The gust of wind,
and the surroundings… they’re like wine
for the crazy He walks, he ambles,
and so does the other one… Something falls,
something moves on Like moths gone berserk… they’re all crazy here The gust of wind,
and the surroundings… they’re like wine
for the crazy Why be sad when there’s
wine flowing Why does the soul seek
something by the seas Wine is for the crazy Why mingle with them? Let’s sing together…
the weather is lovely Go on… don’t lie Have patienc,e, crazy guys This weather and
the blowing breeze… they’re like wine
for the crazy Who are you?
Your mother. Mother? No.
You are not my mother. My father has lots of hair
on his head. You are bald. What’s going on?
She’s not recognising us. Don’t panic.
We doctors call it amnesia. If hit heavily on the head or
getting an emotional shock… some people lose
their memoy at times. The way your daughter is talking,
she seems about 6- 7 years old. She can remember only upto
that particular age. Whatever happened after that,
she has no recollection. When she was 6 years old you must’ve
been prew young, with lots of hair. Yes, l did.
And l was thin too then. She remembers that look.
Thus no recognition now. You mean she’ll remain
like this forever? No. Don’t wory. This is a temporay
phase. Will not last forever. 95% people get their memoy back. For how long?
How much time will it take? Can’t say. Could be a few days
or even few months. But yes, psychiatric treatment
will help get her better sooner. How to go about it?
l have a good friend. Psychiatrist. Take your daughter to him. She may
have to be kept in a nursing home. l had heard of XXX Rum,
Hercules Rum, but Samson? So what? It’s rum isn’t it?
Honestly, you’re hopeless. But l’ve never heard of
this particular brand before. You just did wo minutes back.
There’ll be some new brands soon. It may be of any brand, but
the stuff should be strong! Here.
What nonsense! You know l don’t touch such things.
You’ll not only touch it… but drink it too. Come on. Why are you bleating
like a sheep? We’ve met after five years!
Can’t you take two sips for me? No.
You better. Else… l’ll force a bottle down your throat.
No. You won’t, eh? l’ll count upto 3
and then let go of this glass. One…two… three. What are you doing? Hold on.
One adds soda to it before drinking. It’s so bitter.
How do you drink it? It’s needs a bit of experience
and lots of practice. It’s not your cup of tea.
Give me that. See? One drop in you, and
it voiced its opinion! How about some fun to go with? You are so dimminded. You mean you haven’t…
done anything as yet? You idiot! But why? Didn’t need to.
What? Say that again. No, don’t. lt’s sacrilege. One doesn’t suppress
one’s natural instincts. They are to be released like a movie. But l think you are not well.
l’ll take you to a doctor. What if l get some infection?
What?! Infection? Government checks them thoroughly
and then issues a licence. You mean, Govt. checks all this too?
Of course. Hello Mr Paintal. Long time no see.
What can l say? It is the end of the month, and
l’ve also other expenditures. That’s true. Don’t you think she’s a bit old? A bit..- eh? l could hit you! She’s the Madam.
Will l bring you here for her? The real stuff is inside. So… how are you, Mr Paintal?
Fine. And who’s this little master?
Looks like a greenhorn to me. My friend from a hill station.
He lives there. Hill station?
Must be vey cold there. Anway, people find some way or
the other to keep warm! Children… My dear children… Gulabi…
She’s learning music these days. Vocal?
Flute. My dear…
Go in. Well little master, what
would you like? Tea. He’s vey shy, you see. First timer.
A poor simple fellow. An inauguration, eh?
You’re vey lucky, sir. l’ve just the piece for you.
You’ll go well together. Where’s that Reshmi?
Here she is. Why are you hiding behind that?
Come foward. If you just stand like that…
Come and sit down. Will you keep standing like that? Don’t be scared.
l won’t do anything. Please sit down. l won’t force myself on you.
Please come. l didn’t even do anything,
and you hit me so hard? What the hell did l do? If you didn’t like me,
you should’ve said so outside. See this.
How hard you hit me. l told him l didn’t wish
to go to such a place. But he forced me to come.
l was scared. l got scared you see.
That’s why. lt’s hurting you a lot, isn’t it? l was scared… vey scared.
