Script of Hansal Mehta's Shahid
Script of Hansal Mehta's Shahid. Written by Samir Gautam Singh. Additional Screenplay by Hansal Mehta and Apurva Asr...
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EXT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - DAY
We see an office with its door closed. On the side of the door is a printout with the following quote : " By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. by teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy... Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog..." 2
OPENING TITLES/MONTAGE - 2009
Different youtube video streams. Fanatic faces in various live situations are captured in the video streams. These are Intercut with violent, grainy and ultra slow motion visuals from Mumbai riots and blasts.... The first fanatic speech is set in a massive public rally. FANATIC 1 Kaun hai rey hai yeh Shahid Azmi? samajhta kya hai apne aap ko? Saale ko Pakistan bhejo. Shivaji maharaj ke baare mein ulta bolnewaale ko nikaalo yahaan se. Aise bhadwon ko yahan nahin rahne denge hum. The second fanatic speech is a television interview with a seedy television channel. FANATIC 2 Shahid Azmi ek terrorist hai jo jail mein tha. Ab jail se bahar aakar doosre terrorist ko bachata hai. Sharm aati hai apne system pe, jo Azmi jaise sabse ghatiya darze ke aadmi ko lawyer banne se rok nahin sakti. Saalon ko arrest karte hi maar kyon nahin dete? The third fanatic speech is a man in white robes with a soft manner seated on a large throne like chair made out of silver and upholstered with red suede. FANATIC 3 Advocate shahid azmi, tum logon ko Gandhi ne sahuliyat di rahne ki…Usko tum log adhikaar samajhne lage… Gandhi ne jo bhul ki thi azaadi ke samay usko hum abhi tak bhugat rahein hain. (MORE) (CONTINUED)
2 FANATIC 3 (CONT'D) Par aur nahin. Saala yahin ka khata hai aur wahan ke gun gaata hai..Toh jaa na saaley Pakistan… (long pause) Gaand mein jab bada bamboo daaalenge na muhajir bolke toh royega.
Last shot of a blast. Intercut the above with flashes of SHAHID walking in the corridor of the Mumbai high-court. FADE OUT. FADE IN: 3
EXT. MUMBAI/ MUMBAI HIGH COURT - DAY - 2009
Establishing shot of Mumbai : High Court. 4
INT. COURT ROOM - DAY - 2009
We see a court in procedure. We see around, with the Prosecutor standing and presenting his views...Not audible. We see the defense lawyer sitting and listening attentively. This is SHAHID AZMI. We pan across to the man in the dock FAHIM ANSARI and slowly we move to the Judge. JUDGE Defense. Prosecutor sits. Shahid stands to make his statement. SHAHID Your Honour, Office colleagues ki baat karein ya padosiyon ki, koi is baat par yakin nahin karta. Yeh, mere client ke co workers jo Dubai mein uske saath kaam karte thay, unka ek letter addressed to you. Police mein koi record bhi nahin hai inka. JUDGE Public Prosecutor. Shahid sits. (CONTINUED)
4 PROSECUTOR Defence ke is baat se main sahmat hoon ki inki local Police mein koi record nahin. Haan yeh Rampur jail mein zaroor thay yahan aaney se pahle. SHAHID Your honour, Prosecution jis arrest ki baat kar raha hai woh case Uttar pradesh ka hai. Hum aaj yahan ke case ki discussion kar rahein hain. PROSECUTOR Woh bhi terrorism ka hi case hai. Your honour, main yeh kah raha hoon ki inka past, inke present aur future par roshni zaroor dalta hai. Yeh jail mein tha. Isse ek baat zaroor saaf hoti hai- inka anti social bent. SHAHID Jab yeh saaf hai ki dono mein koi co-relation nahin hai? PROSECUTOR (silent) SHAHID Shivaji.. bhi thay, jail mein. Kya Woh bhi anti social thay? PROSECUTOR (jumps up, enraged) Defense is baat ko kahan se kahan le jaa rahi hai. Aap ek terror accused ki tulna ek aitihasik vyaktitva ke saath kaise kar sakte hain? SHAHID Not comparing. Main bas yeh pooch raha hoon ki agar aaj is katghare mein Shivaji maharaj khade hote toh kya aap faisla unke is case kay evidence ko dekh ke lete ya phir ye dekhke ki past mein woh jail mein thay? (CONTINUED)
The defense is answer less. We pan across to see a man making a phone call just outside the court room. 5
EXT. COURT - DAY - 1993
Shahid is walking in the alley with his friend, Ramanathan.. RAMANATHAN Kabhi sun bhi liya kar doston ki baat, Shahid. Ram, sun..
SHAHID They start walking down the stairs.. RAMANATHAN Main nahin sununga. your highness ko pata chalne de.. Shahid smiles. SHAHID Yaar... keep her out of this... please ussey mat bataana... They reach the bottom of the staircase where a group of 4 men is waiting for them. They circle Shahid.. RAMANATHAN Kya ho raha hai yeh. FIRST MAN Saalya, chutiya..tu bol kaise shakat rey.. SHAHID Kya? SECOND MAN Bharat ki shaan hai..Shivaji Maharaj.. THIRD MAN Saala atankwadi madharchod... Tere ko kya lagta hai? kuch bhi bakwas karega aur hum log sun lenge? Fourth man takes his collar in his hand, paints his face black.The rest use their legs and hands.Ramanathan yells for help. The group runs away. (CONTINUED)
Shahid is breathing with difficulty. Ramanathan makes him sit and pats him on his back.. Are you ok?
Haan.. We see Shahid's face painted black as we go closer to his face... 6
EXT. SRINAGAR - NIGHT - 1992
FLASHBACK A BEGINS. Pitch dark, moonless night. Shahid, 18 crossing the POK border with a group. They are clad in a pathani and a shawl. Hidden underneath these shawls are AK 47 of which we get a sneak peek. Shahid is terrified. They cross the border. 5 of the lot kiss the soil as Shahid watches them, in his own deep thought. They start walking, next meet a Pakistani army major who is there with a jeep. Sun is rising as they pray. It is one of the best sunrises Shahid has seen, he takes deep breaths and feels really charged up. Smiles. SUPER : Bombay, 06/12/1992. 7
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 1992
Shahid is in his room on the first floor...Khalid is asleep while his younger brother RASHID is reading a book..Opens the window, looks out..He sees a man pouring kerosene in a house next lane...Shahid isn't sure about what the man is up to but keeps looking as the man moves away...Man comes back and throws a burning kerosene bottle and starts running... Shahid runs down the staircase and gets out of the backdoor...Arif and mother yell in unison asking him to stop...Arif runs to the door and stands there...Mother comes to the door to see Smoke in the air. 8
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR STREET - NIGHT - 1992
Smoke gets heavier as Shahid crosses and reaches the street... He goes near the house on fire..as he is about to turn for the door...3 adults and a child aged about 10 years on fire, run out...Shahid stands their stunned for a second...starts coughing with the thick smoke... He looks on the outer street to see a procession of radicals on the main road....they are armed with swords and are forcing people out...of their houses... (CONTINUED)
Very soon there is mayhem on the entire stretch with houses on fire, people screaming, running helter-skelter and mixed cries of women, children and men. In fear Shahid turns back and with great difficulty runs towards his house.. 9
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 1992
Shahid comes back and starts knocking... Mother and Arif sit near the window. Its dark inside...Shahid continues knocking and starts yelling that its him...Arif stands but mother forces him to sit. Arif cant take it anymore...opens the window and ask him to come from the main door...Shahid runs...Arif rushes down...mother follows...Arif opens and Shahid gets inside, and Arif just looks outside to see if anyone was watching and closes the door..Mother starts slapping Shahid continuously before she breaks down, Arif keeps her from losing balance. Shahid is silent - seething and fearful. 10
EXT. MUMBAI STREET - LATE AFTERNOON - 1992
We go past an electronic store with multiple television sets. One of the televisions is broadcasting the news. We see footage showing the demolition of Babari Masjid by the Hindu kar sewaks... FLASHBACK-B ENDS 11
EXT. OUTSIDE THE CAMP - DAY - 1993
A whole group is escorted to the camp. Shahid smiles to break the ice. Only RAFIQ responds. The camp is located in the middle of nowhere. An air of nothingness in the air. Shahid waits outside the camp with the others. 12
EXT. OUTSIDE CAMP - DAY - 1993
A day passes, group is getting impatient with time ticking away. We see the changing sky while Shahid and RAFIQ exchange a glance at each other. RAFIQ Lagta hai humein dono partner honge andar. Iii saala sab toh apne mein laga rahega. SHAHID Pahle andar to jaayein.. (CONTINUED)
12 Kahan se ho?
SHAHID Bombay. Shahid naam hai mera... RAFIQ Hum ko lag gaya tha. Aap?
RAFIQ Gorakhpur. Rafiq... SHAHID Main jagah nahin, wajah pooch raha tha? RAFIQ Sab abhi jaan loge? SHAHID Aap hi ne kaha tha hum partner hain. A man walks out to the gate and yells at Shahid and Rafiq to go and sit with the rest of group. 13
EXT. CAMP - DAY - 1993
A man comes out and directs them to walk behind him. Next, they are in a room with a trainer. The trainer has a desk in front of him with small boxes. COMMANDER Apne Paise aur jevar in dabbon mein rakho..Kisi ke paas passport hai? Waits for a reaction...All in the group shake their heads... Shahid goes first. Everyone follows suit. The last man to go is a Kashmiri who is wearing a chain with a locket...He takes out money and keeps it in the box...Turns back to go to his seat.... Ruko..
COMMANDER (CONT'D) He turns... Behre ho?
COMMANDER (CONT'D) (CONTINUED)
He is zapped for an answer.... Goonge bhi?
KASHMIRI (Hesitant) Nahin Janaab... COMMANDER (Leans and pulls out the chain he is wearing) Toh phir yeh... KASHMIRI Kya main yeh chain... COMMANDER (Interrupts) Mauj lene aaye ho yahaan? KASHMIRI Main nahin de sakta... COMMANDER Daffa ho jao phir... (Picks out the cash) Lo, isse bhi le jao... Janaab...
KASHMIRI COMMANDER Aagey Kya karoge, Abhi se dikh raha hai.... Kashmiri takes out the chain and reluctantly puts it down in the box. Shahid and the group observe. 14
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, OUTSIDE SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON - 1992 FLASHBACK B BEGINS A man, MEHBOOB, sweating profusely is walking with a shabby looking container. Two cops stop him. CONSTABLE GAITONDE Kahaan jaa raha hai be... (CONTINUED)
14 MEHBOOB Pakhane mein... Pakhane?
MEHBOOB Sandaas saab... CONSTABLE GAITONDE Aise bol na... pakistani mein kaayko baat karta hai... MEHBOOB Saab.zor ki lagi hai.jaane do na. SECOND COP Sun... MALE Jee saab SECOND COP Saade teen baje sandaas jaa raha hai? MALE Saab, Ab ispe kisika zor hai? The man continues on his journey towards the toilet, bottle in hand. FIRST COP Ruk na... Man stops and looks back FIRST COP (CONT'D) Kya khana khaya re... bata na... Mutton... Biryani?
MALE SECOND COP MALE Naa... Suar ka?
FIRST COP (CONTINUED)
They begin to laugh. The man is awkward and begins to walk. SECOND COP Ghar mein nahin hai kya? MALE (urgency increasing) Kya? Sandaas?
MALE Poori basti mein nahi hain saab. FIRST COP Mutton kahaan se mila re? Curfew ke time bhi bakre ko nahin chhodenge tum pakistani log... haan? The cops laugh. SECOND COP Ganesh jaane de rey... idhar hi kar denga yeh... Aur phir aisa baas marega. (to the man) Tu Jaa. As the man rushes towards the toilet we go around the nearly deserted 'basti' to see Shahid at the window watching this banter. 15
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'SHOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON - 1992
On Shahid's face we hear the sound of a gun shot and the cry of a man falling down. Shahid hurriedly closes the window. We remain on the closed window. 16
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, OUTSIDE SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON - 1992 Continuation of Sc.13 We return to the scene with the man having collapsed to the ground, blood spurting out of his head. The cops come close to him and fire a few more shots. They kick the dead body. The man shakes with rigor mortis. Distant sound of a police siren is heard. (CONTINUED)
16 FIRST COP Police... bhag. Gaand maregi apni... chal chal...
The 'cops' look at each other and begin to run as the sounds of the siren come closer. 17
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY - 1992
Shahid sits on the floor. Sobbing. FLASHBACK B ENDS 18
EXT. CAMP - DAWN - 1993
A group of 40 fresh recruits are assembled in a ground. The commander of the training camp is about to give a speech. Expectation in the air. Shahid and, Rafiq (the dark skinned boy) stand in a line together. The Commander makes an entry. He walks straight to the podium, confident gait. Stands there and sizes up a very young group. Smiles and starts. COMMANDER Ghulam hone se badtar darza insaan ke liye kuuch nahin. Jo Iraq mein hua, bosnia mein ho raha hai,kal Kashmir mein bhi hoga. As this speech continues, the following visuals are seen : Grind starts at 3.30 a.m with the early morning prayer. (It is not compulsory in Islam, but an avid Muslim would never miss it. Here they cant!) One found sleeping is forcibly woken up. They offer their prayers and go for jogging. Come back at 6.00 after 2 hours. Very exhausted group, each one of them panting for air. They start taking showers immediately. Self Service!!! They pull water from the well. They are taking aim at paper targets. Group shown having breakfast. All sitting on the floor as a Mulla supervises the arrangement standing at a distance. Next they are in a class where they are studying Koran. The sun is out, and the group is in the ground doing military drills.... (CONTINUED)
18 COMMANDER (CONT'D) Yeh Kya zindagi hai, kya diya hai isne hum logo ko? Apne padosi ka khauff dil mein liye kab tak jeete rahenge hum? Ek gair mazhabi mulk ya ek kaafir padosi, Nasl dar nasl kabr mein chali gayin par yeh khauff dafan nahin kar paaye hum. Bas.Bas bahut hua. Kya hum mujahideen is khauff ko na sirf apne aap se par apne saare mussalman bhaiyon ke dil se bhi nikal paayenge? Hamesha, hamesha ke liye. Yaad rahe, insaan ki asli taqat uske jazbaat ki gehrai mein hai. Hum ladna nahin chahte, par aisi zalalat bhari zindagi bhi namanzoor hai hamein. Islam ka markazi nishaan, asli maqaam aur Aakhiri hathyar hai-JIHAD. Tumhare bhaiyon ko zaroorat hai tumhari. Kya tumhari zindagi ka maqsad sirf Kashmir ki azaadi hai?
The speech ends and we catch Shahid and Rafiq sit for an early dinner...Shahid is disgruntled. SHAHID Dimaag ki vaat laga rahe log. Roz Subah 3 baje phir utho aur phir wahi. RAFIQ Toh tumko kaa karna hai? They hear voices. They look out of the window and see Pakistanis fighting and abusing each other in Punjabi. RAFIQ (CONT'D) Suwar ko gahna pahnane doge toh tatti khana thode chodega. Shahid manages a smile. 19
EXT. CAMP, TRAINING GROUND - DAY - 1993 Montage continues A group of 10 is given training by a New Commander. They train for mountain climbing.
INT. CAMP - DAY - 1993
A few men are assembling bombs. Their commander is teaching them how to assemble a bomb. 21
INT. CAMP - DAY - 1993
They are taught communication and surveillance techniques. 22
EXT. CAMP, TRAINING GROUND - DAY - 1993
A few days pass, Shahid has an adolescent beard. They are taking aim at paper targets. 23
INT. CAMP, CLASSROOM - DAY - 1993
We catch Shahid is sitting in an educational class. A mulla is giving the lesson. 20 students are in the class. TEACHER (A little rhetorical) Hamare dushmanon ki tadad humse kahin zyaada hai aur unke paas ek se badhkar aala hathyar bhi. Kaise rokenge hum unhein? Sirf ek rasta hai. Shahadat. Fear in students. He tries to change the course. TEACHER (CONT'D) Tum mein se kiske ghar mein naukar ki sahuliyat thi? The boys look at each other faces as the teacher waits for someone. No body raises a hand. Teacher hides his surprise. TEACHER (CONT'D) Jannat mein tumhare 80,000 khidmat gaar honge. The kids smile when they hear that. TEACHER (CONT'D) Jaise yeh tumhari yeh dozakh zindagi ka khatama hoga, tumhari doosri zindagi ki shuruwat. Wahan tumhein woh saari khushiyan milegi jo tumhein yahaan nasib nahin hui. Har qurbani ke liye taiyaar rahna farz hai mujahid ka. Kal hamare 2, sabse dilair jawaan qurban honge. Insha Allah. (CONTINUED)
23 SHAHID (innocently) Yeh aapko abhi kaise pata? TEACHER Insaani Bomb. SHAHID Khud Khushi ki izzazat nahin deta Islam. TEACHER (a little agitated) Tumhein lagta hai yeh khud kushi hai?... Yeh meri nazar mein shahadat hai. Khud kushi kamzor dil karte hain, shahadat ek qurbani hai jo mazboot iradon ke bina mumkin nahin. Khud kushi mayus,afsurd dimaag ki fitrat hai.Shahadat naye waqt ka aghaaz hai jismein ummid hai.. Islam ke saath ho rahe nainsaafi se nijaat ki. Khud Kushi sharmnaak hai, isliye Islam pabandi lagata hai. Shahadat kismat walon ko milti hai..Gadhe, 100 Janam bhi lenge toh bhi yeh nahin samjhenge.
Everyone is convinced with the answer. Shahid does not agree but wary of open dissent, looks down. 24
INT. CAMP, TENT - MORNING - 1993 Shahid is shivering in his blanket, very cold. He opens his eyes to see his mother sitting and smiling near his bed. He smiles but cant see her anymore. We hear dialogues with a close up on Shahid's sad face. MOTHER (O.S.) Humne kabhi kisi ka bura nahin kiya. Humare saath kuuch bura nahin hoga.. SHAHID (O.S) Nusrat khala ne bhi kisike saath galat nahin kiya... MOTHER (O.S) Galat aur sahi ka faisala is ghar mein main karoongi.
