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Ache Din!

[Good days]

By
Arvind Chandrashekar & Kaushik Narasimhan

(Original script)

Arvind Chandrashekar
Email: don.osiris@gmail.com
Ph: +(91) 988-672-0869

Kaushik Narasimhan
Email: kazarelth@gmail.com
Ph: +(91) 845-091-4896
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FADE IN:

1. EXT./INT. RUNDOWN WAREHOUSE - NIGHT

The large warehouse surrounded by mean looking men with


rifles and guns stand guard…

The whole godown is filled with bikes…

… Some men are removing and replacing number plates…

… Others are busy loading bikes up a ramp and into waiting


trucks…

… A TALL OLD MAN stands in the corner surveying and


supervising the whole operation. He is dressed in a pathan
suit and a sleeveless sweater…

As the last truck loads the bikes and leaves, a NEPALI MAN
comes and hands over two duffel bags bursting at its seams
to the tall old man.

The tall old man checks the contents of the bags, weighs
them individually and then nods at the Nepali.

… The Nepali looks behind the tall old man, and watches a
YOUNG BOY, no more than 8 or 9 sleeping huddled, wrapped
with a shawl…

… The tall old man smiles a sinister smile… Motions the


Nepali to leave… The Nepali shakes his head with disbelief
as he leaves…

… The tall old man takes out his phone, presses the DIAL
BUTTON…

… In the recent call log, there is only one name listed,


'Bhaiyaji'…

… He dials the number, waits for the phone to RING once


and then hangs up…

… He wakes the young boy, no more than 8 years old from


his sleep… His hands caress the young boy's face,
lingering more than it should…

… The tall old man leads the young boy to a brightly lit
cabin…

… The boy starts tearing up…

… The tall old man SLAPS the boy hard across the cheek and
proceeds to untie his pyjamas as the boy CRIES LOUDLY…
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… The cry gets MUFFLED as the tall old man stretches and
latches the door…

2. EXT. MAHARAJGANJ - ESTABLISHING - DAY

There is a slight fog enveloping the open fields…

… CYCLE RICKSHAW WALLAHS cover themselves with thin shawls


waiting for passengers…

… MILKMEN zoom across through nearly empty streets


carrying milk cannisters hanging from the back of their
bikes.

… There are candidate posters pasted on any and every


available free public place asking people to vote…

… One poster shows SURENDRANATH PATHWARDHAN bowing in


front of a cow… The words, “Protect Cows. Save The
Country.” printed on it.

… Another poster shows the large smiling photo of TEERATH


SINGH RAWAT on a cycle with a small smiling passportic
photo of MAHENDRA SINGH at the bottom… The words, “This
time and everytime… Vote for Teerath Singh Rawat!”

… FEW MEN are working to set up a stage in silence, while


some continue to sleep…

MUNISH (V.O.)
This is Maharajganj. There
are no heroes here. Only
villains.

3. INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - ESTABLISHING - MORNING

SUPER: MAHARAJGANJ, UTTAR PRADESH

The hut is basically four walls with four corners…

Two boys, ZAYAN and SARVESH (aged 11 and 8. Sarvesh also


has a strong lisp as his front two permanent teeth are yet
to grow) are sleeping with their clothes and torn socks
on…

It's cold… You can make out the misty air being exhaled
out of their open mouths…

… They cuddle each other under the thin blanket they both
share…

… Under Sarvesh's arm is a small stray pup, Tuffy, curled


into a ball and sleeping blissfully…
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… a slow HISS breaks the silence in the hut…

ZAYAN
You farted or what?

SARVESH
NO!
(BEAT)

SARVESH & ZAYAN


(in unison)
Tuffy!

The dog wakes up hearing its name called…

… The dog stretches, licks Sarvesh's armpit and face


furiously as Sarvesh breaks out into a fit of giggles…

MONTAGE - VARIOUS

A) EXT. SLUM SETTLEMENT - DAY - Zayan and Sarvesh take


bath out in the open under a tap. They both shiver as they
pour cold water over themselves. Tuffy wags his tail as he
looks on.

- Zayan and Sarvesh share a laugh as they both compare


their biceps and try to flex their abdomen and point at
each other's abs.

B) INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - DAY - Zayan and Sarvesh


fight for the mirror as they both try and get their
hairstyles right.

4. C) EXT. STREET - DAY

MUNISH (a young boy, about the same age as Zayan and


Sarvesh), calls out to them from atop a tempo, as the boys
cross the road.

MUNISH
Listen!Come to the election
rally! It will be fun.

SARVESH
When ith it?

MUNISH
Tomorrow evening at 6! They
are giving free biryani and
500 rupees cash. I am going
with Baba to help set up
stage.
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ZAYAN
Idiot! They paying that for
people who can vote. We
don't even have aadhar
cards.