That’s why. Give us some time. If she went from the Nursing Home,
where did she go? If we knew that wouldn’t we
bring her here? We know that the gate was open
and she went away somewhere. We’re enquiring in the area
and if need be, we’ll search. May l sit down? You’re not looking for a glass
to hit me again with, are you? l had struck quite sorly. Really? Sorly, eh? Then l wonder how you
hit hard! You’d have broken my skull. Does it hurt?
No. Your kind name?
Yes? What’s your name? Nehalata.
What? But don’t they call you Reshmi?
My name is not Reshma. Here they call me that.
But why? What do they call you at home? At home, my mother…
she calls me Latti. And my father calls me Neha. How? Where do you live? You know that temple? l live there.
There is a pond near it. Which temple? Where lots of pigeons perch.
And when you clap, they all fly away. That temple. The temple with pigeons. Your age? How do l know? What’s your father’s name? Father’s name? Mother’s?
Mother? Her name is Raiu. Raju?
But that’s a man’s name. That’s what dad calls her. Raju… could be Rajani,
Raieshwari… What’s wrong?
Why are you cying? Mom… l want my mom. Where’s your mother? Where will we find her? l don’t know.
l want my mom! l want my mom. How did you land in this place? l was staying with a doctor.
One man said… he’ll take me to my mother.
l agreed. But he left me here and went away. l don’t like this house.
l feel scared here. Many grown up men come here. They’ve not given me food for
the past 2 days. l’m so hungy. l don’t like it here.
l’ll run away somewhere. Where will you go?
Anwhere. l want to go to my mother. l don’t think what you’re doing
is correct. Think again. l’ve given it a lot of thought
and then come to this decision. l want to take Reshmi out.
Out? No, she’s vey stubborn. Never mind. l’ll bring her back
in the morning. Listen to me. Her brain’s conky.
l think she’s a mental case. And if she creates a havoc
where you’re taking her, then… l’ll get a bad name.
After all l’ve self respect too. l’ll find you somebody better… Nothing will happen. You won’t heed, will you?
Once you decide… it’s final. Thank God you got a 1st class.
lf you had to travel with her… in a 2nd class, you’d have died.
Look how she’s sitting. Don’t get me wrong.
But this seems senseless. There is still time.
Think again. Icecream! That one too. Money? Go on… pay him. Want some? No. You can take a lick if you wish. Get up… Sit over there.
Hold this. Now sit down. Okay Somu.
Take care and write to me. Isn’t that dicey man coming here?
Don’t say such things. Rain…
Yes. Hold it over your head. Whose hanky is this? What’s your name? Somu… Somprakash.
You’ve two names? No. You can use either. It’s so cold here.
Why is it so cold here? Because of these hills.
Why are the hills so cold? Because they are so high, and
it’s cold where there’s height. Why is it cold at heights?
Because… It’s been like that since beginning.
Which beginning? Tell me.
Oh boy! Hello Balua. everything fine?
Master? When did you come? Just now. Now what’s the matter? What’s all this?
What? This thing here. That’s a tree.
Eucalyptus. Never mind. Don’t try so hard.
Just say Nilgiri. Who are you? What are you doing here?
Aren’t you cold? Granny… You’ve come? Bless you.
All your letters are inside. Heard you had sent a wire…
Were you ill? No. Just an excuse to
extend my leave. Is this your house?
Yes. Who’s this hag?
Granny. Lives next door. Which door? Who’s this girl?
l’ll tell you. Come on in. What’s your name? Your name.
Don’t you know? l’ll tell you. Shall l?
Your name is… Hariprasad. You know nothing about her.
Neither her past nor future. And you say she’s mentally retarded.
Even then you brought her here? You should’ve found out
something about her. What can l say? l found her
where she shouldn’t have been. Like a destitute. l couldn’t
leave her there and come. You mean you are going
to keep her here? With you? What’s wrong in that? l’m alone.
l have nobody either. But what will people say?
To hell with them! Will people take care of me
in my old age? Do they care? Or have they brought a proposal
to settle me? And how long will you take care
of me as a neighbour? l don’t know Granny.
But l liked her the moment l saw her. Sir, Madam wis hes to see you. Okay. Tell her l’ll see her
after the school. You wanted to see me? Please sit. You can sit back and relax.
