Cutting truth!

2 males.. 40ish.. specks. having a cup of tea.. somewhere in an irani restaurant

This was the suggestive scene i was presented on which i had to write something…

Cutting truth!

Int. Early Evening. Pakeezah cafe

The setting is old, with two benches hugging each table. There are roughly 14 such tables. The place is relatively empty. The group of waiters is sharing a laugh near the open-to-all kitchen.

Feroze and Imraan walk in.

One of the waiters

Rijo, jaa, tere customers aa gaye!

Another waiter

Naada kas ke baandh be.

(All share a laugh)

Feroze and Imraan take a seat under the only fan, which seems to be working, but barely does, the slow buzzing sound that the fan makes is loud and screechy.

Rijo (brings two cups of tea and places it on the table)

Kaise ho saab?

Kal dikhe nahin, baahr gaye the kya?

Imraan

(Taking a sip)

Huzoor, sheher ki us paar gaye the, Salmaan ke dukaan se aflatoon laaya hoon, yeh lo. (Hands a box of aflatoons to Rijo)

Rijo

Tanks you!

Feroze

Baat doh apne saathiyon mein.

The Manager

Bhaijaan, koi khush khabar?

Imraan

Beti ka nikaah taye hua hai

The Manager

Mubarak ho janaab

Feroze takes out his specs

Feroze

So, Imraan, how is she taking this?

Imraan

It’s tough, but then she’s agreed.

Imraan takes out his glasses, and starts wiping them

Imraan

Wish I could just wipe off the marks in the past like this.

Feroze

Sadia is a lovely girl and mature, she’d be over it. Your daughter’s fine Imraan, Don’t worry.

Imraan

Bhaijaan, itna aasan nahi hai

Feroze

English Imraan, English, dont talk in Hindi, people might understand.

Imraan

I’m grateful to Shohaib bhai, he obliged to marry. The man is great, even after knowing our situation, the holy man has agreed.

Feroze

Is Sadia okay with him being a divorced man?

Imraan

Did you really think I was going to find an eligible bachelor?

I mean you know how the situation is, plus the guy is well settled, so I know Sadia would be happy.

Feroze realized his tea has gone cold.

Feroze

Arre Rijo beta, zara aur ek chaay dena.

Rijo brings another cup and smiles gleefully at both of them.

Feroze takes a sip

Feroze

Imraan, doesnt Shohaib already have a son?

Imraan

Yeah, he’s almost as old as apni Sadia, good kid.

Feroze

Is Sadia okay with him, of having a stepson who is almost as old as her?

Imraan

Oh, she adores him; they already have become good friends. They’ve grown very close.

Feroze

Howz Rashid?

Imraan

That’s a little tricky. Sadia loves her son and wants him to fit in this new family, but young Rashid is too rigid, he doesn’t want a new dad.

Feroze

I’ll tell you Imraan, if I get hold of that son-of-a-bitch who did this to Sadia, i’ll break his neck. I’m still surprised why didn’t you file a complaint? The police would have tracked that gutless boy down.

Imraan

What’s the point Feroze? He did what he wanted to and he fled away. There’s no point crying over spilled milk.

Feroze

Does Rashid know who his father is? I’m sorry but I never ask about him and your family. We always keep talking about our business. I have kept this topic at bay on your request. It’s been 8 years now; I think you can talk about it now.

Imraan

He knows his father. He loves him. I care for Sadia, she saw her mother die.

Feroze (flares up and leans forward)

That son-of-a-bitch shows up?? And you do nothing?

Imraan

He visits them once in 3 months, on Sadia’s request and the love that I see in little Rashid’s eyes, I am bound. I can’t do anything.

Feroze

Ok, lets change the topic.

Imraan waves at Rijo for another round of teas.

Rijo comes and places them on the table.

Rijo

Sahab, nanacatai khayenge?

Feroze

Nahi beta, rehnedo. Chaai kaafi hai.

(turning at Imraan)

So, how are the wedding preparations going on?

Imraan

Hectic. Lotta things to do, wish Reshma were alive to witness this.

Feroze

Yeah, I understand. Bhabhi would have been more than happy.

Heart attacks strike with no warning, and poor Sadia was there to witness that too. The child has gone through a lot; she deserves a happy life now.

Imraan

And she will get one!

Feroze

I want to see her Imraan. Now. Where is she?

Imraan

She is with Shohaib’s son, some wedding formalities. He’s a good kid.

Feroze wears his glasses again, and takes a long sip to finish the tea.

Little Rashid runs into the cafe. Pants.

Imraan

Rashid, kya hua beta?

Rashid

Ammi ro rahi hai…

Imraan

Kyu, kya hua?

Rashid

Pata nahi, who naye abbu ka beta ghar se nikal gaya, aur ammi rone lagi..

Feroze

Saas lo, yeh lo paani lo. Aur ikminan se batao.

Rashid

Ammi ni kapde nahin pehne the.

Imraan

Kya?

Rashid

kuch karo..abbujaan, kuch karo

Feroze looks at the Imran with shock

Feroze

Abbujaan?

Rashid

Abbu chalo na, maine bola tha yeh naye waala abbu acche nahin hai…

Imraan freezes for a split second and then walks away with Rashid without looking at Feroze.

Feroze takes his glasses off and gets glued to his seat. Stupefied.

We hear the screeching sound of the fan.

Fade out

Titles

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