MUNISH
O! Darling! This is India…
There is jugaad for
everything, you just need to
know the right people. And
in Maharajganj, everybody
knows everybody. Haven't you
heard the old proverb? Don't
look at gifted horse teeth.
Plus why would you say no to
500 rupees?

ZAYAN
We will see!

The tempo leaves as Munish enthusiastically waves at them.

SARVESH
Thayan! Aye Thayan! We will
go? Free biryani… Been ages
thince we eat chicken…

ZAYAN
Lets finish work first,
before the Seth screams and
throws a fit again.

D) EXT. RAILWAY CROSS - DAY - Zayan and Sarvesh wave


goodbye to an OLD MAN who sits on a bed made out of
plastic bottles.

E) EXT. TEMPLE, STREET - DAY - Zayan bows and touches his


chest with his index finger and kisses it…

… Sarvesh does the same but while looking at a half torn


movie poster of Salman…

F) EXT. STREET - DAY - Tuffy squats and pees while Sarvesh


and Zayan huddle around it as MOTORIZED TRAFFIC SCREECHES
behind them to make way.

- They carry Tuffy in their arms as they crisscross the


morning traffic.

G) INT. TEA SHOP - DAY - Sarvesh and Zayan drink tea and
eat hot Kachodis.
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- Each leaves half of his cup of tea for Tuffy, who is


only to happy to finish their breakfast.

H) EXT. TEA SHOP - EVENING - Sarvesh and Zayan are playing


fetch with Tuffy with a empty plastic water bottle.

I) EXT. TEA SHOP - EVENING - Sarvesh and Zayan look glum.


Their cheeks sport dried tear marks.

… Sarvesh caresses the jute rope around Tuffy's neck.


There is no sign of Tuffy…

END OF MONTAGE

5. EXT. RESTAURANT - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT

The air is chilly as women nestle closer to their male


companions.

… The women have more than excessive make-up on and


revealing clothes…

… The men are old, bald, fat and ugly… There is no


explanation for the women to be seen with these men except
for money for the services the women provide…

… A man and woman breakaway from the group. The woman


clings on tightly on the man's arm as she drunkenly
stumbles and sways…

… The two board a waiting autorickshaw.

… One of the women in the group yells after them.

YOUNG WOMAN #2
Remember it is never just
the tip!

All the men and women in the group break into raucous
laughter.

6. INT. AUTORICKSHAW - CONTINUOUS

YOUNG WOMAN #1 (young 20s with little bit too much make up
on) is drunk and unaware that her sari has fallen off her
shoulder, and is fluttering in the wind as she tries
lighting a cigarette but the matchstick keeps breaking.

VAIDNATH (Mid 40s, potbellied, receding hairline, has an


air of insecurity about him) Takes the matchbox from the
girl's hand, and tries lighting the match.

The woman and auto driver's eyes meet in the rear view
mirror.
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A beat… Both share a smile.

Vaidnath throws the matchbox out of the moving


autorickshaw.

VAIDNATH
Fuck this! Anyway, smoking
is not good for you.

7. INT. ALOK AND DIVYA'S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT

ALOK (mid 30s, bare chested, one can tell by looking at


him that at one point of time he used to pride himself on
his fitness but not anymore) is rummaging through the ice
bucket for ice for his drink.

Divya (early 20s, looks like she is barely out of school)


steps out of the bathroom in her nighty with a towel over
her chest.

The two BHK is stuffed with expensive furniture. The walls


are covered with Alok and Divya's wedding pictures. Alok's
smile is as wide as the room while Divya looks glum.

Divya watches Alok GULP his drink down and light up


another cigarette.

Alok tries to avoid meeting Divya's stare.

Divya walks into the kitchen and steps out with another
whisky glass in her hand…

Divya sits across Alok and pours herself a drink… All the
while staring at Alok… Daring him to say something…

Alok mutters something under his breath…

DIVYA
What did you say?

ALOK
Nothing

Divya takes a sip of her whisky.

DIVYA
That's what I thought!
(BEAT)
What can you say anyway?

Alok CHUGS his drink again and SLAMS it hard on the table.
His eyes are red and smouldering.
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ALOK
Just because you studied in
Delhi doesn't mean you can
act like this is Delhi! In
here, a woman is supposed to
be a lady outside bed and a
whore in one.
(BEAT)
I knew something had to be
wrong… I just didn't know
what was wrong…

DIVYA
Ha! Ha! I didn't know you
were funny. Must be all the
blood which doesn't flow
down south. And of course!
Why would it be your fault
that even after 6 months of
marriage, you haven't been
able to consummate? And what
was it? A woman is supposed
to be a whore in bed?
(Laughs haughtly)
Women no longer jump in
their husband's pyre nor do
they wait with bated breath
with their legs spread wide
open like…

Alok reaches out and SLAPS Divya hard…

… Divya just turns and smiles. The corner of her lips


beginning to bleed…

ALOK
I didn't want this. I was a
fool to fall for your
father's words. I believed I
could change you…

DIVYA
You really think I need to
be change? I am who I am! My
father and brother couldn't
accept it so they got me
married to you.

