Leela (2002) Script

Each passing day...

...opens up a new sky!

Unaware of tomorrow...

...what experiences the day may bring!

The dewdrops in the eyes...

...let them roll down!

Some old buried wish...

...may just be melting away!

The emanating smoke...

...denotes a burning fire somewhere.

Enlightenment of the soul...

...may just be round the corner.

The emanating smoke...

...denotes a burning fire somewhere.

Enlightenment of the soul...

...may just be round the corner.

The emanating smoke...

...denotes a burning fire somewhere.


"White boys can't jump, bro? Oh, he ain't white."

"Hey Chip, you got the goods, man!?"

CSS 122 introduction to computers...

"PED 200, Phys. Ed. 2, LAS 118..."

"...Judex studies, LAS 211, studies on World Cultures."

These are all charades! - If this guy gives half as much...

...time in class as he does researching them.

What's that last one? LAS... 2... what?

211 it's a class about World Cultures taught by visiting...

...professors from south countries.

What south countries?

The third world is now known as the global south.

"That will be a cool class, let's check out together."

I'm not taking it.

"Why the hell you're not, man? You are definitely a candidate."

Shit... in from the south!?

Cheer the southern birds. I thought bro's a south east pro.

"Let's go, man."

"Hey, let's go get a beer."

"I can't, mom's home."

"That's why you don't get laid, Gandhi, you know that?"

"How long are you planning on remaining a virgin, anyway?"

He is doing his best.

Now when do you plan on letting those girls lay you?


Krishna...

...food is ready.

"God, this boy!"

"Krishna, don't read at the table."

And don't eat so quickly.

"You know your grandfather says, you should chew once for..."

"...every tooth i.e., 32 times."

"Grandpa wears dentures, mom."

You are always making fun of him.

"Only kidding, mom. You know I love the man."

"You know, Krishna, he is ill."

I got a letter from my brother.

Are you going there?

And leave you to survive on pizza and icecream?

Did you know that the average pepperoni pizza...

...has all the four food groups?

"Besides, what suppose if I was living on my own?"

How about I get my own apartment?

You know we can't afford it. Get a job.

Or ask your father.

Hey listen...

...would you come to India with me?

"Mom, you know I wouldn't survive another trip there."

I almost died last time.

You did not. That was just a bad case of Delhi-belly.

Mom... mom... And that was ten years ago.

Mom!

What do you want done this weekend?


Who... in hell is that?

Excuse me...

"...you... must be Leela Dehlvi, right?"

I am Chaitali.

Associate professor of History.

Hi! I am from Bombay University.

I know. The whole department has been abuzz about you.

You know I went to Bombay University myself.

Horman tells me Dr. Nene is still there.

He was my advisor. Of course he is still there.

He is the head now. - Vow!

I have to get all the news from you.

"Listen, I was going to grab some lunch."

Do you want to come with me?

Actually the dept. Chair has asked me to meet him for lunch.

"Okay, so I will catch up with you later then."

Bye. - Bye.

Ready for lunch? - Yeah.

Who was that?

Ms. Dehlvi.

She is visiting...

...professor from Bombay.

"So, I'm sitting there wondering..."

...why I can't understand anything?

"It was all intelligent stuff, man, that smart shit."

Jess... Jessica... She was there!

"I took one look at her, I knew I was I was in the wrong class."

"You bastard, Kris, you told me it is an easy A'."

It is.

Hello everyone.

My name is Ms. Leela Dehlvi.

This is LAS 211.

Studies in World Culture class.

It's her... the one we saw.

The one in the toga.

"It's a sari, Einstein! Even you aren't that stupid."

"I would like to make a request, if I may."

"I prefer you to call me Ms. Dehlvi, please."

I'm aware that you refer to your...

...professors by their first name here Please... humor me.

"See now, bro..."

...you need to be in class cause of Ms. Dehlvi...

You took the class because you are from south countries.

"No, it's not..."

South Asians against Nuclear Explosions.

"SANE... pretty cool, haan? I thought of the name."

"Actually, it's S. A. A. N. E..."

...isn't that saane'? - Yeah...

But SANE just sounds more sane!

"Any way, we're protesting the nuclear arms stockpiling..."

...in south Asia. You see that? - Yes.

"Kris, we have to show solidarity with all..."

...rational people against these...

...maniacs with their fingers on fingers on nuclear triggers.

South Asia is a flash point. South Asia?

Look Meera...

...when you have an issue that has anything to do...

"...with north America, I'll be the first to buy a T-shirt, ok?"

"You know, it's a shame, Kris, that my white brethren..."

...may probably know more about south Asia than you.

Okay... don't you know about South Asia... Gandhi!

"I don't know, why bother?"

And you should care too.

Reverend Martin Luther King got his ideas of non-violence...

...and civil disobedience from Gandhi.

"Why is she after the guys, don't know?"

"Meera, these are for you."

"Not now, Shantanu."

But I plucked them especially for your.

Plucked them? Living flowers?

How dare you? Don't you have an ecological bone in your body?

She has got a lover-boy?

"Hey son, what's shaking?"

"What's up, dad? - I was just telling your mother..."

