Kasoor (2001) Script

Yes?

Who?

The newspaper tycoon. Preeti Saxena of Indian Times.

Stop

Damn her

These rich brats won't let you take a night's sleep or a morning walk Chaos begins! Ministers, newspapers, television, cacophony, et al Sit


Where? Up there Upstairs. Come with me, sir

The maidservant. He didn't spare her


The glass on the rear door is broken. He could've come in that way Shekhar Saxena says that when he was coming in... someone hit him on the head from behind. He fainted

Any clues on the murderer? Do you suspect anyone?

Will you be able to get him?

One thing is decided. This is no rape

The head-wound and parts bearing other wounds indicates insanity He enjoys doing this One more thing The murder was committed using a sharp six-inch weapon A knife, or something. But it's blade is serrated The problem is, a six-inch knife and six feet of rope can be bought easily The fingerprint report says that no fingerprints have been found... apart from Shekhar Saxena's, his wife's and the maid's So how do we trace the killer?

What about the wound on the head? Not a deep wound Just a little bleeding. Nothing dangerous

Was the blow delivered so as not to make it dangerous?

Could be

I've got a scoop! I found out all details from Shekhar Saxena's office After marrying Preeti, Shekhar became her husband But Preeti Saxena remained the owner of the newspaper Legally, Shekhar can't get a cent out of Preeti's inheritance But according to Preeti's will, after her death...

Shekhar Saxena stands to be the sole heir of her entire estate

But that man looks too decent to kill his wife so horribly That's just why That's why he killed her so horribly. So that fools like you might say...

"How can a man kill his wife so horribly?"

Simple. If I got fed up of slaving for the wife, if I wanted... to kill her, this is how I would've planned it. In which hospital is he?

Had I my way, I would've obliterated yesterday from the calendar

Yesterday morning, when I left home, I had everything. When I returned...

I still can't believe it's all true. Where were you between 7 and 8 pm?

At the press club, interviewing new journalists Afterwards?

I dropped Kulkarni at the railway terminus. Then I went to the office So late at night? Why did you go to the office?

Mr Lokhande, I'm the editor. Like every Saturday...

I was supposed to write today's editorial too Reporting the growing crime rate in your city takes hard work So last Saturday's hard-hitting article about the police...

I wrote it Every time, I am the one who writes about your misadventures And look at what you're doing today. Asking me questions to fill pages You don't care even if the murderer gives you the slip in the meantime And why are you staring at me? Am I to remind you that you're my lawyer?

Yes, I was about to object

Yadav... let's go. Let the sahib rest a while

You're watching Preeti Saxena's funeral. 3 days ago... she was killed horribly in her apartment


For two years she was saying, "I want to see my brother"

You're here...

now


Will you change that rote, or won't you?

Every day for the last week you've been coming here and telling me...

I loved my wife very much! We were very happy with each other And nothing happened between us to prompt me to kill her Ask me that once or a hundred times, my answer won't change Because that's the truth. That isn't the truth The truth is, you didn't have a good relationship with your wife You were constantly quarreling with your wife. I've even heard...

What's going on? You're harassing my client for no reason Hey Pawar...

You're talking to an important man. Don't you know? 50 men stand up to... greet him when he enters his office. And you take him for a criminal?

Whatever you have to ask him, ask properly Mr Shekhar, let me assure you that I don't consider you a criminal Now, may I ask you with all due respect, was there ever... between the two of you, any altercation or quarrel?

When did I say that there was no altercation between us?

We might even have screamed at each other. But in answer... won't it be enough to say that we were married? Every couple... has misunderstandings. I saw you on television On Rendezvous with Simi Garewal. Your wife didn't look too happy Mr Rustom Sohrab Sodawaterwallah. An attendant at National Gymkhana?

You might say so. What do you mean?

Nominally, I am the attendant. But I'm really the whole-and-sole Which girl goes out with which man, who's eying whose boss...

I know all about the affairs. Why only outsiders?

Sharma, the junior manager... Just tell me... do you have the duplicate keys to the lockers allotted to members?

Not with me. The manager keeps it. I take the keys only once a year On 31st December. You know why? To clean everyone's lockers Last year, what did you notice when you were cleaning locker number 502?

Number 502 is Shekhar Saxena's. When I opened his locker...

I saw something shining inside. I took a close look. It was a knife Dangerous! About 6 inches long. Designed just like hills on a map Like this

I told you. She used to handle the financial matters I only did the creative work

Do you fancy hunting?

Have you ever been on a hunt?

No Did you ever buy a hunting knife?

No

Think before you reply. There's no hurry

Have you ever bought one? Or did you ever borrow one from a friend?

I told you! No! Don't shout

I'm giving you one more chance. Tell me the truth Talk properly. To hell with propriety Until now, I've been behaving myself. I know how to reach... right into a man's throat to dig out the truth You think I killed my wife?

