I really didn’t want to write today without seeing how things play out tonight. But since there are a few requests on Twitter, here are my tit bits about the episode –
There’s a saying in Hindi, “Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja, Takey Sher Bhaaji, Takey Sher Khaaja”. For the uninitiated, the phrase is taken from a famous play in which a disciple comes to his guru asking permission to travel and settle down in a far away country. To make the disciple understand how unhealthy, unjust and undesirable the place is, he says that one line. But the disciple doesn’t agree with his guru and decides to travel back to the land only to witness the mad king and his mad kingdom there. To translate in English it would be, “Dark is the city, insane is the king”, where from sweets to vegetables, you get everything at one rate.
In the mad kingdom, 4 people want to steal a man’s riches. They try to climb a wall to steal. But the weak wall falls on them killing all 4 of them. The family of the thieves are angry then and they go to court of justice. They say that the 4 thieves were just being professional and doing something that was their profession, the wall was weak and that was the fault of the home owner and he shall be punished. The home owner said that he must not be punished but the man who built the wall should be punished. The wall builder said, he shall not be punished, but the man who mixed the cement shall be punished. The man who made the cement said, he shall not be punished but there had been a passer by who disturbed him while mixing the cement, he distracted him, so he shall be punished. The mad king summoned for the passer by and ordered to hang him for murder. But when the man was to be hanged, his neck turned out to be too thin for the noose. By law, the king then ordered that the first man whose neck would fit the noose would be hanged till death.
At the end, the guards captured the disciple who had just entered the ‘Andher Nagri’, brought him to test his neck, it fit the noose and so the king ordered him to be hanged till death.
Now you know why the kingdom is called the ‘dark city’ and why the ruler is called ‘insane king’.
The problem of the Dixit household is that the queen of that house is as naive, insane, insecure and unjust as the king of that ‘Andher Nagri’. She is blinded, not habituated to live in light and her this constant habit brings in darkness for everyone who lives with her.
Sonakshi is like that disciple, who was warned by her guru (in this case her father Bijoy Bose), about how mad is the place where she wants to go. But she still went. No matter who is wrong and because of whom, one is offended, for the mad queen in our story, the fault always lied with ‘Sonakshi’.
Ishwari’s problem isn’t that Dev gave money to Saurabh. Her problem is that Dev didn’t ask her before giving money to Saurabh. Her old pre-nup insecurity came back again as she thought Dev might give away everything to his wife’s family barring his mother and sisters, who are financially depended on him.
Let’s face it. This might sound harsh, but a lady who had to struggle for even Rs 10 for half her life, 5 crores going out of her cupboard without her knowledge is too much to bear for her. That’s one disadvantage of being in a family of first generation learners and first generation earners.
A strong lady of the house will never stand and witness mutely when her one relative would insult her another relative. A righteous person would never stay quiet when her samdhi would be humiliated with words like ‘thief’, ‘fraud’ and ‘liar’. Ishwari by staying quiet and blaming Bijoy and even asking him to bring Saurabh without consulting Dev, paved the way for disaster in her kingdom. She laid the founding stone wherein she and her good for nothing sister in law, her useless son (Vickey) and Ishwari’s daughters are henceforth going to lead the best life they had ever wished for. But on what cost? At the cost of their bread earner’s own bread. This is what happens with you when you make the wrong person rule your kingdom, sit on the throne, take decisions of your life and worship her as your God!
“Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja” – these words fit so perfectly in this scenario, don’t they?
P.S:- About Dev hitting Bijoy. Well, what’s wrong is wrong and no ‘accident’ justifies it. If Dev wants forgiveness, he has to earn it himself this time. Rest will talk about it as it plays out in the episode.