Script: Nain Tara

Screenplay

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.NIGHT

A hand is shown picking up the phone.

Almas acompanied by her best friend.Then her best friend

is shown roaming around in company with a man,shopping

and visiting friends that Almas probably doesn’t like.

Simultaneously a voice from the phone is describing what

her best friend is doing as a v.o

NARRATOR(VOG)

Who says money is not

important.Yes,it absolutely is.

NARRATOR(VOG)

Right market and the right

shopkeeper___and the right

buyer.Everything sells!

INT.OFFICE.DAY

Khursheed is seated in one place steady whereas the

interviewers keep on changing.One of the potential bosses

is Mr.Aazam Afzal.

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

Why have you applied here?

KHURSHEED ALAM

Sir, I studied management for

years in Paris.I have management

experience.

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

Why have you moved back?

KHURSHEED ALAM

yes,I have moved back because my

father is not well so I returned

to Karachi.

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

How long were you abroad?

KHURSHEED ALAM

Yes,I returned after 7

years.Karachi has changed a lot!

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

yes…This is an ever

changing world and in this chainging

world..

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 2.

MR.AAZAM AFZAL (cont’d)

people’s loyalties are also ever

changing…

I’m sure with experience like

this..you must have applied

elsewhere too.

KHURSHEED ALAM

Yes sir, I have but no luck.Either

I’m too overqualified or the job is

too skill specific.

(Khursheed during this

sentence takes off his thick

speciticles)

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

Its true that you are over

qualified even for this..but I like

your honesty.

KHURSHEED ALAM

I didn’t understand!

MR.AAZAM AFZAL Honesty

is a gift that only few

possess…how soon can you join?

INT.COFFEE PARTY.EVENING

The scene opens with piano music already

playing__Peroja’s fingers moving across the

instrument__then Almas is shown in the foreground

greeting guests and talking.

As the young pianist gathers a crowd around her,Almas

finds an excuse to go and speak to Peroja as now she has

demenstrated her power to make the crowd sway to the

magic she played.

Almas is hosting a party where Almas meets a pretty young

girl, a pianist by career Peroja Dastur .Almas giving vibes

of befriending her as they move beyond basic exchange of

information.Almas exhibits her ability to tap into other

people’s personal lives without revealing her own.

Peroja describes her relationship with her beloved for

whom she’s waiting to be bound in marriage.

ALMAS BEGUM

Oh! that was a lovely composition.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 3.

PEROJA DASTUR

Thank you!I composed it with my

fiance in Paris..we used to play

together..me on the piano and he

used to play a violin.

ALMAS BEGUM

Oh! you sheaky girl! You are in a

relationship.

Watches her really sociabl friends pass by,she introduces

Peroja to them.Her voice changes tone as if suddenly very

happy to have found a free gift in a cereal box.

ALMAS BEGUM ladies

and Gentlemen..Look I

discovered a star.She’s a trained

Pianist.

After a small conversation with Almas’s friends Almas

reveals her real reason for coming over and talking to her.

ALMAS BEGUM

I have a business proposition.Play

exclusively at my parties…I will

pay whatever you demand…and

publicity as well!

PEROJA DASTUR

hmm…that’s what I was

l o o k i n g

for..hai..sure,why not!

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.NIGHT

Dangling from the ceiling is a Cristal chandelier

shimmering like thousands of stars with the most

magnificent light.The room is full of such magnificent

pieces of art work,wall hangings and sculptures.Seated in

the middle adjacent to two sculptures is a Wedding Picture

of Khursheed and Almas.

Almas is as usual is talking about the hot gossip whereas

Khursheed is lost in his own thoughts__finding a way to

escape this dull marriage based on only the financial

support in order to save his ailing father who has

tragically deceased.With that the internist in marriage

has expired too.

He is now preoccupied with last few memories of his

father and the image of his death.

(memories of his father lying

in the bed are shown,the

weakness in his eyes etc.)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 4.

Almas doesn’t realize that he’s not even listening.He

leaves her alone as an excuse for work.

ALMAS BEGUMEMAR

Oh! at the club today me and my

friends….

Khursheed destracted by something else wants to escape

this conversation and leaves for the office.Almas is left

sitting there by herself.

KHURSHEED ALAM

hmm..excuse me Almas.I have work

left at the office.

