Bandini Kamala | বন্দিনী কমলা | Bengali Movie | English Subtitle | Sarika Thakur, Pradip Mukherjee

Bandini Kamala | বন্দিনী কমলা | Bengali Movie | English Subtitle | Sarika Thakur, Pradip Mukherjee


Karthik! Karthik! What’s going on, there? Karthik.. – Yes, ma’am. Did you see the bride? Isn’t she beautiful? – Yes, ma’am. She is very beautiful. Go and see what he needs. Sir! Sir! Sir! Karthik, where were you? What’s going on, in our house? Today is Ranjit’s wedding. Daughter-in-law has come home. – Daughter-in-law? Yes. She is very beautiful. She has the grace of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi? No.. Come in. Move! C’mon, move. Let her come inside. Come, dear. Come to me. My grandson’s wife! My darling daughter-in-law. My mom and dad. They passed away when I was too young. Since then, I’ve grown up amidst my grandma.. ..uncles and aunts. Who is this? – This? He is my dad’s eldest brother. I’ve been observing him for years. He is a little abnormal. He doesn’t talk to anyone. He stays with us. Let me see. That’s my youngest uncle and his wife. Uncle is a gentleman.. ..but there’s a flaw in him. Most of the time, he doesn’t return home at night. You will like his wife. This is your husband’s photograph. The great actor. He has yet another identity. What is it? An ideal lover! I mean it. Do you want to test me? – No.. No.. Hey! Listen.. What is it? It’s raining. No, it’s not. It’s raining. Listen carefully. The waves were roaring in the sea, all night. Didn’t you hear the sound? The sound is still echoing in my ears. No, Chandramukhi. Don’t touch me. I feel disgusting. I know how much I hate you. I’ll hate you forever, but I’ll still keep coming to your
place. I have nothing more to do, in life. Does anyone understand
that? People sin and they get away. I come here to release my grief. I could find no better place than your abode.. ..where I can come to attain solace. Accusations, blames, humiliation, harassment and torture.. …how much do I.. What made you laugh? Haven’t you been able to memories your lines as yet? You’re stuck in embroidery. When will you finish it? Deb, promise me, you will never drink again. Can anyone do anything? – Of course. Can you elope with me, right now? What?! You cannot do it. Similarly, I cannot quit drinking. Paru, go home! Parvati, it’s not good to get annoyed. It will boost one’s arrogance. Moon takes up different shapes and there are so many stains
in it. Come, let me make some stains on your face too. You like to see your face so frequently. Listen. -Yes, what is it? Where do you live? Behind that garden. What’s your name? – Gunda. Gunda?! Will you play with us? Yes, let’s go. – Come. I can’t match your speed. Wait, I’m coming. Have this. – Give. How is it? Is it sweet? – No. Do you see Goddess Lakshmi’s house? An owl comes there every
day. Did you see it? – Yes, so many times. Goddess Lakshmi resides there, hence your family is so
wealthy. Is that so? “Let us tell you the tale of Mr. Rai Bahadur and family.” “Husband, his wife and a mistress add spice to the story.” “Let us tell you the tale of Mr. Rai Bahadur and family.” “Husband, his wife and a mistress add spice to the story.” I saw something this morning. – What did you see? “The younger son of the family came home drunk like a fish!” And in the evening? – “He snores in the evening and stays up
at night.” “He does not sleep, all night.” “And so, day becomes night and night becomes day for him.” “Day becomes night, night becomes day.” “Night becomes day, for him!” “His heart aches for someone, all night. He is in pain.” “It can be clearly seen on his face.” “Three generations of his family has been following the
same.” “His great grandpa started this practice.” “Now, what?” – “The story is over. He walked in a slumber,
back home.” “He walked in a slumber, back home.” “We change colors and keep gossiping about him.” “We change colors and keep gossiping about him.” “This is the tale of the strange family!” Raju! Rajeshwari.. Please massage my head. Are you angry? Are you upset, because I go to the courtesan? I’ve had enough of that. No one is more important to me, than you. That’s only during the day. What about night? Let me sleep for a while. A necklace or a chain! Tell me what you want. Do you want a necklace or a chain? I know the reason. Govindapur matter is settled, isn’t it? – Yes. In that case, I want both. One for me and one for our daughter. We will have to give her something. Not only ornaments, we’ll give her everything. My name is Brij Vallabh Rai. I’ll find a way out.. ..so that Mr. Bhattacharjee comes running to take her back
home. I wonder when he’ll come. If I’m no more by then, she’ll
have ornaments. A husband is his wife’s ornament. I’m here for you. So don’t worry. Monu is my responsibility. Get me some tea. Gunda, wait. I’ll catch you for sure. Gunda, stop! This time, I won’t let you go. No.. I caught you. C’mon. Madam, I was coming to you. Give me your list. Tell me. – I want nothing. – Nothing? No. – But, why? What about the balm, Mr. Kanoshi uses for his headache? You’ll need that, won’t you? – Yes, I need that. I’ll buy that. Don’t you need some fried snacks? No, I don’t need them. – Don’t you? Then tell me what you want. Vermilion, ‘Alta’, powder? I want nothing. – Nothing at all? Wait. If someone is going to the city.. What do you mean? I’m going to the city. Tell me what you want. A book. – Book? Yes. It’s for Moni. I want to give it to her. She has great interest in reading. Get it whenever possible. – Okay. Which book do you want? Bankim Chandra’s poetries. Any of his work. Bankim Chandra?! – Yes. Wow! – Have you read him? No, I haven’t. My wife reads a lot. She is a bookworm. I see. I haven’t seen your wife since long. Ask her to come. – I’ll surely tell her. Bankim.. It’s alright. I’ll remember. ‘Newly wed girl.’ “Daughter-in-law.’ You! Why did you call me? Nole.. Nole.. Nole! Nole! Nole.. Give me a betel leaf. Why did you give me? Where’s Nole? Where did he go? Daughters-in-law are not supposed to do such chores, in this