In court, I will

As of now, I have evidence enough to arrest you Hey Pawar, handcuff the sahib. Give him her bracelets

Are you prosecuting Shekhar Saxena? You think Saxena has killed?

Are you remanding him to custody?

If you care to take my word, you'll throw away this remand application What are you saying, Mehta? Without a drubbing, he won't say a word You take him for a small time crook who spills the beans after two slaps?

Want to try third degree? You want to hang him upside down?

Look, he has high connections Every day, he'll take medical examinations. In court, he will... turn the tables on you. He wrote castigating you. The world knows What will everyone think?

That you're taking... what's it called?

Revenge. You're taking revenge So what to do now? What to do?

He doesn't have a criminal record. The judge rejects our application He's granted bail, and from day one, we're censured. Better... don't oppose the bail plea. Mehta, he's going to vanish He's going nowhere. He's a big man. The bigger the man, the lesser... the places he can hide in. Wherever he is, he'll remain in public eye Let him off. For now. We'll see later

Mr Shekhar Saxena, you aren't alone! What did the police ask you?

Are you being framed?

You know very well. My paper has been exposing his misdeeds And here I am. As for the rest, you are intelligent enough

Mr Saxena, I called Delhi. I'm thinking about... roping in Mr Arjun Malkani

No Mr Singh. My case is already looking like a circus I don't want to fly in lawyers for grandstanding I have full faith in your firm. I want you to represent me Mr Saxena, we're corporate lawyers. We contest civil cases. We never... contested a criminal case. You haven't a single lawyer... who can contest a criminal case? Not that we haven't There is one. Able. But not a single contested criminal case in 4 years If he's able, why has he not contested for 4 years?

Strange coincidence, Mr Saxena. This one gave up practice... at Lokhande's instance. The man who arrested you

Then he is my man. Not man. She's a woman

Justice Bhargav's daughter. Her parents died in an accident She works day and night to get over her Ioneliness

Past seven, Simran. Leave early on Saturdays, at least Home is where I end up, Prabhakar. Even there, I'll be all alone So why not work a bit more?

Even the coffee is over


Who's there?


Who did this?


"Life is so Ionely"

"I need a mate"


"Life is all about a search..."

"for a mate"


"Someone will love me..."

"I still believe"

"Someone will wait for me"

"I'm telling you something, my friend"

"I tell my heart not to go crazy"

"Life is so drab"

"I need a mate"

"Life is all about a search..."

"for a mate"


"Day and night someone torments me"

"This journey I can't make alone"

"How restless she has left me..."

"she knows not"

"I can't hold myself back"

"I long to embrace her"

"In life, I thirst..."

"for a mate"

"Life is all about a search..."

"for a mate"


I don' think you understand what I'm saying, Simran

Ms Bhargav, if you want, I'll call Mr Shekhar Saxena here. Talk to him No use

I'm only a corporate lawyer now. Just like you...

I'm happy representing companies selling soap and oil I'm tired of murder, rape, robbery. Besides, this week I'm busy

I know you're busy with a case. But those cases can wait

You're very stubborn. No matter how large an offer I make...

I know you won't take up this case. So I'll make you a request

Please save Shekhar Saxena If the law hangs him, it'll be a grave injustice to someone who's... not only a promising journalist, but also a nice man

Please be seated, madam. I'll inform the sahib

So the colour black is still your favourite?

Yes. Five years ago, you wore black. At the Bar Association's function

I was a small-time journalist. You made a fine speech about... the rising incidence of crime in the city. Do you still get worked up... while making speeches? Nowadays I don't make speeches But you have a good memory. For things worth remembering Ms Simran, if I am not mistaken, you said during the speech... that you like flowers. You said, the sight of blossoming flowers... makes one blossom like a flower. Despite trials and tribulations... the zest for achieve one's goals, is increased manifold You said that, didn't you? Yes, I said so

But then, I spoke of bookish things. Life hadn't taught me anything

Now I know, no matter how pretty the flower is, it will wilt But before it wilts, the flower spreads it's fragrance Contemplate this Ms Bhargav. For fear of wilting... had flowers not blossomed, the world wouldn't have been so beautiful What do you mean to say? That a single incident couldn't... have compelled someone as capable and as intelligent as you are... to discard your education and your expertise Besides, this decision of yours not only affects you... but it also affects the lives of many others, like me... who want to live life

I didn't kill my wife. Did I ask you?

If you took up my case, you would. Maybe not. Because... before taking up a case, I find out what's true and what's not Then find out. Satisfy yourself. If you contest for me...

I'll surely win the case. I want to win. Because I want to live

We can't contest this case without proof

The one I've been looking for everywhere is right next to me?

May I sit down? Do whatever you wish

Once upon a time, Ms Simran and I used to punish criminals together

I hear now she's getting into the business of saving criminals

Do I hear you're taking up Shekhar Saxena's case?