Nobody will say anything. Bought a new shirt?
No, l got it stitched. Is Mr Mukherjee in?
He has gone to Bangalore. You had wired that you were ill. Were you really ill, or was it
iust to extend your leave? Actually to extend my leave. l thought so too.
Can this body be ever sick? l think l’ll go now.
Why? What’s the hury? l’ve some chores to finish.
Listen… You’re going by the estate?
Yes. Then l’ll come with you.
l’m bored sitting here all day. Come on… When l came as the 2nd wife
of your boss… l didn’t imagine that life
could be so boring. l find days hard to pass.
They seems to drag. l had so many plans,
seen so many dreams, but…! everything seems so beautiful
from afar. What time do you sleep at night? What time do you sleep? At nights.
About 11 pm. What do you do till so late? l have my dinner by 9:30 pm.
Then l read for about an hour. Your boss sleeps off by 7:30!
Do you know that? l suppose at 55, l too will
hit the sack by 7:30 pm! l think l’ll make a move now. It’s late, isn’t it?
Yes. Take this.
Don’t you want it? We’ve leR no stone unturned.
But what can l do? Please give us more time. If you start worying, who’ll
give courage to your wife? O life, do e,mbrace me For l have embraced evey
sorrow that you have given me Embrace me, O life Away from the world,
quite secretly… l have made a family
for myself in my dreams In you l have
found support, O life Your support l now have, O life Embrace me, O life Haven’t l embraced every sorrow
you have given me…? It was just a shadow,…
to my eyes it brought tears And l have now come
to cherish it My shores l have found,
O life l have anchored at last Embrace me, O life Don’t you feel cold at all?
Neither you wear warm clothes… nor do you cover your body. So how can cold survive
in such heat? Come here. Go home now. Go on. Let me come to school today.
l told you not to come there. Don’t go here and there. Go home.
l’ll come home in the evening. Okay? What?
l said… Somu is vey bad.
He never takes me to school. Never mind, Hariprasad.
We’ll play at home. Listen. Didn’t you go to school?
What’s your name? So my dear gentleman, whether
old or young, Hindu or Muslim… Ramu and his brother Shamu
salute you all. Ramu, salute. Well done!
Now watch Ramu’s dance. Dance Ramu.
One, wo, three… go! If somebody like you comes
in my life, it may make my life. Well done, Ramu.
Applause. Roll over now. Quick. Well done. Enoug,h, son. Ramu, your father wants water.
Take it to him. Not obeying, eh? Strange.
What’s wrong? Your mother wants water.
Take it to her. He refuses to take it?
Rascal! But what do l do? Your wife wants water.
Take it… Iook at him! Henpecked husband! Dance Ramu… dance. Dance Ramu. Dance , I said! A fine handler you are! Take. Hold it. What are you doing?
l get scared. If you hit a monkey,
he’ll do the same. How nice.
Do it again. Okay? Jump Ramu. Jump Ramu. Stop! Stop!
You’re naughty, eh? l’ll hit you. What do l say now?
Roll over. Roll over. Oh yes! Rol,l, over, Ramu. Yes. Once more. Once more. Stop! Salute first. Pick it up now. Take it to her.
Your mom wants water. Your father wants water.
Take it to him. You won’t? Don’t know what to say.
Wife. Your wife wants water.
Take it to her. Honestly doggie, l’ve tied such a
fine ribbon, and you don’t even look. The stupid thing
sleeps the whole day. Shall l put a bindi on
your forehead? Hold on. What’s it? l want… a little bit of ink. What? What do you want? What for?
To put a bindi on the dog. Bindi for the dog?
Yes. The ink is on top of the cupboard.
l’ll have to climb up. Then get it down. Now!
No! Later on. Go and play with your doggie. l’ll get it down. Don’t. l’ll get it down later.
Now go and play. Oh God! My school…
Didn’t l say… Didn’t l say l’d give it later?
What was your hury? Monkey! Do you know, tomorrow
is our inspection? If you don’t put Bindi on him
will your dog end up a celibate? Hey, what ‘s all this? Granny… What happened?