family. Don’t roam around in the afternoon. Come and sleep. No, I can’t sleep in the afternoon. Do as you wish. Let me sleep. The new daughter-in-law.. She is as beautiful as a Goddess. Her behaviour is nice too. She never makes any excuses. – Never. Hey! – I’ll take care of them. He is coming this side. Run, all of you! Run! He is here! Run! You.. – C’mon, hurry up. Run! – Wait! Will you do this again? I won’t spare you today. Naughty boys! You bunked your school class.. ..and are playing around in our garden. I’ll punish you all, for running away from school. I’ll punish you. I will.. I’ll teach you Geography. What is to the north of our
country? Hi.. – Hi.. What’s that? Don’t you know the answer? Himalaya is in the north. What’s towards the south? You people hardly study anything. Study well. North, South. East.. Sorry. East this side and West. Latitude, longitude, north pole, south pole. Learn well. What’s a longitude? Longitude! I mean, longitude! Don’t you know what it is? Don’t you know? Catch your ears. Naughty boys! – Gunda, are you ready? ‘Where are you?’ – If they move, hit them. Break their head. They run away from school, every day. Naughty boys! – Srihari, what’s wrong? Nothing, madam. I was teaching Geography to these boys. I was punishing them for running away from school. Alright. I’ll handle them. You go. – Alright. Were you learning geography? Good. If you answer a riddle I ask, I’ll let you all go. Did you bunk school? Take your hands off. “Had north been south, what would have south been?” “Had north been south, what would have south been?” “What names would we have given to the directions? Give me
an answer.” “What names would we have given to the directions? Give me
an answer.” “Had north been south, what would have south been?” “What, if we call midnight as midnoon?” “What, if it suddenly rains in summer?” “What, if we call midnight as midnoon?” “What, if it suddenly rains in summer?” “What, if everyone sweats on a chilly winter night?” “What would have happened?” “Had north been south, what would south been?” “What, if the alphabets were round?” “What, if the alphabets were round?” “What, if the shield was a sword?” “And what, if the sword was a shield?” “What, if the horses were tigers and the tigers were
horses?” “What, if the horses were tigers and the tigers were
horses?” “What, if the tigers..” “..lived like human beings, amidst us?” “What would we have called human beings, if that happened?” “C’mon, give me an answer.” “Had north been south, what would have south been?” “What names would we have given to the directions? Give me
an answer.” “Had north been south, what would have south been?” “Had north been south, what would have south been?” Are you listening? The new daughter-in-law.. ..keeps wandering around the tamarind trees, in the
afternoon. She loiters with the gardener’s son and steals tamarinds. Shut up. She is young too. She doesn’t know to upkeep the traditions of your family. How will she adjust here? You got her from another state. Why? Didn’t you find beautiful girls in Bengal? Will you let me sleep, or keep talking? Where were you so long? Aunt! You need not cover your head, in front of me. Here’s your book. Sit. No one in our family is well educated. You’re different from us. Your brother has educated you, hasn’t he? After my mom’s demise, my dad was on tour, most of the time. Sooner, he passed away too. My elder brother brought me up. In three months, you’ve embroidered three words. ‘As a blessing to the thorns in me..’ ‘..a rose bud will blossom.’ Now that you’ve come.. ..everything will fall in place. Well, how will you address me? Call me mother.. No, call me mom. C’mon, call me mom. Won’t you call me? Mom! Moni, my child! Have you given money to Suprabha’s mom, Habu.. ..to meet this month’s expenses? No, I haven’t. But I will give her. I was wondering how long will we help outsiders? You know nothing but.. ..court cases and litigations. Being a rich man is not all that matters. One needs to earn people’s love and respect. What were you telling me about your elder brother’s land in
Salimpur? I was saying that the land is under litigation. Brother won’t be able to visit the court quite often. Why don’t you transfer it to me? – No, that’s not possible. Everyone is greedy. Mother, give all my property to Karthik. Okay? But I won’t give my binoculars. I won’t, because I will have to keep a watch over everyone. Son, go to your room. Karthik! – Yes, madam? Give him medicine. – No, I won’t have it, mother. I feel sleepy after having the medicine. There’s too much work to be done. – Let’s go, sir. Obey your mother. Come and have your medicine. – No, I
won’t! Mother, I want to have sweet. I’ll have sweet! Come with me, sir. I’ll give you sweets. Mother, from the revenue that you get from brother’s
estate.. ..can you give me a fixed amount, every month? Are the court cases going to help in any way? Why don’t you get into a settlement out of court? Now, things have changed. We’ll definitely win this case.. ..like we won the Govindpur land. Ranjit’s wife is a lucky charm for us. Bahadur.. ..does your wife pray at Lakshmi’s place, every evening? –
Yes, she does. She hasn’t been able to conceive as yet. And it’s proved.. ..Ranjit’s wife is lucky for us. Let her light the lamp at Goddess Lakshmi’s place. Karthik, where are you going? I’m taking lunch for sir. Give it to me. I’ll serve him. Everyone thinks he is insane. But he is well educated and still, sitting at home. Does that mean he is insane? Moni, I know everything. I know him better than anyone else. I’ve brought him up. He has been with me, day and night. I don’t care what people
think he is. Sir, I’ve brought your lunch. No one comes to his room. You’re the only one who came. Ma’am, please keep his plate down. Tell me something. Who lives on a lotus petal? Goddess Lakshmi. – That’s not the complete answer. The one who stands on a lotus flower is known as ‘Kamala’. ‘Moni! Where are you?’ Shall I go? Won’t you come again? I’ll come. ‘Newly wed bride.’ Did you call me, mom? Yes, where had you been? – I was in eldest uncle’s room. I liked him so much. You’re good and so, you like everyone. He never talks to anyone. Did he talk to you? – Yes, he did. I’m surprised. – He asked me to come again. Do you practice black magic? Look at Bichu. – ‘Newly wed bride’. It keeps calling your name. I fed it all these years and now.. ‘Newly wed bride.’ Wait, I’ll teach you a lesson. I will make you starve from now. I hope the hall is.. ..clean and organised. – Yes, sir. Listen, clean the entire hall and decorate it. Here’s a list. I’ve written down all that is required. Buy everything according to the quantity mentioned. Will