Wrong Take my advice, turn wrong into right!

The contest is more fun when the competition is a seasoned player

And the spirit of the game is not to find out until the last... who the winner will be Have you heard of Ajit?

The one you and I framed?

I hear he hanged himself last night

Just as well! A quick tug is better than dying the slow convict's death

Four years ago, I was the prosecutor in Ajit's case. I put my trust in...

Inspector Lokhande's chargesheet. I took my case honestly Ajit's mother screamed her son's innocence Instead, I trusted the witnesses Lokhande paraded Ajit was sentenced for life. Later I got to know that...

Lokhande had framed Ajit for some petty personal gain He had proof of Ajit's innocence. But he didn't even mention it

You're getting worked up for no reason, Simran I don't think you're at fault in Ajit's case Even if you are at fault, will it assuage your guilt... if you take up Shekhar Saxena's case? An innocent died because of me If another innocent man is saved from the gallows because of me...

I might be able to face myself once again You're making a mistake for undoing another

Amit, I need your help on this case. I'm always with you, Simran If Shekhar Saxena is really guilty...

During the course of the case, if I find that you are guilty... or if you ever try to lie to me, I'll drop the case midway

Mr Saxena wants you to take up his case

I accept. I'll never lie to you, nor will I ever hide anything from you I need your appointment diaries, bank statements, details of meetings You will have them. One more thing Till this case is over, I'd like you not to attend any public meetings... nor to write any newspaper articles. Neither will your photos be published Neither the judge nor the public should think that... we're trying to influence them. Secondly, you must carry yourself... in a manner as to project yourself as having completely broken down... after your wife's murder. I am a broken man, Ms Bhargav

One thing I'd like to tell you too, Mr Singhal. I don't want... you, or any of the lawyers from your firm to help me. This case...

I am fighting on my own. Amit will help me, if I need any

I want to project this case as just another case

It will be as you wish

I have taken up your challenge I have taken up Shekhar Saxena's case

Nice

Makes the case interesting

Well madam, how may I be of service? You can't even service anyone I just came to tell you that whatever you did to Ajit...

That Ajit was scum! Just as well that he killed himself Else, he would've crawled as long as he lived

But this new client of yours, is a bit more educated, smart Tell him not to mess with me, and admit his guilt straightaway The law might be a bit lenient towards him I know more about the law than you do, Lokhande Get this clear. If you try to conceal any evidence that might prove...

Shekhar Saxena's innocence, I will prosecute you under Section...

Enough!

Don't you give me Sections. Two things I remember by heart One, my daily prayer. The other, the law

When to use what section, I know very well You fancy playing with the letter of the law, don't you? Play Draw up the biggest chargesheet you can, against him But if Shekhar Saxena is innocent, I'll have him exonerated in court While you look on


I opened the door and I came inside

What was the first thing you noticed?

Blood

Her blood was all over. Upto here

I stepped towards the bed, slowly

Her hands, her feet were tied

Her dress was in tatters

Her legs were tied to this

Her breasts had been ripped out

She had been knifed between the legs

Joy comes clothed in sorrow's garb

Such was my first meeting with Preeti

I was a small-time journalist. I was at the Press Club to interview her Preeti's glamour, her wealth, her style, her diction...

I liked everything about her. We began seeing each other... and before I knew it, we were married After a while into the marriage, I got to know what standing... a middle-class boy has in the eyes of a high-class girl like Preeti Maybe she thought it was fashionable to marry an ordinary man like me

And I... fool that I was, I kept imagining that...

I too would climb the social ladder, and someday...

I'd stand as tall as she stood. But the ladder, I could never climb

And she never climbed down to come near me

A strange separation marred our relationship Like twin rail tracks, we journeyed in each other's company

Sounds strange, doesn't it? We lived together, but together, we never were

Close, but close, we never were Passionate for each other, yet Ionely

So Ionely

I want all the fingerprint details Also about the case...


What happened?


What are you doing Simran? I've made coffee for you Here you are, asleep. Use the coffee. We're working all night

If that was the kind of relationship between you and Preeti... you must have abhorred her sometimes? You never felt like betraying her?

Never. As long as she was, she was the only one in my life I didn't even look at another woman

Did she think as you did? I mean, did she ever, with someone else?

As far as I know, no. Meaning?

As far as I know, no. Which means... you didn't have full faith in her? You're the one... who doesn't have faith in me. Isn't that why you're asking me all this?

You still think I'm making up the story. You think I killed my wife You are trying to find out why. Nothing like that. I'm only asking Don't ask. Look... into my eyes. You'll get to know what's true, what's not

I'm parched


"What has come over me ever since I saw you?"

"What's this ecstasy I feel?"

"What has come over me ever since I saw you?"

"What's this ecstasy I feel?"