EXT. CAMP - EVENING - 1993
Shahid and Rafiq are walking together... We join from the middle of their conversation. SHAHID Main hoon idhar, ghar mein kisi ko maloom nahin...Toh main aana toh chahta tha... Iii Kaise?
SHAHID Ammi ko pata laga toh meri khaal utarwa dengi... RAFIQ Bhak. Mazaak kar rahe ho. Shahid nods.They see a large crowd. The crowd seems to be very charged up, they are all raising their hands in Inquilaab. They walk towards the spot... The conversation stops as they reach the spot. They see a man bent on his knees and looking down. Somebody pats Shahid gently from behind. Shahid looks back. It's ABRAAR. ABRAR Kya haal chaal hai? RAFIQ Wahi chamdi wahi khaal hai. They all smile. SHAHID Yeh aadmi aise kyun baitha hai? ABRAR Police informer. RAFIQ Toh ab ka hoga? Dekhte jao.
ABRAR Rafiq and Shahid look, stunned. A man in a mask comes up and starts reading the farmaan as the crowd chant Allah u Akbar again and again. Informant starts shivering. Farmaan read, the reader puts a black mask on the face of the informant bent on his knees. He starts shaking. (CONTINUED)
The farmaan reader takes out a knife and bends to slice his head as the camera focuses on Shahid. Muffled grunts at the time of beheading in the background... He turns back and starts walking in haste as Abrar and Rafiq walk behind him. They sit in a corner. Shahid is distraught. Abrar stands up to leave. Pats him gently on his back. ABRAR (CONT'D) Bacche, nikal lo yahan se. Warna kya galat hai kya sahi yeh sochna band kar. 26
INT. CAMP - NIGHT - 1993
Shahid is lying in the bed, eyes closed. Memories of beheading playing in his head. "Kya Galat kya sahi" He closes his eyes and starts weeping 27
EXT. CAMP - MORNING - 1993
Shahid is taking a bath on the well and Rafiq is with him. Shahid sees a Pakistani mujahid walking towards the exit with his luggage. He smiles when he sees Shahid and makes a gesture with his hand of a plane taking off. Shahid gets green with envy. He walks up to his TRAINER. SHAHID Janaab, mujhe ghar jaana hai... Namumkin...
TRAINER SHAHID Janaab,Meri tabiyat bahut kharab hai. Sirf 10 din. TRAINER Tabiyat kharab bhi hai aur pata bhi hai kitne din lagenge thik hone mein. Kya baat hai. Kya bimari hai doctor saab. humein bhi bataaye? SHAHID Migraine, Sir. ... (CONTINUED)
27 TRAINER (doesn't look) Janaab, sir nahin! Accha, Tumhein Srinagar bhej dete hain.Wahan Taj hotel mein rukna.AC room mein rahna.Dal lake mein naav.Ilaaj bhi kara lena aur apni maa bahan ki izzat ek hote hue bhi dekh lena. (looks up) Shaamil bhi ho jaana.Jawan ho, kami kis baat ki hai. Phir camp ka doctor toh aise bhi thik nahin kar sakta.Uski dawai bhi farzi. Kyun?
Shahid's eyes go moist. Tears roll down his cheeks. Janaab...
TRAINER Aaj araam karo.Doctor ke paas jao. Aur kal training mein dikho. Chalo. Shahid turns back, wipes his eyes. The crying does not stop as he walks away slowly. 28
EXT. CAMP - EVENING - 1993 Shahid walks alone. He sees a GROUP OF PAKISTANI MUJAHIDS smoking weed. He stands and stares at them. The group stands up as Shahid starts leaving. MUJAHID-1 Abey ruk... Shahid stops. Hesitant. The group reaches there. MUJAHID-2 Kisko ghoor raha tha? He starts pushing him backwards. Shahid mumbles. The remaining in the group keep up a step with the gang leader as the camera captures them advancing towards Shahid, as the man is pushing him back.
EXT. CAMP, GROUND - EVENING - 1993
Shahid lies there badly bruised. Rafiq comes and takes him to the his tent. 30
INT. CAMP, TENT - EVENING - 1993
Rafiq enters the tent and places Shahid on his bed. RAFIQ Hum ek din nahin thay.Pata tha ii hoga. Ihaan koi azaadi nahin hai, bhalle hum kisi aur ki azaadi ke liye lad rahein hain. Rafiq's tirade is interrupted as the trainer walks in. TRAINER Shahid, tum fit hone ke baad field ke 10 chakkar lagaoge, roz. He leaves. Shahid's look tells us that he cant care less. 31
EXT. CAMP, TRAINING GROUND - LATE EVENING - 1993
The group is playing volley ball as Shahid runs around the ground. Shahid thinking that nobody is watching him starts taking small rounds. The trainer however is keenly observing him from his office. The trainer comes out and yells. Shahid. 32
TRAINER INT. CAMP, TRAINER'S OFFICE - LATE EVENING - 1993 Shahid is a little anxious as he gets in. Kaise ho?
TRAINER SHAHID Janaab, thik.. TRAINER Bahut Accha. Jawaan mard ko tandurust hona chahiye. (Looks at the wounds) Zakhm sukh gaya tumhara. Shahid looks surprised by the soft tone. He was thinking he would get a run down for faking his punishment. The trainer asks him to sit. He sits down. (CONTINUED)
Shahid shakes his head in saying no. Still very nervous. TRAINER (CONT'D) Arrey araam se baitho miyan. Yousuf.... Yousuf opens the door. Trainer asks for tea and indicates with his finger for 3 cups.Trainer looks back at Shahid. TRAINER (CONT'D) Tumhare saath jo rahta hai ladka? Rafiq... (stops)
TRAINER Shahid nods. Bulao usse. 33
INT. CAMP, TRAINER'S OFFICE - LATE EVENING - 1993 Rafiq and Shahid sit together. The trainer has walked out. RAFIQ Yeh kahaan gaya? SHAHID Pata nahin. RAFIQ Tum marwa diye na dono ko! Shahid looks down. Rafiq stands up and goes to the door opens it but stays inside and asks. RAFIQ (CONT'D) Yousuf, Janaab kahan gaye hain? Accha...kuuch hua hai kya? Turns back and gets to his chair hastily. (CONTINUED)
33 RAFIQ (CONT'D) Commander ke paas gaya hai. Gaiel bhains paani mein.
They both look tense as the commander walks in. Rafiq is shivering with fear. He comes and sits. Smiles broadly. TRAINER Mujhe tum dono se jalan ho rahi hai. Shahid and Rafiq are puzzled with the quip. TRAINER (CONT'D) Dono ne bahut acche se ki training. Bhai, Bahut khush hoon main tum se. Rests back. Rafiq and Shahid sigh relief. TRAINER (CONT'D) Aur ab tum dono ko mujhse acche mussalman hone ka darza bhi mil raha hai. They look puzzled again. TRAINER (CONT'D) Tum dono ko chuna gaya hai mission ke liye. Rafiq and Shahid are yet to come to terms to what he just said. They look wide eyed as if pleading for more details. TRAINER (CONT'D) Yeh bahut aham mission hai. Hindustani army ka gurroor kam karna hai. Tum.. Tum dono ho mere jaanbaaz. Tum yeh karoge, yakin hai mujhe. Koi sawaal? Thik hai. Shahid and Rafiq both walk out. 34
EXT./INT. CAMP, TRAINING GROUND - LATE AFTERNOON - 1993 We see Shahid and Rafiq with a punjabi speaking COMMANDER in the camp. He is there to see them off as they are about to leave. A PAKISTANI ARMY SOLDIER in a jeep is their driver for the destination. The commander hugs both of them. (CONTINUED)
34 COMMANDER Yeh qurbani hamesha yaad rakhega azaad Kashmir. Kashmir ki kal khud ki pehchaan hogi, us pehchaan aur is qurbani ke liye main tumhara jhuk ke salaam karta hoon.
He pats their cheeks lovingly. COMMANDER (CONT'D) Tum dono dost ho? They nod. COMMANDER (CONT'D) Agar tum mein se galati se koi hindustaniyon ki giraft mein aa gaya toh kisi bhi surat mein 24 ghante kuuch mat bolna. Thik? Both nod and get inside the jeep. They both look dazed with the way things progressed so quickly. As the camera focuses on the beautiful landscape Shahid and Rafiq look lost, completely oblivious to the beauty surrounding them. They get down and the jeep leaves. They are both lashed with an AK-47. RAFIQ Nahin mili na 72 bina biahal laiki toh saale mulla ko chodenge nahin. Shahid smiles and they see the same guide coming towards them. He waves and they wave too. 35
EXT. HILLS - NIGHT - 12.30 A.M - 1993 Shahid, the guide and Rafiq wait on a hill top just near the border. It is biting cold, Shahid and Rafiq are shivering. SHAHID ghante se aise hi baithe hue hain. RAFIQ Kiska intezaar ho raha hai? GUIDE Firing ab shuru hone wali hai. As he says this the Pakistani base starts firing towards the Indian side. The Indian army starts firing back. They get up and cross the border, the firing continues. They soon escape to a very dense forest.
EXT/INT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1993
The walk with the guide. They reach a mosque. They get inside and they hug the guide good bye. A man takes them to a room inside. They keep their luggage there. The man leaves. They sit on the bed. SHAHID Main nahin kar raha yeh. Rafiq asks what. SHAHID (CONT'D) (Wide Eyed, looking at the wall) Main nahin udaaonga logon ko kyunki yeh log chahte hain. Inko khud nahin pata kya karna hai. (Looks d SHAHID (CONT'D) own) Maine galati ki idhar aake. RAFIQ Daal bhaat hai kya? mann kiya toh khaya nahin toh chhod diya. SHAHID Main bhag jaaonga yahan se. Aap chaloge mere saath? Rafiq expression changes to disgust. RAFIQ (CONT'D) Lauda lahsun batiyaoge... asliyat mein aaoge miyan? Shahid is unfazed. SHAHID Bomb bana kaun raha hai? RAFIQ Hum. SHAHID Aur mission mein hamare saath kaun hoga.. RAFIQ Hum akelehi jaa rahein hain. (CONTINUED)
RAFIQ Suicide mission hai isliye. toh? 37
INT. SRINAGAR - LATE AFTERNOON - 1993
Shahid and Rafiq are in their bed. A man, TAUFIQ walks in. Shahid and Rafiq are surprised. He is their to check if they have been assembled right. TAUFIQ Taiyaari poori? Bomb? Kahaan Shahid and Rafiq say yes in unison. Shahid indicates. He goes and checks the jackets. Pushes a plug. TAUFIQ Yeh on kyon nahin hota? Shahid reaches the spot. He is looking at it closely. TAUFIQ Hara taar. Lagaya kyon nahin? Plugs it. Lights on. Timer on. TAUFIQ Chalo ab isse pahan lo. SHAHID Abhi toh time hai? TAUFIQ Isse accha time nahin. They wear the dress and walk out.Two jeeps are waiting. They hug and Shahid while hugging says the hara wala taar, hugs him tightly once more and reiterates hara wala... The journey begins and the jeeps take different directions after running together. Stop close to each other. 38
INT. SRINAGAR, JEEP - LATE EVENING - 1993
Shahid is shivering... Jeep stops. Shahid gets down...and starts walking...Looks at Rafiq who is also walking. DRIVER Khuda Haafiz.. (CONTINUED)
Shahid turns and smiles. SHAHID meter tak kuuch nahin bachega. Khuda hafiz. The jeep driver moves in panic.... Shahid keeps walking and looks sideways to see where the jeep is.He cant see it.He turns back. Tries looking for Rafiq but cant see him. Takes the wire and cuts it. Starts walking briskly and crosses the road. Rafiq in panic state, his hands shaking while he tries to cut the wire. Rafiq explodes. Shahid crossing the road looks back in horror. He moves in the direction but doomed realization makes him continue his way. He slides down the snow filled hill on the side of the road. He starts running.. He reaches a forest ... He looks around to see if anyone is there...Frustration and anger with Rafiq's death. He opens his shirt....and takes out the taped bombs on his chest while shivering...Kicking his legs on the trees in frustration. his lips bleeding in the cold.. He peels off the tape and shrieks in pain...He throws the bomb away...He wears his shirt back on and starts running again... Shivering with just a shirt on... We can only hear his shivers, heavy breathing and his teeth gnashing in cold... 39
INT. SRINAGAR, BUS - LATE EVENING - 1993
Front shot of the moving bus will show that it is going from Srinagar to Jammu. Shahid has fallen asleep on the window. RAFIQ (O.S.) Tum party badal diye na. Abhi mera naukar sab mera pair daba raha hai. Shahid wakes up, starts punching the seat in front. Breaks down. 40
EXT. JAMMU BUS STAND - DAY - 1993
Shahid sees a Barber shop. It has a peculiar name - "Four You" and the board has a shady painting of Salman Khan of Saajan. Comes out clean shaven. (CONTINUED)
FLASHBACK ENDS. 41
EXT. MUMBAI COURT, PARKING LOT - DAY - 2009
Shahid is washing his face. Ramanathan waits. Wipes his face with his handkerchief. RAMANATHAN Dekh. Time sahi nahin hai par main poochonga.. Kya?
SHAHID RAMANATHAN Baat hui? Shahid shakes his head disappointingly.. RAMANATHAN (CONT'D) Kaise chalega, bata na? Radar ke bina plane, Aur example doon? Shahid waves his hand to say its enough. RAMANATHAN (CONT'D) Tu kar kya raha hai yaar? Kab tak chalega aise. Hunm? SHAHID Backlog mein chal rahi poori zindagi abhi. Shahid mobile starts to ring. Unknown number. RAMANATHAN Toh phir kuuch kar. Aur tujhe zaroorat hai yeh sikhne ki na kaise bola jaaye. Tu sab case toh nahin lad sakta? Jeena shuroo kar. Shahid picks up the phone. Hello.
SHAHID MITALI Hi, Mitali from global globepost. I was hoping to get an interview? (CONTINUED)
41 SHAHID Ok. 8 pm. You have my office address? I do... Bye.
Puts the phone back. Kaun? Journalist.
RAMANATHAN SHAHID RAMANATHAN Kya baat hai? interview! 42
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2009
Shahid is with a lady who is carrying a dictaphone in his cabin. She is dressed like Barkha Dutt. SHAHID Mitali... Chai? She nods. JOURNALIST Mera naam Parangama hai. SHAHID (calls out to his office boy, INDER) Inder, 2 chai. (looks at Parangama) We can start. She pulls out her Dictaphone and puts it on the table. She is obviously nervous, maybe her first day. She finally manages it.. JOURNALIST Aap sirf terrorists ke case hi kyun ladte hain? (CONTINUED)
Shahid looks amused at the insinuation 43
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'SHOUSE - DAY - 1993
FLASHBACK BEGINS Shahid knocks. Arif opens up. Shahid looks down.. Arif hugs him. Shahid's mother calls out from inside the house MOTHER Kaun hai, Arif? ARIF Ammi, Shahid hai (pauses) Gaon se wapas aa gaya. Shahid looks at Arif with surprise... Arif signals to Shahid to just get into the house. They get inside MOTHER din mein exam hain. Kaise karoge? SHAHID Main padh raha tha wahan.. MOTHER Patang udane se fursat mili hogi toh na. Thoda pahle aa jaate. SHAHID Aane ka mann nahin kar raha tha, Ammi. MOTHER Marks kam aaye toh agle saal gaon nahin jaoge. Shahid nods. 44
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE NIGHT - 1993 Shahid is on ground floor studying for his next day examination. Tariq and Arif sleep there...Tariq wakes up... TARIQ Raat ke 3 baje hain... Toh...
44 TARIQ Toh light off kar... SHAHID Mujhe padhna hai.... TARIQ Light off kar, Maine nahin bola gaon mein rukne ke liye.
Arif wakes up...Looks at the time... ARIF (Irritated) Raat ke 3 baje hain, yaar... TARIQ Light off kar... SHAHID Mujhe padhna hai.... TARIQ Off kar... Nahin...
Tariq stands and switches it off...Goes back to sleep...Shahid switches it on... Shahid
ARIF Dono bahar jaake lado. Mother sleeping on the first floor wakes up and comes down... MOTHER (Stern) Kya ho raha hai yahaan? MOTHER (CONT'D) Chalo Shahid upar chalo... Shahid picks up his books and follows mother.
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR - EVENING - 1993
Shahid is riding a bicycle. He stops at a small tea shop where his 2 friends are already seated... A police gypsy with the siren blaring passes as they speak... FRIEND (to chaiwallah) cutting... (To Shahid) Kaisi hai taiyaari... SHAHID Yaar, Taariq padhne nahin deta... FRIEND (Laughs) Tariq bol raha tha tu usko sone nahin deta. They all laugh. 46
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE EVENING - 1993
Shahid rides his bicycle and reaches the corner of his house. Shahid sees the cops with Arif and Tariq. His mother is in the STD booth outside, frantically trying to call someone. She cant get through. Keeps the receiver down. She moves back where Arif and Tariq are. A police man has removed his cap and is scratching his head in boredom... Arif Stands adjacent to him...The cop suddenly pulls Arif to the jeep as Mother and Tariq protest. 47
EXT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE EVENING - 1993 Shahid reaches the spot. SHAHID Kya ho raha hai yeh? COP Tum ho Shahid? Haan...
SHAHID COP Chalo hamare saath... Shahid is dragged into the police vehicle as his mother screams at Shahid. (CONTINUED)
47 MOTHER Koi galati ki hai toh sach sach bata dena... ARIF Ammi, isne kuuch nahin kiya hai...
Mother is inconsolable as Arif tries to control her hysteria. 48
INT. POLICE STATION - EVENING - 1993
An interrogator puts three photographs in front of Shahid. Shahid looks at them. We realize that one of them is Abrar. INTERROGATOR Kisi ko jaanta hai inmein? Nahin. Pakka? Haan.