you? – Yes. From a foreign liquor shop. – Foreign liquor shop. This is for Hari Mishra. Give this note to Hari Mishra. He’ll arrange everything. One more thing. – What is it, sir? You will have to be with me, throughout the night. Will you? – At night? Of course, I will, sir. I’ve always been singing in parties and functions since I
was a child. In Biswaranjan’s opera, I’d played a part. – Well, make sure you arrange everything
properly. Rest assured, sir. – I won’t spare you if you make a
mistake. No, sir. Be rest assured. Listen. Keep the door open, tonight. I’ll come back home. Won’t you ask me the reason? How does it matter? So, you heard me. My friends insisted for a party as we won such a big court
case. So, I’ve organised a party in our banquet hall. There will be dance performance and also singing. Dance of an expensive courtesan! Why did you take the trouble of going all the way to banquet
hall? You could’ve called her here. People would not have got a chance to gossip about you. Raju, no one may understand me. But at least you do. You know why I go to the courtesan. Why I drink? Why I leave the house all alone, with a gun in my hand? Don’t you understand? Just because I love you.. Had you said this to me ten years ago, I would’ve
understood. It doesn’t look nice, today. You love me?! What do you know about love? You’re dirty, right from top to bottom. – What? Am I dirty? Yes. Do you want me to repeat? Don’t you look at yourself, in the mirror? You’re disgusting! – Rajeshwari! Let me go! Do you feel disgusting when I touch you? What, if I asked you the same question? What will you tell me? Will you have an answer? The problem is in you. You’re impotent! – How dare you! I don’t mind, beat me more if you want. How else will you prove, you are a real man? There’s a limit to everything. You won’t offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi from today. Brij! I have some work with you. Janardhan, please go out. I need to discuss something with Brij. Give me Rs 2000. 2000?! Where will I give it from? I’m almost bankrupt after spending so much for the case. You have no idea how expensive, cost of living is. I don’t ask you about the receipts. Why should I care for
the expenses? Don’t argue with me. I need the money. Okay. Do as you wish. Write your expenses and sign on it. I don’t know to make note of accounts. I’ve signed. You may write what you want. “Look, who I am.” “Do you recognise these eyes?” “You know not what love is.” “Please do not touch me.” “Look, who I am.” “Do you recognise these eyes?” “You know not what love is.” “Please do not touch me.” “Look, who I am.” – Wonderful. “Look at me..” “Look..” “Please look at me.” “Look, who I am.” “You know not what love is..” Who is singing that? “You know not..” A courtesan is singing. “You know..” In our house?! Don’t forget, it’s the house of landlords. Hey! Why don’t you dance? – Shut up! Do housewives dance? I see.. Just tell me you can’t dance. It’s okay. “Please do not touch me.” “Look, who I am.” “Look at me, darling. See who I am.” “My eyes and my face, it’s all the same.” “Please do not touch me, I’ll slip off like sand.” “I do not know, if you love me or not.” “Look at me, darling. See who I am.” “My eyes and my face, it’s all the same.” “Please do not touch me, I’ll slip off like sand.” “I do not know, if you love me or not.” “Look at me, darling. See who I am.” “Hold your glass of wine, like this.” “Take the support of a pillow and go into a trance.” “Hold your glass of wine, like this.” “Take the support of a pillow and go into a trance.” “Slip into a deep slumber.” “Look at me. Don’t you recognise me?” “Look at me, darling. See who I am.” “My anklets dance to my heart beats.” “My eyes can see only colors of your love.” “My anklets dance to my heart beats.” “My eyes can see only colors of your love.” “The more I stay away from you, the closer I get to you.” “My world revolves around you, my love.” “Look at me..” “Look, who I am.” “You know not what love is.” “Please do not touch me..” “Look, who I am.” ‘Dear brother, after coming here, I feel..’ ‘..as if time is lagging behind.’ ‘People here, go to sleep at 4pm.’ ‘Youngest aunt is quite lonely.’ ‘And there’s a servant to give..’ ‘..betel leaf to Thakurji.’ ‘Your brother-in-law..’ ‘..is not able to byheart his script of ‘Devdas’ even in 3
months.’ ‘Then there’s the eldest son of the family, Beera.’ ‘There’s a room in our garden, where they offer prayers to
Lakshmi.’ ‘Gunda says, an owl comes there every day..’ ‘..and Goddess Lakshmi is locked inside.’ ‘He thinks that’s why we have lot of money.’ ‘I don’t know whether to cry or laugh, hearing his talks.’ Moni.. – Mom! So, you’re here. Here. Wear this quickly. From now, you’ll light the lamp at Goddess Lakshmi’s place. Me?! But, why? I’ve turned old. Sit here. It’s our tradition that the youngest daughter-in-law offers
prayers. You have the grace of Goddess Lakshmi. Mom. – What is it? Shall I ask you something, if you won’t mind? Sure. Everyone says, Goddess Lakshmi is chained in our house. Is that true? No, it’s a lie! A lie? It’s all a lie. I’ve been offering my prayers to her, for the past ten
years. I never wronged anyone. Why didn’t I become a mother? Answer me! Lakshmi never heard my prayers. At times, I feel like drowning myself in river Ganga. Are you not ready as yet? Won’t you light the lamp at Goddess Lakshmi’s place? Go and tell mother, we’ll be there in a short while. Here, put this on. Drape this. Mom, why is Goddess Lakshmi’s place so far from our house? Come, my child. Offer your prayers. C’mon, offer your prayers. Light that lamp, every evening. Do you get it? And listen.. After lighting the lamp, on every Thursday.. ..sit here and read the ‘Pachali’. You do it for today. ‘Salutations to Goddess Lakshmi, the mother of the
universe.’ ‘Your throne is a lotus.’ ‘You’re adorned with all ornaments.’ ‘You listen to our prayers and bless us all, O generous
mother.’ ‘You’re the wife of Lord Vishnu, worshipped by the entire