"I hope I don't fall in love; I hope I don't get lost"

"How do I hold myself back, tell me"

"I hope I don't fall in love; I hope I don't get lost"

"How do I hold myself back, tell me"


"Why do you invade my dreams with those stares through your tresses?"

"Downcast eyes, words softly spoken draw me to you. Oh why?"

"A fragrance clouds my vision, and suffuses my being"

"What storm rages under my breath, I do not know"

"I hope I don't make the mistake; I hope I don't fall in love"

"How do I hold myself back, tell me"


"I can't hold myself back anymore"

"How do I tell you, it's no fault of mine?"

"Even if I wanted to, I cannot stop change"

"How do I conceal my emotions, for it burns without a fire?"

"I hope I don't give in to desire; I hope I don't fall in love"

"How do I hold myself back, tell me"

"I hope I don't fall in love; I hope I don't get lost"

"How do I hold myself back, tell me"


Are you certain you saw the knife in this locker?

I have answered this question times without number. But one thing... is for sure. I'm not Shekhar Saxena's enemy. I'm his friend Shall I tell you something? I like him very much Even if you present me with foolproof evidence... of Shekhar Saxena having murdered his wife, I won't accept it

But even more true is the fact that I saw the knife in this very locker

I say you better eat. Because what I'm about to tell afterwards... will ruin your appetite. Yes madam. Lokhande has drawn up... a huge chargesheet against your millionaire On the basis of a knife that an attendant saw in Shekhar's locker?

Lokhande loves wasting government stationery Let him. I know how to tackle him. It isn't as trivial as you think Even Lokhande knows his case is weak. Is that why he's playing his cards?

What has he done? He has mentioned a girl. Shalini He might present her in court

Girl? Yes. Now that the matter is out... it will run it's course. Your client... is young, handsome and rich. A scandal is possible

If you want to do whatever you want, why did you appoint me your lawyer?

What happened? What's the matter? Didn't I tell you that...

I'll drop the case if you're guilty or if you ever lie to me?

But I have never lied to you. But you have hidden the truth

Who is this Shalini?

Have your laugh. But when Lokhande presents her in court against you... let me see you laugh then. Even if he presents her in court... he can't hurt me. But I want to know all about her I'll tell you. On one condition

You must bring back the smile on your face

You have to go over to the telephone company I want details of all calls received on this number during the past year

Whose number is this? Shekhar Saxena's Get a handwriting expert on your way back. I want to verify a letter

What's all this going on? Have you asked about Shalini?

I'm saying all this after taking Shalini into consideration

She is no threat to us

I think you're trying to save the wrong man No. I'm saving an innocent man from being pronounced guilty

As you wish. You will have all the details by tomorrow Shall we leave now? Where to?

Must I remind you it's Sapna's birthday?

Amit, I think I must remind you that we're working on an important case When did I tell you not to work? Ever since you took up this case... we've been working round the clock. What more do you want?

Until Shekhar Saxena is exonerated, are we to stop living our lives?

Please yourself. Go partying wherever you want. But as of now...

I have to save someone's life

What if I can't be saved? Why can't you be saved?

Have you killed her? Murder isn't necessary to hang a man

It's just wordplay. What words a lawyer uses in court... how he presents his witnesses, the truths he turns into lies... and the evidence... Those who wish to perjure, let them Truth will stand witness for us. The truth will set us free That maybe so. But I feel scared. What if the court believes Lokhande?

And then what happens? At most, you will hang

The judge will pound his gavel... he will adjust his thick spectacles... then he will sign the sentence to hang, and he will break the pen

Then?

What else?

Two burly executioners will lead you in chains to the gallows

They will shroud your face in black cape And for the last time, you will be asked...

"Mr Shekhar Saxena, what is your last wish?"

"You can touch your heart and ask for anything"

"We shall try to give you your wish"

"Speak, what do you wish?"

You


"I was restless when I met you"

"Little do you know how Ionely I am"


"I was restless when I met you"

"Little do you know how Ionely I am"


"How dearly I love you..."

"just come close to me and see"

"The fires that rages within..."

"just embrace me and feel"

"I can't express what I feel"

"In body and soul, I seek you"


"The moment's weakness..."

"let not pass"

"This distance tell us..."

"to end this distance"

"I have no wish, no desire..."

"all I need is you"


Look at this Amit. Another letter


Who might have written this letter? Who knows about this case?

Evidently someone who wants to prove him innocent. Like you

Only that this letter was also typed on the same Remington typewriter The t in innocent is raised Who's doing all this? Find out Amit. That's so easy. All I have to do... is knock on every door and say, "Excuse me, Ms Simran has sent me"

"Do you perchance have a Remington typewriter? Let me take a look"

"Is that t raised?"

I didn't mean that Amit

You weren't home last night. I was at home Why didn't you take my calls?