Divya takes a sip. Composes herself as Alok begins to walk


away from the conversation.
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ALOK
You think I wanted to get
posted here in this
godforsaken place? You think
I wanted to marry you in the
first place? Had it not been
for your father and brother,
I would have divorced you on
the night of our wedding.

DIVYA
You aren't man enough to
give me what I want

Alok RUSHES back and GRABS her by the throat… His fingers
squeezing her NECK… With his other hand he fumbles under
her nighty…

ALOK
What do you want? What do
you want? You definitely
don't want me…

DIVYA
I want a divorce… Give me a
divorce…

It turns into a chant… Alok pushes her away…

… He turns and takes the bottle of whisky with him into


the bedroom and closes the door behind him…

8. EXT. MAHARAJGANJ - ESTABLISHING - MORNING

Maharajganj is waking up.

9. EXT. VAIDNATH'S HOUSE - MORNING

Vaidnath's house is located in a posh locality of


Maharajganj.

Each of the neighbouring houses is a two storied building


with a sprawling terrace and steel gates at front.

The roads are lined with trees protected by numbered steel


mesh.

10. INT. VAIDNATH'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

SUPER: 09:03AM

The power goes off… The AC stops working… The fan stops
moving…
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A beat… Something is making Vaidnath uncomfortable. He


kicks the rajai off him.

He is naked, save for his Rupa underwear, his hairy back


and belly rising and falling moving in synchronised form.

A beat… He scratches himself and walks over to the


bathroom to relieve himself…

… He slips a little and grabs the wall to support himself…

… He opens his eyes to check if he is PISSING in the pot


(his tummy is big enough to hide his genitals), he sees
his tummy covered in blood…

… Preplexed and panic stricken, he steps back, spraying


all over the pot and the bathroom…

… He looks at himself in the mirror and checks himself.


There are no wounds or injury on him…

… He STUMBLES out of the bathroom and sees the rajai and


bedsheet covered in blood…

A beat… He suddenly realises, there is no sign of the


woman…

… He looks around and sees nothing is disturbed or moved.


The half empty bottle of whisky is still lying on the side
table. The ashtray is overflowing with cigarette butts…

… He haphazardly stumbles and makes his way to the


almirah. He opens it to find that there is a big empty
space…

… Franctically, he searches for his phone on the bed…

He FLIPS the razai…

… The pillows go flying in the air…

… He tosses the mattress aside…

… The phone flies and lands on the floor…

… He bends down to pick up the phone with a curse under


his breath…

… He sees the eyes of the woman staring at him…

VAIDNATH
(Sobbing into the
phone)
Buh-buh-Bhaiyaji?!
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11. INT. VAIDNATH'S LIVING ROOM - MORNING

SUPER: 10:17AM

Vaidnath dressed in pyjamas with a towel wrapped around


his legs, is nervously puffing away at a cigarette. It is
clear that he doesn't smoke cigarettes or knows how to.

A beat… A loud KNOCK on the main door…

… Vaidnath hurriedly stubs his cigarette and rushes to


open the door expectantly… It is not who he was waiting
for…

BABLU (late 50s, tall and fit for his age, has a good head
of hair, carries an air of authority with him and has a
mean, focused look in his eyes) is dressed in a sleeveless
sweater and a pathan suit. He is the same tall old man
from the godown.

VAIDNATH
Bablu? What did Bhaiyaji
say?

Bablu just stares back at Vaidnath, ignoring the question


There is no sign of any emotion on his taut leathery face.
Bablu patronizingly smiles and motions him to show him the
scene of the crime…

VAIDNATH
Bablu! Just save me from
this mess. I promise, I will
quit drinking and
womanizing. I promise on my
mother.

… Bablu latches the door behind him and follows a nervous


looking Vaidnath.

12. INT. VAIDNATH'S BEDROOM -CONTINUOUS

Bablu surveys the room…

… Walks over to the half empty bottle of whisky, picks it


up with the tail of his pathan suit, admires it and passes
a sarcastically impressed look at Vaidnath…

… He takes a big swig from the bottle of whisky and begins


making a mess, searching for something…

VAIDNATH
What the fuck are you doing?
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Bablu stops him mid sentence and motions him to show him
his wallet…

VAIDNATH (CONT'D)
(Searching for his
wallet)
What did I get myself into?
Fuck! I should have gotten
out when I had the chance.
And look at me… I am
bleeding bricks out of my
ass here and this mute
fucker wants to know where
my wallet is…

… Bablu keeps a keen eye on Vaidnath and when he turns to


hand over his wallet…

… Bablu WHACKS the bottle hard on Vaidnath's head. Caught


unawares, Vaidnath stumbles back and falls on the ground
GROANING…

… Bablu bends down and WHACKS the bottle hard again on his
head… Bablu keeps WHACKING the bottle till it breaks with
a loud TINKLE.