Universe.’ ‘You give us good health and keep us calm.’ ‘You’re also called Kamala and are dear to Lord Vishnu.’ ‘Sitting on a lotus, You rule the entire universe.’ ‘You eradicate evil.’ ‘You bless the poor with wealth and fulfil everyone’s wish.’ ‘This is the end of ‘Lokki Stotram’. ‘I offer my salutations to Goddess Lakshmi and all other
Gods.’ ‘Bless us all.’ ‘O Mother, Vishnu’s better half, you free us from sorrows.’ ‘You are the benefactor of all.’ ‘We offer our prayers to you.’ As long as this door will remain locked.. ..Goddess Lakshmi is our captive. Did you understand? My mother-in-law had held Lakshmi,
captive here. Goddess Lakshmi is a captive, forever. ‘She locked Lakshmi in that room. After her demise.. ..sir’s health worsened. He was only 6 years old, then. He was always with his grandma. She looked as graceful as Goddess Lakshmi. Who else could Goddess Lakshmi have surrendered to? Is it possible to hold Goddess Lakshmi as captive? What? Yes, it’s possible. Isn’t that why you’re my captive? Am I your captive? – You want more money?! What do you need so much money for? A court case is going on. I never expected the court case will stretch this long. There are some legal proceedings to be completed. Even the lawyer has to be paid his fee. How much do you need? I think, we need 6000-7000 for now. Oh! God.. It’s a huge amount. Where do I.. Alright, borrow it from Sunderlal for now. We’ve already taken around 2 lakhs from him. So, what? He is charging us interest. He’ll give you money from the interest we pay. Just tell him I need it. – Alright, I’ll do so. But.. – You need not worry about the interest. Once the judgment comes out in our favor, we’ll have enough
money. Do you know, why? For the past 3 generations, Goddess Lakshmi have been our
captive. We’ll never have to face a financial crisis. Be rest
assured. Gunda! Where are you? Come, listen. What’s it? – Come, listen to this. Listen carefully. Goddess Lakshmi is walking inside. Do you hear the owl’s hoot? I think the Goddess is laughing. Listen. Go to sleep. – I’m not feeling sleepy. What’s wrong? I asked you to sleep. I’m not a child. You can’t force me to sleep. Alright, I’ll stop coming to your room then. Fine, do not come. I’m going to sleep. Srihari, listen to me. I’m talking to you. Don’t you hear me? I’m sorry. What is it? Do you want opium? I can’t get it today. Do you want betel? That’s not possible
either. Then do you want catechu? I brought so much for you the other day. Have you finished
it all? No, I was saying something else. – What is it, then? I was telling you to see what’s happening in sir’s room. –
What? There’s so much of dust on these books. No one seemed to have cleaned it. – What are you doing? Leave it! Just let it be. It’s Karthik’s job. – No! Let me clean. You move aside. Dear Moni, you’ll get tired of dusting. There are webs all around. Please change your dress. – No, I won’t change! It has become dirty. – I won’t change. No! – Change your clothes! Didn’t I tell you, she is Goddess Lakshmi herself? She’ll bring happiness back to everyone’s life. Wait and see. “It’s time to leave for my eternal abode.” “Bid me goodbye.” “Open the doors of heaven, so I can attain salvation.” “Bid me goodbye.” You sing so well! What are you saying? I’m too old to sing. But yes.. ..I used to sing well, when I was young. Now, I cannot control my breath while singing. I want to hear you sing, grandma. No, dear. – Please, sing. I won’t be able to sing. – Grandma, I want to hear. Will you sing with me? – Yes. Alright. “Bid me goodbye.” “Open the doors of paradise, so I can attain salvation.” “Bid me goodbye.” “The flower that blossoms, at midnight..” “..fades away once dawn breaks.” “I can hear someone calling me..” “..please come along.” “Leaving everyone behind with teary eyes, here I go.” “Bid me goodbye.” Listen.. I get breathless. You’re quite young. Raise the pitch and sing. Continue the song. “I came into this world, in darkness.” “Now, I’m leaving this world, shedding the dark.” “I came into this world, in darkness.” “Now, I’m leaving this world, shedding the dark.” “I spread love all around.” “But I can’t stay here, forever.” “I met so many people, but understood very few.” “I’m leaving them behind in tears, I’ve played my part.” “I met so many people, but understood very few.” “I’m leaving them behind in tears, I’ve played my part.” “Death is awaiting me, I need to walk alone from here.” “Who can I rely on, to tread my path?” “O dear flower, please tell me.” “Bid me goodbye.” “It’s time to leave for my eternal abode.” “Bid me goodbye.” “Open the doors of paradise, so I can attain salvation.” “Bid me goodbye.” “It’s time to leave for my eternal abode.” “Bid me goodbye.” Moni, I was a glutton as a kid. Lakshmi puja was celebrated in another place, then. – Okay. I used to follow grandma everywhere and collect offerings. Then I gulped the offerings down. Once I finished eating, I collected sweets again. I kept
eating. Moni, during that ‘puja’, something.. Something untoward happened. Suddenly, I felt heavy. My head started aching severely. I was not able to see anything, after that. It was so smoky. It was smoky all around. My head started spinning around. I felt giddy.. Then.. something.. My head is paining! Uncle! My father-in-law, Mr.. No! I can’t take his name. You tell me.. ..what you call the ladies whom Lord Krishna used to tease? Gopi? – Yes. Add Vallabh Rai to it. He had a dynamic aura. He was a well known personality. He could even scare the king of the jungle. He was very aggressive. But that’s not all.. ..he was also very colorful. Do you understand what I mean? Don’t laugh. Listen to me. At the age of 60.. ..he married for the second time. My step mother-in-law.. ..was so graceful. Like Goddess Lakshmi! What’s the other name for Lakshmi? Kamala. – Yes. She had a heart of gold. First stage of her life, she was very naive. In the second stage, she became smart and capable. And in her last stage of life, she took resort to God. I’m still following the legacy. Why are you laughing? Listen. The men in this family are philanderers. That’s why, I’m warning you. Keep your husband under your control. Do you understand? Tell me about Goddess Lakshmi. After my father-in-law’s demise.. ..all his property and assets were inherited by
mother-in-law. She gave all her responsibility to our manager, Kirthi