Maybe it's out of order You're lying!

Are you calling that murderer?

What did you say? Shekhar Saxena is a murderer

Not you. That's jealousy speaking. You're jealous of Shekhar Am I? Jealous of that murderer?

Your face, your eyes, every part of you is screaming out... you're jealous of him! You are on fire And because you are burning, you want to see an innocent man hanged

You're mixing your personal feelings with the case Not I! You are mixing your personal feelings with the case Just look at you! You're obsessed with his innocence You don't even understand that he is using you He wants to seduce you into giving your best effort to save him!

I always put in my best effort to save someone But what kind of a lawyer are you?

You have pronounced a verdict even before the trial has begun With the same zeal that you're trying to prove my jealousy, look within Why don't you admit that you're having an affair with him?

And you want to save your lover!

Have you had your say?

Now listen to me If you want to stay on in this case with me, you must remember one thing In this trial, we are defending Shekhar Saxena, not prosecuting him

With or without your help, I must do justice to him


I'll wait inside

You know what my biggest problem is? At no point in life can I desert you

You may consider that a weakness

Shall we?


You may make your opening statement

The chargesheet following the investigations by the police... alleges that at 2 am on July 12...

Mr Shekhar Saxena murdered his wife Preeti Saxena... in the most horrible manner The motive for murder was greed and avarice

Greed for Preeti Saxena's wealth And for the chair that Shekhar Saxena merely occupied, but that which... would be his forever, after Preeti Saxena. Avarice Avarice, that addiction by far more dangerous than any drug And addicted once, even the thought of denial torments the addict I intend to prove that Preeti Saxena's death...

Before Preeti Saxena's murder, her relationship with Shekhar... had deteriorated to the point of divorce. Had the divorce happened... it would not only ruin Shekhar's prestigious career... but also all his comforts and luxuries would cease to be So in one clean sweep, he gets rid of the Damocles sword... dangling over his head. In my capacity... as the public prosecutor, I Nitin Mehta will prove... the allegations against Mr Shekhar Saxena... so as to enable the court to pronounce him guilty... and in terms of the Indian Penal Code, sentence him... at least with death


Shekhar Saxena is innocent. I Simran Bhargav, shall prove it


My next witness is Ms Shalini Sachdev

Ms Shalini Sachdev, what was your relationship with... the deceased Preeti Saxena? She was my friend You may say that she took me for a sister Will you tell the court what your friend... who was more like your sister, had to say about her husband?

She wasn't happy with her husband. One minute

She knew that he doesn't love her. She even told me that...

"Shekhar is after another girl of late"

Did Preeti tell you anything more? Yes Very soon she would be seeking a divorce from Shekhar Saxena

First of all, I must compliment you for your beauty

When did Preeti Saxena tell you about the divorce?

I don't remember the date. Still?

Some two or three months ago

She's shooting in the dark Is it not true that six months before she died...

Preeti Saxena severed all relationships with you?

No. We used to talk over the phone. And we used to meet at the club Do you remember when you met for her the last time?

I told you. Remembering dates is difficult for me

Is it true that you liked Shekhar Saxena?

Weren't you impressed by his personality, and his wealth?

It was nothing like that. But it is something like that Is it not true that Preeti Saxena severed all relationships with you... because she knew that you were trying to attract her husband?

The witness is being pressurised unnecessarily I can prove it

On December 7, 1999, did you not call Shekhar Saxena's office... repeatedly, trying to speak to him? I do not remember I am holding the records of the telephone company

At 9:50 am on December 8. At 11:40 am. 1 pm. 3pm. 5pm...

I told you, I can't remember dates! 10... 11... 12... 13 times I told you, I don't remember a thing! Over a month, there wasn't even... a day when you didn't try at least 10 times to contact Shekhar Saxena What's going on Jadhav? You didn't find out about this?

Don't you even remember writing a letter on December 31?

To Shekhar Saxena. A love letter. This is a lie!

Is this your handwriting, Ms Shalini?

Yes Are you the one who wrote this letter to Shekhar Saxena?

Yes Read it Read the letter, Ms Shalini

Louder, please

You know, because I want to be close to you...

I made friends with someone as vain and rude as Preeti That's why I tolerated her. And now, when I have begun... visiting your house, you're avoiding me. May I ask why?

Shekhar, I want to spend this New Year's eve with you

Preeti will never come to know of this

What Ms Shalini couldn't do with the letter... she is trying to do in court Clearly, any beautiful woman will seek revenge after she is spurned Shekhar Saxena didn't visit her on New Year's Eve. Instead... he showed this letter to his wife Preeti. That was when...

Preeti severed all relationships with Shalini

How would I know? Why don't you ask Preeti about this?


This car? Amit's

At this hour?

Something urgent, maybe

Then I should leave?


Anything important?