A beat… Bablu DIALS Bhaiyaji and waits for the RINGTONE


and hangs up…

… He DIALS Bhaiyaji's number again and hangs up…

… Bablu surveys his handiwork…

The room is a mess.

The woman is now lying on the bed, her hands clutching a


wad of 1000 rupee notes…

… Vaidnath lies spreadeagled on the floor, his head


sporting a huge open wound covered in matted hair, bone
and tissue…

A beat… Bablu DIALS 100 from the woman's phone throws it


on the bed, he picks up Vaidnath's phone and walks away…

13. EXT/INT. MAHENDRA SINGH'S VILLA - MORNING

SUPER: 11:40AM
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BHAIYAJI,aka MAHENDRA SINGH (is a 32 year old man, gruff


and rough, his well tailored clothes can't hide his
uncouth personality, constantly chews tobacco and pan
masala, never looks at the person he is talking to,
considers it below his stature) is staring at a piece of
paper intently.

MAHENDRA SINGH
Did you search properly?
Like all corners of the
house? Vaidnath was a wily
little shit, but he never
could keep it in his pants,
to save his life.
(BEAT)
But why did you have to kill
him?

Bablu looks on. No expression on his face.

MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


And what am I supposed to do
with this? What is it?

Mahendra Singh WAVES the piece of paper in front of


Bablu's face who calmly takes it and runs his finger
underlining the name of the bank and the amount
transferred…

… Mahendra Singh follows Bablu's finger as he reads the


contents of the bank receipt for a wire transfer for 112
crores…

MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


Son of a bitch! He was
stealing from us and we
didn't even know.

Mahendra Singh hums, sighs and groans loudly.

MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


What do I tell Mamaji? That
bastard had all the money
from the Nepali party for
the bike shipments. How the
fuck does One hundred and
twenty crores just fucking
disappear? And sort out all
of this bank nonsense.
(BEAT)
Find out where he has
transferred the money and
how we can get it back.
(MORE)
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MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


And the money that he
withdrew, I need it before
Mamaji comes home.
(BEAT)
I am not going to allow
Mamaji meet the election
commissioner empty handed.

Mahendra Singh's phone begins to RING…

… The name 'MAMAJI' is diplayed on the phone screen…

MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


What are you looking at?
Find out where is my money.
Whoever laid their eyes on
my money, I want their eyes
swimming in their sockets.
Whoever laid their hands on
my money I want them to
think how they going to wash
their ass after taking a
shit.
(Swipes answer on
the phone)
And listen! Take Nagpal with
you. Somebody ought to do
the talking.
(turns to Nagpal)
Keep him under control.

MAHENDRA SINGH (CONT'D)


(speaking into the
phone)
Yes Mamaji! All arrangements
have been made. Why! I just
killed a young lamb for your
biryani.
(BEAT)
You don't worry about the
road show… This would be the
biggest and the best
roadshow, ever!

14. EXT. AXIS BANK - ESTABLISHING - EVENING

SUPER: 05:03PM, THE PREVIOUS DAY

15. EXT./INT. TEA SHOP - CONTINUOUS

The tea master is brewing a fresh pot of tea…


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… Zayan and Sarvesh are feeding rusk and playing with the
dog…

… Tuffy is playing chase and fetch with an empty plastic


bottle…

… The boys are taking turns cuddling and playing with the
dog…

Vaidnath exits the bank with two big duffel bags while
talking hushedly into his phone before getting into his
fancy big doored SUV.

Zayan, THROWS the water bottle, which falls off the


pavement and rolls behind the SUV.

A beat… The dog lets out a YELP!…

… Bones CRUNCH and the rear car tires go THUD!…

… Zayan and Sarvesh run towards the car…

… The car speeds away into the traffic…

… Zayan gives the car a chase…

… Sarvesh looks on grief stricken at the bloody mangled


corpse of the stray dog.

CUT TO:

16. EXT/INT. VAIDNATH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

SUPER: 12:17AM

ZAYAN
Stay here! Anybody comes
hoot like an owl.

Sarvesh nods…

… Zayan adjusts the screwdriver in his pant waist before


he jumps over the compound wall…

… Zayan sees the murderous car, takes out his screwdriver


and tries stabbing the tyres…

… The screwdriver fails to make any sort of impact on the


tough tyres…
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ZAYAN
(mutters under his
breath)
He is going to pay for
Tuffy! Help me Salman Bhai!

Zayan, climbs the pipe, and climbs on to the balcony.

Sarvesh, squats against the compound wall and waits


nervously…

… He tries to bite on his yawn. It has been a long, tiring


and a sad day for him…

17. EXT/INT. VAIDNATH'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

Zayan watches through the slightly ajar balcony door as


Vaidnath and the young woman dance and wrestle
haphazardly.

