.

(Screen 2)

“I love the way you love me
Strong and wild, slow and easy
Heart and soul so completely
I love the way you love me….

Hi Shashank, what happened? You are in great mood today?

Eh vikrant, I was just waiting for you, can’t wait to let you know the good news?

Why what happened? Cleared your earlier arrears?

Who is worried about my arrears, forget it, it’s good for nothing, listen, I am going to play the lead role this time in our annual day function, guess who is playing my lady love?

Don’t tell me, you are paired this time opposite to Shambhavi! Oh god, I can’t believe it.

Yeah, I don’t either, even Amreesh agreed to play a second fiddle this time in our play, so I finally got a chance to play opposite to Shambhavi buddy..

Wow, I am very happy for you Shashank, all these days you were waiting for this day isn’t it!

Yeah Vikrant, you know how bad I felt playing second rate characters, more than playing these characters, it’s the role that has been given to me that pained me the most, how can I act like a brother or father to my shambhavi, with whom I am doting all these years, every time she calls me brother on screen, my soul would have committed suicide dozen times…

Cool buddy, forget the past, now you have got the perfect chance, you also have a golden opportunity this time to reveal your love to her..

Yes vikrant, this time I am positive, fortunately our play is screened on the day after our Independence Day, it’s going to be a real independence day for me too, not only I’m going to play her lover on screen but also going to disclose my love for her, wish me luck Vikrant, please I’m badly in need of it

Master agreeing to cast you as a lead role, Amreesh agreeing to play the second fiddle, Shambavi playing your lady love, play being a romantic story, wow, the stage is perfectly set for you…

Yeah, I am sure the fortune tide has turned towards me this time, know what! shambhavi these days looks more beautiful than before, and every time I see her on rehearsals, I feel she is more attracted towards me. Know what?, every time she goes out, she just slip in back & glance me in a side view and drop out a most beautiful smile I can ever imagine on the world, I just, I just, simply feel I’m blown away…

Can’t wait to see you both on stage Shashank..

I bet, I am dying for it man, I’m dying for it, Shamu, I am coming….hehehe…

(Scene 3)

Amreesh, can I talk to you for a second?

Ah shambhavi!, what are you doing here, the play is going to start in next 1 hour, master is searching for you, don’t you know you are playing the perfect modern tomboy girl, you require all the makeup material to look beautiful, it’s a hard task, you see, hahaha….

Yeah, I know, and I am also aware that you are playing my brother in this play...

Oh yeah, brother who always die for his ever loving sister… so what’s new in it?

Amreesh, I always wanted to say this, but can’t find the right time, I am really not feeling good playing this sister character…

Shambhavi, look, why do you see yourself as playing a sister character? You are the leading lady in this play and it’s all about your love bondage with Shashank character, it just so happens that you also have to play a sister role when the scene shifts towards us, anyways we don’t have many scenes together, you see…

Try to understand Amreesh, I’m not worried about playing a sister character in the play, I am more worried about playing it against you….

What, what did you say? Worried playing against me, are you in sense Shambhavi?

Yes Amreesh, of course I am in sense, can’t control it any more, I didn’t feel this way before until the time I have been given the dialogues to talk against you… every time I had to refer you my brother, I started a strange feeling inside and I was feeling awkward mouthing them, it’s just matter of time for me to realize my true feeling towards you Amreesh….

I, I really don’t know how to react Shambhavi, we have been playing the lead roles for all these days, played a perfect husband & wife, doting lovers, what not? But you never had such feelings before?

I am really feeling shy to discuss this so long, but I was in a complete comfort zone playing lead role against you, I just didn’t realize how it is if I miss it, haven’t you heard it’s only when you miss things, you would really know it’s true value, I realized this time Amreesh… I, I … don’t know what to say, I feel silly standing before you and pleading this way, but I thought I need to shell this out, because… because I simply can’t see you as my brother, even if it’s for just a play…

So you thought this is the right moment to share it with me, an hour before the play?

Ah, well I didn’t really have the guts to say this, but I thought I would feel better if I share it with you now, atleast I would not create a scene while playing…

Eh stop crying shambhavi, look here, look at me, I said look at me, shambhavi, shambhavi… look here…

… (sobs)…

So you wont stop crying Ah, ok listen, If you have time later today, have a look at my bench where I sit in our class, right beneath the table, with all hard work & concentration, with the help of a compass, I have encrypted both our names, just inside a heart, with a arrow straight into it, you really don’t know how many days passed since I did it!

……

You dumb! Why do you look like this! Still don’t believe me ah, you stupid, I was just waiting myself to tell my love for you, thanks you did and saved all my embarrassments, the tensions, the….

Oh Amreesh, I love you, I love you very much….

…(hugs)…

Ouch… what is this, something piercing …?

You knotty rascal….

Eh, eh, stop it shambavi, I swear, I didn’t mean it, what have you got in this cover, I think something inside is pinching me…

Oh ho, sorry Amreesh, I am really sorry, don’t you know today is Raksha Bandhan, the day we celebrate the relationship between brothers and sisters….