This is Jimmy, the swimming coach in the club where Shekhar has a locker

The attendant says that Lokhande saw Jimmy last week So?

Jimmy hasn't been seen ever since. Meaning?

Lokhande and Jimmy will surely drop a bomb on us at the next hearing What can he be up to? This I do not know

Anything on the knife? I have inquired with... each and every member of the club. On December 31... no one had kept a knife in his locker. There's no question... of the attendant being wrong. He saw the knife... in Shekhar's locker

Have you inquired with ex-members?

There might be some who ceased to be members after December 31 Ask them. Simran, you want me... to go back to the club again, look up the register again... list the ex-members, and go around telling everyone that...

Shekhar is innocent


Shekhar I wanted to discuss something important about the case Go on

Never mind. You'll remember it again

Yes, I'll call you as soon as I remember

Listen...

Where are you now? Nowhere. I'm still on my way


That I didn't want to leave shouldn't surprise you. I should be surprised

Today in court I watched you put up that fight in earnest, for my sake And my heart swelled in pride

For the first time, I have felt, here's someone who trusts me... someone who sees my innocence. Oh, how I wish I were lost

How can I go away from you? I'm so close to you...

I can even reach out and touch you. To tell you the truth, the sight... of you sitting on the stairs, cradling the phone... waiting for me, makes me feel nice. I wish I could pick you up... in my arms, and take you someplace far away


"You have become the joy of my soul, the love of my heart"

"You have become my life"

"You have become the joy of my soul, the love of my heart"

"You have become my life"


"Shekhar will be hanged"

"From my being, you have seeped into my soul"

"Through my eyes, you have entered my heart"

"The desire of my dreams..."

"you have become"

"You have become my life"


"All that which I hid..."

"my intimate moments when I hummed..."

"in my Ioneliness, the lines I wrote..."

"my poetry you have become"

"You have become my life"


My next witness is...

Ms Rita Desai

No such witness is listed on the agenda of court proceedings She is not listed because she wasn't willing to appear in court She has been issued special summons because I feel that... her deposition will prove vital for the progress of this case

You will be given ample opportunity to cross-examine the witness

Who is this girl? Friend Meaning?

Just a friend I shouldn't be asking this, but I am compelled to Tell me, what is your age?

24 years What is your relationship with Shekhar Saxena?

Friendship. As of now, friendship. I know But I'm asking about last year

We were in love

Was this love mutual?

Yes!

Are you confident, Ms Rita I mean, what you think was love... might have been mere friendship from Mr Shekhar's point of view

It was Shekhar who proposed first. He told me... that ever since he saw me, he has been mad about me

Once he had fallen in love with you, did he... during certain delicate moments ever mention of divorcing his wife?

I know this is difficult for you. But it's imperative... that the court is told. Please Ms Rita He had said, that... That?

He wants to separate from Preeti, and become mine forever. But...

What, Ms Rita? But he couldn't do it, because... once separated from Preeti, he would also be divorced from her wealth


Mr Jimmy, did you know Preeti Saxena? Yes How? She used to come to the club... to learn swimming. I was her personal coach And the personal coaching turned into a friendship after a while?

She had begun to take a liking for me. Maybe I liked her too Yes, you might say that we became friends quite fast And very soon, the friendship led you to her bed?

This is a personal matter. Concealing anything... from the court could be dangerous for you

I didn't strike up a relationship with her of my own volition She wanted it. You gave her what she wanted?

How long did this go on? As long as she lived Despite knowing that she was a married woman?

Yes Preeti said if her husband could have affairs despite being married... then why not she?

Will you please elucidate?

Preeti told me that every night, Shekhar brings home a new girl First, he impresses her with his talks. Next, on the pretext... of showing her around his house, he shows off his wealth.

Then he takes her on a tour of his collection of flowers He uses poetry, sometimes a tale, he talks of nature... and he impresses her even more. Then, at the first opportunity... he takes her to bed. Directly?

Directly Despite knowing all this about Shekhar Saxena...

Preeti Saxena never spoke of divorcing him? Strange...

Once she did tell me that she wants to do it But then she also said that Shekhar was managing her business very well I remember, being told once that she knows that her husband is using her Then she laughed, "So what? I'm using him too. Maybe this is life"

Simran, stop!

Simran, listen to me

My mistake. I trusted a man like you

You have used Simran. You made me a pawn It's not like that! I wanted to tell you all this. But...

But?

One, I thought the police would never get to know of all this I'm not talking about the police. I'm talking about ourselves

Maybe you don't remember me telling you that... if you ever lie to me, I'll drop this case midway I remember, Simran. But I didn't tell you all this because...

I didn't want to lose you. You have lost me, anyway

Me, and your lawyer


"If he has broken my heart, why should I hate him?"