VAIDNATH
Arre! Let me do it, stop
moving so much. I have seen
people do this in holi-bhud
movies. Ladies love it…

The young woman plays her part of resisting and giggling


and giving what the customer wants.

Zayan grimaces as he watches Vaidnath and his hollywood


moves in bed.

18. EXT/INT VAIDNATH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - LATER

Zayan watches as Vaidnath opens his almirah and double


checks the number lock on the two duffel bags.

… Zayan crouches and hides as he waits and counts under


his breath…

ZAYAN
Tick-tick 1. Tick-tick 2.

Zayan reaches 'Tick-tick 2150'…

… He sticks his back against the wall and tries peering


into the bedroom again…

… There is just enough light from nightlight for Zayan to


make out shapes and figures in the dark…

… Zayan grabs the screwdriver like a knife and tiptoes in…


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… Careful not to make too much noise as he pries the


balcony door just wide enough for him to squeeze through…

… Once inside, things are more clear to him…

… Vaidnath is snoring loudly on the bed… The woman is not


there on the bed…

… He creeps alongside the wall, his outstretched hand


feeling for things in his way, the other hand holding the
screwdriver held close to his chest…

… He hears the flush in the toilet…

A beat… Zayan freezes and pushes himself against the wall.


The grip on the screwdriver tightens…

… The young woman steps out…

… The room is suddenly awash with the bathroom light…

… Her back is towards Zayan as she closes the door behind


him…

… She turns to reach for the bathroom light switch…

… Her eyes go wide… She leans against Zayan…

… The scream is caught in her throat…

… Zayan pushes her away from him… She stumbles and falls
on Vaidnath…

Zayan freezes… His hands stretch out and switch off the
bathroom light…

VAIDNATH
(Sleepily)
Go to sleep bitch!

Vaidnath kicks and pushes her away… She slips and slids on
the floor…

… Zayan tip toes… Panic stricken… He checks if she is


still breathing… He slowly pushes her body under the bed…

19. EXT. VAIDNATH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Zayan flings both the duffel bags before jumping over the
compound wall.

… He sees Sarvesh squatting and sleeping in the shadows…


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… Both talk in whispers, aware of the eerie silence of the


night…

ZAYAN
Wake up idiot! Let's go.

SARVESH
I wath awake only. I wath
dreaming with my eyth open.

ZAYAN
Stop talking and keep
walking.

SARVESH
Whatith in the bag?

ZAYAN
I don't know.

SARVESH
What you mean you don'th
know?

ZAYAN
I mean that I don't know. I
saw it so I took it. Now
will you shut up and follow?

20. EXT./INT. AUTORICKSHAW - CONTINUOUS

In some distance, an autorickshaw driver - drunk, sways


and staggers as he gets off to piss against the side of
the road…

Inside the auto there is a passenger…

The passenger watches one bag… And after few seconds a


second bag comes flying over the compound wall and walls
on the ground with a dull THUD!

The passenger watches as Zayan jumps over the compound


wall and moments later watches the two boys struggle to
carry the two bags and run.

The rickshaw driver returns, oblivious to the proceedings,


starts the auto and heads down the road.

21. EXT/INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - EARLY MORNING

SUPER: 05:17AM

Zayan and Sarevsh sit squatting, staring at the contents


in the duffel bags…
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… In their hands, they are clutching a pair of pliers…

… They have managed to break the lock…

… The bag is filled with crisp 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

SARVESH
Now?

ZAYAN
I don't know!

SARVESH
I think we should juth hide
the money and pretend
everything ith normal

ZAYAN
Why?

SARVESH
Haven't you theen in the
movie? The hero gets the
money and bad people come
chathing him and then they
take all the people he loves
and ties them up againtht a
pole. Then he threatens to
kill them. And then in
climax the polith comes and
arreths everybody.

ZAYAN
But we got the money because
the bad guy killed Tuffy!
And if Salman Bhai would
have been here, he would
have broken all his bones.
We just stole his money.
There won't be any police.
Relax!

The boys continue to stare at the money…

… The look of awe has now been replaced with one of


misery…

SARVESH
How many pithas do you think
we can get for thith much
money?
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ZAYAN
(Cheering up)
Fuck pizzas! Lets go to
Bombay. We will meet Salman
Bhai.

Sarvesh looks behind him at all his and Zayan's clothes


hanging on the clothes line.

The walls are covered with movie posters of Salman Khan,


Virat Kohli, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai and other
Bollywood actors.

SARVESH
Firtht we will buy some cool
thylith clothes.
( BEAT)
Do you think the watchman
will allow uth in thith
time?

ZAYAN
With this much money we can
fucking buy the mall and the
fucking watchman along with
it.

SARVESH
With thith money can we fly
in an aeroplane?