SHAHID INTERROGATOR SHAHID
INTERROGATOR (Pointing at Abrar's photo) Phir tera number iski diary mein kya kar raha tha gaandu? Shahid looks stunned when he hears that. INTERROGATOR (CONT'D) Sab ne bol diya. Ab tu bolega. We remain on Shahid's face and capture his uneasiness with this disclosure. FLASHBACK ENDS. 49
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2009
SHAHID Yeh kaisa sawaal hai? PARANGAMA Kya yeh sahi nahin? Aap defend nahin karte terrorists ko... (CONTINUED)
49 SHAHID (cuts her short) Nahin.. PARANGAMA Toh sahi kya hai... SHAHID Do you honestly believe ki jo log arrests hote hain woh guilty hi hai?
LODHI ROAD SPECIAL CELL - DAY - 1994
FLASHBACK BEGINS SUPER : Lodhi Road Special Cell, New Delhi Shahid is escorted into a special cell by 2 guards. Shahid's legs and hands are cuffed. As he walks he watches torture in full swing in another room. He looks inside the room as he walks by. A mans hands are cuffed and tied to a iron chain from the roof. The cops are taking turns in hitting his legs with lathi. As they hit him he winces in pain and cries Allah every time he is struck. They all laugh as if it is a source of entertainment. Shahid is seated in the room opposite. He is made to sit on a chair. The beating continues. The man is hit again and he yells Allah again. A man walks in and closes the door. Smiles and sits. He is the INTERROGATOR, SAMPRADAYIK SINGH (bad cop). SAMPRADAYIK SINGH (Pointing his fingers to the room) Entertainment ka Baap. Main hoon interrogatoron ka baap! Mera naam janta hai? Shahid shakes his head. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Sampradayik Singh. Matlab samajha mere naam ka? Shahid nods his head. (CONTINUED)
50 SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Saare Khalistani, Pakistani aur Kashmiri ki maa bahan ek karne ka zimma le rakha hai maine. Uss list mein tu add hona chahta hai toh bata de. Kyonki jo main interrogate karne lag gaya toh tu ek zinda laash ban jaayega. Pooch kaise? Nahin Poochega? Main hi bata deta hoon. Idhar main tere dimag ki maa bahan karoonga bahar teri batti jalayenge. Phir Bombay Police ko ek phone. Phir.. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH (To Shahid) 3 din hain tere paas. (To Escorts) Harami ko sone mat diyo rey...
As Shahid is being tortured, another INTERROGATOR (GOOD COP), RAJ SINGH enters. Smiles. 51
INT. LODHI ROAD SPECIAL CELL - NIGHT - 1994
Raj Singh walks in and closes the door. RAJ SINGH (to Sampradayik Singh) Jaa fresh ho le. Sampradayik Singh walks out fuming. Shahid's face is pale and tired. RAJ SINGH Tu... bata de sab. SHAHID Bata diya. Mujhe aur kuuch nahin pata. RAJ SINGH To woh Pakistani jhooth bol raha hai? SHAHID Main usse camp mein mila tha. Bas. RAJ SINGH Toh number kyon diya usko? (CONTINUED)
51 SHAHID (Difficulty in speaking) Main aur kisi ko nahin jaanta tha wahaan. Mujhe kuuch hota toh woh ghar walon ko phone... Mere padosi ka number diya tha. RAJ SINGH Phone nahin hai tere ghar par? Nahin.
SHAHID He walks out and closes the door. Meets Sampradayik Singh outside. 52
INT. LODHI ROAD JAIL - OUTSIDE SPECIAL CELL - NIGHT - 1994
RAJ SINGH Sign karwa aur jaane de TIhar. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Yeh saali Police bhi na. Saale pakistani ko zinda .. GOOD COP Phir wahi raag, ab nahi hai zinda toh nahin hai na case. 53
INT. LODHI ROAD SPECIAL CELL - NIGHT - 1994
Sampradayik Singh walks into the room. Shahid is asleep. He splashes a tumbler of water on Shahid. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Khush khabri, sunega? Shahid nods with difficulty. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Kaan mein kahoon? Gets near.. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH Teri maa (silent) raand hai.. (CONTINUED)
Shahid starts crying...he walks out with a smile. SAMPRADAYIK SINGH (Smiles) Bahanchod. 54
INT. LODHI ROAD SPECIAL CELL - NIGHT - 1994
Two cops nonchalantly thrash Shahid while Sampradayik Singh looks on. Raj Singh enters. RAJ SINGH (to cops) Bas karo. (to Sampradayik Singh) Jaa yahaan se. (to constables) Paani lao... SHAHID Mujhe nikalo yahaan se.. RAJ SINGH Sign kar de. Jab kuuch kiya nahin hai toh kuuch nahin hoga. Shahid looks blankly at Raj Singh. A cop brings a jug of water and ours a glass for Shahid who thirstily gulps the water. Raj Singh walks out. 55
INT. LODHI ROAD JAIL - OUTSIDE SPECIAL CELL - NIGHT - 1994 Raj Singh meets Sampradayik Singh outside. They exchange a smile. RAJ SINGH Madharchod, taiyaar hai. Sign karwa le. Kar dega. Nahin toh rakh ke dhar diyo aur 2.
INT. LODHI ROAD JAIL, INTERROGATOR'S OFFICE - DAY - 1994
A badly injured and exhausted Shahid is unable to pick up the pen. Somehow he picks it and signs on the paper. FLASHBACK ENDS 57
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2009
Parangama is stumped for an answer. Shahid waits and then speaks again. SHAHID Ek journalist se main yeh ummid nahin karta ki aapko asliyat pata ho, par aap uske karib to hon.Yaa aap un tamaam journalists jaise hain jinhein ek aam aadmi se baat karne ki tamiz nahin. PARANGAMA Aap aam aadmi nahin... SHAHID Main ek aam aadmi hoon jo aam logon ke case ladta hai. Jinke paas fees ke paise nah hon woh aam aadmi hi hoga na? PARANGAMA Toh kya phir limelight mein rahne ke liye aap yeh cases ladte hain? SHAHID Yeh aapka doosra sawaal hai? PARANGAMA (pauses while she looks at a paper in front of her) Nahin chautha... Dikhaiye....
SHAHID She passes the questionnaire. Shahid reads it. SHAHID (CONT'D) Interview is over. PARANGAMA Main ek junior journalist hoon. Yeh questions mere senior ne.. (CONTINUED)
57 SHAHID Jis desh mein bhavna hi sab kuuch hai, wahan wajah aur tark ki kya ahmiyat. Wahan journalist sirf sawaal karenge, asliyat janne ki koshish nahin. Sorry..
SHAHID Aap pooch rahin thi na ki main aam kyon hoon? PARANGAMA Haan. SHAHID Kyunki jab mujhe koi dhamki deta toh main wapas unko dhamki nahin de sakta. Sirf apna kaam kar sakta hoon.Main unko... Khair jaane dijiye. PARANGAMA Aapko dhamki kaun deta hai? SHAHID Sorry. Interview is over. PARANGAMA Yeh main pooch rahin hoon. Sorry.
SHAHID Parangama stands. PARANGAMA (Mutters) please... She is on the gate. Shahid is feeling bad. SHAHID Parangama, Kuucch aisa maqsad dhoondiye jo aapke dil ke behad karib ho. Poori zindagi lage dijiye us par. Zindagi mein khushi na sahi, aap apne aap se khush zaroor rahengi. (CONTINUED)
She nods. PARANGAMA Aap khush hain? SHAHID Koshish toh kijiye ke aapke sapne aur aapki manzil ek ho. Phir, Yeh sawaal nahin poochengi aap. Maine sikha tha yeh... She smiles. Shahid sits. 58
EXT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1994
FLASHBACK BEGINS Establishing shot of Tihar. Shahid is being escorted by 2 cops to the maximum security wing in Tihar Jail. We hear their voices as we follow Shahid's POV of the jail... COP 1 (O.S.) Subah shaam 10 minute ghumne ke liye...8.30 Baje lights off.. COP 2 (O.S) Uparwale par bharosa kar sakta hai...agar yahan se nikalne ki ummid chhod de... COP 1 (O.S.) Shaant rahega toh zaroorat se kam dhulai hogi... Shahid is inside his cell looking out as the cops leave shutting the cell... 59
INT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1994
Arif sits outside the JAIL SUPERINTENDENT's office...A cop passing through looks at him and disgustedly enters the office... COP Yo superintendent saab, dimaag ki dahi kar rakhi hai isne. 3 din se subah aa jaata hai, aur phir jaata nahin... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Andar bhej... (CONTINUED)
Peeks out and calls Arif in. Arif enters. JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Haan Bhai...Kya pareshaani hai? ARIF Sir, mere bhai se milna tha... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Iske liye chai la.Thaher, waise bhi humari chai kadwi lagegi isse.Baith Arif moves to sit. JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Chal khada hi rah..Dekh.Ab woh desh ka dushman pahle baad mein tera bhai.TADA.Samajhta hai? ARIF Sir, Lodhi road mein... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Galat bola tha.Gaon kahan hai tera? ARIF Bombay... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Wapas jaa..6 mahine ke baad aana. ARIF Sir, 6 mahine... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Toh Bahan ke laudey, maine banaya usse atankwadi? ARIF He is not a terrorist... JAIL SUPERINTENDENT Ab tu Angrezi chodega?.... ARIF Aap gaali... (CONTINUED)
JAIL SUPERINTENDENT (Interrupts) Bahar nikal... The other cop pulls him outside... COP Ab dikhiyo mat...Tujhe bhi andar kar denge... 60
EXT/INT - TIHAR JAIL, LAUNDRY - DAY - 1994
We see Shahid at work - dying clothes. He sees OMAR talking animatedly to a group of varied age groups. YOUNG MAN Wahan ki Memein? Huuh..
YOUNG MAN Unko lena asaan hai? Haan.. Aapne li? Bahut... 61
OMAR YOUNG MAN OMAR INT./EXT. - L.S.E - DAY - 1991 FLASH CUT On stage getting an award.... Coming out of L.S.E with a brown friend...Cheerful mood. He looks at a girl in a group, they make an eye contact...He looks down while she keeps looking... FRIEND Jab dekhna band kar degi tab zaroor boloonga "I told you so". Omar smiles.
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LAUNDRY - DAY - 1994
Back to present. MAN Maine suna hai Goray aksar maar peet karte hain? OMAR Haan...woh ek ko marte hain hum char ko. 63
EXT. LONDON STREET - NIGHT - 1989
FLASH CUT. Omar and his friend being bashed by white bullies. 64
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LAUNDRY - DAY - 1994
Back to present. Buzzer rings. 65
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, ALLEY - DAY - 1994
Shahid is moving towards his cell when he sees a Nigerian inmate. His hands and legs are tied and the cops are taking him to the cleaners... COP Gorillay...Aur piyega? Bata? Shahid walks back hastily... 66
INT. TIHAR JAIL, DINNER SPOT - NIGHT - 1994
Shahid is walking towards the dinner area as he sees a few inmates walking with a smile... Shahid enters, few inmates walk out citing all kinds of medical complications...He enters and sees a bunch not eating. He picks his plate and sees Omar sitting with his hands on his face, alone in the corner table... He fills his plate and sits near Omar... Omar looks at Shahid with furious eyes... SHAHID Koi kha kyon nahin raha? OMAR Roka. Maine? Fuckin Tossers. All. Stands up and leaves... Stomps out in anger.
INT. TIHAR JAIL, VISIT ROOM - 1994
Arif is waiting for Shahid. He looks around. Just in front of where he is sitting there is a couple sitting next to each other. The woman has a very healthy baby in her hands and she passes the baby to the man. The man just looks at the baby and keeps looking. Gets the baby near his chest and a tear rolls down from his eyes as he keeps looking. The baby smiles and Arif has a sad smile on his face. Omar is sitting on a nearby table with his father and lawyer. Shahid enters as Arif stands up and hugs him. Shahid is a little held back in his hug. They sit... Arif keeps looking at Shahid. ARIF Yeh... (As if he wont see him again. His eyes well up...) SHAHID Ammi, kaisi hain? Arif manages to speak, albeit with a choked voice. ARIF Kaisa hai... Shahid? SHAHID Thik. Kuuch dost bhi hain yahan. Arif knows that he is lying. ARIF Huunh...Ammi acchi hain. Shahid smiles, sadly. SHAHID Kehna main thik hoon. Arif nods his head. ARIF Tumhein kuuch chahiye yahan? Books.
67 ARIF Paise? Kapde? Kuuch Bhi..
Shahid shakes his head. Buzzer rings. ARIF (CONT'D) Ghar pe phone lag gaya hai...yeh number...Kucch bhi zaroorat.. Shahid shakes his head again...Time to go. Shahid stands up, turns back with no emotion... Arif keeps sitting watching him leave. 68
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, ALLEY - DAY - 1994
Shahid is walking back to his cell as Omar catches up with him. Bhai? Haan.. Omar Sheikh Pata hai...
OMAR SHAHID OMAR SHAHID
OMAR My reputation precedes me... SHAHID Samjha nahin... OMAR Koi baat nahin... 69
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, GROUND - DAY - 1994
Omar is with the same bunch. YOUNG MAN Kaise ki thi kidnapping? OMAR Goron ke saath ye dikkat hai ki woh khud ko sawa ek aur doosron ko aadha samjhte hain. (CONTINUED)
69 YOUNG MAN Phir kya hua? OMAR Koi andar ka hi mila tha, Police se.. Phir..
OMAR Hum aakhiri dum tak lade. 70
INT/EXT. GHAZIABAD HOUSE- NIGHT - 1993
OMAR'S FLASH STORY BEGINS Omar enters the house. He sees dead corpses lying on the floor and a cop noticing him enter. Omar is running for his life...Cops follow him... COP1 Bach gaya toh sab ki gaand mein sariya daalega D.G.P... One of them takes aim and fires which misses... We see Omar running towards the camera..thinking to himself. OMAR (V.O.) Wait...Why am I running...Do I even beli... (Bullet passes his head) Fuckin hell... Another bullet brushes his shoulder... Think.
OMAR (V.O.) He stops abruptly...and puts his hand on his head... Cops get to the spot. He is shot in the arm.. OMAR (Heavy cockney accent) I am one of the hostages. I am from England...My name is Rajeev Verma. COP Arrey yeh kidnapper na hai... (CONTINUED)
70 COP (Raises his hand to slap) Phir bhaga kyon bahanchod... COP Abey maar mat...goli lag rakhi hai isse...mar maraa gaya toh... COP Jeep mein daal...Agar dogla hua..
The jeep zips off...While he is in the jeep... OMAR'S FLASH STORY ENDS. 71
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, CANTEEN AREA - DAY - 1994
Back to present. OMAR Aapki Taarif? SHAHID Shahid Azmi... OMAR Bade chup chaap rahte ho? They walk a bit more... OMAR (CONT'D) Sorry yaar.. us din ke liye...Maine socha, kuuch badlega...idddiot tha main. SHAHID Kya? OMAR Prisoner ko cigarette deta kaun hai? Police. Aur phir cigarette milne par marta kaun hai. Police. They walk some more. GHULAM NABI WAR passes and looks at them...Shahid and him make an eye contact... War looks at him with a contemptuous smile. (CONTINUED)
Shahid and Omar walk on. OMAR (CONT'D) Maine socha kuuch Gandhi jaisa karte hain. SHAHID Par sab bhaag gaye... OMAR Mera Bharat mahaan...99 chor aur 1 beimaan. SHAHID Maine suna hai yeh. OMAR Kahaan Shahid stays quiet. 72
INT. DELHI, PHONE BOOTH - NIGHT - 1994
Arif is inside a phone booth. Its a small rectangular cubicle.. We see him dialling the 022-4 and then phone ringing...Mother picks up at the other end... Ammi...
ARIF MOTHER Shahid kaisa hai? ARIF (Stutters) Accha hai Ammi...Bahut.. Arif waits for a reaction. Mother stays quiet... MOTHER Usse ab bhi pareshaan karte hain? Nahin... Kaisa hai? Accha Ammi..
ARIF MOTHER ARIF (CONTINUED)
Mother cant take it anymore and starts weeping....Arif takes support of the wall looks up the fast running bill and cuts the phone. 73
INT. TIHAR JAIL, ALLEY -
DAY - 1994
Shahid moves with his bedding behind a cop... SHAHID General wing, special wing se acchi hai?.. Cop keeps walking...Escorts him to a cell which has 2 inmates.. 74
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1995
Omar is too engrossed in reading to notice anyone...Shahid walks in and sits opposite when Omar looks up...Omar hands over a book... OMAR Batana kaisi lagi.... Shahid takes a look at the cover...Its a book on Persian Philosophy... 75
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SHAHID'S CELL - NIGHT - 1995 Shahid is next reading the book, when he sees a letter... Opens it...Its a letter from Omar. OMAR (O.S.) Shahid, Tumhari camp ka tajurba aur usse tumhara gussa lajmi hai. Main bhi gaya tha aise ek camp mein. Main bhi wahan se bhaag aaya tha, isliye mujhe lagta hai ki hum dono sirf galat jagah the. Akal se paidal toh apni taaqat ki azmayish karenge hi? Hum aur tum uske liye nahin bane, hum leader hain. Hum followers nahin, log hamein follow karenge. Ek din aayega aisa. Ek din.. The lights go off....He keeps the book aside and lies down while looking up....Comfortable with his existence....
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, PLAYGROUND - DAY - 1995 Shahid is walking towards the ground. A football match is in progress...He is still a distance away....As he walks he seems to repeat what he read, yesterday in his head.... SHAHID (V.O.) Zindagi mein aaye har ek lamhe ka sirf ek maqsad hota hai. Zindagi ek ke baad ek aaye in lamhon ka silsila hi toh hai....Agar aap in lamhon ko samajhte hain aur unmein jeena seekh lete hain toh yakeenan aapne jeena seekh liya... He hurries into the ground..... Joins the game...Stands near the goalkeeper....Roommate 1 waves his hand and Shahid smiles...Game on... The opponent charges with the ball...Shahid tackles it, gets the possession and sends it sailing away in the midfield...Gets back near the goalkeeper.... Score?