He’s always yelling at me. Why Somu? Why do you scold
this poor kid? Kid? Look what she has done. She has grown like an ass, but
has cottons for brains! Don’t say that. The poor thing
doesn’t know anything. What did you do, my dear? To put a bindi on my doggie,
l asked for some ink. l asked for just this much.
And he said he’d give it later. l thought l’d take it myself.
l climbed up, but l fell down. What could ,l, do, Granny? You should’ve given it to her.
No. You keep quiet, Granny. You’ve spoilt her completely.
Look. He’s scolding you too. Don’t look at him.
He’s looking at me! Quiet! l didn’t do it on purpose. l climbed and fell down.
What could l do? Over! It’s all over. What happened?
Nothing. The food is ready. There’s a big tall girl in the house
but l’ve to do all the work. Don’t call me names.
Sorry. Not tall but a useless girl! Don’t cry dear. You want food?
Eat with me. Where’s my wallet?
The wallet. l don’t know Gran.
l didn’t even see it. l asked where’s my wallet? l don’t know!
Then what do you know? Who kept it, if not you?
lt didn’t grow wings to fly off! Look. It’s always like this.
He fights with me. Hush, my dear. l’m going.
Where? To hell. Don’t break anymore things.
Stay put in one place. Don’t you dare talk to me again. Such temper! What’s this? Such a big bag!
Weekly shopping? No, l iust went to get some bread. Why didn’t you cook today? l didn’t get time to cook
due to some other chores. Come with me then..
What? For lunch. Well you see…
Look, Somu, we aren’t untouchables. Nothing will happen
if you lunch with me. Nonsense! That’s not it.
l’ll come… some other time. But when? When…? Next Saturday. l’ll wait for you. Why keep these old newspapers?
They are to be sold off. That’s me. This is your daughter? May l speak to Inspector David? l’m Malhotra speaking.
There’s a gentleman with me. He says he has seen my daughter
going in a train from V.T. station. Really? In that case,
bring him here immediately. l’ll wait for you. What are you doing here? And why have you got this ribbon on
like a girl? Want to eat or not? Granny, where’s Reshmi?
She was in the house iust now. She’s not there now.
Then she must be playing nearby. Had Reshmi come here?
No. Found her? Where could she have gone?
No idea. This rain on top too. Why did you scold her?
She cried so much. Where can she be?
Must be sulking somewhere. Where did you go leaving me
all alone? l thought you fought with me
and went away. No… where will l go without you? You won’t leave me, will you?
No. Liar! You’ll leave me and go away. l’ll never ever leave you. Promise? l’m vey hungy.
Do you have anything to eat? l’ve got some fruits and bread. l don’t like bread. Do you have some rice?
This much will do. l’ll make some rice now. But
no vegetable. Got burnt, remember? Will you have it with pickles?
Yes. l’m not angy with you now.
l’ll talk to you. How will l eat?
l don’t have any hands. Then what are these?
But they are inside. So what do you want me to do?
Feed me. Please feed me. Get aside. Don’t speak while eating.
Okay? Open your mouth.
You eat first. l’ll eat later. One doesn’t speak while eating. To my eyes, please give
a dream so beautiful Before my sleep disappears,
O companion… take over my eyes To my eyes,
give a dream so beautiful Give me a dream
that’s nice Give me someone
l can call my own A bit of the unknown;
and yet something l recognise… Something light…
like the dewdrops Something silkier than silk To my eyes, grant
a dream so beautiful Before my sleep vanishes… come unto my eyes It’s you who stays with me
through the nights It’s you who makes
my slumber such a pleasure Do me this favour,
grant me an eyefull… of this dream that lingers
in my mind and eyes forever To my eyes then…
grant a dream Before my sleep vanishes… come unto my eyes You go home.
l’ll come later. Has the master gone? What’s his name? What?
Hariprasad. A vey nice name indeed. Why haven’t you put
a collar on him? A collar. Where’s the need?
He won’t go anwhere without me. A collar is not put for that.
lt shows that it’s a pet. Else it becomes a stray.
Stray? What’s that? It means… a street dog,
which is shot by the Municipal staff. Even l had one. And because he didn’t
have a collar they shot him down. Really? Yes. Look over there. That’s where he’s buried. That?