INT.PARTY.DAY

Almas meets Peroja at another social party and introduces

her to her friends with the intent of her hitched by

another man.

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.NIGHT

Almas is as usual talking about her social gatherings and

Khursheed seems genuinely disinterested in any social

parties and Almas’s interests and starts to behave

awkwardly __such as avoiding Almas and leaving for work

as an excuse to get away from her.

ALMAS BEGUM

Today I went to Husna’s party.It

was a large party,a lot of famous

people were there too and you know

Reeta and her husband as usual

were acting cheaply!___cheap

publicity stunt!..hun!

KHURSHEED ALAM

hmm..

Khursheed while Almas is talking is indulging in the

memories/time spent with his beloved and feels that Almas

and him are a mismatch as a couple.

ALMAS BEGUM

And Pinky wore the same outfit for

the fifth time!poorthing…and still

such a showoff!

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 5.

KHURSHEED ALAM

hmm…hmmm…

Khursheed is lost in the memories___thinking of Peroja’s

eyes..a quick glimpse of her beautiful blue eyes is

shown…as if she is smiling with her eyes..as her eyes

speak a thousand words without any words spoken.

Khursheed’s hmm continues and at this very moment he’s

indulging in memories of Peroja to which he smiles and

just gets up and leaves without a word.

EXT.DASTUR RESIDENCE.EVENING

Khursheed’s heart still aches for his lover.He regrets

choosing monetary aid brought by this marriage.He goes

out in search for his beloved.

Khursheed goes to the office completes his work but remains

distracted all the while.He then decides to meet Peroja.As

he gathers his courage he goes to see her at her aunt

and uncle’s place who have long been her guardians.There

he fails to meet her as she’s a working girl.

KHURSHEED ALAM

Goodevening.I’m Khursheed

Alam.Miss.Peroja here?

AUNT

Yes…who Peroja?…aa…she..a

um..wait son.

Peroja’s aunt fixes her glasses,comes closer to hear the

young man and suddenly realizes who this man is and

brings out a visiting card that had a gentleman’s name.He

then confirms if she is married to him,since aunty was

hard of hearing she nods in affirmative.

(Aunty is constantly touching

her ear and coming close to

the young man and is talking

really loudly as if it would

make any difference in hearing

the young man)

AUNT

you can find her at this address.

KHURSHEED ALAM

Has she married?

Aunty nods in affirmative.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 6.

While aunt was talking to Khursheed uncle was busy

praying and as soon as he finished his religious rituals

he comes to the door and but Khursheed had already left.

UNCLE

Who was it?

AUNT

Peroja’s friend.

Khursheed leaves dejected thinking of how Peroja had

promised to stay with him all through their lives.But his

inner conflict blames him of not being loyal to his

Peroja.He cursed himself that he deserves this kind of an

attitude from her.He thought of him as selfish man as he

only desired a job and medication for his ailing

father.His conscience pricked on him day in and day out.

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.EVENING

Almas is on the phone calling hysterically to Khursheed’s

office,calling every place he visits for business meetings.

ALMAS BEGUM

Where is Mr.Khursheed?

SECRETARY

Mr.Khursheed is not at the

office.He went out for a

meeting,madam.

ALMAS BEGUM

Where?

SECRETARY

Madam, I don’t know where.

ALMAS BEGUM

You should know where he goes and

why__you are his secretary!

Almas bangs the phone in anger as she doesn’t know her

husband’s whereabouts.

Minutes later..Almas recieves another phone call.

While he’s out of the office searching for Peroja,a voice

from the phone is precisely describing his whereabouts.

Kursheed returns home tired,dejected and

disinterested.Almas seems furious and asks him about what

he did all day trying to extract information from his own

mouth.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 7.

ALMAS BEGUM

Where did you go?…I mean how

was your day?Busy day..I called

several times!

KHURSHEED ALAM

My dear wife,I was busy

working!!

EXT.SOCIAL PARTY

Almas meets Peroja at this party as she’s mesmerized

entertaining the guests with magic of her skill.

Peroja starts off talking about her beloved and how happy

they were.Almas interrupts her and blatantly tells her to

stop dreaming of her beloved as it’s a only by a mere

coincidence that the man she’s describing is her husband

who apparently has the same internists so she should stay

away from him as if he’s her property!