ZAYAN
I think so.
(BEAT)
But first, we will buy new
clothes. Full stylish, cool
clothes.

SARVESH
Thoes like Ranbir Kapoor

ZAYAN
And get Virat's hair style

SARVESH
And drink coca-cola from the
tin and not from bottle.

ZAYAN
And eat mutton biryani

SARVESH
With Thums-up! In full
thyle!
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ZAYAN
Full style!

22. INT. AXIS BANK - DAY

SUPER: 01:32PM

Bablu is looking at the lady cashier counting notes, while


NAGPAL (mid 20s, short, flamboyant clothes with a shaggy
haircut) is busy playing candy crush on his phone.

The bank manager, APURV BISWAJIT (stereotypical bank


manager, an average joe, glasses, well ironed shirt,
polished shoes with the bank ID card hanging around his
neck proudly) is talking to a bank customer on his iPhone.

BISWAJIT
Yes sir! Don't worry.
Consider it done. You send
your boy with the money and
I will make sure he gets the
DD.
(BEAT)
Don't worry sir! All these
bank people keep sending
this KYC nonsense. Even I
got a message today morning
to update my KYC details.
(BEAT)
Now you tell me, how smart
we are if the Bombay people
are sending their own
employee message to update
the KYC. No need to worry
sir. I am here no.
(BEAT)
No problem sir. No sir! Not
at all. And sir…
(BEAT)
Yes sir, sorry sir, but some
people, not you sir, some
people forget about the
commission and then the work
gets delayed. We taking big
risk no sir. If we get
caught then problem.
( BEAT)
Right sir! Thank you sir!
Sir. Tell your man to come
and meet me directly sir.
Thank you sir. Thank you.
Thank you.
21

Biswajit hangs up and looks at both Bablu and Nagpal


professionally. His attention is half divided between the
two men seated infront of him and his facebook home page
opened on his computer.

BISWAJIT
Yes! Sorry! Sorry you know
how it is. There are so many
calls, so many important
customers… How may I help
you two gentlemen?

Bablu mimes looking at Nagpal who then translates it to


Biswajit.

NAGPAL
Yeh, this Vaidnath
Chaturvedi is your bank
customer right?

BISWAJIT
Yes! Yes! You are
Chaturvedi's sirs' wanted
people? Should have told me
before only. Sorry to keep
you waiting for so long.
(Yells)
Bhinod? Three special chai
and kachodi!
( BEAT)
You will eat some kachodi
right?
(YELLS)
And get it fast!

NAGPAL
What time did Vaidnath leave
here with the money
yesterday?

BISWAJIT
Oh! That, I am sorry, I
won't be able to tell. You
know what say… Client-
customer confidentiality.
There are certain rules and
protocols we follow to
protect our customers. And
our bank is known for its
discretion. It is almost
world famous. And Chaturvedi
sir is a very important
client of our bank.
22

Bablu stetches his hand, reaches over and grabs Biswajit's


tie and pulls it hard…

… Biswajit's head CLATTERS against his computer keyboard…

… Bablu motions Nagpal with his eyes, his grip still


tightly wound around Biswajit's tie.

NAGPAL
So what time did your very
important customer leave the
bank yesterday with the
money?

The peon opens manager's cabin door with three cups of


special chai placed on a tray.

BHINOD
Sir?!

Bablu glares, while Biswajit looks on pleadingly at Bhinod


who retreats back like a caterpillar on rewind.

Biswajit uses his mouse and types on the keyboard with one
hand, the other hand trying to stop Bablu from choking him
with his own tie.

BISWAJIT
Chaturvedi sir first wire
transferred one hundred and
twelve crores into his other
account and then took
seventy crores with him in
cash at 4:52PM yesterday.

Bablu pulls at Biswajit's tie again causing his head to


meet the keyboard once again.

BISWAJIT(CONT'D)
Look for yourself!
(turns the
computer screen
towards Nagpal)

Bablu motions to Nagpal to call for the chai.

BISWAJIT
Bhinod?!

Bablu dials Bhaiyaji's number on his phone and passes it


to Nagpal.

MAHENDRA SINGH (O.S.)


Found my money yet?
23

NAGPAL
Sir, it is complicated.

BISWAJIT
Sir, please let me go. I
have told you all that you
needed to know.
(Stammers)
I have two small-small kids…

MAHENDRA SINGH (O.S.)


What the fuck do you mean
it's complicated? And who
the fuck is that talking
behind you?

Nagpal glares at Biswajit before slapping him and


motioning him to keep quiet.

NAGPAL
(into the phone)
Don't worry Bhaiyaji, we
will call you the moment we
have any news

MAHENDRA SINGH(O.S.)
Find me. My. Money

Mahendra Singh hangs up, cutting Nagpal mid-sentence.