Yes. Where will l get the collar? Collar… l’ve got one. Want it? Come. That collar… it’s here?
Yes. Come along. Sit down. Collar?
Of course. Where did you find him? lt was wandering opposite our house. Really? l want the collar.
Oh! Hold on. You’ll get a collar now. Let me go!
Shut up! Somu…
Don’t yell. Shut up! What happened?
Had a fall? Then what happened? That Balua… He said he’d give a collar
for my doggie. A collar? For the dog?
Yes, to put it around his neck. He took me to an apartment, and… And?
And… Where’s Balua? Where’s Balua?!
l don’t know. l’ll kill you! l’ll kill you! Where did you leave the dog?
Here itself. He could be here.
How can he be there? Come on. My God! Why are you laughing at him?
Look at him. He reminds me of that fox
who fell in the dye. Which fox?
The one in the stoy. Which stoy?
l’ll tell you some other day. Tell me now!
No! Look how wet he is. If you don’t dy him,
he’ll catch a cold. Yes. So come along. What’s a camel?
In Hindi it’s OONT. What is it?
It’s camel… No. It’s an animal… Iong neck,
runs like a horse. The one that the Arabs
ride in the desert. Has long legs…
A camel. Didn’t l give you a packet?
Packet? A paper packet.
When did you give it? What! l did give it to you. Oh, that one?
Yes. Where is it? When l went to call granny,
l put it through the window. Window? Which one? Go and get it.
Get up. Run! What’s this? Sari! Go and put it on.
Me? Then shall l wear it? But l don’t know how to wear it.
Oh? How wondewul! Shall l tell the world?
Sure. Oh boy! What a sample! What is it?
Nothing. No big deal. Where’s the end? Here we are.
First, tuck the end in the petticoat. Okay?
Then turn around. Once, and then once more.
Okay? Now pick this end up, and
put it on your leR shoulder. Hold on. We’ve still
to do the pleats. You know… in and out.
Like this. Like this, and this. Your turn. Not here. Inside. Turn around. Why are you laughing? Nothing. Tell me that stoy.
The one you had referred to. Stoy? Which one? When my doggie had fallen in that tub. That stoy.
Which one? A iackal… lt wasn’t a iac kal, but a fox. The same one. No! No! Get up.
Go and sit over there. Get off! Why do you beat me?
Then what? Put your feet down. Don’t you want to hear the stoy? Then shut this. One minute. Is this the stoy?
Yes, so? So why must you do
the exercises? The stoy of the fox.
Say what? The stoy of the jack…
l mean the fox. Once upon a time,
in the forests… Once upon a time, there lived
a fox in the forest He was a scoundrel;
cunning and wicked There was this settlement outside
the forests where he went eveyday Once upon a time, there lived
a fox in the forest… The dogs of the locality
once spotted him What happened then? They gave him a chase
and surrounded him When he could think of nothing else,
the fox iumped over the wall Nothing to worry Lady. Where were we? Somu fell down.
Not Somu. The fox. What have you done?
Your hair’s all spoilt. My little monkey. Across the wall was a coumard
in which lay a vessel A vessel so blue So what was it?
Blue! The fox fell in the vessel
and was soiled He had muck all over him When all the dogs ran away,
the fox came out of the pot. And when he reached the jungle,
he was all blue from top to toe. All the animals wondered,
Who’s this new animal? l know.
What? Fox! Silly! Where did you come from? All the animals got scared. Looks
blue from top, but red underneath. The fox then made a smart move.
What did he do? He roared,
l’m the king. l’m the king of the forests God has sent me here Careful. Even the tiger wagged his tail,
and turned yellow in the face. The monkey is red in the face.
But fear made it yellow. Eveyone in the forest started
filling the water Why?
They thought he was Lord Incarnate They started serving him Attention!
Here comes His Maiesty Days after, something happened
in the iungle. Why are you scared?
Why are you making such noise? l’m not making noise.
l’m acting like lightning. Lightning? But weren’t you
the fox before? l’m evey character.