The opponents charge again. Shahid tackles the forward, gets possession. He dribbles forward, is tackled roughly. Shahid falls along with the opponent, Ghulam Nabi War. War and Shahid look at each other as they get up. It begins to rain. Both the players get up. SHAHID (V.O.) Barsaat se bhi kuuch seekhne ko milta hai.Baarish mein aap koshish karte hai baarish se bachne ki aur kam se kam bheegne ki.Par aap phir bhi manzil tak pahunchne mein bheeng hi jaate hain. Bheengna dono taraf hai, aap uske liye taiyar ho ya na hon. Par agar aapko ye shuruat se pata hai ki aap bheengenge toh aap bheengne se hairaan nahin honge uska mazaa lenge.Aur zindagi ka bhi.. The game continues in the heavy rain
INT. SHAHID'S CELL - EARLY MORNING - 1995
Shahid drinks a glass of water. His roommates are asleep. Shahid goes to the side and offers prayers. 78
EXT. TIHAR JAIL - LAUNDRY - DAY
A tired Shahid walks out to the laundry. He purses his parched lips and wearily starts work. He looks at Omar who is at work close by. Shahid walks up to him. OMAR You look like death... SHAHID Sirf paani piya sehri ke waqt... OMAR Bast... Sorry... gaali bhi nahi de sakte hum Ramzan ke waqt... (shakes his head) lekin man karta hain ki... (clenches his fist tightly) A man standing next to Omar, AFTAB ANSARI, speaks up AFTAB Baahar nikalkar sazaa hum hi denge inko... OMAR (to Shahid) Inse milo ...Aftab Ansari...Hamare Banarasi muscle man... Aftab and Shahid shake hands... AFTAB General wing? Haan
SHAHID AFTAB Koi problem ho to batana.. SHAHID Nahin samjha... (CONTINUED)
78 OMAR Arrey, he will protect you.. AFTAB Saare ke saare Lafender hain wahan. OMAR We are looking after you, brother....You are one of us...
Shahid smiles... Thanks.
SHAHID They exchange smiles and Shahid leaves... 79
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SPECIAL CELL - EVENING - 1995
A troop of 50 policemen march in. They all stand in attention, some have a rifle, some Lathi. Quick cut of Omar being smashed... 80
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, GROUND - DAY - 1995 Shahid roams around the ground looking for Omar. Shahid sees Omar. He sees that his head is bandaged. Rushes to him. SHAHID Kya Hua? AFTAB Dum bhar ke pela sabko. Tum humko support karoge ki nahin? Shahid nods.... OMAR Agar marenge toh kuuch acche ke liye marenge?
INT. HOSPITAL - DAY - 1995
FLASH. Omar is lying on the bed, his hand plastered. With a journalist. OMAR Mujhe bargalaya gaya tha Kashmir ke baare mein. main Kashmir gaya tha. Wahan aisa kuuch bhi nahin ho raha.Mujhse galati ho gayi. (Starts crying) Please mujhe London wapas bhej dijiye. 82
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, GROUND - DAY - 1995
Back to present. Same Spot. OMAR Main kuuch karta hoon... AFTAB Bahaar nikalo sab ko. OMAR Sab nikloge...Aur yeh saale tumhein chodenge gate tak... AFTAB Ekk Jhaapad gheench ke denge salle ko jaate waqt.... Shahid is impressed. 83
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1996
Shahid comes out of the library and is walking towards his cell with a book in hand.... VOICE Toh jihadi ko padhne ka bhi shauq hai... Shahid looks back in disgust to find War... 84
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1996
Back to present. SHAHID (Agitated) Main jihadi nahin hoon... (CONTINUED)
War walks up to him... WAR Phir se bolna? SHAHID Jihadi nahin hoon main... War starts to walk....Shahid Walks with him... WAR Accha..toh banna chahte ho? 85
EXT. SRINAGAR, DAL LAKE - DAY - 1985
Dal Lake, filled with foreigners in summer.. 86
INT. SRINAGAR, WAR'S CARPET SHOP - DAY - 1985
Shop filled with customers. War looks at his father shaking his hands with a foreign tourist after the completion of sale. 87
EXT. SRINAGAR, STREET - NIGHT - 1990
War on a Royal Enfield bike riding through the streets of Srinagar. He passes by a procession of people pelting stones at the local police. He looks away and takes another lane. 88
EXT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1996 Back to present. SHAHID Aap yeh kaise kah sakte hain? WAR Jinke saath uthte baithte ho... SHAHID Woh mere dost hain... WAR Woh kisi ke dost nahin. Haan unhein kise, kab, kahan, kaise kya bolna aur karna hai yeh aata hai.
EXT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1992
Flashback. We cut to the end of a speech by a mullah. He is surrounded by young people which includes War. MULLA Zaalimon ne poora gaon jalaa dala. Kuuch bhi nahin bacha. Aurat, Bachhe...Kisi ko nahin choda. Mulla breaks down. The crowd is deeply moved. 90
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, CORRIDOR/ALLEY/GROUND - DAY - 1996
Back to present.. SHAHID Nahin... WAR Haan. Tumhare soch ko kaboo mein karte hain. Apna kaam nikalwate hain.. 91
EXT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1992
War paying Mulla his protection money. Mulla hugs him. 92
EXT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1996
Shahid stays quiet. WAR Main jaanta hoon Omar ko...Accha bolta hai... Toh?
SHAHID WAR Usse yeh bhi maloom hai ki Kabul mein sirf ghode hi nahin hote. SHAHID Samjha nahin. WAR Saare gadhon ko ek saath karo, tum leader khud ban jaaoge. (CONTINUED)
92 SHAHID Aap itne bade expert kaise ho? WAR Kyonki main ek aise gadhe ki kahani jaanta hoon..
They enter the building... Kaun? Main... 93
EXT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1992
WAR'S FLASH STORY BEGINS A deserted Dal Lake in the summer.. 94
INT. SRINAGAR, WAR'S CARPET SHOP - DAY - 1992
War's shop with no customers as War and father look at each other.. 95
EXT. SRINAGAR, GROUND - DAY - 1992
Kashmiri women mourn the death of family members on the street. Stone throwing.. 96
EXT. SRINAGAR, GROUND - DAY - 1992
We see a helicopter landing and army men putting coffins of dead soldiers inside. 97
INT. SRINAGAR, OUTSKIRTS OF KASHMIR/SOME VILLAGE - DAY 1992 War being threatened by the Mulla who shows him dead bodies of young Kashmiri boys... MULLA Sab apna hi rote hain. Yeh shahadat kiske liye...Jab apno ko hi samajh nahin.. WAR Haan.nahin samajhta. MULLA Arrey khoon nahin khaulta tumhara... (CONTINUED)
97 WAR Jahannam bana diya hai aap logon ne Kashmir ko. Humse poocha tha? MULLA Kya bak rahe ho? WAR Jo sahi hai. Kashmir azaad hoke kya karega jab aap poori nasl ko hi saaf karne par amaada ho. Sirf auratein bachengi yahan.
A few kids get restless. Point gun. Yeh. Yeh hai
WAR (CONT'D) WAR (CONT'D) aapki asliyat. (pauses) Goonda tax band. Maarna hai.. maar do. Mulla gestures them to be at ease. War turns back and leaves... WAR'S FLASH STORY ENDS 98
INT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1996
Back to present. They pass a cell where Mr. D.N Saxena is locked up...He is reading... WAR Pairi pauna, Sir... Saxena looks up... Jeeta reh...
SAXENA War and Shahid keep walking.... WAR Dr. Saxena. Professor, Punjab University... SHAHID Hunh... (CONTINUED)
98 WAR Yeh mujhe, Srinagar mein garib bachchon ke liye civil services ki institute kholne mein madad karenge.. SHAHID Civil services kyun? WAR To change the system, you have to be a part of it. Paise?...
WAR Abbu ne thik thak choda hai. SHAHID Sorry, (aapke abbu ke liye) ... WAR Main bhi. Wajah bhi main hi tha. 99
EXT/INT. SRINAGAR, WAR'S CARPET SHOP - DAY - 1994
WAR'S FLASH STORY BEGINS. We see the outside of the shop from the street as a 16 year old kid runs frantically inside...War and boy look at each other. 100
EXT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1994
War is on the run.. Police jeeps halt outside War's shop. Drag his father. A senior cop looks at a guy in a shawl with his face hidden, but his eyes... He indicates the direction. The cop informs army on the wireless. 101
EXT. SRINAGAR - DAY - 1994
Army men and their ferocious German Shepherd sniffer dogs raring to go get down...The dogs are let loose, the army men run after the dogs... War on the run...cant run...too tired...Sits...gasping..He hears the barking dogs...Runs again... (CONTINUED)
WAR'S FLASHBACK ENDS. 102
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, CORRIDOR - DAY - 1996
War is with Shahid. Silence. WAR (Stern eyes) You should study... 103
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SAXENA'S CELL - DAY - 1996
Shahid is standing while Saxena and War are sitting... SHAHID Sir, Main padhna chahta hoon...Par warden ne ... SAXENA Main Warden se baat karoonga... SHAHID Thank you, Sir...Koi scholarship mil sakti hai?.... WAR Koi problem hai?... SHAHID Ghar waalon se nahin maang sakta WAR Main tumhari fees doonga. Shahid is puzzled... WAR (CONT'D) Par Omar,Aftab se milna band karoge? SHAHID Main aur kisi ko nahin jaanta yahaan. WAR Humein jaante ho... Shahid looks down.. WAR (CONT'D) Thik hai, Sunday ko tum uske saath chess khel sakte ho. Par marks kam aaye to sab band...Thik hai.. (CONTINUED)
Shahid nods. 104
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1996
Shahid studies in the Library. He has two books opened and a register on which he is writing.Librarian sits at a distance. Fills up a form... Writing the exams in the library. Saxena is invigilating.. Time's up...
Shahid gives the answer sheet to Saxena... 105
EXT. TIHAR JAIL-
DAY/NIGHT - 1996
MONTAGE Jail activities - Playing chess with Omar. 106
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SHAHID'S CELL - DAY - 1996
Shahid is studying. 107
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1997
Shahid giving his exams. 108
INT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1998
War is being released. He meets Shahid. WAR Laher ke ulte tairna mushkil hai, par agar tum yeh karlo toh tum wahan pahoonchoge jahan koi na pahooncha ho... Thank you...
SHAHID WAR Waqt ka istemal karo. Saal khud kat jaayenge. Shahid nods... SHAHID All the best... War hugs him. Shahid starts crying... (CONTINUED)
108 WAR Main bas riha ho raha hoon... (pauses) Tumhein chhod nahin raha.
Shahid looks at him as he walks into the distant burnout. 109
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SHAHID'S CELL - DAY - 1998
Shahid is with a book and a register...He is trying to solve a problem as we hear tremendous noise in the background of chattering, children crying....He Crosses the page with his pen in frustration....and puts his hand on his ears....Looks back at the scribbled page....Tears that page out...and throws the book on the wall, starts rubbing his hand on his face in frustration... Is in the examination room...He is looking ahead and not writing anything.... 110
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1999
Shahid is with the librarian. LIBRARIAN Kaisa gaya exam? Shahid does not say anything. LIBRARIAN (CONT'D) Tumhari hearing kab hai.. Kal.
SHAHID LIBRARIAN Best of Luck... 111
INT. TADA COURT - DAY - 1999 Shahid is in the box. Judge comes in after a recess and everyone in court stands. He sits down and starts reading. JUDGE I find you guilty as charged of waging war against India. You are herby sentenced to 7 years of rigorous imprisonment. Shahid is about to fall back as cops give him support.
INT. TIHAR JAIL, SHAHID'S CELL- DAY - 1999
Shahid is throwing the books of the rack....He tears down books and register.....Roommate 2 intervenes and makes him sit down.... 113
INT. TIHAR JAIL, VISIT ROOM - DAY - 1999
Shahid sits with Arif. They both look glum. SHAHID Ab aap yahan nahin aaoge. Yeh kya...
ARIF SHAHID (Interrupts) Bahut kiya bhai...Aur nahin..Main kamzor.. (Pause) Consider me dead.... Shahid breaks down. Asif puts his hand around him. He shoves him away. SHAHID (CONT'D) Aap sun rahein hain? ARIF Par kaise?.... SHAHID (interrupts) Meri nafrat yahan layi thi mujhe...Aapka pyaar kaafi nahin mujhe yahan se nikalne ke liye..Ab aapki apni family bhi hai...Sab aapko dekhna hai... Arif looks down... SHAHID (CONT'D) Bhai...Bhai..Main nahin chahta aap yahan aayein. Aap aaye to bhi nahin aaonga bahar... The brothers are quiet. Shahid looks away as Arif looks at him.
EXT. - TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1999
Omar and Shahid are in the middle of a game. OMAR I am getting out of here. Sun rahe ho. I am getting out. Shahid looks up. OMAR (CONT'D) Mere saath chalo? SHAHID How charitable? OMAR Plane hijack kiya hai mere liye! SHAHID Tumhare liye ya Maulana Azhar? OMAR Well informed, Me Like that. Chaloge ya nahin? I will have to make a request... Naah.
OMAR Koi zindagi toh hai nahin yahan tumhari. Shahid looks away... OMAR (CONT'D) Meri taraf dekho. Tumhein lagta hai tum yahan se bahar jaaoge? Kabhi? Stoic silence.. OMAR (CONT'D) Raste mein mujhe maar sakte hain, par tumne toh apni gaand likh di inke naam. SHAHID Un jahilon se acche hain yeh.. OMAR Jaahil nahi Haafiz. (CONTINUED)
114 SHAHID Duniya mein aur koi chiz isse khatarnak nahin hai. Kya?
SHAHID Ek bewakoof jiske paas marne ke liye ek galat wajah ho.. Omar has a bemused smile on his face.... OMAR Ek din, pachtaoge... SHAHID Tum har samay ek din aisa hoga ek din waisa hoga karte ho. Asliyat mein kuuch nahin badalne waala. Someday...
SHAHID Nahin, yeh "someday" asliyat mein nahin aane waala. Dil ko bahlane ke liye achha hai.. Get lost...
OMAR Shahid stands up... SHAHID Tum toh kab se khoye hue ho, Omar.. Shahid walks away as Omar looks. 115
EXT. TIHAR JAIL - DAY - 1999
Shahid sits with War, looks glum. War puts his hand around him. Both keen to speak..dialogues interlap. WAR Hum appeal karenge. Lower court.. SHAHID Mere appeal se koi fayda nahin hoga Kyun..
115 SHAHID Yahan kuuch bhi kaam nahin karta..Saxena sir, aur unki baatein. Judiciary pe bharosa karo..Sab kitabi. Batolabaazi. WAR To main tumhare saath hota...Bahar kyon hoon?
Shahid looks down... SHAHID Pahle bola Sena pramukh ko maarne wala tha...ab us list mein Kashmir ke CM ko bhi...add kar diya WAR Tum meri baat hi nahin sun rahe. 2 mahine mein tarikh mil jayegi.. SHAHID Is baar P.M Ko bhi add karenge. Maine padhai ki, socha ...Saal barbaad nahin hone doonga. socha tha..Mujhe kya pata tha ki Police mujhse yahan bhi aagey rahegi... WAR Hum log appeal karenge... Nahin...
WAR Haan. Kisi ko toh dikhega ki saboot ke naam par sirf ek Police custody ka signed paper hai. Aur kuuch nahin. Tumhari ammi bhi yahi chahti hain.. Shahid looks down.... WAR (CONT'D) Bachche, apna aitbaar qayam karo... Shahid looks up and then down... WAR (CONT'D) Dikhega. Zaroor dikhega.
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY - DAY - 1999
Librarian is sitting inside and looking outside the door...He sees Shahid passing by... Shahid...
Shahid looks and gets inside... LIBRARIAN (CONT'D) Results declared... SHAHID (Cynical) Main fail... LIBRARIAN Itne mayusi se kaise chalega?... SHAHID Fark kya padta hai. Pass.
SHAHID Kya karoon iska main yahan?.. He grabs the paper lying in front. Makes a paper ball, throws it in the dust bin... No use...
SHAHID (CONT'D) Librarian takes out the paper from the dustbin. LIBRARIAN Accha, tum padhai kis liye kar rahe the. Yahaan se bahar nikalne ke liye? SHAHID Maine socha tha, bahar nikalne ke baad main kuuch kar paaonga..main. LIBRARIAN Toh, yeh padhai jo tumne ki, ye barbaad ho gayi court ke faisle se? Shahid stays mum. (CONTINUED)
116 LIBRARIAN (CONT'D) Yeh saal jo tumne lagaye, yeh degrees, knowledge koi cheen nahin sakta tumse. Tum yeh nahin bhi kar sakte thay, par tumne yeh kiya. You should be proud of that.
Shahid nods. 117
INT. TIHAR JAIL, LIBRARY- DAY - 1999
Shahid fills up a form for a diploma in journalism. 118
EXT. TIHAR JAIL, GROUND - EVENING - 1999
Shahid is walking alone. There are many prisoners in the ground. He walks alone. Shahid smiles as his walk gets brisk and more assured. (Passage of time to be conveyed through this sequence) 119
INT. PATIALA HIGH COURT- DAY - 1999 Front shot. Same sequence. A Different Judge. Judge reads the judgement. JUDGE You are exonerated from all charges. You have already served more then 5 years. This court sets you free effective immediately. Shahid breaths relief and goes to War who is in the court. SHAHID Thank you.Waqt lagta hai...par kaamyaab hai. War hugs Shahid... Kya?
WAR SHAHID Indian Judiciary. War nods. They embrace.
EXT./ INT. TRAIN, KURLA STATION , AUTO - DAY - 1999
Shahid is at the door of the train which is about to enter Kurla station. He looks around and takes a few deep breaths air of his home, Mumbai.
- this is the
He stands outside Kurla station and hails an auto. Looks around to absorb what has changed in these years with awkward inquisitiveness. 121
EXT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY
Shahid arrives at Taximen's Colony. He looks at the new surroundings and at a piece of paper in his hand with a handwritten note from Arif with their new residential address. Shahid walks into the colony and at the slightly dilapidated building. Shahid goes outside an apartment on the ground floor and knocks. His mother opens up. MOTHER Kuuch nahin chahiye. She moves back to close the door. Shahid knocks again. SHAHID Ammi. Main Shahid. Mother comes out and looks at him. Her eyes well up. Ammi.