23. EXT. AXIS BANK - LATE AFTERNOON

SUPER: 02:30PM

Nagpal waits for his paan as the paanwala's hands


furiously lather up the betel leaf…

… Bablu ignores Biswajit who runs and scrambles inside his


car…

… Bablu scans the place and spots the bank watchman


directing traffic as Biswajit's car hurriedly reverses out
of the parking spot…

… Bablu smiles and slaps Nagpal on the head and directs


his attention to the watchman…

NAGPAL
Hello brother!?

The watchman turns towards Nagpal as Biswajit furiously


honks at a cycle rickshaw.
24

WATCHMAN
Yes sir?

Watchman double steps his way to the paan shop adjacent to


the bank.

NAGPAL
You were on duty yesterday
afternoon?

Watchman looks greedily at the stacks of betel leaves and


the money in the open tiffin box.

WATCHMAN
Yes, yes I was! Morning to
evening I am here sir.
Morning 8 to evening 7. Then
direct home.

NAGPAL
You will eat paan?

Watchman smiles sheepishly.

WATCHMAN
No sir, don't have that
habit, but I do smoke.
(BEAT)
Can I get a cigarette
please?
(BEAT)
Bhinod told me everything
that happened inside now…

The watchman smiles at Nagpal and Bablu… The smile lets


them know that he is somebody who will be useful for them…

Bablu nods at the shop keeper while Nagpal takes out a


bundle of notes from his shirt pocket…

Nagpal flips a 50 rupee note out of the folded bundle and


pushes it down the watchman's front pocket.

WATCHMAN
Give me a big Goldflake.
Give me two…
(BEAT)
Yesterday, Chaturvedi sir
left here around 5ish. He
came out of the bank, he was
carrying two big and heavy
brown colored bags.
(MORE)
25

WATCHMAN (CONT'D)
He kept them in the back
seat of the car and left.
(Pulls hard on his
cigarette)
He was talking to somebody
on the phone. Chaturvedi sir
was so busy that he didn't
notice the small dog playing
behind the car and ran over
him. The dog died instantly.
The tire ran right over its
legs and head. Full blood
there was.

NAGPAL
Who was he talking to? Did
you hear any name?

WATCHMAN
No sir. I wasn't paying
attention. I was trying to
stop the two kids from
chasing after sir's car.

NAGPAL
Which two boys?

WATCHMAN
Little boys sir. They work
close by only at the tea and
snack shop. They used to
play with the dog.
(Pulls on his
cigarette again)
Correct! It was around five
only.

NAGPAL
Are you sure?

WATCHMAN
Yes sir. One hundred percent
confident sir. You can lock
my answer.

Nagpal unfurls another 100 rupee note…

… Bablu taps him on the shoulder and shows Vaidnath's


phone screen to him…

A number with no name. Call placed time - 05:01PM,


06/11/2016
26

… Nagpal puts the 100 rupee note back with the bundle and
pockets it…

… The watchman looks dejectedly…

Bablu dials the number with no name and waits.

CHANDRU (O.S.))
Sir, I have been trying to
get in touch with you since
morning sir. But your number
was not reachable only. How
was the item sir? Leave some
for others also. Fresh she
is…

Bablu recognizes the voice…

… He immediately hangs up and motions to Nagpal to follow


him…

24. INT. LIVING QUARTERS, GANAPATI DANCE BAR - AFTERNOON

SUPER: 01:30PM

The cramped living quarters is occupied by three women.


SEJAL, the young woman #2 (young and fit, her hair is dry
and her roots show through the blonde hair color she has
on) steps out of her room wearing a nighty and goes to the
common toilet with the attached full length mirror.

… Two other girls, DEBONITA and PRACHI are grooming


themselves in the bathroom…

… Sejal lifts her nighty above her knees, squats and


proceeds to relieve herself…

… The bathroom door creaks up…

SEJAL
If you do so much makeup
even your brother wouldn't
want to touch you.

The women ignore Sejal's comment and proceed to do their


hair and eyes.

Sejal stands up with a groan and flushes the toilet.

SEJAL
Bastard didn't let me go
till 4 in the morning.
(MORE)
27

SEJAL (CONT'D)
(Ties her hair in
a loose bun)
Bastard took the pill and
rallied on like a fucking
horse.

DEBONITA
Wasn't Geeta with you last
night?

SEJAL
Feel sad thinking about her.
You know that loser
Vaidnath? She went with him.

PRACHI
Eesh! That fucker is a
proper asshole. Don't know
what fucked up shit he
watches. Thinks he is some
Akshay Kumar.

SEJAL
Whatever said and done, son
of a bitch tips well and
always has costly whisky to
drink.

Debonita and Prachi walk out of the bathroom, leaving


Sejal to admire her looks and examine the roots of her
hair.

DEBONITA (O.S.)
Sejal! Your phone! Its
Chandru!

SEJAL
(Walking out of
the bathroom)
I am going to tell this
Chandru, if he is going to
keep sending this old loony
toons then he better start
paying double the money.