...cricket is the ultimate character building game.

Teaches you discipline.

And patience...

...the game goes on for five days! - Not any more.

You want some tea?

"Kris, you should get into cricket."

"Jai, how many times I have told you..."

...his name is Krishna!?

Don't they make trousers your size any more?

What the hell is dad doing here?

What kind of language is that?

Sorry! What the heck is dad doing here?

He came to apologize for the party...

"...and Krishna, he is your father."

Yeah... when he has the time.

Where is... where is Jennifer?

Your father and Jennifer have this arrangement where they...

...are going to spend two days a week away from each other.

I don't blame her.

"Well, he says he will be over more often now."

And... he wants to take you out tonight.

I have got plans.

"Krishna, you should go. He is' your father, you know."

"Mom, you are repeating yourself."

"Krishna, you are going out with him for dinner tonight."

"No two ways about that, okay?"

All these countries share a common culture and heritage.

"For example, some of the music..."

...besides traveling cultures...

...also transcends religion.

Hmm... like Sufi music. That's a good example.

Where is Sufi music from? Pakistan!?

"And also India and Bangladesh, right?"

Actually the Bhakti movement that evolved in India...

"...predates the Sufis. Yes, that is true..."

...but what is important to remember is that...

...Qawwali is spiritual...

...and not a religious tradition.

"But Ms. Dehlvi, Qawwali is derived from the singing of..."

I am so tired of him.

I don't know why Ms. Dehlvi suffers such an idiot!

Uhh... you don't like him!?

Like he's hot.

"Meera, if you ever need to know anything about this class..."

...you should ask me. - Oh!

We got a regular Alex Struback here.

"Oh just, pucker stones. Yes... such a genius!"

"Hey man, she really digs you, man..."

...did you see the way she asked in class?

"Do you know the answer, Krishna?"

"She wants your goods, Gandhi."

"You're the same kind. She only digs you, brother."

"Shut the fuck up, you morons."


"I'm done setting you up, man"

"Do it. - Yes, I can."

"What a problem he is in? Yeah, well."

"Got you. - Guys, hold this."

To morals!

"Yeah, you guys need tons of morals!"

"What you put in there, Chip? Stuff!"

"You know, Gandhi, you need a lot of help."

Oh yeah? I can... I can do it on my own. Thank you.

"You want to make this thing a little interesting, Gandhi?"

Fine. - I give you till the end of semester.

How's about Halloween?

"How's about... how's about at the end of the month, hah?"

"Fuck you, guys, look."

"I'm going to sleep with Leela, by the end of the month."

I think I'm drunk.

"Awe, mom is going to kick my arse."

Discussion durbar?

"Yeah, for want of a better name of course."

"We got tired of, you know..."

...going to the same parties...

"...the same inane conversations, all that."

Of course I'll come. What do you discuss?

Things of importance to us.

Expatriate lifestyle...

...our culture and how we can inbibe that in our children.

I am shocked at what my nieces and nephews...

...back home wear... how they behave!

Is that how we want our children to be?

Do you really believe that just by...

"...wearing Indian clothes, we become Indian?"

Exactly! If our children were growing up back in India...

...I think our children might have turned like...

"...Gauri's nieces and nephews. But, is that good?"

"See, good and bad, right and wrong..."

...is dependent on your world view.

And that world view is shaped...

...by the morality we left home with.

Krishna...

"...Krishna, can you get the door, please?"

"Krishna... All right, mom, I heard you."

Hold this talk.

Hi!

Hi!

"Krishna, who is it?"

Leela! Welcome!

"Oh, you shouldn't have! It's nothing."

"Leela, this is my son, Krishna."

Kris is in my class. - Really?

Aren't you going to join us?

No!

Oh! I am so glad he is taking your class. C'mon in.

"Okay everyone, this is Leela Dehlvi."

Visiting Professor from Bombay University. - Hello!

Hello! - Come.

Aha... if it isn't down one himself.

"Day two, the chap looks stronger..."

...his flip is returning.

"Hey Jamal, can't you see that Kris can handle this himself?"

So would you plan on...

"...seducing your professor on the internet, buddy?"

"Alright, Gandhi!"

Seduction 101!

"It's all, right here."

"Most guys get kinked to say things they wanna know, right?"

I mean the first time you think that you are the only...

"...one in the ball game who wants to score, you've lost."

"Look Jasey, I got my strategy all planned up."

We strongly condemn the recent nuclear tests in South Asia.

That breath of jingoism unleashed by it...

...and the insecurity carved by it in the region.

It is shameful that we should celebrate an achievement...

...that announces to the world...

...that we are now capable of killing millions of people.

Hey!

Kris!

What a pleasant surprise!

"Well, we've to show solidarity with sane rational people..."

...against maniacs with their fingers on nuclear triggers.

Where the heck did you find that?

I got it from the back of your closet.

"It's... It's pretty cool, haan! Can you breathe?"

I will get it.

Thank you!


I've decided to learn something from all of you.

About this vast and beautiful country that's yours.

No... no... no...

"...take it big, like this!"

What about me?

"Hey, you are in my team."

Here we are!