PEROJA DASTUR

Almas.I miss Khursheed’s

company.He’s teriffic at playing

violin..I’ll introduce him to you

as soon as I contact him….I miss

his jokes ..oh! we were soo happy

together..laughing and …

ALMAS BEGUM

I think you should stop dreaming!

Is it just a mere coincidence that

my husband has the same

interests..,It would be better for

you to stay away from my husband!!

PEROJA DASTUR

but…

ALMAS BEGUM

End of discussion

Almas walks off after insulting Peroja.

8

.

INT.RESTAURANT.NIGHT

Khursheed Alam goes for a meeting at a restaurant and a

confirmation of his fears __see Peroja with that man and

the kids.

khursheed backs off.Never persues in meeting Peroja for

the sake of her happiness.

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.NIGHT

He plays the violin just so he may enjoy the memories/

time spent with her in order to get over it.While he’s

playing so passionately, Almas is observing him.She

thinks of him as failed and defeated.

Almas sees an opportunity to reconcile and She is all

over him__seducing him.(she is aging and wants a child).

While she is busy seducing him for a child she has also got

him to become Dad’s business partner so as to please and

keep him __thus eliminating the opportunity to leave.__here

we show him signing the deal as a business partner.

With his boss in his office who has a picture of his

daughter Alams in the background.(the two events shown as

quick visual montage) along with that a quick dialogue

will also be exchanged between Mr.Afzal and Almas

regarding his job.

MR.AAZAM AFZAL

Where is Khursheed?

ALMAS BEGUM

Daddy___He’s busy..to get

something great one has to forego

something!

(Almas speaks so whimsically

and knows that her father will

understand what she meant by

that as she is the only

daughter he has)

All that while Almas is talking to Khursheed,he is too

busy indulging in those memories.

(K.A is indulging in memories

of Peroja….eyes will be

shown…them laughing and

possibly playing music

together)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 9.

NARRATOR (VOG)

Taking off as a free bird,yet

accepting a partnership with his

father-in-law.What an irony.

(spoken sarcastically)

EXT.ON THE ROAD.NIGHT

(The road is shown,Peroja walks

out of the frame i.e the side

walk…camera remains still and

we hear a thud and a screaching

sound)…Accident it self is

never shown. (Sound effects

will be used here)

In the meanwhile Peroja is leaving from work one evening

and has an unfortunate accident__by a doctor who’s an eye

specialist who is apparently rushing to the eye clinic

for an operation.

He takes her to the hospital but she dies and later on

find out that she’s an eye Donner.__the eyes are

extracted and preserved.

DR.SADIQUI

Hurry,hurry,take this girl to the

operation theatre.She is bleeding

profusely..and nurse,call Dr.Ali and

inform the girl’s parents

NURSE

Yes Dr.

Dr.Sadiqui sees the girl as the nursing staff take her

into the operating room and realizes who this is.

(This scene is Dr.Sadiqui’s

flash back/a memory of meeting

peroja at Almas’s party__ one of

the admirers in the crowd)

DR.SADIQUI

I am an ardent fan of a piano.And

the tune you played was mesmerising.

PEROJA DASTUR

Thanks.That’s good.My music has done

something good,at least.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 10.

DR.SADIQUI

Oh! I forgot to introduce

myself.I’m Dr.Sadiqui___I’m an eye

specialist.

PEROJA DASTUR

I’m Peroja Dastur___Piano

specialist!

(They both laugh)

DR.SADIQUI

Since I’m an eye specialist..so I

notice eyes and you have a

beautiful pair of eyes.

PEROJA DASTUR

That’s why my eyes shall be

donated after my death.

(Smiling)

DR.SADIQUI

Oh! so you are meeting the right

person.I am an eye

specilist….haha…must keep in

touch before you die

(Laughing/jokingly)

PEROJA DASTUR

Okay….sure!

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.EVENING

As time passes by and K.A is still not warming up to

Almas.However, Khursheed has developed a taste for a high

status in the society he still stays and tries to

reconcile as well.Even though he’s still getting over

Peroja.___ He is now a business partner and has some

authority.

Khursheed is getting ready to go out with his wife with

some friends and when he opens a drawer to wear( we see a

collection of watches and there’s a watch that is

evidence of his past__socio economic class i.e lower

middel class) his watch..he choses an expensive brand.