Ghosh. That was a time when our family was very wealthy. Manager, Kirthi Ghosh was running our family. No one had the courage to question him. Days passed by. My second son was an infant. Elder one was around 6 years old. On the 7th day of ‘Durga Puja’.. ‘Mr. Ghosh, did you think over my suggestion?’ ‘Yes..’ ‘..but I won’t do anything about it. – Manager!’ ‘Is this your final word?’ ‘Yes. Unless madam orders me..’ ‘..I cannot give the keys of the vault to anyone.’ ‘What about my orders?’ ‘Don’t forget, you are my employee.’ ‘Not you, madam is my boss.’ ‘Except her orders..’ ‘..I’m not committed to follow anyone else.’ ‘I’m the heir of the entire property.’ ‘As long as madam is alive..’ ‘..everything belongs to her.’ ‘You are no one. – Do you know what the consequences can
be?’ ‘I don’t want to know.’ ‘Go to your room, Mr. Vallabh.’ ‘Don’t get agitated.’ ‘I’ve been the manager of this property since two
generations.’ ‘My name is Kirthi Ghosh.’ ‘Son, don’t touch me now.’ ‘I’m helping out in offering prayers to the Goddess.’ ‘Last time, from the fair at Kumbh, I brought him this
binocular.’ ‘He keeps it around his neck even while sleeping at night.’ ‘What happened? What’s going on, here?’ ‘Kirthi!’ – Murder?! It’s a tradition to get rid of one’s enemy during ‘Durga
Puja’. Your husband’s grandpa.. ..that is, my husband.. ..would not have got all the property had he not murdered. After that incident.. ..my mother-in-law started leading a saintly life. She used to light the lamp here, and sit all alone. She stopped talking to everyone. On the night of ‘Lokki Puja’.. ..’the full moon night..’ ‘..when the moonlight was very vibrant..’ ‘..suddenly, dark clouds covered the sky and the moon.’ ‘It started thundering and lightening.’ ‘At that time, a girl opened the door..’ ‘..and walked inside the room.’ – ‘Who are you?’ ‘I’ve come from a far off place and I’m very hungry.’ ‘Will you please give me something to eat?’ ‘Yes, sure. Please come in.’ ‘Be seated. I’ll get you something to eat.’ ‘Please have it.’ – ‘Will you allow me to stay here,
tonight?’ ‘She could not have made a mistake in recognising her.’ ‘She was Goddess Lakshmi, herself.’ It was full moon
night..’ ‘..and it’s believed, the Goddess visits door to door..’ ‘..checking everyone’s house and asking..’ ‘Is someone awake?’ ‘Is anyone awake?’ ‘Is anyone awake?’ ‘I’ll allow you to stay here, on one condition.’ ‘As long as I don’t return..’ ‘..you won’t leave this place.’ Since then, Goddess Lakshmi is..’ ‘..held captive in this room.’ ‘Open the door!’ ‘Please open!’ Moni! You know something! I performed so well, today. My performance was wonderful. Right from the audience to the director of the play,
everyone said.. ‘He is a fantastic actor.’ What’s wrong? Why are you in a state of shock? Did anyone talk rudely to you? Did your grandpa really kill, to gain all the property? Yes, he did. It’s not a big deal for landlords. Is it not a big deal? Will Goddess Lakshmi ask for shelter in such a house? – Why,
not? I’ve been hearing the story since ages. Everyone believe it. I believe it. So should you. Do you know what my director said? That I’ve really got into the character of ‘Devdas’. And all women around me were Parvati. The female lead was so confused.. ..she forgot her dialogues and kept looking at me.. ..as if I was a prompter. He told me, I wasted so many scenes on her. And the manager.. – Is the Goddess.. ..held captive there since ages? Why are you asking me the same question? What’s your
problem? No, I don’t understand. You need not understand. You’re the daughter-in-law of this family. Just take care of
me. Why? Do you think I have no other work? Work?! What work are you talking about? The only work we’ve been doing since our childhood days is.. ..to give orders! Give orders?! What did you say? Have we lost the case? No! Men in Rai Bahadur’s family won’t give up so easily. Let us approach the High Court. We’ll pledge this house, if needed. You’ll need your elder brother’s permission for that. The house is in his name. – We just need his sign. I’ll get
that done. You go and make arrangements. Why did you touch my feet? – What’s wrong in it? You’re older to me. Hari is here with your drink. I’ll leave now, ma’am. You talk too much. You may leave now. Would you like to have some cannabis juice? Are you afraid? Initially, I used to fear a lot. But then I realised, nothing happens. Why do you drink that? Ranjit loves you so much. Doesn’t he? “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “..I would have laughed, too.” “I would’ve loved him, even more than my life.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “..I would have laughed, too.” “I would’ve loved him, even more than my life.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “If happiness was measured with the gold ornaments you
have..” “..I would’ve been the happiest of all.” “If happiness was measured with the gold ornaments you
have..” “..I would’ve been the happiest of all.” “I would not have been in such pitiable state.” “I would have been dancing in joy, all the while.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “..I would’ve laughed, too.” “I would’ve loved him, even more than my life.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “If love existed only for a little while..” “..still we would’ve called it love.” “If love existed only for a little while..” “..still we would’ve called it love.” “But it’s been wiped off with my tears.” “I wouldn’t be able to smile ever.” “If love could’ve been exchanged..” “..for life, I would’ve asked for a life.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “..I would’ve laughed, too.” “I would’ve loved him, even more than my life.” “If someone could laugh with a heavy heart..” “I would’ve laughed, too.” “I would’ve loved him, even more than my life.” Ranjit, listen. Will you go to Bonu’s in-laws, once? Convince her husband.. – Alright. Listen. Will you really go? – Yes, I will. I can’t see her in tears anymore. Please convince her husband and bring him to her. I’ll bring him. I have my rehearsals today. I’ll go