SHAHID She looks at him, a tear rolls down her cheek but she does not say anything. She takes his hand in her hand. They move inside the house. The family offers afternoon prayers together. 122
EXT./INT. MUMBAI, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - MONTAGE - 1999 Shahid
reads a newspaper and zeroes in on a few jobs.
Shahid waits for his interview to start. An interviewer just shakes his head while reading his resume. (CONTINUED)
Shahid is writing an address from the newspapers on an envelope and then putting an application letter inside. He speed posts 10 envelopes in the post office. This entire sequence in intercut between interviews of various editors and Shahid to show the passage of time and frustration as Shahid tries to find employment. EDITOR-1 Terrific observations, good scores. SHAHID Thank you, Sir. EDITOR-2 Tum yeh bhi jaante ho ki yeh sab hote hue bhi main tumhein hire kyon nahin kar sakta? Kyon Sir? Well...
SHAHID EDITOR-3 SHAHID Sir, Court se mujhe honorable discharge mila hai.It was a mistake. EDITOR-4 Tumhara kahna sahi hai,par sahi aur galat ka lihaj aaj kisse hai? Yeh shahar ab Bombay nahin, Mumbai hai. SHAHID Toh iska matlab hai aap mujhe reject kar rahein hain? Editor stays quiet. SHAHID I reject this job. Before you can reject my application. Shahid stands and walks out.
INT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 1999
Shahid, Arif and his mother are in a conversation. ARIF Phir se bol..phir se bol..Kitne ki? ARIF Ek baar... phir se bol. Haah. 12,000
They all smile. SHAHID Main Law karoonga saath mein. MOTHER Thik hai. ARIF Phir yeh journalism ka bhoot? SHAHID Ek call karna hai. Moves to the first floor and calls. War is on the other side. SHAHID (CONT'D) Sir, meri naukri lag gayi. WAR Kya baat hai. Mubarakaan. SHAHID Law mein admission le raha hoon. WAR Mashallah. Law kyon? SHAHID To Help people. Nahin
WAR (Pause) Lawyer ka kaam hai client ko raasta dikhana, jahan woh apni madad khud kar sakein. Haan.
123 WAR Har imaandar lawyer apne imaandari mein ek jaisa hoga par har ek beimaan apni beimaani mein alag. Be a people's lawyer, Shahid. Tum mein kabiliyat hai. SHAHID Shukriya, bhai jaan. WAR Achcha kaam hai yeh, Shahid agar tumhein parwaah hai galat aur sahi ki. SHAHID People's Lawyer.
War hangs up. Shahid puts the phone down and smiles. 124
INT. BAR COUNCIL - DAY - 2003
Super : BAR COUNCIL OF MUMBAI, 2003 Shahid is there to file his application for membership to the bar council. He sits with a lady as she reviews her papers. She is frowning as she reads it. LADY Tumhein bar license nahin milega? Kyon?
LADY Kyon? Kyonki tum terrorist thay. Tum 5 saal jail mein thay. Shahid looks up. SHAHID Please ek baar rule book mein criteria check kar lijiye. LADY Tum sikhaoge mujhe mera kaam? (CONTINUED)
124 SHAHID (Confident) Sorry. Mujhe pata hai aap yahaan 20 saal se hain. Aur jisse bhi suna hai aapke baare mein, achcha hi suna hai. But Madam, I am eligible. Maine kabhi bankruptcy file nahin ki hai na Koi naityik bhrastachar. Sirf in grounds par mera application reject ho sakta hai.
Lady looks and knows that he has done his homework as she sits motionless looking at him.. SHAHID (CONT'D) Please madam... LADY Ok..Let me check. She goes inside. Comes back and stamps his application. Gives it to Shahid. He smiles. SHAHID Thank you, Mam. Aap jaise logon ke bina, kya hoti yeh duniya? Her frown changes to a smile. LADY Best of luck. SHAHID Madam. Thank you. LADY Main yahan 20 saal se nahin 12 saal se hoon. 125
INT/EXT. K.C COLLEGE, GRADUATION DAY- DAY - 2002
FLASHBACK BEGINS Every student is clad in the same dress. Arif is in the back. Shahid is seated in the front row with Ramanathan. Shahid's name is announced. Shahid walks up, shakes hands with the Dean.
EXT. TAXIMEN COLONY, STREET- LATE EVENING - 2002 Shahid and ARIF walk on the streets. SHAHID Bhai, Law assistant ki opening mili hai. Maqbool Menon ke saath. ARIF Good. SHAHID (hesistantly) Job chodna padega. ARIF (Surprised) Journalist wali? Kaise chalega? SHAHID Main bhi yahi soch raha tha. Shahid looks down as he walks. Arif who is curious for his reaction keeps looking as they walk but Shahid avoids to look up. ARIF Kuuch milega? (Happy) Haan, Bhai.
Arif asks how much without saying. 2 hazaar.
SHAHID (CONT'D) Arif has a forced smile on his face. They continue walking. After a prolonged silence... ARIF Theek hai. Shahid looks up at Arif who is looking straight. Bhai?
SHAHID Arif nods. SHAHID (CONT'D) Kaise karenge? (CONTINUED)
126 ARIF Tension mat lo. Hai ek idea.
ARIF Ab ghar jaa.. Shahid starts walking as Arif stands there. ARIF Zyaada der ruke mat rahna yahaan Shahid looks back and makes an eye contact. SHAHID (Confidently smiles) Dekh lena, 2 saal mein log mujhe jaanenge, bhai. 127
EXT/INT. - LOCAL TRAIN - DAY - 2002
Shahid is in a jam-packed local train. 128
EXT/INT. STREET, BUS - DAY - 2002
Stands in a BMC bus with a suitcase. 129
EXT/INT. STREET, AUTO RICKSHAW - DAY - 2002
Shahid in an auto looking out to locate the place he has to visit in a old locality of Mumbai. 130
INT. CLIENT'S HOUSE 1, 2, 3 - DAY/NIGHT - 2002
Shahid is in different client's houses, some rich, some ultra rich. 131
INT. JAIL, CELL - DAY - 2002
Shahid is seen getting inside a jail. 132
INT. MENON'S OFFICE - DAY/NIGHT - 2002
Writing notes, recording in a Dictaphone, making the client understand something from a case file. The client GAFFAR is unwilling to listen. (CONTINUED)
132 SHAHID Gaffar, main tumhaari madad nahin kar sakta... jhooth bol rahein ho... GAFFAR abey... Memon saab se baat karni hai memreko... tu kya judge hain? SHAHID theek hain... main hi Memon saab se baat karta hoon... bhaad mein jao tum, tumhara case aur tumhara jhooth...
Shahid pushes Gaffar out and bangs the door of the office. 133
INT. COURT ROOM - DAY - 2002
Shahid's boss, MAQBOOL MEMON is in court, fighting a case. He enters mid session and gently reaches his desk, passes a piece of paper as his Boss sees him and comes to his desk and reads the chit he gave. Boss reads it looks back for a split second and nods to say good job and goes back towards the witness box. 134
INT. RAILWAY STATION - DAY - 2002
In the railway station he eats Vada Pav while waiting for the train. 135
EXT. STREET, OUTSIDE TAXIMEN COLONY - DAY - 2002 He is near his house in Taximen Colony, he sees Khalid smoking. Khalid is looking ahead, Shahid pats him Khalid looks back, feels scared. He waves his hand and asks if they can go home and they walk towards the house. SHAHID (Light hearted.) Kab se? Khalid looks down. SHAHID Just ek problem. Har char mein ek cancer se tapakta hai. Tum 3 mein ho, tumko kuchch nahin hoga. (Raises his eyebrows) Ho sakta hai, kyon nahin? 75% chance. Distinction hai! (CONTINUED)
A friend of Khalid calls his name as they look back. The kid is a little shadily dressed, with long hair and tattoos. KHALID Ek minute, bhai. SHAHID Dost? Khalid shakes his head and walks towards his friend as Shahid looks on amusedly. 136
INT. MENON'S OFFICE - DAY - 2002
Shahid is stacking files...MARIAM walks in... Shahid looks up. She sits in the client's area. She looks stunning. Shahid's eyes get fixed at her - he is mesmerized. She looks around the office, sitting. She looks at Shahid who is quite fazed when she sees him looking at her. She looks away without giving it any importance... She is called inside the chamber when she glances back at Shahid looking down at his desk and goes inside. He looks up as she goes in. Stacks the file hastily. 137
INT. MENON'S OFFICE -
EVENING - 2002
Shahid enters the office and moves towards his desk. Menon's secretary yells and points him towards Menon's cabin. He moves towards the cabin and knocks, gets inside. Menon is on the phone. He asks Shahid to sit. MENON (On telephone) Nahin 75 se kam nahin. Hangs up the phone. Looks at Shahid. MENON (CONT'D) How do we make money, Shahid?
137 SHAHID Jhooth bol raha tha. MENON Jab usse tum par bharosa hoga, tab tum bhi uski baaton ka bharosa kar sakoge. Waqt lagta hai. Aaj pahli baar mil rahe the SHAHID Sir, Police is right. He is guilty. Pata hai.
MENON SHAHID Toh hum yeh case lad kyon rahe hain MENON Its a case and we serve our clients, not the law. SHAHID Open and shut case hai, Sir. MENON Pahle facts. Phir jaise marzi waise tod madod karo. Sirf Law book se ladoge, toh har case haaroge. Witness?.. Hostile..
Shahid stands to leave. Turns back. MENON (CONT'D) Ab kya? SHAHID Sir, Kisi aur ko. MENON First, tumne hi maanga tha criminal case. Second, mere office mein cases ki cherry picking nahin hogi. Third tum mera waqt phir se barbaad kar rahe ho. Out.
EXT. TEA SHOP - DAY - 2002
A few days later. A normal tea shop in Bombay. Shahid and an office colleague stand outside with a glass in their hands. Rajesh is smoking... RAJESH Toh follow up kiya Gaffar case? Nahin kiya.
Ruthe ho? Nahin...
Phir? SHAHID Because, I am such a fool RAJESH Nahin. Prachand murkh. Shahid smiles...They start walking... SHAHID Main nahin karoonga follow up. Kranti?
RAJESH SHAHID Kranti? Bas yeh dekh kya sahi hai. RAJESH Kya hai... SHAHID Sirf paisa nahin, har samay nahin. Rajesh lights a cigarette... 139
EXT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - DAY - 2002
Shahid knocks at the door...Is surprised when Mariam looks out from the door... SHAHID (Hesitant) Shhahid,Advocate Menon ki office se (CONTINUED)
Mariam looks indifferently... 140
EXT. ASSAM HOUSE - DAY - 1981
MARIAM'S FLASH STORY BEGINS Setting is of a funeral. A 7 year old girl cries, his father consoling her, dressed in white.. 141
EXT. ASSAM HOUSE - DAY - 1987
Father gets re married...child sits with him as the Maulvi performs the wedding.. 142
EXT. ASSAM HOUSE - DAY - 1988 Father is in the farm attached to men...He is stabbed thrice as the window...we see the helpless eyes frame as his father falls down on walk away..
142 his house with a few child looks out from the of the child in the last the ground and the men
INT. ASSAM HOUSE - DAY - 1989
Mariam is 16 and is doing the daily house hold chores.. She wears a cheap night gown.. We can see it torn as she tries to clear the webs... 144
EXT. ASSAM HOUSE - DAY - 1990
Mariam's maternal grand father is here to take her. She hugs him and leaves with him. With a lawyer...Conversing in Assamese. LAWYER Your mother is contesting your property in Mumbai... MARIAM Expected that.... LAWYER What a bitch.... (Gives a card) MARIAM Thank you... (CONTINUED)
MARIAM'S FLASH STORY ENDS 145
EXT/ INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - DAY - 2002 Back to present... We get back to the last frame...She opens the grill...Shahid gets inside and sits... SHAHID Aapki hearing hai ek week mein.. MARIAM Aap yahaan fees ke liye aaye hain? Nahin..
SHAHID MARIAM Jitne lawyers main dekh chuki hoon, log apni poori zindagi mein nahin dekhte. Lucky people. Shahid stays quiet... MARIAM (CONT'D) Maine koshish ki but nahin ho saka. Main property sale ka ek %age de sakti hoon.. SHAHID (Hesitant) Sir ne... Kya?
MARIAM SHAHID Paise hearing se pahle chahiye. I cant...
MARIAM SHAHID I am really sorry... MARIAM Please go... Shahid walks up and leaves as she sits there dazed... Shahid looks back as he leaves...
EXT. TAXIMEN COLONY, STREET - NIGHT - 2003
Shahid and Arif are walking. ARIF Kaam kaisa chal raha hai? Shahid stays quiet as they walk. Accha nahin?
SHAHID Paisa, paisa, paisa, hai rey paisa! ARIF Achcha hai na. SHAHID Jab yeh chhotapan kucch logon ki zindagi badal sakta ho... They continue to walk. Shahid is anxious to say something. ARIF Kya? SHAHID Main lawyer isliye nahin bana. They walk a little ahead. ARIF Mere 2 job karne ke baad bhi.... Kai loans ho gaye hain sar par. Shahid looks down. SHAHID Saari galati meri hai. ARIF Tum khud ki practise karoge? Haan.
SHAHID ARIF Main personal loan leta hoon. Tu start kar..Dekhenge jo hoga. Bhai.....
146 ARIF (Interrupts) Chhup...
Arif does not answer as they keep walking. ARIF Bar license kab milega... Kal. 147
EXT. BAR COUNCIL/BEST BUS - DAY - 2004
Shahid is walking out on the streets happy after his membership is accepted. He gets into a BEST bus. Looks at his license over and over again. 148
EXT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - DAY
A basic office is set up with old furniture. Shahid's mother supervises cleaning. The holy Koran is placed in a corner. Shahid pastes a sticker outside the office. It reads... " By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. by teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy... Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog..." FLASHBACK ENDS 149
EXT./INT. ZAHEER'S HOUSE - DAY - 2004 Shahid sits with the father of Zaheer Shaikh. FATHER Ek minute. He gets up and gets inside the house. Comes back with a 6 month old baby. He gives the baby to Shahid. Shahid rests the baby in his lap and looks at him lovingly. The baby observes Shahid as if he is asking a question, wide eyed. FATHER (CONT'D) Yeh Zaheer ka beta hai. Isne apne abbu ki shakal nahin dekhi, aaj tak Same shot will see Shahid walking on the street looking expressionless with eyes staring with nothingness.
EXT. COURT HOUSE - DAY - 2003
FLASHBACK BEGINS Shahid makes a call from his cell phone... SHAHID Hello...Mariam..Main Shahid from Menon's office..Aapko replacement lawyer mila? Hmmm... Aap mujse mere office mein aake mil sakti hain? 151
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - DAY - 2003
Shahid is at his desk. The phone rings, he picks up. SHAHID Hello...Mariam... RAMANATHAN Mariam...Kaun hai.. yeh Mariam? Ramanathan.
RAMANATHAN Khud ki practise start kar di? batayega kab?. SHAHID Yaar abhi toh office bhi poora taiyaar nahin hua. RAMANATHAN Ek case mein assist karna hai, kal hearing hai.. SHAHID Kahan yaar. Tu time nahin deta. RAMANATHAN MCOCA case hai..Ab? SHAHID Kahan aana hai? RAMANATHAN By the way yeh Mariam kaun? SHAHID Client, yaar. (CONTINUED)
151 RAMANATHAN Aisa Laga nahin.. SHAHID Ek hi hai yaar, client. Isliye. (Self deprecating laugh)
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2003
Shahid is with a SIKH COUPLE in his cabin... Mariam sits outside...Shahid keeps looking at her as and when he gets a chance to look out, while he attends to the couple. The couple walk out and Mariam walks in and sits while Shahid stands. Hello...
MARIAM SHAHID Aap files laayin hain saath? Mariam passes the file... SHAHID (CONT'D) Property dispute case, agar mujhe yaad hai.. (keeps looking at her, Looks mesmerized) MARIAM (Uncomfortable) Haan... Understands that she is feeling uncomfortable. Sits down..Stops gazing and looks at the computer in the left pretending that he is looking at something. SHAHID (CONT'D) In brief, tell me the case. MARIAM Meri step mother abbu ke will ko court mein challenge kar rahi hain. Will mein Abbu ne ek ghar choda tha Mumbai mein mere liye. Usi ko claim kar rahi hai. (CONTINUED)
152 SHAHID I am sorry to hear that. MARIAM Why are you sorry? Yeh Aapne nahin kiya.
Shahid is a little taken aback, Mariam realizes it that she was rude. MARIAM (CONT'D) I am sorry. A little stressed. SHAHID Naah, thik hai. Isse bura bhi dekha hai... (with an assuring smile) Go on.. MARIAM Aapki fees kya hogi? SHAHID Aap bataiye.. MARIAM Kyon? SHAHID Kyonki life mein pahli baar main kuchch aisa kar raha hoon, jo main karna chata hoon (Mariam looks, surprised) Matlab, as a lawyer... MARIAM Jo standard %age hai, ok?... SHAHID O.k..Details... MARIAM Abbu ne Assam mein kuuch zameen, aur ek ghar mumbai mein choda tha mere liye. Woh ghar meri ammi ka tha. Zameen ab unki hai..Ab woh yeh ghar..Mere paas aur kucch nahin hai is ghar ko chhodkar. (CONTINUED)
Mariam is on the verge of break down. SHAHID (tries to damage control) Please dont cry. Its ok. Is baar aap hi jeetengi. Mariam looks up. SHAHID Pata hai lawyers ke code of ethics mein ek duty hai. MARIAM Kya? SHAHID Ki aapkay estate ko aapke dushman se bachana hai. (She smiles) Phir apne liye rakh lena. She frowns. SHAHID (CONT'D) Bad joke. Par mujhe.. (looks down) Sorry... MARIAM Wrong time..nahin toh main hansti! SHAHID (Gets serious) Yeh prove ho jaayega.. aapki maa thi us building ki owner? Haan.
MARIAM SHAHID Phir tension nahin. Main saare papers review karke batata hoon. Mariam stands up and leaves as Shahid looks on, mesmerized.
