Apr 22, 2007

Life In Sine

First cut of a short movie script. Story credited to Sachin who blogs at Meri Kahani


Cancer hospital board

An old hospital room….. Large windows … slightly faded white paint .. clean…

A 70’s fan with a large protruding center whirrs.

Large metal bed in the center with a similar bed table on which there is newspaper-wrapped partially opened pack of oranges.

Karthik : Late 20’s , 2 day stub

Tina: Late 20’s, Hospital councilor

Karthik is leaning on the wall with his face towards the wall and hands folded above ….

Walks towards the bed ..crashes with a thud …spreads out his hand and leg in an X position and casts a forlorn look to the fan

Cuts to the fan and close-up of Karthik’s face few times

Tina’s energetic footsteps

Tina knocks and enters the room . Karthik has a pillow over his eyes

Good morning Karthik .. did you sleep well . I hope you had the medicines given by Annie sister yesterday night

No Response

Are you awake Karthik


ohfoooo. Karthik you are in one of those bad trips gain…

Tina is active during the conversation

Tell me Councilor how long do I have

Karthik don’t be such a kid ….. Being a medical professional you should know that cancer is not an incurable disease these days. There is so much of technology available. I am sure Dr. Gowda would have explained you all the possibilities

Why me of all the people..I am not even thirty…

It is important though to not to loose your heart.. Show me a good face and I will get you out of this ….

Would you have these medicines

Tina slowly helps him sit on the bed , gives the pills and a glass of water….

Tina caringly rubs Karthik’s face and exits


Evening. Tina knocks and enters in denims and sweatshirt with a white collar

Hi Karthik Just thought I will say bye. How was the biriyani ???

She goes and opens a round steel lunch box

Makes out that it hasn’t been touched

Not even a spoon. Could have given it to somebody else if you were not having. You told you liked malabari biriyani. Had to wake-up at 4 today to cook it.

Why are you doing this Councilor ?

I got a name

I even don’t have a life ahead of me

Not everything has to be done with express intentions

I didn’t mean it. I am sorry. My state doesn’t leave me with many options.

That is because you choose not to.

You know this is not the real me

I too was wondering whatever happened to that glamorous, firebrand communist at college. Seriously you were the hero of all of us first years and had quite a fan following in the ladies hostel.

Those were the best years

Hey look… I got to go. Take care and have your medicines on-time. I can ask Annie to give a sedative if you are not getting sleep

Looks at Tina’s eyes and says in a soft moist voice

I just can’t thank you enough

Don’t bother. I will see you tomorrow

Tina Exits


Bright day

Karthik is by the window ardently looking outside …..

Cuts to a close-up of a small plant on the window ledge. Morning dew on the leaves, a little bud or flower, swaying against the wind.

Karthik paces up and down the room . humming a tune from a recent movie ( allah ke bande) … . exited .

Tina knocks and walks towards Karthik

Good Morning Tina.

Good Morning. What in the world has happened. Was that you humming the tune

Why not …….. I got a beauty as a neighbor

Surprised. I thought you room was cut away from the other rooms

Senorita won't you come to the window and greet my dear friend

Tina walks to the window, stand close to Karthik and looks out through the window

Smiles. She looks kind of cute. Not a classical beauty but definitely has some mystery

Karthik comes and sits on the hospital bed

So there goes the inspiration. You already had the medicines. Looks like your muse is working wonders on you. Making you disciplined so quick ??

Karthik smiles and looks( sparks) at Tina


Another Day

What about my babe’s food

What ??

Tina don’t tell me you forgot it. I had asked you get organic manure from the supermarket near your home

Sorry Karthik. Totally slipped me. But anyways as a saying goes “ what is born in fire doesn’t wither in the heat” your muse is too wild to shrink so easily

Both laugh

Tina and Karthik comes to the window and looks at the plant.

Cuts to plant

No Tina seriously please get it tomorrow

hmm didn’t know you could be so caring

If I choose to

And how does my lord make such choices

Both laugh


Close-up shot of the plant mutilated and broken down. . The frame moves in a sort of drunken, surreal way

Cuts to Karthik’s face from outside. The window railings form the foreground.

Karthik leans against the window and look lost. Signs of unhappiness and being lost. Droopy eyes are a little moist

Tina walks waving a hospital file.

Karthik shows an eye movement to look through the window

Tina looks out and shows an expression of surprise

But you have to see this ..

She waves the file in her hand

The second biopsy report. Your tumor is localized and can be easily cured with radiation or worst case a surgery

Karthik shows an expression of disbelief

Are you serious ??

Do things change with such rapidity always

Turns slowly and looks at the plant

The plant

Karthik’s face . Tears trickle down

Karthik walks to Tina and holds her hand. Eyes locked.

Apr 12, 2007

Known Stranger

a known stranger
a tilana of words
in this faceless ether
creating a space
across the globe
things ring
of seth
of music
of a lost world
known stranger
don't stop the flow