tomorrow. Gunda, come here! What is in your hand? – It’s a pear. Where are you taking it? – I’m taking it for Moni. It’s for Moni and not me?! – You may take this one. No, not this one. I’ll take this one. Go, now. ‘Dear brother..’ ‘..after coming into this family, I feel I’m changing.’ ‘Believe me..’ ‘..at midnight, someone calls out to me..’ ‘..from Goddess Lakshmi’s room.’ ‘I hear someone moaning and crying.’ ‘Someone pleads, ‘Open the door.’. ‘As it turns dark, a strange fear..’ ‘..engulfs me.’ ‘What should I do, brother?’ What is it, Brij? It’s a notice from the money lenders. We failed to pay.. ..the last 2 installments to Choudhury against the mortgage.
So.. How dare he went to the court! Why did you get it? Come, sit beside me. Yes, dear. Did you ask Ranjit if Goddess Lakshmi can be held captive? No.. I.. I.. – Listen carefully. You must never question such beliefs. The Goddess doesn’t forgive the ones who don’t believe in
her. The Goddess in our place, is very powerful. Whoever failed to believe in her, lost their lives. What are you saying? Yes. My third son, Ranjit’s father.. ..returned from Delhi. He was very furious at us. He was not ready to believe the story of the Goddess. He created a ruckus to get the room opened. After that.. ..we found his dead body, outside the Goddess’ room. Look, I got goosebumps while narrating it. There has been many similar incidents. Please do not suspect Her existence. Brij, did you summon me? Yes. Have a seat. I’m in a hurry. Tell me what it is. I haven’t mentioned this to anyone. There’s no one whom I could share this with. What is it? But I think I must tell you. We’ve lost the case of mortgage, too. The court has passed its verdict. Do you mean, our house will be seized? Yes. If we fail to pay the money.. ..we’ll be homeless. – Is this what we trusted you for? What can I say, now? Do as you like. Listen. Ranjit. – What is it? If someone fails to trust your family Goddess.. ..will the one die an early death? Yes, my dad died all of a sudden, because he never believed
in Her. He never believed such stories. Once, a thief tried to break in and he was found dead too. He went there to break the lock of the room and check what’s
inside. You are offering the prayers there, every evening. Please don’t be an atheist and invite trouble. Okay? What’s wrong with you? There are dark circles below your
eyes. What’s wrong with you? Why is the gold impure? That is what adds to its weight. The design is not too attractive. You’re making more ornaments! We have lost everything and they’re buying ornaments! Find out what’s wrong. What’s wrong? – Nothing is left with us. Our house will soon be sealed and we’ll be homeless. You are to be blamed for it. How can I be blamed if we lost the court case? You’re busy making ornaments! You are all so selfish. You only think about yourself. I don’t want to see you. Dare not touch mine and my daughter’s ornaments. Since the day Ranjit’s wife came into this family, we’ve
been so unlucky. What are you saying? Why are you blaming Moni? I spent lavishly to get you married. And now, you’re lying in our house, leaving your husband. Get lost! You want to get new ornaments made! I don’t want to see you again, in my house! Bonu, what’s the matter? Why should I listen to dad’s taunt, every time? I keep hogging food, in your house. I relax and do no work. Then why did you all give me so many ornaments? Why didn’t you throw me out of this house? Please don’t cry, dear. You’re the pride of this family and I, being the daughter is
a burden! How will you understand my pain? My in-laws! My husband used to kick me out of the house at midnight. I tolerated. He doused his cigarette on my body and gave me burns. I tolerated. He gave away all my ornaments to another woman. I tolerated even that. The child in my womb.. He kicked on my stomach and killed the baby inside. How much do I tolerate? Tell me how long should I have
tolerated? I could not tolerate any more, aunt. I just couldn’t! –
Bonu.. Bonu.. – I would’ve gone back.. What happened, aunt? Speak up. C’mon, say something. You talk so much. Everyone is quiet, now that I need an advice. I don’t need anyone’s help. Don’t do anything for me. Bonu.. Moni. – Thakurji. You have so much of faith in the Goddess. Well, If I offer my prayers to Lakshmi every day.. ..will I be happy like you? Happy?! You’re happy, aren’t you? Everyone loves you. I have no one at all. All I’m left with, is teary eyes. What are you saying? Sorrows are a part of life. But you can’t give up so soon. Come, let’s go home. You carry on. I want to be alone for some time. ‘Open the door!’ ‘Please, open the door!’ ‘Open the door.’ ‘Open the door..’ Listen.. Someone is crying. Do you hear someone crying? Someone is crying. It must be the stray dogs. ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Please open..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ ‘Open the door..’ Moni! What are you doing here? Don’t stay here for long. You will hear only cries. Someone cries throughout. You will only hear cries and moans. No, don’t stand here. Moni, don’t stand here. Don’t come here. Go back. Moni, please go back. Go back! Where had you been to? Why are you not answering me? To the Goddess’ temple. – Why did you go there, at this
hour? I don’t know. – What do you mean? I heard a girl crying. She is crying. She called me to.. ..Goddess Lakshmi’s place. Believe me. What has gone wrong with me? Tell me. You keep thinking about all nonsense and disturb my sleep! This is the problem if men give women, too much freedom. Go to sleep and never get out of the house at night. Beera.. ..what are you doing here? I was looking at my reflection in the water. Suddenly, I saw grandma’s face. Don’t you see her pain? Mother, I saw her face red, in anguish and fear. The sun has set. Go back home. Mother, when I sit near the pond alone, I recall old
memories. Some unclear and vague scenes run through my mind. The insects.. ..and fishes in the pond distract my vision. Mother, why don’t you get this pond cleaned up? I will get it cleaned. – I know you won’t! I’ll get it cleaned. You leave. No, I won’t leave. I know you don’t want to clean up the
place. Yes! The daughter-in-law of our family, Moni.. She likes to clean webs. Yes, Moni loves cleaning. But she won’t be able to do it, all alone. Moni won’t be able to clean the webs, all alone. It’s
impossible! Our house is huge and there’s dust and web in every corner.