INT. COURT ROOM - DAY - 2003
Shahid sits with Ramanathan in a case hearing. JUDGE Bail is denied. (Bangs the hammer) Session adjourned. People start moving as the judge leaves the room. Shahid and Ramanathan walk outside. As they walk he sees an old man sitting, GULZAR AZMI at a bench, looking disconsolate. SHAHID Ek second mein aata hoon.. RAMANATHAN Ok Shahid sits down with the old man. SHAHID Chacha aap theek hain? GULZAR Haan beta. SHAHID Maine session mein dekha tha aapko. GULZAR Mere beton ki bail ki hearing thi. Shahid stays quiet. GULZAR Main, Gulzar Azmi. SHAHID Maine is ACT ke liye petition daali hai Supreme Court mein. Ispe ban lagane ke liye. GULZAR Beta, Ban toh ispe lagna chahiye. Jab Police bina bail ke kisi ko 2 saal andar rakh sakti hai, sirf is binaah par ki ek padosi ka yeh kahna hai ki mere bete underworld se mile hain. Koi suboot?
153 GULZAR Nahin sirf yeh act!
Gulzar breaks down as Shahid puts his arm around him and tries to console him. GULZAR (CONT'D) Aaj bhai bhai ko nahin poochta. Par main kaise chhod sakta hoon ladkon ko, unke chhote bachchon ko. SHAHID Aapke vakil Sudeep ko jaanta hu... Main Sudeep se baat karoonga is case ke baare mein. GULZAR Shukriya, Beta. SHAHID Chacha, aap Judiciary par bharosa rakhein. Time lagega thoda. lekin... Gulzar nods his head. Shahid gets up to leave. GULZAR Beta, main Jamaat E Ulama ka Haakim hoon. Hum unki madad karte hain jinke paas fees ke paise na ho. Kya aap aise case ladna chahenge? SHAHID Haan. GULZAR Shayad jitna tumhein milta ho usse kaafi kam milega. SHAHID Woh thik hai chacha... GULZAR Mere office aao kal. 154
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2004
Shahid is sitting with Mariam in his cabin. SHAHID Humara case strong hai. (CONTINUED)
154 MARIAM Hum jeetenge? SHAHID (Smiles) Jeetna Chahiye. MARIAM Kitna time lagega? SHAHID mahine ya ussey thoda zyaada. Perfect.
SHAHID Koi Jaldi hai? MARIAM Haan property sell karke Assam jaana hai.
SHAHID (Disappointed) MARIAM Ek school start karoongi. SHAHID Woh aap yahaan bhi kar sakti hain. MARIAM Aap chahte hain main yahan rukoon, kyon? Kyonki yeh..
SHAHID MARIAM Shayad, ruk bhi jaaoon. Shahid gets a little excited, goes overboard. SHAHID Aapki shaadi ho gayi hai? Mariam is surprised with the question. MARIAM Yeh kyon poocha aapne? (CONTINUED)
SHAHID (Smiles) As a lawyer mujhe sab pata hona chahiye aapke baare mein. MARIAM Achcha. Are you?
MARIAM (Uncomfortable) No. Mujhe chalna chahiye. Ok.
SHAHID As she stands up, Shahid stands up with her. She moves out quickly... SHAHID (CONT'D) Date milte hi inform karoonga. 155
EXT./INT. JAMAAT E ULAMA - DAY - 2004
Shahid is with Gulzar Azmi as he hands over a file to him. GULZAR Yeh file Zaheer Sheikh ki hai. Software engineer. Ghatkopar blast. SHAHID Sirf slums se uthate hain aise cases mein... (looks visibly upset) GULZAR Ghar mein sirf yahin kamaata tha. Iski family milna chahti hai tumse. Gulzar writes down something in a piece of paper and gives it to Shahid. GULZAR (CONT'D) Aaj jaoge beta? SHAHID Jee bilkul... (pause) Main chalta hoon, Chacha. (CONTINUED)
Stands and leaves. Gulzar and the man sitting next to him watch him as Shahid gets out of the compound. MAN Thoda bachcha dikhta hai? GULZAR (Smile) Umr mein kam zaroor hai miyan. Par kaafi pur-asar hai. Chahta hai kanoon kaam kare, jaise usko karna chahiye. Man smiles. Sabke liye. 156
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE
GULZAR (CONT'D) - DAY - 2004
Shahid is in his cabin. Phone rings. He picks up. Hello.
SHAHID RAVI PUJARI Shahid ko phone de. SHAHID Shahid bol raha hoon. RAVI PUJARI sits in a plush office. We see a busy street, obviously a foreign country from the window on his side. RAVI PUJARI Ravi pujari bolta hu, Bhadway. Sun, kyunki sirf ek baar bolega tere ko. Saale madharchod terrorist log ka case lena band kar. Sudhar jaa warna teri gaand mein goli maarkar teri zindagi sudhar dega main. He hangs up the phone. Shahid sits frozen - in a state of shock.
INT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2004
Shahid sits reviewing something... The Public prosecutor is talking to a cop sitting behind him... Zaheer's old father is in the general area....Zaheer is in the stand.... Judge Arrives..All rise...Judge sits, so do the rest. Judge sets the court in motion... JUDGE Public Prosecutor, continue.. Public prosecutor walks to the stand with a Laptop... PROSECUTOR Zaheer yeh laptop kiska hai?... ZAHEER Mera... PROSECUTOR Aapne yeh laptop apne dost ko diya, kyun? ZAHEER Main isse use nahin kar raha tha. Mere dost ko iski zaroorat thi. Uska computer crash ho gaya tha aur repair hone mein waqt lagta, isliye PROSECUTOR (Interrupts) Tumhein andaz hai ki tumhare laptop ka istemaal kis chiz ke liye hua? Nahin...
ZAHEER PROSECUTOR Ek banned organization ke liye..unke saptahik letter likhne ke liye jismein woh jihad ki baat karte hain. Gujarat riots ke video. ZAHEER Agar aap kahte hain. I had no idea. PROSECUTOR Thats all. Goes and sits...Shahid walks up to Zaheer... (CONTINUED)
157 SHAHID (Looks at Zaheer) Zaheer, Tumhara dost Enamul. Kabse jaante ho usko? ZAHEER Jab main 4 saal ka tha, tab se SHAHID Laptop..matlab aisi chiz hai jisse koi kaise de sakta hai? ZAHEER Mujhse na bola nahin gaya. Kyon?
SHAHID ZAHEER Pata nahin. Shayad isliye ki main usse apne aap se pahle se jaanta hoon. SHAHID Uski baaton se kabhi laga ki woh kuuch aisa kar sakta hai? Nahin...
ZAHEER SHAHID Par agar yeh court mein saabit ho gaya ki Enamul ne tumhare Laptop se auron ko uksane wale letters likhe, toh tumhara usko laptop dena shayad galat tha? Haan...
ZAHEER SHAHID Thank you, Zaheer...Your Honour, yeh ek galati thi.. Kya hum sab yeh nahin karte? apne karibi par bharosa? Ab aapki kismat kharaab ho toh aap 13 mahine iske liye jail jaa sakte hain. Par isse kya saabit hota hai? PROSECUTOR Your honour, videos? (CONTINUED)
SHAHID Laptop Enamul ke paas se baramad kiya tha Police ne. Mere client ke ghar, office, se na toh koi letters mile us banned organization ke na hi koi videos. Judge orders a recess... 158
INT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2004
Judge comes back... Everybody stands and sits...Shahid and the prosecutor stand.. JUDGE (to Prosecutor) I hope you realize you are on slippery ground.. PROSECUTOR Your honour, Police investigate kar rahi hai. Unhein thoda waqt chahiye SHAHID Your honour, 13 mahine se Police investigate hi kar rahi hai.. JUDGE Aap log jald se jald isse poora kijiye. PROSECUTOR Yes, your honour... SHAHID We request bail... JUDGE Denied. Next hearing 24th. He bangs the hammer. People start moving as the judge leaves. Shahid walks up to Zaheer as he looks flustered. He takes his hand in his hand. ZAHEER (Anxious) Yeh bail nahin dene waale. SHAHID Zaheer, Main ek ghante mein aa raha hoon jail. Dont worry. (CONTINUED)
Zaheer is masked on his head and he is taken as Shahid looks back and sees Zaheer's father. He just shakes his head in pain. 159
INT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2004 Shahid is with Zaheer, in the middle of a conversation. ZAHEER Nauvin baar..bail denied. SHAHID Zaheer, maine yeh pahle bhi kaha tha. Unke paas kuuch nahin hai, isliye delay kar rahein hain. Zaheer nods his head. ZAHEER Kitna waqt, aur? SHAHID Ek mahina.. Bahut hai.. ZAHEER mahine dekh liye, ek aur sahi. SHAHID (Zest) Glass is half full, Zaheer. Glass is always half full. Zaheer smiles. ZAHEER Unko sirf Gujarat riots ke video mile? History channel ke World War 2 ke genocide ke video jo us hard disk par thhe? Uska zikra bhi karte? SHAHID Unka case hai yeh. ZAHEER Case weak ho jaayega na? Delete bhi kar diya hoga. Shahid and Zaheer are both silent.
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2004
Mariam waits for Shahid as he opens the door and gets in quickly. He looks at Mariam and gets inside his cabin. Mariam follows him. SHAHID Mujhe phone karna chahiye tha. Main..bilkul... sorry... MARIAM Kya hua. Sirf 3 ghante hi to wait kiya na? SHAHID Kya main aapko.. (mumbles awkwardly) To make up, sorry..main kya bol.. (more awkward) Haan..Kya main aapko coffee shop... chal sakte hain saath...Hum? MARIAM I dont drink coffee. SHAHID (child like) Cold coffee? Assamese chai bhi milegi Mariam smiles. She turns to move out, Shahid exults. 161
INT. COFFEE SHOP - LATE EVENING - 2004
Shahid and Mariam sit together. SHAHID Iss hearing mein verdict. MARIAM Hum jeetenge? Haan. Great.
SHAHID MARIAM She looks away. Shahid wants her attention. SHAHID Mujhe ek don ne dhamki di? (CONTINUED)
161 Kyaa? Kyon?
SHAHID Woh chahta hai ki main Mariam ke case se alag ho jaoon... Mariam is confused. MARIAM what? kya bakwaas... Shahid smiles. SHAHID Woh chahte hain ki main doosre ek case se hat jaaon. MARIAM What will you do? SHAHID Aapko kya lagta hai kya karna chahiye? MARIAM (Diplomatic) Yeh toh aap mujhse behtar jaante. SHAHID (Interrupts) Sidha sawaal hai..sidha jawaab milega? MARIAM Aapki family kya kahti hai? SHAHID Unko bataya nahin.. MARIAM And you are telling me? Haan.
SHAHID MARIAM Why? ..I think.. (CONTINUED)
SHAHID (Serious) mere liye important hai, please. (Shahid smiles, Mariam widens her eye) MARIAM Mujhe nahin lagta ki aapko peeche hatna chahiye. Kyon?
SHAHID MARIAM Because, you are right and they are not. SHAHID Dekha, aap phir se sahi hain. MARIAM Main isse pahle sahi kab thi? SHAHID Aap hongi.. (Looks down, very softly) Mere liye.. Shahid looks up and Mariam looks the other way, obviously uncomfortable. 162
INT. P.O.T.A COURT - DAY - 2004
Court's in session. Shahid moves forward with a file...Gives it to the judge... SHAHID Yeh hain confession Altaf Ahmed aur Imran Rehman ke. Police ne charge sheet par claim kiya tha ki in donon ne Zaheer ke plan mein shaamil hone ki baat kahi hai. Inki confession statement yeh kahti hai ki yeh ek doosre ko jaante thay, bas. JUDGE Public prosecutor? (CONTINUED)
162 PROSECUTOR Your honour, hum external affairs ministry ki wait kar rahein hain to verify the Dubai mobile number. Hamein lagta hai ki woh ek important evidence hai. SHAHID Your honour we request bail... JUDGE Bail denied... SHAHID Your honour...we request you to reconsider... Noted...
JUDGE SHAHID Your honour, Evidence saamne hai. Koi evidence kuuch prove nahin karta. Ministries ke beech bahut waqt lag sakta hai.. JUDGE Bail denied. But, Sir...
SHAHID JUDGE (Infuriated..) Session is adjourned...Mr. Azmi, meet me in my chamber... He leaves... 163
INT. JUDGE CHAMBER - DAY - 2004
Shahid knocks...Judge reading the newspaper asks him to come in... JUDGE Kabhi kabhi you have let go. Agli baar, I will hold you liable in contempt. (CONTINUED)
163 SHAHID Sir with all due respect, mere client ke against unke paas kucch nahin hai...Ab woh case delay kar rahein hain..Woh manana nahin chate ki unse galati ho gayi. JUDGE They are well within their rights. SHAHID Agreed, Sir. Par jab aap kisiko is act mein charge karte hain toh ek time line toh rakhiye police ke liye. Aur agar nahin, toh shayad hum duniya ko yeh kah rahein hain ki according to this law aap guilty hain, aur yeh aapko prove karna hai ki aap nahin hain. JUDGE This law is a national necessity... SHAHID Maanta hoon, Sir. But to delay justice is denying justice. JUDGE (Interrupts) We are here to serve the law not question it. Decorum? Ok.
Shahid nods... 164
EXT. P.O.T.A COURT, OUTSIDE THE COURT - DAY - 2004
Shahid makes a call to Dubai.. 165
EXT. STREET, DUBAI - DAY - 2004
A man walking in the streets of Dubai who we reveal is Aftab Ansari, picks up the phone... AFTAB (Smiles) Arrey aaj kisi ne yaad kiya.Kaise? SHAHID Yaar ek zaroorat hai... (CONTINUED)
SHAHID Yaar, U.A.E External affairs ministry se letter fax karwana hai Indian Ministry mein... AFTAB Ye legal kaam kaayko dete ho humein... chalo koshish karte hain ki ho jaaye bhai... aur kuch? koi pareshaani? kisiko set karna hai toh bolo... Shahid is silent for a moment. SHAHID Nahi bhai... Kuch bhi karlo , bas karlo...Koi zindagi bhar dua dega..Main fax karta hoon details... AFTAB Dekhta hu kya kar sakte hai idhar... Allah Hafiz.
Hangs up... 166
EXT. COURT CORRIDOR - DAY - 2004
Shahid and Mariam walk out with smiles on their faces. 167
EXT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY - 2004
Shahid is clad in a lawyer's attire. SHAHID Toh kya socha aapne? MARIAM Wapas jaa rahi hoon. (hands over an envelope to Shahid) Aapki fees... filhaal itna hi... SHAHID (Interrupts) Mujhe laga aap rukne wali thii. (CONTINUED)
167 MARIAM Sale finalise ho jaayegi 1 week mein. I am a small town girl, mujhe yahan accha nahin lagta. SHAHID Humm..Accha.. Kya?
SHAHID Ek chiz ke baare mein sochte hain. Mariam nods. SHAHID (CONT'D) Uss chiz ka ijaad aapkay dil se hai aur khyaal aapki rooh karti hai. Mariam looks zapped. Maybe she knows whats coming. SHAHID (CONT'D) Kya aap sochengi iske baare mein? MARIAM Aap kya kah rahe hain? SHAHID That I am in love with you. She opens up her money bag throws a 500 rupees on the table, stands up. MARIAM Meri party. You will get your fees in a week. Leaves. Shahid is frozen for a moment and watches her walk out. As she gets near the gate he stands and rushes behind her. Quickly reaches and starts walking with her. MARIAM (CONT'D) Ab kya chahiye? SHAHID I love you. I want to marry you. (CONTINUED)
MARIAM (Angry) Pyaar? Shaadi. Aapka dimag kharab hai.. SHAHID Main aapse pyaar karta hoon iska matlab ..mera dimaag kharab hai. MARIAM Aap mujhse pyaar nahin karte. SHAHID Aapko yeh nahin lagta ki main yeh behtar.. MARIAM (Interrupts) Aapko is khyaal se pyaar hai ki aapko mujhse pyaar hai..aur main... mera ek 3 saal ka beta hai... Shahid stops as she walks away. He sees her go and then runs and catches her again... MARIAM (CONT'D) Dekha, Maine kaha tha... SHAHID Ki main is khayaal se pyaar karta hoon ki mujhe aapse pyaar hai? MARIAM Shahid, aap ek acche insaan hain. You deserve better. Shahid takes her to a corner with a swift force from his hand. SHAHID At least sochogi? Please. 168
EXT. JOGGERS PARK - DAY - 2004
Shahid is with his niece in a park...She is on a swing and Shahid is giving her a push...She is laughing... NIECE Tez... Shahid pushes harder... (CONTINUED)
168 NIECE (CONT'D) (Commanding) Aur tez..
Shahid cell rings...He stops the swing and looks at his phone...It's Mariam...He smiles and picks up.... Hello....
MARIAM What you were saying to me is unfair... SHAHID Unfair? MARIAM Agar aap sure nahin hain.. SHAHID (Clenches his fist...pauses) Main hoon.. MARIAM Kaise sure ho? His niece has joined him by getting down from the swing... SHAHID Ishq par zor nahin.hai yeh woh.. MARIAM (Interrupts) Main ek galti kar chuki hoon..is baar.. SHAHID (Interrupts) Your cynicism, my optimism...bahut acche hain dono saath mein.. (Smiles) Hum dono bhi...lets not care...lets not wait... Mariam stays mum..
INT. MARRIAGE COURT - DAY - 2004
Shahid and Mariam are in the court for their marriage. They sign and their friends including Ramnathan clap. Shahid shakes hands with 3 male friends and Mariam hugs her female friend. 170
EXT. MARRIAGE COURT - AFTERNOON - 2004
They all walk out with smiles on their faces. Same frame, Mariam is getting inside a taxi and Shahid gets inside after her. 171
EXT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - EVENING - 2004
Its late evening. They reach her house, get down and go inside. 172
INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2004
Mariam and Shahid sit in the living room. She takes his hand in hers. Stay...