Okay. Don’t do that. What happened next? One rainy day,
the foxes were dancing The bluefox was carried away,
he wanted to sway too He began to sing… Eveybody knew who it was
he was exposed and caught They beat him up so much,
all the colour was washed away He was beaten black and blue Look mister… there’s a fragrance
in my song’ My body’s on fire;
the passions rage… without you The sizzling evenings…
remind me of you To engulf you in my arms…
l pine Things cold…
l do not like No liquor quenches
my thirst l miss you so Lost l am, in lonely nights;
Drowned in oceons of desire l lie there… pining.
And night passes Had you to be with me
at such times… l have been through
a iourney of dissatisfaction… without you Come in. Sit down. l thought you wouldn’t come. Nothing. No, l don’t have anything
before dinner. l meant to ask you before.
What’s wrong with your leg? What can l say?
Better if you don’t ask. Okay.
No, l’ll tell you. And why not? l fell in the garden.
All those roses out there! They pricked me. Not the roses,
but their thorns. Look, l’ve put a bandaid on it,
even then it hurts. Shouldn’t one take an injection
if one is pricked by a thorn? Yes, if on e wishes. That will pain even more.
Look how hard this has become. Touch it and see. Go on t,ouch it. Don’t you understand? No madam. The thing is…
l’m also a human being. Made of flesh and blood.
Maybe even more than others. For the past 5 years, l’m
on your husband’s payroll. How many times have l told you
not to iump about like a monkey? Come along. l’m doing this for you.
lf you behave like this in public… what will people think?
They will think you’re crazy. Come on. Oh! So Madam is angry, eh? And she wont even smile? Not even slightly? Now don’t cy. Grown as tall as a palm… Not you, but this tree here. Oh! Just a minute. Out! Your foot touched it.
No, it didn’t. Yes! l saw it.
l’ll hit you. l saw it. This girl says that there’s a man
in the next village… who cures cases like Reshmi.
People say he’s a great man. Take Reshmi to him. Does she have an ailment that
can be cured by herbs and roots? He has great healing powers.
Even the educated agree on this. It won’t harm you if you
take her there iust once. If she’s born like this
then l can’t do anything. But if she has amnesia
due to some other reasons… or if her intellect is stunted
due to some childhood iniuy… she can be certainly cured. l don’t know if she’s born like this
or something happened in beween. If you want l can ty once.
There’s no question of any harm. But how long will it take?
Just one day. Bring her here tomorrow.
l’ll give her a potion to drink. She’ll become unconscious after some
time, and remain so till evening. In the unconscious state
l’ll use a few remedies on her. Nothing is in my hands, son.
lt is all His will. If He wishes, the girl
will be normal as she awakens. Tomorrow bring her after her bath and matins.
early, Drink this, my dear.
Just a little bit. Drink it up. Take courage. By the grace of God
everything will be fine. You people can go now.
Come back by 4 pm. Granny! Granny, you go home.
l’ll come later. Where are you going?
Please go. l’ll follow later. l’ve been looking all over for you.
And you are sitting here? Why, what happened?
The police came looking for you. When?
In the afternoon. l’ve been looking for you since.
And yes… Reshmi’s parents are with them too.
Where are they now? At that sage’s place.
Even the police? Yes son. Mom! Mom! What’s wrong Mom? Why have you brought me here? l forgot! l had an accident, right?
How are the others? Are they all right?
Yes dear. How do l thank you, sir?
Thank the Almighty. He cured your daughter.
But if you wish to thank a man… then thank that young man
who brought her here so lovingly. We never found him even though
we looked for him everywhere. What’s this? You’ve put on
such babyish frocks on me? Did you tie this ribbon too? Sir, you got you girl, but
we still haven’t found our boy. Boy?
The one who took away your daughter. Why go into all that now?
The sage said he’s a school master. Must be a good soul.
Let him go now. Maybe it was God’s will
that he gets my daughter cured. Why go to the court now? You wish to withdraw your complaint?
Yes. You can take it that way,
if we’re to end this tension. For that you will have to come to
the police station and sign papers. Okay. What happened?
The girl is cured completely. By God’s grace she is cured fully.
But tell me, who was she? How did you find her?
Even the police were with them. l’ll explain everything later.
First tell me, where did they go? Said they were going to the city.
To Bombay, by the 4 pm train.