I can't believe we've so many common friends...

...and we never met!

You know this bit about India's population being one billion...

...is all crap!

I think there are exactly 97 Indians...

...and they all know each other.

What happened?

Or... would you rather not talk about it?

"Oh, it's fine. I've no problems."

I'm a post modern woman...

...and I do as I please.

Jai wanted a wife...

...but I think what he really needed...

...was a servant who could cook like his mother.

God...

...I haven't analyzed this in years now but...

...I think what really happened was that...

...I became too independent for him and...

...he just couldn't handle that.

So?

"So, I threw him out!"


"No... no... no, man, what did the guy learn?"

Thanks for the trip to the grocery stores.

"You are getting really addicted to them, haan!?"

Would you like some tea? Sure.

You know...

...this can be your Guru Dakshina'.

Gu... Dakshina??

The payment a student makes for the knowledge imparted...

...by the teacher. What like tuitions!?

Yes...

...but a little more complicated.

Let me tell you a story.

There was a great teacher...

...who schooled all the princes in the art of war.

In particular...

...one of the students was his favorite.

Now unknown to this great teacher...

...there was another young boy...

...a hunter's son...

...who was a fan of his.

When the hunter's son realized...

...that he could never be the great teacher's student...

...he... built a statue of the great teacher in the forest...

...and practiced his archery...

...under the stone-eye of the statue.

He practiced... and he practiced...

...till he became very adept.

"And all along, he considered the great teacher, his Guru."

Would you like to sit outside? Sure.

"One day, the great master was walking past the hunter's cottage..."

...and a dog started barking incessantly.

Suddenly... a volley of arrows came out of nowhere...

"...and filled the dog's mouth. Vow, nailed the sucker, haan?"

Excuse me? He... killed the dog.

No... the dog wasn't hurt.

The great master heard the young boy's story...

...and saw his own statue in the clearning.

But what disturbed him...

...was that there was another boy who was...

...better than his favorite student. - So what did he do?

He asked the young boy for Guru Dakshina! '

Th... the... the tuition thing!?

Do you know what the great master asked him for?

He asked the young boy for his thumb. - Why?

Why... why the thumb? So that the young boy...

...wouldn't be able to shoot another arrow again.

Then the young boy took out his knife...

...chopped his thumb...

...and presented it to the great master.

"It's so cold. I mean, this kid just gives up everything..."

...that he worked towards for so long.

"The guru is greater than God, they say in our scriptures."

Because the knowledge a guru provides...

...brings you to God.

Now that you are completely relaxed...

...I want you to start counting you breath.

If your mind wanders... let it...

...but slowly bring it back to your breathing again.

The sound that you are making...

...is a link between the material...

...and the spiritual worlds.

"Sitting together, the mother and the daughter are..."

...chatting with each other intimately.

"Sitting together, the mother and the daughter are..."

...chatting with each other intimately.

"Just as the hay grows tall, so does a girl grows up!"

"Why did you give birth to a girl child, O mother!?"

I didn't know that only women are allowed in the sangeet and...

"...anyways. I'm nice to see you. You can't come in, Kris."

"No, listen. No, you listen, you creep."

Even you had been an arsehole.

"Meera, I would be nicer... I... I promise."

I'll do anything... please.

Follow me.

Don't move. - I used to play in my own courtyard...

I used to play in my own courtyard...

...but the neighbor's son whistles at me from outside.

"He kept staring at me... he kept staring at me, what could I do?"

Repeatedly he teased me despite all my protests.

Repeatedly he teased me despite all my protests.

I used to play in my own courtyard...

"Sitting together, the mother and the daughter are..."

...chatting with each other intimately.

"Just as the hay grows tall, so does a girl grows up!"

"Why did you give birth to a girl child, O mother!?"

What're you going to do about it?

"I don't know, Chip."

I don't like this bet anymore.

Are you quits and ready to get smoked?

"Hey Jamal, hold this."

"Hey Jasey, Kris is... - I've been thinking about this bet."

Bitching out on me?

"You know what they say about older women, pal? - Shit."

"Man, if he doesn't want to do it... - Yeah..."

"...she is just too nice, guys."

"Sure bit... you call her, man."

Playing teams.


But I miss Bombay.

You know what I...

...really envy about you guys living in India?

Cheap labor.

"You eat, the dishes disappear."

Clean themselves out and reappears sparkling new.

I do a lot of the housework myself.

Really?

Hmm... my husband works out of home... so...

What does he do? - He...!?

...he is a poet. - Really?

His name is Hriday!

Dehlvi? - Hmm.

Hriday Dehlvi??

Wait... a minute...

...you... are... married to Naushad?

"Oh my God, I love his voice."

"Sorry, I am gushing at him."

Don't worry. It happens all the time.

It doesn't bother me anymore.

We have an open marriage.

Open marriage?

I don't mean to prive... No... no... it's all right.

"Everyone knows, anyway."

The fact is that Naushad is...

...how should I put it?

He has an eye for women!

"The word you are looking for is philanderer, dear!"

Degenerate! - No... no...

Cad? I was going to say charmer.

He has women eating out of his hands.