MARIAM Shahid nods. 173
INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE, BEDROOM - NIGHT - 2004
Mariam is in bed as Shahid stands near the mirror and opens his shirt and keeps it aside. There are marks on his back from the jail torture. His back looks ugly. Mariam sees that and reaches where he is standing. Mariam hugs him from behind, as Shahid looks at the mirror, he feels her warmth. He looks back and with a lump in his throat asks. SHAHID Will you love me for who I am? 174
EXT. COURT ROOM - DAY - 2005
Its raining outside the court... 175
INT. COURT ROOM - DAY - 2005
Court is in session. Shahid hands over a piece of paper to the judge... SHAHID Sir, Yeh letter from Ministry. Yeh wahi kahta hai jo mere client ka bhi kahna hai. Mobile number ka registered user Khwaja Yunus hai, mere client nahin. (CONTINUED)
175 JUDGE Prosecution, are you aware of this? PROSECUTOR Yes, your honour... JUDGE Final debate...next..
EXT./INT. P.O.T.A COURT - DAY - 2005 We see the crowded exterior with some members of the press waiting outside with their cameras and OB vans. Shahid is making his final statement on Zaheer's case. SHAHID Your honour, desh bhakt koi paida hote hi nahin banta. Desh bhakt bante hain, us desh mein jahaan har ek aadmi ke paas ek jaisa adhikar ho, jahan us vyaktigat adhikar ki hifazat desh sabse pahle karta hai. desh ka mahol, desh ki nitiyan bhi uske liye sarthak honi chahiye. Mere client, jail mein 15 mahine se hain, unki bail 10 baar reject ho chuki hai, phir bhi aaj tak Police unke khilaaf ek bhi pukhta sabut nahin dikha payi. Kya Police yeh sochti hai ki Islam aur liberalism ek nahin ho sakti? Kya isliye Zaheer yahan hai? Agar Police aisa nahin sochti, toh phir kahan hai woh saboot? Even 1 piece of substantial evidence? Your honour, Defence aap se darkhwast karta hai ki faisla aaj sunaya jaayen. As Shahid continues with his statement we glide across to the exterior of the crowded court house. His voice gets drowned in the noise.
INT. P.O.T.A COURT - DAY - 2005
Judge reads his verdict as Shahid and the Prosecutor stand. JUDGE Zaheer Shaikh, you are hereby given an honourable discharge from all charges pressed against you. Session is adjourned. Shahid smiles and looks at Zaheer who is looking upwards in thanking God. He looks back and makes an eye contact with Zaheer's father who blesses him sitting where he is. He walks to Zaheer who gets down from the box and hugs him. SHAHID Bahar journalists honge. Criticism nahin, thik? 178
EXT. - P.O.T.A COURT - DAY - 2005
They walk outside with his father. Its raining heavily... 6 journalists come in front of them. JOURNALIST Kaisa lag raha hai aapko? ZAHEER Abhi yakin nahin ho raha. JOURNALIST Aap nirdosh thay, phir bhi aap 15 mahine jail mein rahe, aapki tippani? Kuuch nahin.
ZAHEER JOURNALIST Kya aapko lagta hai ki state ko apologise karna chahiye? ZAHEER Apology accha hai. Sunne mein bhi sahi lagta hai. Aksar kaam bhi karta hai. Par yahan nahin. Yahan apology ka koi kaam nahin. JOURNALIST Kyon? (CONTINUED)
178 ZAHEER Jab aap ek husband ko uski wife se alag karte hain jab woh pregnant ho, jab aapne apne bete ko jeete ji uske paida hone se ab tak nahin dekha..wahan Kis tarah ki apology kaam Karegi? (Journo is blank) He is my first child.
The Journalist is stumped, keeps quiet. They keep walking. JOURNALIST Mr. Azmi your comments? SHAHID Atankwad ek sach hai, jiska saamna hum sab kar rahein hain. Police ko koshish karni chahiye ki woh asli gunahgaar ko pakdein... nirdoshon ko...innocent logon ko... frame karke woh sab ko chhup nahin kara sakte... JOURNALIST Kya aap Police par defamatory case karenge? ZAHEER Aap log aaj tak kahan thay? SHAHID No more questions. They walk outside as the journalists stand and watch them leaving. ZAHEER Bhai, mujhe jail jaana hai, formalities poori karke, ghar. SHAHID Aur mujhe apni biwi ke paas... They hug...turn in different directions..
EXT. STREET - DAY - 2005
Shahid is walking in the rain, surrounded by people all over with colourful umbrellas. Almost a fantasy like setting with all the vibrant colours. The feeling of having achieved something substantial is sinking in...He smiles and clenches his fist as 2 girls walking side by side, look at him in amazement. After walking a few steps he raises both his arms and yells as his eyes are filled with tears....the Girls seeing that laugh among themselves. Hearing their giggles, Shahid looks at them and they smile...He smiles back.. 180
INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON - 2005
Shahid knocks and Mariam opens. He hugs her and she is air borne in the hug. His son comes in and hugs them from the side. He picks him up and they are still in a hug. SHAHID Bahar chalein? MARIAM Renu ko call karti hoon. SHAHID Yeh bhi toh chalega? MARIAM No, this is your moment. Mariam squeezes her son's cheek lovingly. MARIAM Aunty ke paas jaoge? 181
EXT. MUMBAI BEACH - EVENING - 2005
Shahid and Mariam take a walk on the beach. As they move away we see Khalid with his friends seated at a distance. He lights up his cigarette and smiles as he notices Shahid and Mariam. 182
EXT. AUTO - EVENING - 2005
Shahid and Mariam are inside an auto. They are being followed, unaware. 183
EXT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - 2005 They reach her house, get down and go inside. Khalid signals his auto rickshaw to keep moving.
INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - LATE EVENING - 2005
Shahid is on the couch with the kid playing on the carpet. Shahid is watching him intently and then moves where he is as his cell rings. He picks up the call. ZAHEER (O.S) Bhai, Zaheer. SHAHID Haan, Zaheer. ZAHEER (O.S.) Bhai, khane par aao na.. SHAHID Kisi aur din? ZAHEER (O.S.) Please bhai... SHAHID (Smiles) Aata hoon. Shahid goes to the kitchen where Mariam is cleaning the dishes. SHAHID (CONT'D) Mujhe jaana hai... MARIAM Kahan? SHAHID Mohtarma, shayad aap yeh nahin jaanti ki aapke sauhar ke saath waqt guzarna logon ko kitna pasand hai, aapko nahin hai, so main jaa raha hoon. MARIAM Batao na baba... SHAHID Zaheer ke yahan dinner. I will see you tomorrow. He looks at the other room, the kid is still busy. Walks towards her and grabs her from behind. She has detergent on her hand which she rubs on his face. His eyes burn with the contact, he winces gently, she laughs.
INT. ZAHEER'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2005
Shahid is in the living room with Zaheer and his father having a phirni. Zaheer stands up and goes inside. Zaheer comes back with his son from inside and gives it to Shahid who keeps him on his lap. He looks at him. ZAHEER He says thank you... Shahid gently touches the baby's cheek and smiles. 186
EXT./INT - SHAHID'S HOUSE - LATE NIGHT - 2005 Shahid is at the door he looks at the watch, its 12.41 a.m. He takes out the key and opens the door. As he gets inside he freezes when he sees Rashid, Khalid and Mother seated on chairs in the room. SHAHID Sab jage hue ho? KHALID Aapke intezaar mein. Everyone has a stern look on their faces. SHAHID Pata hota toh bata deta ki late aaonga. RASHID Case jeet gaye. Badhai. SHAHID Shukriya, Rashid. MOTHER Kaun hai woh ladki? SHAHID Ammi, aap kya bol rahi hain? KHALID Bhai, humein pata hai. Shahid knows that there is no way out. SHAHID (Looks at Khalid.) Mariam, Assam se. Aur Kuuch? (CONTINUED)
186 MOTHER Haan, tumhari tarakki ne tumhara dimaag kharab kar diya hai. Kyon jaate ho uske ghar tum? SHAHID Ammi..main.. KHALID Maine bola na bhai, pata hai. SHAHID Ammi..woh meri biwi hai. KHALID Ammi, maine bola tha na bhai ne shaadi baja dali hai. RASHID Tum tapori ki tarah baat karna band karo. MOTHER (Emotional) Yeh hamein baharwaalon se kyon pata chal raha hai? Tu hamein kyon nahin batayega..Kya tere liye hum kuuch nahin?
Shahid rushes to his mother. Sits on the floor near mother.. SHAHID Ammi, main batana chahta tha..par woh jaa .. mujhe yeh darr tha ki aap mana karengi..aur woh chali jaati...aur MOTHER (Interrupts) Tum Khush ho? SHAHID Haan.. MOTHER Mujhe milna hai usse, kal subah. Shahid smiles... MOTHER (CONT'D) Aur zyaada daant mat dikhao, main tumse bahut gussa hoon... (CONTINUED)
He continues to smile. 187
EXT. BEHRAMPADA MARKET - MORNING - 2005
Shahid is buying a burqa in a shop. 188
INT. MARIAM'S HOUSE - DAY - 2005
Shahid knocks the door and Mariam is pleasantly surprised to see him. She smiles and opens the door. MARIAM Bekaar ho gaye kya pyaar mein? Jaldi barbaad bhi ho jaaoge. SHAHID Isse pahno jaldi aur chalo. Ghar chalna hai. MARIAM Kya? (surprised) Tumne bata diya? SHAHID Haan. Jaldi karo. Baad mein court jaana hai. She smiles and goes inside. 189
INT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY - 2005
Shahid, Mariam and the kid are at the door. Shahid knocks...Khalid opens up...Khalid smiles... SHAHID (Very soft) Tu mil mujhe bahar.. batata hoon. Saale, Villain. Khalid grins. Mariam cant understand their camaraderie. SHAHID Mariam, Mera sabse chota nalayak bhai, Khalid. He smokes... Mariam smiles as Khalid bows slightly in saying hello. Khalid goes inside. (CONTINUED)
189 Lets sit.
Mother comes out, they both stand. She has a warm smile on her face. SHAHID Ammi, Mariam. Adaab, Ammi.
She nods her head and the smile is still there. MOTHER Kaisi ho beta? Achchi.
MARIAM MOTHER Maine Khalid ko bola hai bada ghar dekhne ko. MARIAM Uski zaroorat nahin. Yeh mere saath rahenge. Shahid looks at Mariam bewildered, as mother and Mariam look at each other. Awkward silence. SHAHID Ammi,hum mohalle mein hi ghar lenge MOTHER Tumhari marzi beta. Maine tumhari shaadi tay nahin ki, tum kahan rahoge, yeh kaise tay karoon? Again an awkward silence. Shahid breaks in. SHAHID Ammi, Inko ghar chodkar mujhe court nikalna hai. MOTHER Thik hai. Chalo...
EXT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY - 2005
Shahid and Mariam walk outside. SHAHID Kuuch der ruk nahin sakti thi? MARIAM Main apne bete ke maamle mein compromise nahin karoongi. SHAHID Main yeh baat araam se karta. Abhi bolne ki kya zaroorat thi. MARIAM (Sarcastic) Sorry, tumhari ammi itni chidchidi hain. Pahle burqa, ab... SHAHID (cuts her tirade short) bas! 191
EXT/INT. STREET, TAXIMEN COLONY - DAY - 2005
They get inside an auto. The kid is on Shahid's lap as Mariam and Shahid look in different directions. Tension is in the air. 192
INT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2009
Shahid sits with a client Sohail Shaikh. Sohail face has bruises all around, his hand is swollen and his feet too. One foot looks like he has elephantiasis. Tearful.... SOHAIL Ek padha likha apne ko bataya andar… Dictionary mein torture ki hadh nahin bataye. Uska in log poora faydaa uthaya bhai. Insaniyat kaahe ko kaam karega idhar, Hum log toh jaanwar hai, hai na? Shahid who has been observing him with a sad face does not know what to say except... SHAHID Case file karte hain. Phaad daalte hain... Sohail nods. Shahid stands up. (CONTINUED)
192 SHAHID Insaaf milega Sohail..... SOHAIL (Sadly laughs) Lagta hai idhar ke nahin ho aap... SHAHID Bharosa karo, kuuch cheezein kaam karti hain yahaan hamare desh mein...
INT. TAXIMEN COLONY, SHAHID AND MARIAM'S HOUSE - DAY - 2005
MONTAGE BEGINS Mariam and Shahid are fixing up their house and looking happy. 194
INT. JAMAAT E ULAMA - DAY - 2005
Next he is seen inside Jamaat's office as Gulzar hands him over 3 files. As he keeps it in his bag, Azmi forwards a check to him. The camera shoots the amount - 1 lakh.. 195
EXT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY - 2006
Gets Khalid a shady looking Maruti 800. Khalid is happy and hugs him...he tells him no cigarettes.. 196
EXT. MITHI RIVER, OFFICE - DAY - 2006
The camera shoots at a board which reads Mithi River beautification project and the camera slowly goes down and sees Shahid with 30 people who are all depressed... 197
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2007
Is in his office working late. Its 3.20 a.m, he is flushing his eyes with cold water just outside his office. 198
INT. TAXIMEN COLONY, SHAHID AND MARIAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT 2007
Mariam waits on the dining table. 199
INT. TAXIMEN COLONY, SHAHID AND MARIAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT 2007 Mariam goes to sleep alone. Years have passed, looks have changed with this montage for the last time.
EXT. BANDRA SLUMS - DAY - 2008
Shahid is seated with a 6 men in an open space. They all look glum. 1ST MAN Woh log dhamkate hain humko. 2ND MAN Hum log ek bhi nahin hain. 1ST MAN Ek hoke kya ukhad lega unka?... 3RD MAN 30 gaye, 65 jaane waale hain, 5% ke liye thode hi chodenge. SHAHID Builder se baat karke dekhte hain? 4TH MAN Sahi daam bhi nahin de rahein, na 5TH MAN Kya daam. Tu zamin ka maalik hai? Maine galati kar di...idhar makan leke 1ST MAN Haan, tu toh nawaab ke khandaan se hai na, bandra mein flat le leta.. (Mocking) Maine galti ki.. SHAHID Ab ladte nahin hain. Maine dekha hai builder ka project. Tum log ki property lenge woh...Tarika hai ek. He has got everybody's attention. Kya?
1ST SHAHID Unko ek letter bhejte hain. Wapas call karenge toh tol mol karenge. Main ek flat aur iske asli daam ki baat boloonga. Maane toh thik hai nahin toh court se stay order. Maan jaayenge... (CONTINUED)
A man in the group who has not participated in the talks till now suddenly wakes up and is alive! 6TH MAN Toh abhi tak rukna sahi tha? SHAHID Mujhe yakin hai . They all look elated. Shahid stands up. SHAHID Kuuch hota hai toh batata hoon. Starts walking as the bickering begins.. 5TH MAN Tu kya bol raha tha abhi. FIRST MAN Jo bola suna nahin kya?... 5TH MAN Ruk tere ko batata hoon, leader banta hai tu yahaan ka. Shahid turns back. SHAHID Apne mein ladna band karo. 6TH MAN Arrey inka roz ka hai, aap jao bhai. 201
INT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2008
Shahid opens the door, very gently. Gets inside and tries to make as less noise as possible. Walks inside to see Mariam on the dinner table waiting. SHAHID Sorry, main phir se late ho gaya. MARIAM Pahle Suna hai.. He sits and she starts serving the food. SHAHID Tumhara din kaisa tha? (CONTINUED)
201 MARIAM Wahi purana. T.V. (Pause) Accha tum jale pe namak chidakna chahte ho? SHAHID Kya? MARIAM Ki tum shayad bhul gaye ho ki tumhari ek wife bhi hai. SHAHID (Defensive) Kya? Yeh kaise bol sakti ho tum? MARIAM Hum log auron jaise kyon nahin ho sakte? Kya?
MARIAM Humne last 3 mahine mein shayad 15 minute bhi baat nahin ki hogi..Yeh kaisi shaadi hai? SHAHID Main bahut thaka hua hoon. MARIAM I am tired of waiting. SHAHID Kisi aur waqt? MARIAM Yeh bhi pahle suna hai. 202
EXT. MUMBAI, TRAIN - DAY - 2008 NEWS FLASH A speeding local train shot from outside. There is an explosion. Police make arrests.
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - DAY - 2008
As he enters he sees his office flooded with people. A number of males, females and children. He looks at them as they look back helplessly. A female stands and follows him to his cabin. As she walks in, Shahid's eyes focus on the children. One of them is being slapped by her mother and the baby starts crying. The others in the crowd try to speak to Shahid about their arrested family members and about the police. They make a din and Shahid tries to calm them down. 204
INT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2008
Shahid is in the living room reviewing some papers as his phone rings. Hello.
SHAHID RAVI PUJARI Tu sudhrega nahin na? Kaun?
SHAHID RAVI PUJARI Teri maa ka yaar, saale. Tere ko samjhaaonga nahin, ab udaaonga. SHAHID Sun. Phone pe paise barbaad mat kar. Tu desh bhakt hai aur main gaddar, toh maar de mujhe. Main peeche nahin hatoonga. Disconnects. We move away to see Mariam listening to the call. 205
INT. SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2008
Shahid is sleeping in his bed, Mariam is on his side sleeping too. He seems to be watching a bad dream as the camera captures his face.