She can’t.. Mr. Rai, hope you understand, we’re here because we have no
option. I understand the reason for your worries. But unfortunately.. ..I’m not in a position to help you in any way. How many days should we wait for? I did not refuse to pay you. You’ll get your money some day. When will you repay our loan? I heard you’ve lost your
house! Mind your tongue, Dutta! I’m not used to take advice from inferior people. Please don’t mind, Mr. Rai. You have no more powers, but still you don’t want to shed
your pride! Mind your words! – Give our money back.. ..and then raise your voice! – Mr. Ghosh! I expect you not to provoke me to do you any harm. Settle the issue, by repaying our loan. Goddess Lakshmi is your captive. You cannot fall short of
money. That’s a lie! Now I feel, that’s just a rumour. Mind your tongue, Dutta! I told you, I’m not used to take anyone’s advice. How dare you say that! I’ll hit you with my shoes! Naman! Throw them out! Alright, we’ll leave. But you didn’t do the right thing. You will regret, later. Let us go. We’ll drag you to the court. We’ll make you bite dust. You will be left with no property at all. He has no money to pay off the debtors and he is giving big
talks! Fake Landlord! Our house will be sealed! What were you doing, all this while? Why are you quiet? Answer me! I didn’t expect, our appeal will be rejected in court. You couldn’t foresee that. Show off the attributes of a Landlord and do no work at all! I want to hear no excuses. Arrange for the money in 10 days. I can’t give away my property to the money lenders. It’s my sole responsibility. I will have to face it all
alone. Brij wastes lakhs of rupees for leisure and fun. What about
that? I’ve always signed on a plain paper against the money I
took. – Stop it! I know what he does. But now.. ..I have also learnt how incapable you are. Do whatever it takes to arrange for the money. Else, hang yourself to death! Why are we getting so worked up? Why don’t we unlock the door of Goddess Lakshmi’s room? There’s lot of wealth, inside. We’ll repay the loans with
it. Shut up! Beera, please leave. Beera wants to eat up all the sweets in the Goddess’ room,
alone. Mother, I know there are lots of sweets inside the room. Stop acting insane! Brij! – Shut up! How dare you! – He is shouting at me! Mother, he is so foolish, he thinks ‘Sondesh’ is a dish. You fool! ‘Sondesh’ is not a dish, but a sweet. Idiot! Now that even Bahadur insists, let us unlock the room and
see. Dare not say that again! If you dare to open the door, I’ll kill you! If you say that again, I will tear you both apart! I’m giving you ten days. Keep it in mind! Give me the locker’s key. Where are the ornaments? – Which ornaments? Go to your mistress’s house and ask her. Mother is impossible! She doesn’t understand anything. She only keeps shouting at me. I know what my responsibility is.. – I won’t let you take
away.. ..my ornaments. My dad gave them to me. – Let me go! You brought these ornaments from your house! Are these
yours? We are ruined! Just let me go! ‘Goddess Lakshmi appears..’ ‘..in our house, quite often.’ ‘One who can see Her doesn’t survive.’ ‘The priest’s son..’ ‘..went there once at midnight.’ ‘The next morning, he was found dead.’ ‘He worshipped her all his life, but couldn’t save himself.’ ‘The Goddess never forgives..’ ‘..the one who doesn’t believe in Her.’ ‘She’ll never forgive the one!’ ‘She’ll never forgive you!’ ‘Open the door!’ ‘Open the door!’ Moni! Why? Why did you touch the lock? Why did you try to unlock it? Don’t you know.. ..that will bring misfortune and bad luck to our family? Don’t you have any respect.. ..for our family reputation and values? Don’t you value them? Had my husband been alive.. ..he would’ve tied you to a wooden plank.. ..and left you for the woves and dogs to eat. You.. You have brought us misfortune. You’re disastrous. It’s a sin to give you shelter anymore. I don’t want to see you.. ..in my house from tomorrow. Get out! I say, get out of here! Get out! I say, get out! Who is screaming? Who is it? Moni.. Oh! It’s you! Who was crying? Didn’t you hear the cry? Didn’t you hear someone moaning in
pain? Who is crying, there? I’ll go and check who it was. I have to do something about Moni. I will have to get her thrown out. Grandma! – I will have to throw her out. Grandma, did you summon me? – Yes. Your wife is jinxed. You will have to throw her out of this house. Don’t cry, Moni. Why are you spoiling your health, for them? Will you go away if they ask you to? No! This is your house. Will the female members of the family always keep crying? I thought you were different. Will you also do nothing, but cry? What can I do, mom? Are you asking me for advice? In our times, we were so weak, we had no option.. ..but to tolerate everything. And you.. ..belong to the modern generation. Get up and wipe your tears. What is Moni’s mistake? Why will she have to leave the house? Are you asking me for an explanation? No. I just want to know.. ..what her mistake is. I can’t believe this! I must say, you have the guts to question me! But keep one thing in mind. I’m not answerable to anyone. I know that. I could have questioned you long ago, if I wanted to. Have I ever questioned you? You wanted to question me?! What answers do you want from me? That story is an old one. I’m forced to keep my mouth shut. Speak up! You will have to tell me what answers do you want! You got your impotent son.. ..married to me, intentionally. You spread rumours about me. You deprived me of the right to light the lamp at Goddess’
place. You harassed and tortured me a lot. But I never opposed you. It’s not even a year since Moni got married and came to our