Leave the bastard.

I can't.

I am his muse...

...his poetry will dry up.

"I said, leave the bastard, he doesn't deserve you..."

...you don't... you don't need that kind of shit.

Can we not talk about this?

Please!


"Don't know man, she might be out of tour league."

"Yeah, whatever!"

I got it. She's all yours.

I got it. She is all yours.

You got it? I'm not scared.

Kris... I'm... I'm... not...

You serious? I'm not...

Hey! - Hey!

Oh! You want to go out for a walk?

"No walk, you should be taking me straight to bed."

That's why I'm here... you want to come?

"Come back when you grow up, kiddo."

Kiddo! Kiddo! Fuck you.

"Oh, give up, Gandhi."

...you just've to remain a virgin... - You little life.

"Alright, that's it. Have we got a quarter?"

Somebody got it? Give me a quarter. Right now.

No. - C'mon. Yeah... right here.

Easy.

Who's he calling? His mom.

Ms. Dehlvi...

...hi... yeah it's... it's Kris.

Ah... listen ah... about that Boost club.

"Right, yeah."


"Kris, thanks for your lovely evening."

Now you have earned your Guru Dakshina'.

Did you need something?

Can I use your restroom?


The saxophone guy was to die for.

"And then you put the condom on, right? - Yeah."

And the cologne? - Yeah.

Did you brush your teeth? - Yeah.

What kind of toothpaste she use?

What is this... an inquisition? - Yeah.

"Jeez, he's trying to get down to the good part."

If we could brief him on the details.

Details?

"Look, I don't want to play this game anymore, okay?"

So I did her.

"Eh, I warned him, Jasey. I want the inside scoop."

That's the' inside scoop. Get off my back.

How was she?

Great...

...perfect!


What are you doing here?

I am having my morning cup of coffee.

Did you stay here last night?

"Kris, you mother and I..."

Krishna... how come you...??

...weren't you supposed to stay for the night at Chip's?

Mom... mom what the hell is going on?

"It's okay, honey... I was just telling Kris... - Honey!?"

Honey? What...

...how... how long has this been going on for?

Krishna... I... Now... what the... wait...

...so... so last week... when I spent the night at Chip's...

"...there was coffee made, but you said, you made..."

...coffee on an impulse. Was he here that night too?

"Kris, will you just sit here...? - His name is Krishna."

"He... he is here... whenever I'm not here, isn't he?"

"Ok then, Krishna. - Goddamn you. Will you stay fuck out of this?"

What kind of language is that? What kind of language?

Well... how do you think I will feel to find out what's been...

...going on behind my back in my own house?

How the hell do you think that makes me feel?

We were going to tell you.

"Krishna, listen to me, please."

Where are you going to go?

"Krishna, if you go away, who is going to take care of the house?"

Who is going to take care of me?

Bihad' is one of the most beautiful ragas It is used in a lot of contemporary compositions.

The pakad'... goes like this.

"Now notice that on 'avaroh', the descending notes..."

...the Ni' is comb up... flat.

Now you try it.

Jai...!! Welcome.

Does Nasreen know you are here? You want some tea?

"No, I'm fine."

"Arre, we will have some tea."

Me and Kris were about to take a break.

Kris...

...your mother tells me you walked out of home!?

"Dad, can we talk about this later? By ourselves."

It's okay. That's only Javed.

He has known you since you were born.

Kris has been extremely distracted today. Are you okay?

I'm afraid I won't be able to take my sarod' lessons anymore.

What?

"Hold on, Jai. What's the matter, Kris?"

Is that something I said? No.

Listen...

...don't you dare walk out on me.

I shall not tolerate this.

Kris...

...I paid good money for your guitar lessons...

"...and the deal was, you would learn sarod' as well."

"Kris, I will cut your allowance."

"Look, I don't need you money anymore, dad, okay?"

Congratulations! You get to keep it.

These kids have no respect.

"Well, one of the things I learned was to get respect..."

...you have to give respect. Shut up and stop preaching.

It's 72 degrees and sunny in downtown and the...

...weathermen is predicting sunshine throughout so...

...we'll have clear sky this Saturday when we take on...

...those wild cats for a wreathing...

...and now back to the clump beats.

"Fucking, pisses me off, man."

What? - Goddamn people behind the counter...

...think I always have to count my change up.

They should teachem how to count...

...before they let them loose in America.

Guy couldn't speak English properly.

Hey Kris...

...let's shake hands.

"Dad, it sounds ridiculous when you say that."

"Jasey, do you think so too?"

"No, Mr. Gandhi, man. - Hey."

Ah... what's up dad? We have got things to do.

I need to talk to you alone.

All right.

Your mother is worried about you and...

...she would feel lot better if you came and stayed with me...

...till I find you an apartment.

What about you?

What?

Mom would feel better if... if I am moving with you...

...how about you? I'm cool.

"Good bye, dad."

Kris...

...I would feel a lot better too.

I want you to come and stay with me.

"Please, son."


Hey...

...want to help me with the dishes?

Sure.

Why don't you start with that glass?

School going on?

No.

How'd your dad get you to move in here?