Almas is always besides him and Khursheed is putting a

real effort to listen to what she is saying and answers

back and also tries to laugh at her jokes.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 11.

ALMAS BEGUM

look! she’s wearing the same

dress! again!

K H U R S H E E D

ALAM yes,….she needs

charity!poor soul..haha

(Contrived/fake laugh)

NARRATOR (VOG)

It’s difficult to forego a

luxurious life.

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.DAY

As

K.A has stopped playing the violin __keeping on top a

table___the maid come to clean it and gets scolded.

Then he takes the violin and takes it away to play the

tune again as he is reminded of Peroja by the way the

maids eyes sparkle__Khursheed is surprised by the

mesmerizing eyes as they seem familiar.

Khursheed’s fascination with the maid’s eyes increase day

by day__that is new for him as he finds it very odd

attraction and to someone who is not at all worthy of

him.___in some way the maid too reciprocates the gesture

e.g always looking at him while doing her work.

EXT.ROAD.DAY

Khursheed __observes that the maid leaves the house and

spends an ample amount of time elsewhere.(which is

Dastur residence)

Khursheed follows and catches her outside the house and

asks why here__ maid explains that Mis.Dastur’s eyes have

given her a new life and since her aunt and uncle have no

one she is working here as a thanks (maid works here

twice a week for 2 hrs), and weirdly enough Almas Knows

about it.

KHURSHEED ALAM

What are you doing here?

MAID

Sir,I work here.

KHURSHEED ALAM kia

Does Madam know this?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 12.

MAID

yes,she does.

KHURSHEED ALAM

Why here?

MAID

Sir,Their daughter has given me a

new life.They are old and no

matter how much I help them..it is

still less …

(Khursheed is anxious to know and

is getting a little angry)

KHURSHEED ALAM

New life?How?!!

(The maid gets frightened by

Khursheed’s loud voice and

cries as this conversation is

now an investigation)

MAID

Sir,I was blind..and their daughter

has donated her eyes after her

death.And now I can see.

Peroja’s death comes as a shock for Khursheed as his face

turns yellow.

INT.MR.EDWARD’S RESIDENCE.DAY

Khursheed Alam finally finds courage and goes to see the

foreigner as a condolence call__as he thinks she was his

wife___ the American turns out to be one of the

aquentences__he recognizes from Almas’s social circle.

He clarifies then that she was nothing but an employee

and he liked taking her out for dinner with his family as

she would stay there long hours to teach.

KHURSHEED ALAM

I’m Khursheed Alam..your wife’s

friend.

KHURSHEED ALAM

I’m very sorry to know about your

wife’s death.

MR.EDWARD

yes,my wife passed away several

years ago back home…How did you

know Julie?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 13.

(is confused..a condolence

call..years later)

KHURSHEED ALAM

Julie?…No,no I was talking about

Peroja

(Edward smiles a little then

explains)

MR.EDWARD Peroja..oh…you

are mistaken…she was my

employee..my children’s music

teacher…not my wife.There is some

misunderstanding !

KHURSHEED ALAM

Oh! I see…sorry.Its good to meet

you anyways thanks for the

information….bye!

This meeting also clarifies the fact that it was Almas

who introduces him to Peroja.___Khursheed thinks real

hard and arrives at a conclusion that all of this is

Almas’s doing and gets really angry.

(Khursheed now puts 2 and 2

together and now knows that it

was Almas who introduced

Edward to Peroja,it was Almas

who knew about Peroja’s death

and kept it a secret,kept tabs

on him,the partnership in the

business and her seduction

attempt when he had lost all

hope )

These all will be played out as memories in a tight

string of shots

INT.AFZAL RESIDENCE.EVENING

Several months have passed.

(Passage of time will be seen

on the screen in a text form)

Seemingly happy couple with a kid on the way is still the

same but this time Khursheed Alam calls the shots as he

has nothing to lose and may or may not walk out of this

marriage as well as there’s a budding relationship with

the maid remains; as she too indulges in humming the tune

which Khursheed plays on the violin, looking at each

other with affection and smiling.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 14.

Almas is siliently watching all of this and is

rendered powerless__cannot do anything about it.

(Almas does this action while

taking off her speciticles)

NARRATOR(VOG)

Goods once sold cannot be

returned whether good or

bad.It’s yours!

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