"He has the right to love me, or not to love me"

Hi, this is Simran. Please leave your name and your message after the beep

Simran, I know you're there

Simran, please try to understand me

"In a moment, he dispelled all my misgivings about promises"

"At this painful juncture, he has left me alone"

"At this crossroad, I shall become a stranger to him for life"

"Let him hurt me as he pleases"

"He has the right to love me, or not to love me"

"If he has broken my heart, why should I hate him?"

One more letter

"What I didn't know, I have understood now"

"Love is a trade in hearts"

"But how can anyone dictate how the heart beats?"

"The heart is free to heave in sighs, where it wishes"

"Why stand in the way of the heart?"

"He has the right to love me, or not to love me"

"If he has broken my heart, why should I hate him?"


I've done my job. I've found out everything about Jimmy Pereira

I'm dropping this case

Because Shekhar lied to you?

What if it was another client who lied to you? Would you still quit?

You were obsessed about winning this case. Now you don't want to contest?

You aren't quitting because you suspect Shekhar Saxena's innocence You just can't tolerate the fact that there were other women in his life Amit, this is my personal matter

Shall I tell you something honestly? Deep down inside...

I'm glad that you are dropping this case

Ever since Shekhar Saxena transpired, he has caused me much anguish But I will never advise you to quit. For my selfish ends... for my sake, I won't stand in the way of your victory

If you dump Shekhar Saxena at this juncture... the public and the judge will both think that he's a criminal

I'm not going to let Simran stand in the way of the lawyer... whose prime duty is to save the client


I'd like to summon Mr Jimmy Pereira once again before this court

Where were you working before the job at National Gymkhana?

At Country Club. What reason for quitting... a job at such a prominent club? What do you mean?

You know what I mean. Is it not true that you were fired?

What nonsense are you saying? I quit on my own volition Your memory is a bit weak. You are forgetting that... upon the complaint of a married woman... the management had acted on suspicion about your character... and you were served notice to leave the club What nonsense are you talking? What proof do you have?

In this court, you have admitted... that you had a physical relationship with Preeti Saxena

Will you tell this court where you took her for sexual intercourse?

Evidently, I didn't do it in public. Sometimes a hotel... sometimes in my place, sometimes at her place In the same house where she was murdered?

Yes, but I didn't know that she was about to be murdered, did I?

Did Preeti remunerate you for your services?

Are you out of your mind? What do you take me for?

I do not mean to hurt you

Will you tell the court whether before having sex with Preeti... you used to tie her hands and her feet, using a rope, or?

You bitch!

What did you say?

What did you say, Mr Jimmy?

Tell the court what you said

I said "bitch"

Bitch... bitch... bitch

Mr Sodawaterwallah, please tell the court about that knife It was a 6-inch knife, it was designed like this...

In which locker did you see it? Don't you folks understand... anything at one go? I've said it a thousand times. Locker number 502

And for the thousand-and-one-th time the locker belonged to Shekhar Saxena And I'll also telling you, that knife was a solid one

My next witness is Mr Lalit Advani. Like Mr Shekhar Saxena... he too is a member of National Gymkhana Who's Advani?

Mr Advani, on December 31, did you keep a knife in your locker No, I put the knife in it a week before that On December 31, the knife was still there

Please take a good look. Is this knife yours?

Yes What's the number of your locker?

The locker just beneath Mr Shekhar Saxena's locker

I would like to recall Mr Rustom

Are you certain that you saw the knife in locker number 502... and not in locker number 402? I told you! Ask me once... ask me a million times, the knife was in number 502

Look carefully. Is this the knife you saw on December 31?

This knife isn't the same as that one How was it different? This is rusty, scratches That knife was brand new It may have been brand new then. But between December 31 and now... it could have become a bit scratched, it could've become a bit rusty

Think before you answer, Mr Rustom This is a matter of someone's life and death

Could this have been the knife?

Could this have been the knife, Mr Rustom?

Could it have been this knife? Could be! I'm not God!

If you insist, this might also be. Anything might be, yes anything!

Please let me go! My brain is cooked!

Now what more do you want to ask? I told you, it could be Anything might be! That day, I was out of my mind, out of my brains!

To hell with your knife, to hell with your locker!

I don't want any of this! I only want to be left in peace

I wanted...

Simran, I want to talk to you. I don't want to


Weren't you prancing about in the courtroom?

And saying your dialogues with a sway of those hips!

All fired-up, aren't you?

Say, how about taking you to bed and dousing your fires?


Tell me I have been waiting for you. Another letter, addressed to you The same Remington typewriter with the raised t

Our ally wants us to meet this girl

Yes? Ms Payal Malhotra?

Yes. I'm Simran Bhargav I know. Come in

Ms Payal, please tell the court about the incident... on the night of January 9, 1998 I was asleep in my bed. I heard something and came awake

Before I could scream, someone clamped down on my mouth I was very scared. I saw a man astride my bed... bending down over me. He was dressed in black. He was wearing a black mask

He had a knife in his right hand

This deposition is not related to Preeti Saxena's murder

Ms Payal, can you recall how the knife looked?