I... I start at dawn anyways.

I guess it makes mom and dad feel better too.

You know how Indian parents are!

Sometimes I just think how similar we both are.

We are both Americans trying to learn about Indians.

Trying to fathom how they tick.

I... I don't know.

I mean...

...l've been wrestling with that.

I... I was American and that was my whole reality.

Hanging out with my boys... I... I saw myself in them.

I... I guess I thought I was white or something.

That's until... Jasey held up a mirror to my face...

...and I saw what he saw...

...what I am...

...I am different.

I took Ms. Dehlvi's class because it was an easy A'.

Now...

I...

...I wanted to apologize.

I... I accepted a bet...

...to sleep with you.

...and... and...

...when that didn't happen...

It was a bet?


What is this?

You want to drop the class!?

Here you go.

"Have you spoken to your mom, lately? - No."

She told me you walked out of the home.

"Kris, your mom needs you."

"Ms. Dehlvi, stay out of this."

There were these... two Buddhist monks...

...on their way to a pilgrimage.

On the way they met a... lame young girl...

...who asked them for some alms.

When the younger monk found out...

...that the girl's village was on the way to the pilgrimage...

...he offered to carry her on his shoulders.

Well!

"Buddhist monks aren't supposed to touch women, you know!"

So the elder monk reported this to his elders...

...as soon as he got back to the monastery.

And?

The master asked him...

...did the younger monk drop the girl at the village?

"So the monk said, yes'."

"So the master asked, then..."

...why are you still carrying her on your shoulders?

Kris... in our culture...

...we are taught to hate the sin not the sinner.

I want you to come back to class.

"Kanha, your flute takes away the life out of me"

"Kanha, your flute takes away the life out of me."

"There are other Gopis' as well, so don't tease me alone."

"Kanha, your flute takes away the life out of me."

Radha's condition... scares me.

Meera went crazy in your love chanting My dear... '

"Tell me, Kris..."

...what is that one thing you want...

...more than anything else?

That one thing...

...that will make you happy?

Inside!

Well... I...

...I guess I would wish mom to be happy.

Ms. Dehlvi.

When I said I... I wished for mom to be happy...

"...well, I want you to be happy too."

Your earthen pot was broken by the mischievous one.

"Despite your best efforts to, he still stole your butter."

Where did you learn all this from?

You know I... I brought mail in today.

Who is Naushad? - Why?

"He just seems to mail you a lot, that's all."

He's my husband.

"Please hear my call, O my dark complexioned beloved..."

"Please hear my call, O my dark complexioned beloved..."

Basketball's a metaphor for life.

It's... It's like a meditation. Calls for us from inside.

Just tap into your inner spirit.

"Damn, I taught you that?"

"That was the strangest thing, you know?"

"Now, there are the Indian kids came from Singaporean homes"

So... so they just didn't understand.

"Kanha, your flute takes away the life out of me."

Ms. Dehlvi... - Hmm?

When we're... when we're by ourselves...

...you can call me Krishna.


Would you like some tea?

It's ready.

You know what? Let me get it.


Here. - Thanks.

Is something the matter?

How is Krishna doing in your class?

Is he happy?

Since the time he has left home...

...he hasn't bothered to find out if I am dead or alive.

Those are Krishna's.

He is teaching me how to play basketball.

"Please hear my call, O my dark complexioned beloved..."

Singing and dancing with a throbbing heart...

...lighting the lamps... and spreading the colors...

...bringing them to the temple...

...looking dear to everyone...

...fearfully I would wake up.

Burning in the fire of being separated from the beloved...

...sleep would be away from me...

"...couldn't even write... Murari, (the one who holds the flute)."

"Radha dearest says, My heart goes out for you..."'

"...please, come back to your native village, Gokul..."

...O Girdhari... (the one who holds the moutain)...

"...please, come back to your native village, Gokul..."

...O Girdhari... (the one who holds the moutain)...

"...please, come back to your native village, Gokul..."

...O Girdhari... (the one who holds the moutain)...

"Standing, the poor one keeps calling..."

"...please hear my call, O Kanha! (Lord Krishna)"

"Please hear my call, O my dark complexioned beloved..."

"Please hear my call, O my dark complexioned beloved..."

You know...

...in India the festival of Navratri...

...starts with the new moon and goes on for nine days.

It's... it's strange to see a full moon during the Garbas'.

Do you go out and dance in Bombay?

Of course I do.

Navratri is the high point of autumn.

"Our land is so magical, Krishna."

It's colorful... vibrant...

...like life itself.

I'm homesick.

Did you ever consider living here?

In... the States? - Me?

No.

Never.

Why not? What's wrong with America?

"No, don't get me wrong."

It's... it's been a wonderful experience and...

...and I'm glad I came here.

But no...

"...no, I couldn't live in here."

But America has a lot to offer.

"Personal freedom, for example, I mean."

"Here, you see..."

"...real individual freedom, Ms. Dehlvi... a..."

...a respect for the individual and...

...her life's choices.

You are judged by your abilities and... and your work...

...not by the man in your life... for...

...whether you should stand a bad marriage or not.

You...