Oh yeah, so you thought of tying the band in my hand, if I don’t accept you, you Idiot!

I will kill you Ah! Actually ever since I had to play against Shashank as lover, I thought him as my brother inside, so that I don’t have the inhibitions in saying the dialogues for our play…

What rubbish? I can’t take this argument; you could have done the same thing with me, thought me as lover inside and called me brother for the play…

So how do you think I managed all the rehearsals so far, it’s the same way darling… so I thought of tying this band on Shashank’s hand and request him to agree to be my lovable brother…

Well, anyways, we need to be thankful to him as he is the one who wanted to play the lead role this time, and subsequently enabled you to feel this way, my love…

I bet, I can never forget my brother Shashank, hehehe…

(Scene 4)

“I like the feel of your name on my lips
And I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss
The way that your fingers run through my hair
And how your scent lingers even when you’re not there

And I like the way your eyes dance when you laugh
And how you enjoy your two-hour bath
And how you’ve convinced me to dance in the rain
With everyone watching like we were insane

But I love the way you love me…”

Shashank, will you just keep singing like this, or going to tell your love to Shambhavi? Look she is coming all the way to you… wow, she is looking stunning buddy!

Shut up Vikrant, she is my love….. Ah… Shambhavi... what’s the matter? What’s in your hand…?

Shashank…. Close your eyes & stretch your hands I want to give you a surprise…

(Shashank closes his hands & innocently raises his hands…)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jag(World) ne cheena mujhse...mujhe jo bhi laga pyaara...sub jeeta kiye mujhse main hardum hi haara....felt like hummin these lines for Shashank...hahaha...one sided love...uuummm....LOVE alwaz leads to pain...
Again a stomin story to take away your nerve....wonderfully crafted with a perfect blend of love...insecuirty....expectations...and finally as like every love story...PAIN to someone atleast...hahahah.

Gr8..story!!!Keep posting.

Aboorva said...

"I can't" are sad words in any language....

Mailers and Eurolaw said...

Hi! Well, i am sorry but before saying anything regarding your this story, i would like to ask you "what actually inspired you to write this story?" Hope you will answer this if possible and also tell me how well you can take criticism :)

Delhi_Tamilan said...

any kind of comments are welcome :)

Mailers and Eurolaw said...

U didnt answer wat inspired u? Hope i m not getting too personal.....

Delhi_Tamilan said...

no not at all, i have replied you in your inbox

Mailers and Eurolaw said...

Well frankly speaking, i find the subject soooo immature. I dont know how i would feel when i actually hv to go through a situation where i hv to play the role of a sister in front of someone who i like but i think it hardly matters for actors wat their real life roles are when they are acting but since i hv no practical experience of this so may be this situation can be difficult also but all in all.....i think u r strongly feeling lyk college goer these days thats y so immature subject. I m pretty sure, u wont mind my criticism :)

One more thing, i hv read i think 4 or 5 of ur stories and sometimes i feel like the subject u choose is nice and the way u write makes the reader feel like relating himself or herself with the story (Lyk in neha's story) but sometimes i feel like u r unnecessarily stretching the topic or hvnt put the things rightly (lyk in addicted the romeos part). Neways, i think i hv said much :) Keep writing!!!!

Delhi_Tamilan said...

well not all love are mature, i have come across people who believe they are in love and find it difficult to call each other even as a friend!! Moreover we are not talking about professinal actors here, but people who are young & adolescent, who are acting in college plays...

I agree, this story might look immature at times, but this is a story about imamature people...

regarding subject dragging, i agree to your point, sometimes In making elements for commerical purpose, the film soul get lost... and so my Story...

and yes u r always welcome to share your true criticism, i love to hear them, all my stories are first come, first publish types, i.e i dont take time to nourish it or revise it or correct it, it is just posted as it comes to my mind... i like it that way... to see my mind working / no matter it is bad, rubbish or immature or sometimes by accident good.. :)

Mailers and Eurolaw said...

good reply but tell me y do u wnt to make ur stories an element for commercial purpose, i blv u write what u want to write without keeping in mind u r going to post it on the blog or somewhere else, isn't it so? I dont know whether its right or wrong but as a reader (may be some other readers agree to this too) when i am reading the story of a writer, i try to get a bit of wat author has in his or her mind, what his perception about the topic is and lots and lots of other things.....waise u gave one contradictory statement "Sometimes In making elements for commerical purpose, the film soul get lost... and so my Story... AND "all my stories are first come, first publish types, i.e i dont take time to nourish it or revise it or correct it, it is just posted as it comes to my mind"

Delhi_Tamilan said...

well I do think a while when I develop a story line and subsequently make a screenplay of it, however, when i sit down to write the dialouges, I dont think much but write as it comes & dont change it once written... so it's during the screenplay part where I sit to think, how should I start & how to bring my point into it, and how to end it, (for only few minutes though) i normally want to put it in a way which is light hearted (atleast for me)... and in a usually different way :) so sometimes things which is applicable for me, doesn't do the justice for the readers... thanks for your comments... my story might not be a good standard one, but still it's my kid, and I like it when it comes out :)