family. I won’t let you ruin her life. What is her mistake? She touched the lock of Goddess Lakshmi’s room. Is that a
crime? Will you ruin her life, for the silly reason? What has the Goddess given us? We have been begging and pleading to Her.. ..to fulfil our wishes. But She fulfilled none of our wishes! She does not exist! I have been listening to your nonsense for long! You are a fool! You know not.. ..who you are talking to! For your arrogance, I would have tied you up.. Yes, I know. You would’ve left me for the wolves and dogs to
eat. Please do that, mother! Punish me as you like. But please spare her. Let her live. Now, I understand what has caused.. ..our family’s destruction. You are all atheists. It’s because you all have sinned, we’re going through such
bad days. No, mother. It’s not our sins.. ..but our tears that’s bringing you misfortune. Your trust won’t remain either. It will get shattered! Get lost! Get out of my sight! What have you achieved since generations? All you did was eating, acting and having fun. You never
studied. You know only to sleep, snore and throw your weight around. You just throw your weight around! What makes you feel so proud? You all are lazy, arrogant, rude and hypocrites. You don’t know Goddess Lakshmi cannot be held captive. You need to earn wealth. Where did all the wealth you inherited, disappear? Have you ever given it a thought? Now that bad days are here, you are blaming me for it? You are happy to call me jinxed. But you will still not think over.. ..the reason behind your doom. Your conscience has died. You are blind..- Shut up! I don’t want to listen to you. You may leave this house tomorrow. You are throwing me out?! If I leave, will you get your assets back? After knowing you’re jinxed, we can’t let you stay in our
house. Well, then.. ..I shall leave today. Why wait till tomorrow? But before leaving, I want to tell you one last thing. I pity you. I just pity you. Tell me.. ..what have I done? Answer me. What wrong have I done? Moni! Goddess Lakshmi is not here! There is noting here! All that remains is a skeleton. Believe me, it’s just a skeleton. You broke open the door! Do you know what your punishment
is? It is death! Yes, death is your punishment. If my death can save your family.. ..I’m willing to die a thousand death. But even if I die, your family won’t survive. I know, you are blind! Hence you could see only the skeleton. You failed to see the Goddess. Since 50 years, Goddess Lakshmi has been our captive. She has been guarding our family. For the past 50 years, she has been locked inside. She has been guarding our family. Today, you want to prove that it was a lie. I won’t let you succeed. Never! I won’t let this happen. I will kill you! I will kill you today.. I won’t let you go against our rules and beliefs. I won’t! You will suffocate to death, inside. Be locked inside! I won’t let you out! Again! You murdered again?! Move aside! I say, move! You killed my grandma.. I won’t let you kill someone again! Moni! A disaster has fallen upon us! Where are all of you? Come out. We are doomed. Come quickly! What’s wrong? Move! Move aside! Everyone is here to watch the drama! Go away! Go away! Everyone, move! ‘Don’t touch me now. I’m helping out to offer prayers to the
Goddess.’ ‘Last year, I brought him this binocular from a fair.’ ‘Since then, he keeps it around his neck even while sleeping
at night.’ You know nothing at all. None of you know anything. She is the only one who knows the truth. I was then, 6 years old.. ‘Grandma!’ ‘Grandma!’ ‘What are you doing? – Did you think, I’ll be Kirthi’s
slave?’ ‘I killed Kirthi Ghosh. If you come on my way, I’ll kill you
too.’ ‘Let me go! – Will you kill your mother? What about the love and affection.. – Your property belongs
to me now! You’ll guard the property, all your life, lying here. Did you hear me? What have you done? Whom did you lock in Goddess Lakshmi’s
room? No, I won’t let you do this.. – Listen to me. If you don’t want to get me hanged to death.. ..you will keep your lips sealed forever. Today is the night when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped.
spread.. ..the rumour that the Goddess came to our house. Mother locked her inside this room and drowned herself in
river Ganga. Don’t let anyone unlock this door. Do you understand? Mother.. – From this moment, Rai Vallabh’s property belongs to me. Come with me. C’mon! Grandma! Yes! Our mother was right there! Yes, our mother was right there! No.. Moni! Moni! Moni! Moni.. Please don’t go. If man makes a mistake, one needs to forgive him. Why should you leave? All of us were unjust to you. Moni.. Please forgive us for our mistakes. I don’t want to ruin the rest of my life. Moni! Will you go away after doing such a brave act? Yes, mom. I have nothing, but.. ..faith in myself. Don’t take that away from me. Well, then I won’t stop you. Will you be able to free you from yourself? Not forgiving someone for one’s mistake.. ..is a bigger mistake than committing a mistake. We have to face everything in life. Happiness, sorrow, excitement, pain! All the colors together make life. If one color is missing.. ..we won’t be able to enjoy the other colors either. Where there is no love, there’s no commitment. Love itself is a commitment. Tell Moni not to go. – Moni, please don’t go. We’ll play again, in the afternoons. Come with me. Don’t get angry at us, Moni. I’ll obey all your commands. You fulfil my wish. Will you fulfil my wish, Moni? Moni, please don’t get angry.

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