...do you think I'm in a bad marriage?

I... I was thinking of mom.

Last night I couldn't sleep.

I was thinking through a lot of things and...

About your marriage?

"You should call me, I would be right there."

I did.

Krishna...

...when we are alone sometimes...

...you can call me Leela.

My dear...

"...why have you done this, O Shyam! (Lord Krishna)"

"Oh, hi!"

Is Jai in?

He is on his way. We are going out.

"Oh, I really need to talk to him."

Are you all right?

Can I... can I go to Krishna's room?

Sure... it's upstairs.


Chaitali... I am not too comfortable with your...

...going through Kris's things where he isn't here. - Why?

I don't think that you should be going through Kris's things.

"Excuse me, Krishna is my son."

"I know, but, he is also 19 yr. Old entitled to his privacy."

"My God, look at this. A condom!"

My son is using condoms now.

He is only eighteen.

"Chaitali, I really don't think what you did was right."

"You don't, haan? Well, I've done it now."

"And what you think really doesn't matter now, does it?"

"God, you are being difficult again."

Again?

Oh...

...I suppose I was difficult...

...when you had Jai throw us out of the apartment.

Or perhaps I was being difficult when I had to go to court...

...to make him pay for child support.

"When the cheque bounced, you know, you overreacted."

"Aah, now you are talking about the time you stole my husband."

"Perhaps, I was being difficult at that time, right?"

"I think, you better leave, Chaitali."

You are obviously troubled and are not thinking coherently.

"Don't be patronizing, Jennifer..."

...just don't fucking be patronizing.

"Hey, blue eyes!"

"Oh Jai, our son is sleeping around..."

He's... he is having sex.

"He is!? - Yeah, I... I..."

...I think it's with his teacher... with Leela.

Really?

"Jai, he is... he is only eighteen."

"You know, Chaitali..."

...l'm proud of my son...

...and what you need to understand is...

...Kris is not a kid anymore!

And it is not fair for you to be imposing in spaces where...

...he would rather be ...by himself.

You think I'm... imposing?

Krishna is a fine young man.

And you have done a great job bringing him up.

I'm losing the other man in my life.

"Slow down, Chaitali."

"Perhaps, you should create a situation where..."

...your men want to stay with you.

Well...

"...I would better be going home now, I know..."

...you people have plans.

"Jai, you should talk to Kris."

"Will you, Jai?"

Will you... speak to him? Please!

We had to take dad into the hospital again.

"Nothing to panic about. He is back home, now."

It's becoming quite routine; really.

It would help a lot if you could come home for a bit.

"Just a bit, may be."

Dad keeps asking about you and Krishna.

I think he misses Krishna the most.

"Samar, please understand..."

...Krishna is a little screwed up.

It's his dad...

...our messy divorce...

...he is wary of any man that comes into my life.

...he...

"May I, take the plate? Yeah, thanks."

What I'm trying to say is...

...it's not about you.

But it is about me. It's about us.

You don't need to do this.

I've got to get back to work.

I... I will come by tonight. We will sort it out.

"I think it's better that we... make it clean, Samar."

"Please, don't insist."

"Listen honey, I don't know what has got into you."

We've always been able to sort things out together.

"Samar please, don't try and change my mind. I..."

Can I take this salt from here?

I love you... I really do...

"...but... please, respect my decision. Please."

Oh... I've got everything written down.

It's just that...

...this is the first time...

...Nishit and I are doing a whole ceremony by ourselves.

My parents won't even be there.

I'll be there.

Thank you. - Me too.

Have you bought everything? - Almost.

What are you doing here? I want to talk to you.

Well I don't. So... - Why don't you be yourself and be...

...good on your mother? - You keep my mother out of this.

I can't...

...we can't.

You might want to wish this thing away but...

...your mother and I love each other...

Mom does not love you.

"Well, she broke up with me last night."

It broke her heart to do so.

She... somehow thinks that by stifling her aspirations...

"...her happiness, she can get you back."

But she needs both of us.

We should be the last people to make her choose.

"Kris, I understand what you're going through. Believe me, I do."

I just want you to think about what I said.

That's... that's all I'm asking.

"Call me if you want to talk, okay?"

Now we invoke Lord Ganesha!

He is the God of obstacles!

The one with the twisted trunk and hugely built...

...whose radiance is like a billion suns...

"...kindly remove all obstacles, O Celestial Deity..."

"...from all my works, always!"

Now we welcome the Gods and Goddesses into our house.

Greetings from Mount Olympus!

Why aren't you in fancy dress?

"Krishna, rascal, you rogue..."

...see the way you embarrassed me!

No... no... no... no ice.

That ways you get more coke.

Are you sure you don't want more water?

"That's what you ordered me, McDonalds!"

"You hate people like me, don't you? Fresh off the board!"

Hate you? Why would I hate you?

You guys crack me up...

...always complaining how...

...expensive everything is compared to India.

You've never been shopping with your father? - Pardon me?

"You must be an embarrassed man, no?"

Trying to get all bargains.

Trying to get something for free.

Complaining about how expensive things are.

"You see, you father, when he came here, was just like me."

He saved and scripped...