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - DAY - 2008
We get to see his dream. The background is reddish and the children play lacking energy. The same set of children who were in his office. Shahid makes an appearance in the dream and walks towards the children. He reaches them. SHAHID Kaise ho tum log? None of the kids respond. SHAHID (CONT'D) Koi mujhse baat nahin karega. Kyon? The oldest in the lot looks at him in anger... BOY Sabke aabu jail mein hai na? Aap ho wajah. Shahid wakes up from his bad dream with a faint shriek of a boxer pummeled in the ring. Mariam wakes up...puts her arm around him and pulls him towards her. Gently caresses his hair with her fingers. MARIAM Not worth it, Shahid. Shahid looks at her with his desperate eyes. 207
INT. SHIVAJI NAGAR, SHAHID'S HOUSE - DAY - 2008 A man, RAKESHBHAI, bedecked with chains and dressed in white is accompanied by two other shady looking men,SUDHIR and VINOD. He knocks at the door. Shahid's mother opens the door. RAKESHBHAI Namaste Maaji, Shahid hai? MOTHER Yahan nahin hai. RAKESHBHAI Kya main intezaar kar sakta hai? MOTHER Mujhe pata nahin kab tak aayega. RAKESHBHAI Main intezaar kar lega. (CONTINUED)
He gets into the house without invitation and looks around the living room. His manner is intimidating and deliberately slow.He folds his hands in a namaskar RAKESHBHAI Accha Maaji, main chalta hai. Shahid Bhai ko phone kar lega. He leaves. Shahid's mother is evidently shaken up by the manner of the man. 208
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2008
Shahid gets a call on his cell again. RAVI PUJARI Tere ghar gaye thay mere aadmi log. Saale, deshdrohi log tere ko jyaada note bhi nahin dete. Toh marna kyun chahta hai phir? Soch..Soch iske baare mein. Warna Shahid hua shaheed... (pauses for effect) samjha chutiye. Hangs up. Shahid is frozen in the frame for a second and then stands up, gets out and asks his assistant... SHAHID Police ke liye letter draft karo asking for Police protection because of underworld threats. Hamare cases ka bhi zikr karna. Main ghar jaa raha hoon. Cell pe call kar lena agar zaroorat ho. 209
EXT - SHAHID'S HOUSE - NIGHT - 2008
Shahid is in the balcony talking to someone on his cell phone. Mariam is shown getting the dinner table ready. She gets done and moves towards balcony. Shahid is busy in the call and does not notice. Mariam is intent on listening as we hear Shahid on the phone. SHAHID Dekho... Kucch karo bhai. Ghar tak aa gaye is baar. Aap to jaante ho ye police protection nahin degi. Woh to mere marne par chain ki saans lenge... (CONTINUED)
Shahid hangs up, as Mariam waits for him on the door. He only sees her when he opens the door which was unhinged. Khana ready?
MARIAM Haan, kisse baat kar rahe the? Ek dost se.
MARIAM Kaun aaya tha ghar? Koi nahin.
SHAHID MARIAM Tum itna dare hue kyon ho? Nahin Bologe?
SHAHID Koi mujhe threats de raha hai. MARIAM Pata hai. Parso raat ko bhi toh phone aaya tha. Shahid is a little taken aback with her disclosure. MARIAM (CONT'D) Ab kya hua? SHAHID Kuuch nahin. MARIAM I want..Tum case se hat jao. SHAHID Tumhein pata hai main nahin hat sakta. MARIAM Tumhein decide karna hoga.. (CONTINUED)
SHAHID Kaise hat jaaon peeche, bolo? MARIAM You will get us all killed. SHAHID Bolne se pahle soch toh lo. MARIAM Main Jaa rahin hoon. Tumhein chhod ke. Shahid is stunned. MARIAM (CONT'D) Yeh hamari zindagi hai Shahid. Mazaak nahin. SHAHID Yeh log Police ke paas nahin jaa sakte, hamari society bhi... MARIAM Kya yeh log tumhari family se zyaada important hain? SHAHID Tumne kaha tha mujhe peeche nahin hatna chahiye. MARIAM (Coldly interrupts) Tab shaadi nahin hui thi hamari.. 210
INT. TAXIMEN COLONY, SHAHID AND MARIAM'S HOUSE - DAY - 2008 The closet is open. Mariam is packing her bags calmly. Shahid comes in from his morning walk and yells from the living room... SHAHID Ek chai, agar mood accha hai toh ek cup coffee. Strong. She keeps packing. Shahid yells again Mariam...
SHAHID (CONT'D) (CONTINUED)
Getting no response he moves towards the bed room... SHAHID (CONT'D) Kahan jaa rahi ho? Mariam keeps packing. She is now sitting on the bed and arranging stuff. Shahid moves towards her and sits on the floor and keeps his head on her lap. She doesn't react... He then gets her ruffled hair to settle down a bit using his fingers.She is still packing.He takes her face in his hands. SHAHID I love you.... Mariam nods.... SHAHID Please... Mariam chains the bag. SHAHID (CONT'D) Mera sapna mat chi.. MARIAM (Interrupts) Toh main tumhein kahan rok rahi hoon?.. Shahid's face expression sinks. 211
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2008
Shahid is in his office reading a file. He looks a sorry figure, unshaved, eyes red shot for lack of sleep, he has cold and the charm from his face is gone. He writes in a piece of paper... 212
EXT. STREET, KURLA STATION - DAY - 2008 Shahid walks to Kurla station, glum and walking without purpose... He gets near Kurla station and buys peanuts. He looks at his watch, writes something on a piece of paper as he walks up the stairs and reaches the last platform. He looks at the watch again and writes something in the paper again..
EXT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2008
A young man, SALIM waits with a tiffin box for his father at the gate waiting to get inside. The gate opens and a van comes out and he hears a shout from inside the van... It is Sohail. SOHAIL Salim, Kuuch kar...maar denge yeh log.. The man is his father. His head is bleeding profusely. The young man runs after the van but how far can he run.. 214
EXT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2008
ABU, a well dressed prisoner walks leisurely in the ground. Followed by 4 chamchas. Sohail is sitting in a corner looking rather glum. Abu walks up to him. ABU Case wapas lele Sohail. SOHAIL Abu Bhai, woh... ABU SALEM Le Le. Sathe ko koi problem nahin aani chahiye. Sohail nods. 215
INT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2008
Shahid is with Sohail. They are in middle of a conversation. SOHAIL (Agitated) Bhai case wapas lena hi hoga? Par kyon?
SHAHID SOHAIL Jo ho gaya usko badal sakte kya. Phir? SHAHID Sohail, phir yahi hota rahega. SOHAIL Abu chahta hai . (CONTINUED)
Abu? Shahid stands.. SOHAIL Bhai mat jao. Woh maar dalega sab ko.. Sohail starts crying. Theek hai.
SHAHID Shahid comes out of jail. He opens his car door and wham...he bangs it back in anger. 216
EXT. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - EVENING - 2008
NEWS FOOTAGE Shots of 26/11 attacks at various sites of Mumbai. 217
EXT. RAMPUR JAIL - DAY - 2009
A man is escorted out with his hand in cuffs and head masked. Shutter bugs click snaps. 218
EXT. SOME GARDEN - DAY - 2009
Shahid and Gulzar Azmi walk. Shahid is looking at pictures in an Urdu newspaper. SHAHID Fahim Ansari... Yeh bhi fill in the blank case hai. GULZAR kya kah rahe ho beta... SHAHID Unko kuuch maps mili ek dead terrorist ke jeb mein. (MORE) (CONTINUED)
218 SHAHID (CONT'D) Saare jail dekhe un logon ne aur ek aadmi mil gaya jiske paas uske arrest ke samay map mila tha. (sarcastic) Phir wohi aadmi terrorist ke pocket mein mile map ko bhi banayega na. (a bit agitated) Woh jail ke andar tha us samay us se kya fark padta hai? GULZAR Tumne file dekhi? Haan.
SHAHID AZMI Toh tum yeh case ladoge? Shahid nods. Sneezes. AZMI (CONT'D) Tumhari sehat ki fikr hoti hai kabhi kabhi.. SHAHID Chacha, sab thik hai. Shahid sneezes again and they both smile. 219
EXT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL - DAY - 2009
Shahid sits with Fahim Ansari. Fahim is glum. SHAHID Abhi pooch taach kar rahein hai? FAHIM (Breaks down) Nahin. SHAHID Fahim, ro mat rey. Teri family tere ko dekhegi to kya karegi, bata? (CONTINUED)
219 FAHIM Bhai, mera muqaddar hi kharab hai jo wapas aane ko socha. Dubai mein mazdoori wala jail chhoota... par yeh jail se nahin nikalne denge... Tum nikloge.
FAHIM (Breaks down completely, Shahid sits near him) Ek amriki janani officer,bhai..usne chua mere ko... saari raat... (looks away) jab mera haath pair bandha tha. (breaks down) Mere ko haraam dikhaya computer... raat bhar gandi harkatein ki... aur phir idhar se khoon nikal ke... (breaks down comletely) Allah t'ala kabhi maaf nahi karenge humein... kabhi nahin... Shows his hand and gestures and keeps crying as Shahid hugs him tightly. SHAHID Fahim. Tu dekh bas... 220
EXT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2009
Shahid is standing outside his office with a few clients as he gets a call on his cell. RAMANATHAN Article padha? Nahin.
SHAHID RAMANATHAN Link email kar diya hai. SHAHID Thanks. RAMANATHAN Pahle padh le. Koi Mitali hai. (CONTINUED)
220 I will. Bye.
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2009
Shahid is in front of the computer. He is reading a slandering report with a headline saying "Shahid Azmi - A Reformed Radical". He punches his desk. He looks around the room agitatedly and then again at the article. He makes a call to Mariam. SHAHID Reformed radical. Main kabhi radical tha hi nahin. Mujhe reform kaise kar sakte hain? MARIAM What do you want, Shahid? Shahid does not say anything. Mariam repeats the question. Shahid breaks down.... SHAHID Mujhe zinda kyon nahin rahne dete yeh log? MARIAM (Moved) Dont make new memories. Har naya din ek nayi shuruaat. Phir doosre din doosri. Woh tumhein force karte rahenge tumhare kal mein jeene ke liye, tum sirf aane walay din ke liye jiyo. Shahid manages his composure. SHAHID Haan. MARIAM Only way you can live! SHAHID Jab tum door hoti ho toh, kitni sensible ho jaati ho. (CONTINUED)
221 MARIAM Main sensible hi thi.. Us waqt bhi. SHAHID Tum mujhse nafrat karti ho, na? MARIAM I loved you. SHAHID Isliye chali gayi? MARIAM I hated your guts.
Shahid stays mum. Mariam understands the pain he is in. MARIAM (CONT'D) Mujhe ncomplicated zindagi chahiye Shahid. SHAHID Main aa raha hoon wahan. Jald. MARIAM Nahin. I dont want you to come. Na tum badloge na main. SHAHID Please, sirf iss baar na mat kaho. She hangs up. Shahid leans back on his chair and closes his eyes. 222
EXT. ANDHERI COURT, CORRIDOR - DAY - 2009
Shahid is in the hallway of Court and walking fast. He seems to be in a hurry. He reaches an end and a hand comes out and grabs him in its direction. Next he is standing with Ram, laughing hysterically. SHAHID 10 minute mein session hai. Bol. RAMANATHAN Tu yakin nahin karega. Kya?
222 RAMANATHAN Abhi abhi aaya hai. Judge ne Sohail case pe enquiry baitha di hai.
Shahid stands still...Coming to terms and then a gentle smile... Kaise?
RAMANATHAN Unko laga ki case withdraw kyon hua? Kuuch lafda hai, samajh gaye. Shahid smile expands a bit and more 223
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2010
Fahim's wife, SALMA, is with her daughter, REHANA, 8 years old. SALMA Bhai. Ek kaam hai. Haan.
SHAHID SALMA Yeh apne abbu se milna chahti hai. Aaj mil nahin sakte pan isko pata hai ki aap jaa rahe ho aaj. Shahid smiles and looks at the cute girl. SHAHID (Lovingly) To tum apne ammi ko pareshaan karti ho? REHANA Kahan..Abbu ne kaha tha ki ammi ko pareshaan mat karna aur padhna. Mere ko report card dikhana hai, main second jo aayi. Shahid melts. SHAHID Tab toh jaana banta hai. The kid is very happy.
EXT. ARTHUR ROAD JAIL, MEETING LOUNGE - DAY - 2010
Shahid looks on as Fahim hugs Rehana and kisses her cheek. Shahid and Fahim are walking away from Fahim's Salma and Rehana in the alley. SHAHID Bahut pressure daalenge woh log. Saare sawaal theek se dekh lena, dekhte rahna. Fahim nods as they walk out. 225
EXT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2010
A witness MAJGAONKAR is being questioned by prosecution. Fahim is in the opposite box while his wife is seated in the general area. PROSECUTOR (to Shahid) Your Witness. Shahid stands up. SHAHID Mr. Majgaonkar aapki computer institute mein paper istemal hota hai? MAJGAONKAR (A little shaken with the question) Haan. SHAHID Students ko project, written test? Majgaonkar remains silent. Haan ya na? Haan.
SHAHID (CONT'D) MAJGAONKAR SHAHID Toh meri request hai aapse, ki aap mere client Fahim Ansari, sorry, Sahil Pawaskar ke saare test papers aur projects court ko denge. (CONTINUED)
225 PROSECUTOR Objection. Attendance register kaafi hai. SHAHID Your honour, mere client Fahim Ansari ko ek fraud kaha hai Police ne, jisne Sahil Pawaskar ke naam par inke institute mein admission liya. Jab mere client ke character par question mark laga hai, toh phir har woh ek document jo is baat ko prove karta hai ki mere client 420 hain ya nahin, court mein review honi chahiye. Ek side jhooth bol rahi hai, aur jyaada documents is baat ko jyaada acche se saaf karengi ki kaun jhooth bol raha hai. JUDGE I will allow that. SHAHID (To Majgaonkar) Documents ki handwriting experts se review bhi hogi, Mr. Majgaonkar.
INT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2010
Another session in the same court. Same case, different witness. SHAHID Nooruddin. Aapko yeh yaqin hai ki aapne Fahim ko maps dete hue Shaikh ko dekha. Haan.
NOORUDIN SHAHID Yeh Nepal mein hua tha? ... Haan.
NOORUDIN SHAHID Apne Nepal mein hone ka kuuch proof hai tumahare paas? (CONTINUED)
Shahid holds a map in his hand. SHAHID Agar yeh map is pant se baramad hui hai toh (He moves forward and is about to pick a trouser) JUDGE Wear a glove.. He picks up the blood soaked trouser anyways... SHAHID Is pant ki colour bata sakta hai koi? Tajjub yeh hai, ki is map mein khoon ka ek katra nahin, jab poori pant, khoon ke rang se rang badal chuki hai. Sach to yeh hai ki map plant kiya gaya tha us pocket mein... Yeh map asliyat mein vahaan tha nahin... PROSECUTOR Objection. Defence.. JUDGE (Interrupts) Noted... SHAHID That's all your honour. 227
EXT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2010
Shahid is in court with Ramanathan. They are reading the report. Shahid keeps it aside. RAMANATHAN Khush kyu nahin? Superintendent ka transfer ho raha hai. SHAHID Kyonki mujhe pata hai ki yeh aakhiri baar nahin hai. Yeh hota rahega. (CONTINUED)
227 RAMANATHAN Abey, itna bhi extreme mat ho jaa, jahaan tu acche moments ko jeena bhool jaaye. Chal kuuch achcha khate hain.
EXT. P.O.T.A COURT, COURT ROOM - DAY - 2010
Shahid is in the court and makes a call from his mobile. He calls Fahim's wife Salma. Hello..
SHAHID SALMA Haan Vakil Sahab. SHAHID Hamara case aaj asaan ho gaya. SALMA Bhai aaj toh court date nahin tha. SHAHID Jisne woh maps diye the usne aaj maan liya America mein ki usne diya tha maps atankwadiyon ko. FAHIM'S WIFE Bhai. Yeh aapke hissab se achcha hai na? SHAHID Haan.Teen May aur sab thik. She starts weeping. SHAHID (CONT'D) Yeh kya? Mujhe toh laga tha ki tum zor zor se hansogi. Achcha saath mein hansne ki bhi koshish karo. She tries laughing while she cant control her tears. 229
INT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - EVENING - 2010
Shahid enters his office and is very happy. SHAHID Inder, Main ghar jaa rah hoon. Tu bhi jaa jaana hai toh. (CONTINUED)
229 INDER Main yahin rukta hoon. Agar koi aayega toh.. SHAHID Kal aane bolna. INDER (Smiles) Kuuch achcha hua kya bhai?
Shahid nods and smiles. INDER (CONT'D) Apne ko koi kaam nahin hai. Main idhar hi rukunga. 230
INT. TAXIMEN COLONY, SHAHID'S HOUSE - EVENING - 2010 Shahid is playing with his niece. He is in a playful mood. Ammi..Ammi..
Mother comes out... SHAHID (CONT'D) Ammi, aaj custard banao na.. She nods and goes inside. He continues to play as he gets a call on his mobile. SHAHID (CONT'D) Hello... haan Inder? (pauses) theek... phone de unko... VOICE Sir, main Paranajape bol raha hu... milna tha aapse... SHAHID Aap kal aaiye. VOICE Sir, kal hum log ko Poona jaana hai. Abhi mil lo na.. SHAHID (Thinks for a second) Theek hai. Aata hoon. (CONTINUED)
Kisses her niece and walks out. SHAHID (CONT'D) Ammi darwaza band kar lo. Main do minute mein aa raha hoon. 231
EXT. SHAHID'S OFFICE - NIGHT - 2010
Shahid reaches office. The caller, PARANJPE and two other men are waiting for him. Shahid walks in signalling the 3 men to follow him inside.. Inder closes the cabin door after Shahid enters and sits down at the entrance. Three gun shots are heard. The men walk out as the Inder stands frozen. The door is half open as we see Shahid's face lying on the table in a pool of blood. On one side of the door we read the paper that Shahid had stuck when he moved into the office. It reads : " By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. by teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy... Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog..." 232
EXT. TAXIMEN COLONY, KURLA KABRASTHAN - DAY - 2010
About 50,000 people are in Shahid's funeral procession. Arif is heading the procession along with Shahid's other brothers. The entire procession offers prayers as Shahid's coffin is placed on the side. 233
INT. P.O.T.A COURT - DAY - 2010
SUPER : 3 months later - May 4, 2010 We see Shahid's youngest brother Khalid in court. He looks on as the judge pronounces the acquittal of Fahim Ansari. The judge ends the acquittal with a brief but emotional condolence to Shahid. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: Fahim & Khalid are teary eyed. SUPER : Shahid's youngest brother Khalid, also a lawyer, assisted in the successful acquittal of Fahim Ansari. Prosecution's appeals to the higher courts were also unsuccessful.