Yes. It was large. As hunting knives are, serrated along the edge What happened afterwards? His left hand... was clamped over my mouth. With the right... he placed the point of the knife on my throat And slowly, he began pressing. I was bleeding

But I was so scared, that I couldn't even scream

Then, he slowly began drawing the knife downwards

He incised downwards, towards my heart

And then, he slashed me wherever he fancied!

He kept on cutting, slashing!

After that, he tied my hands and my feet

Then he dipped the point of the knife in my blood And on the wall in front of me, he wrote, "bitch"

Then suddenly, he took pity on me, I don't know why At the end of it, instead of doing anything, he licked the knife And before I could understand anything, he vanished into the dark

Ms Payal, you must have read about Preeti Saxena's murder in the papers Yes Do you realise that both of you were attacked in the same manner?

Yes That's why I went to the police station to depose I also lodged a written complaint. Is the concerned police officer... whom you spoke to, present in this court?

He's sitting over there

He has been to my house twice Once, three weeks after Preeti's murder, and the day before yesterday What did he have to tell you? He told me that the incident... which happened to me is not related in any way to Preeti's murder

This is not the truth!

They are trying to mislead the court!

I shall speak to you later in this matter

When this incident happened to you, were you a member of Country Club?

Yes. Who was the swimming coach?

Jimmy Pereira

If I am not mistaken, you had an intimate relationship... with Jimmy Pereira?

The court is adjourned for two hours pending verdict


Payal Malhotra's report isn't in the police records

After perusing the evidence, and the depositions of witnesses... this court has arrived at the conclusion... that the accused Shekhar Saxena is innocent... and the allegations against him are baseless This court acquits Mr Saxena... and urges the police to trace the real culprit


How come you know of it? Not everyone in this world... is like you, Mr Lokhande. Someone wrote a letter to me Someone I don't even know, helped me throughout. Anything else?

It was no stranger who helped you. It was Shekhar Saxena himself According to a well-worked-out plan. Shekhar Saxena killed Preeti Saxena I can bet on it. And he had begun planning it a year and a half ago

Shekhar Saxena knew he'd be prime suspect in Preeti Saxena's murder That's why he used Jimmy Pereira. Jimmy and Payal were close... to each other. The modus operandi he used on Payal a year and a half ago... was the same one which he planned to use on Preeti. Next, he conspired... to have Jimmy fired from Country Club, and then... he appointed him in National Gymkhana. So that Jimmy Pereira and Preeti... would come close to each other, and as soon as that happened... he killed Preeti. The man who wrote the letters to you is Shekhar Saxena And Preeti Saxena's murderer is Shekhar Saxena, and no one else You have lost the case, Mr Lokhande. Get used to living with defeat You can do no harm to Shekhar

Today, if I stand before you... it is all Ms Simran Bhargav's doing

That I'm alive today, is because of her

During the trial, I have hurt someone close to me. For the first time...

I am feeling the loss. Despite all my efforts, I couldn't erase... the shadows of my past. And today, I stand in public and I apologise

Forgive me if you can


Say good afternoon It's past three Get up and get fresh. Your slave is cooking for you today


What happened, Simran?

Where are you going?

I had forgotten. I have an important meeting

What about our lunch?

I'll call


Work over?

It isn't quite two hours since you left... and I'm feeling as if I've been Ionely for years

There's someone at the door. I'll call you later Simran, I'll pick you up at eight. We're going out for dinner Not tonight, Shekhar. Maybe some other time


Whatever you said was true, Mr Lokhande

I won, yet I have lost. I was mistaken about Shekhar I have committed a grave crime by saving a murderer But now, I have evidence against him. What?

I have found the typewriter he used to write those messages I want to bring it over to you. Get over to the police station I'll be there


Hi, this is Simran. Please leave your name and your message after the beep I'll contact you. Thank you

It's ten thirty at night, and you still haven't called me You have saved my life. I hoped you would let me take you out... to dinner and give me a chance to express my gratitude Anyway, I don't know whether you have heard the news Jimmy Pereira is still evading the police. He's a rogue He can do anything

I didn't kill Preeti on purpose The fool that she was, she wanted to deprive me of my money What could I have done? Between Preeti and the money...

I had to choose money. Tell me, did I have an option?

And today, you leave me with no choices In my house, in my closet... you have discovered your death

I thought we would have a lifetime together But if you'd rather that only one of us lives... then it has to be me, no?

What I expected, and what has come to be...


Outside, they're queueing up for interviews

They want to see the girl who was so brave

Simran, anyone can make a mistake

But you could teach them how to make a success out of a mistake

And you could teach them how to be a steadfast friend

Get up Simran, and look through my eyes

This morning awaits you