...to make it in this country...

...so that you could have a good life.

That's why you afford to have coke with ice. That's why...

...you people hate fresh off the board people like me.

Because I remind you of your father.

Anyways...

...it was a good joke you played on me.

Shantanu. - Meera!

"Listen Shantanu, it was me."

I told Kris to tell you to get dressed up.

No need for an apology... no need for an apology.

I didn't pluck them... I didn't pluck them.

They are only plastic.

Thank you.

Catch you next time.

"You, ok?"

"Is that legal, dad?"

Nothing that gives a man pleasure...

...is legal in this country.

Tell me... what's going on in your life?

Like... like generally?

"Generally, I know you are a junior, right?"

Software.

"Right, right... that kind of good stuff."

What else is going on?

Dad... was it tough when you came to the U.S.?

"You know, new culture..."

...new customs and all that?

It's tough on most of the immigrants...

"...Harsh, Javed, your mother."

We had a good marriage.

Really?

With it...

...your mother makes many impulsive decisions some...

...snowball into situations far beyond what she had intended.

"Kris, your mother wanted me to talk to you."

"You know, she lives by different set up morals..."

"...and she thinks that... This is about Samar, right?"

Samar is Ma's boyfriend. - Well...

"It's alright, dad..."

...Samar... Samar talked to me.

"Really, mom thought that if she'd dumped him that..."

...l'd move back home. I don't get her sometimes.

I don't either. Samar is alright

I too want to be there.

Enjoy your new apartment.

You promised to write a letter everyday.

"And here I am, waiting for your letter for the whole week."

Is everything alright?

Is there something you want to tell me?

"Did you get the mail? - Yeah... ah,"

One is from Naushad.

"Oh my God, I completely forgot!"

Today's the day he proposed to me.

Hello! - Hello!

"Hello, Naushad!?"

Hello?

"Hello, Naushad!?"

"Leela, listen... listen to me."


What are you doing? Are you alright?

Answer me...

"...were you eavesdropping on me? - No, I just..."

"...want to make sure you're okay. Look ah, are you ok?"

"You, ok?"


Shadows of the golden sunshine...


Shadows of the golden sunshine...

...have nestled in arms!

Started to flow in my entire being...

...and it feels so vibrant!

Still...

...it feels sad sometimes!

Abandoning the shades...

...walking in the sunshine...

Abandoning the shades...

...walking in the sunshine...

The sun is not always present!

It would...

...happen sometimes...

...a sin appears sweeter.

Still...

...it feels sad sometimes.


Krishna...

...what're you doing here?

I want you to come back home. Please!

"It's a bit late for that, mom"

"Krishna, what's... what's wrong with you?"

Here I'm practically begging you.

I don't want you to be around this...

...woman any more this... this slut.

"You're such a hypocrite, mom?"

Me?

How dare you talk to me like that?

You have no right to... judge my morals.

"You don't get it, do you, mom?"

Look it's...

...it's not that you've a boyfriend. That's fine.

...I would've been happy for you.

"But trying to hide it from me, to make yourself look good?"

Why... why did you do that?

Your... your stupid moralities! You have one set for yourself...

...and one for others. It... it makes me sick.

That's... that's my son'.

"How could you, Leela?"


Thanks.

Krishna...

...I can't stand to hurt your mom.

Not after what I've been through.

"Do you know what it was like, Krishna?"

I lived with this stone...

...placed firmly over my heart.

For years Naushad told me it was okay.

That our marriage was what other aspired to.

It's difficult.

Difficult to accept...

...that my marriage was a lie...

All the vows that I had sacred...

...Naushad played fast into his...

After what Naushad has put me through...

...I can't do that to another woman.

Krishna...

...couldn't we go back to being...

...Kris and Ms. Dehlvi again?

Do you want to go back to being Mrs. Naushad Dehlvi?

My love... O my dear love...

...my love... O my dear love...

...can't find any solace in your absence.


Naushad...!


Leela...


"Please sing, Naushad Saab!"

"Joya Chatterjee, and it's entirely my pleasure."

Please Naushad Saab... Miss Chatterjee.

"Fact is, the guilt us expatriates..."

...feel about leaving our homeland...

...is trunked by greens.

Greens as in jealousy?

"No, Mr. Naushad green as in the color of money..."

...the mighty dollar.

"Come, come, come... thanks..."

"Joya, this is my wife Leela."

Delighted...

...l've heard so much about you...

...from Chaitali.

"Her son Krishna is in your class, isn't he?"

"Oh, oh, you know Krishna?"

"Yes, I've seen him grow up..."

...Krishna's only eighteen.

Excuse me.


"Umm, delicious"

"I'm so glad that Kris took your class, Leela."

That boy is absolutely in love with you.

"Oh, hello, Jennifer dear. - Hi!"

You look marvelous. Thank you.

Hello Leela. - Hi.

I hope you're not upset with me.

Why should I be upset with you?

"Oh, well..."

...I took Naushad out for lunch the other day.

I called your house...

...and he sounded terribly bored.

I felt awful for the poor dear He must've told you. Actually he didn't.

Oh well...

...lunch with Naushad was incredible.


...may be a guitar. - Guitar!?

"Kris, come here, son, come here."

Kris plays the guitar extremely well.

"Krishna, will you play with me?"

My name's Kris.

...you know American kids.


"Leela, hello. - Hello!"

Is Chaitali in?

Chaitali...

...I wanted to talk to you before I...

...I want to apologize.

I treasured you as a friend.

I still do.

My life was in a turmoil and...

...and Krishna just happened to be caught in it.

"Listen to yourself, Leela..."

...you couldn't put a stop to it?

"Leela, a lot of things..."

"...a mentor, needs to do for his prodigy, but..."

...l'm just disgusted...

...that you chose the path of...

...initiation into sex!?

"Good bye, Leela."

Chaitali...

...l'm going back to India with Naushad...

...but I couldn't leave without talking to you...

...explaining to you...

"...good bye, Chaitali."

Hold on.

I... owe you an apology... I...

...I messed up.

I also wanted to thank you...

...for Samar...

...for understanding.

"If you feel like it, I'd like you to stop by sometimes?"

Hey mom!

I cooked... you want to eat?

"Yeah, sure."

"Ok... that's fine, thank you."

Wow...

...this is the best spaghetti I've ever had

"Eat slow, Krishna."

I'm...

...l'm proud of you.

Want some pepper?

How's grandpa?

He's not doing too well.

"Now that the semester's getting over, I might go."

Leela is going back to India with Naushad...

...right after his concerts.

Is... Is Leela...

"...Mrs. Dehlvi, is she here?"

"Kris, come in."

You slept with my wife.

She thinks very highly of you.

You know how old Leela was when we got married?

Twenty one.

"And now it's what, seventeen..."

...eighteen years we've been together?

Man and wife!

She's grown up with me.

Become a part of me.

You don't understand Leela...

...she's most delicate.

"She wants constant care, assurance..."

...she needs to be nurtured.

Underneath that tough exterior...

...she hides a lot of pain. That you've caused her.

Sure... some of it.

She... she's not as fragile as you think Mr. Dehlvi.

Under that tough exterior hides a tough person.

She had to become tough because of you. - And yet...

...l'm her final support.

Her bull-walk against the world.

You?

You are the one who caused her all this pain...

"...how can you just sit there...? - Kris..."

Leela is very content with me. - But is she happy?

Made for each other is not a fairy tale...

...it happens...

...Leela... and I will always be together...

...whether you want it or not.

Leela knows that...

...and I think so do you.

In the flush of youth you're willing it away...

...fighting a foregone certainty.

Leela's life is in Bombay... with me.

And we leave for India in a week.


Leela. - Hmm?


Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

"Yesterday, the eyes..."

...shed dewdrops.

"Yesterday, the eyes..."

...shed dewdrops.

Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

The fire of love...

...never gets doused.

A flowing river...

...never stops.

The fire of love...

...never gets doused.

A flowing river...

...never stops.

Till the ocean...

...the tears from both eyes flow.

Till the ocean...

...the tears from both eyes flow.

Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

Ties of the soul...

...are never untied.

The scars on the heart...

...never fade away.

With each turn...

...the night was split.

With each turn...

...the night was split.

Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

"Yesterday, the eyes..."

...shed dewdrops.

"Yesterday, the eyes..."

...shed dewdrops.

Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.


Staying awake...

...the whole night was spent.

The pleasure is mine. Good.

"Kris, forget about the occasion..."

...forget about all these people...

...it happened to you in a spirit.

I'm a Pathan by birth but I was brought up in Delhi.


I know why you brought me here...

...an appropriate atmosphere to explain.

Krishna...

...please understand.

"I love you, Leela"

Krishna...

...I can't be in your life ...and you know that.

I did something for you.

What?

"Oh my God, O my God"

"Leela wait... it's a joke, look it's a joke, look..."

"Don't freak out on me, c'mon. Look, look, look, look..."

...look it's a joke.

Here see? - You gave me the fright.

I'd much rather give you my thumb.

I know.

"You're so selfless, you know."

I guess that's why everyone loves you.

You're wrong Krishna...

...both of you.

I'm not a creation of your making... or Naushad's.

Your mother taught me one thing.

I don't need anyone to validate me.

"I'm doing this for myself, Krishna."

I'm tired of living for others.

Being a muse... an inspiration!

I just want to live for myself.

I want to be...

...just me.

"Hey, what's up? - Don't drink too hard, man."

Hey... Bernie!

Here...

...remember good old America when you're among the savages.

The Hare Krishna collection. - Very funny.

What?

You know what... did you?

Did I...? - Did you sleep with Leela? Ms. Dehlvi.

"No, I didn't. - Really?"

Krishna! - Coming.

"Be right back, guys"

Really? He didn't.

Here are both the tickets...

...make sure the bags are checked all the way to Bombay.

Mom... sure

Hi... two?

Could you make sure the bags...

...are checked... all the way to Bombay please? - Sure.

Who else is traveling?

"Ah, my mother... she's right over there."

...that's her ticket and... that's mine.

How do you say your name Kris...?

It's Krishna... Krishna Gnan!!