CHANDRU (O.S.)
Give the phone to Geeta.

SEJAL
She is not back yet. She
must be still with that
loser at his place.
(MORE)
28

SEJAL (CONT'D)
She had a little too much
drink and way too much
powder up her nose.

CHANDRU (O.S.)
And you are Mother India
incarnate yourself aren't
you? Dhananjay sir
complained about you. I will
talk to you later. First let
me deal with this Vaidnath
fucker. The deal was for the
night.
(BEAT)
Listen! Alok sir had called.
He was asking specially
about you. You will go today
evening?

SEJAL
I guess. Bastard is a cop
but sure acts like a fucking
hooligan.

CHANDRU (O.S.)
So should I say yes?

SEJAL
Yeah, but tell him if he is
going to fuck me up the ass
then I want double the usual
rate. Couldn't walk for a
day the last time.

CHANDRU(O.S.)
Listen, enough with your
fucking demands. You are not
some Aishwariya Rai. Plus he
is a fucking cop. Just be
glad he at least pays unlike
other cops. Ever seen a cop
pay money for a hooker?
(BEAT)
Plus I think he loves you-
loves you.

SEJAL
Every man says he loves you
till the moment you open
your legs. After that it is
all 'whore', 'bitch' and
shit.
(MORE)
29

SEJAL (CONT'D)
So just shut up and keep the
phone. And text me the time
and place.
(BEAT)
And tell him, I can't do all
night. I am getting close to
those days of the month.

CHANDRU (O.S.)
Yeah okay. Just make the man
happy. It is never a bad
thing when you have a
policeman ready to do favors
for you.

SEJAL
Stop fucking talking and go.

She hangs up the phone.

She opens Whatsapp and sends a text to number with no


name,

SEJAL (TEXT)
Have work in the evening.

7416724512 (TEXT)
:'[

SEJAL (TEXT)
When is your husband coming
back? ;)

7416724512 (TEXT)
I don't know. Tomorrow
afternoon I think…

SEJAL (TEXT)
Good, then tomorrow we will
go watch a movie… An english
one! ;)

25. EXT/INT. BHAIYAJI'S VILLA, DINING ROOM - AFTERNOON

SUPER: 02:04PM

A string of SUVs stand out in the driveway…

… Men toting guns are talking and eating food from paper
plates…
30

… All the cars standing in the driveway are covered in


electioneering material - party flags, party symbols,
smiling photos of the candidate greeting the looker with
folded hands.

The candidate, MAMAJI aka TEERATH SINGH RAWAT,


(quinessential politician, dressed in white pyjama kurta)
is relishing his mutton biryani as he noisily sucks on the
marrow.

Mahendra Singh is talking on the phone.

MAHENDRA SINGH
What the fuck do you mean
it's complicated? And who
the fuck is that talking
behind you?

NAGPAL (O.S.)
Don't worry Bhaiyaji, we
will call you the moment we
have any news

MAHENDRA SINGH
Find me. My. Money

Mahendra Singh hangs up…

… He avoids meeting Mamaji's eyes who looks on at Mahendra


Singh with an unflinching eye…

MAHENDRA SINGH
Mamaji! You don't
understand, without that
money, how am I supposed to
campaign for elections. That
motherfucker Surendra has
already started playing his
dirty tricks.
(BEAT)
He is now laying claim as
the sole protector of all
cows. He is also trying to
wrestle the wheeler business
from us. But the Nepali said
he will take care of it from
his end.

MAMAJI
So… What's the problem?
31

MAHENDRA SINGH
The problem is in what he is
telling people… He is
telling people that in the
name of saving cows we are
selling them to the Nepalis.
That we are killing cows and
we are traitors. That we are
betraying our country, our
religion, our caste and our
people.

MAMAJI
(talks with his
mouth half full of
food)
Well? He isn't lying is he?
That is not the point
Mamaji.
(BEAT)
If we don't win this
election then that Surendra
will cause problems for us.
Big problems.

MMamaji looks on patronizingly as he tries pulling at a


piece of meat stuck in his molars.

MAMAJI
I know. That is why I have
given you the job to take
care of it. Now you are
telling me that there is
more problem and that you
lost the money. If you can't
do it then tell me.
( BEAT)
Listen Mahendra, you are
family. And family takes
care of each other. I don't
want to call up my sister
and tell her what a fucking
idiot she bore me as my
nephew.
(Washes his hands
in the plate)
Sort this problem. If you
have to, then get more bikes
across the border, get more
drugs and guns from there.
Do whatever it takes but get
the fucking job done.
(MORE)
32

MAMAJI (CONT'D)
(Grabs Mahendra
Singh by the back
of his neck)
Do. Not. Fucking.
Disappoint. Me.

26. EXT./INT. NEW BHARAT BHOJNALAYA - AFTERNOON

Bablu and Nagpal are sitting and eating roti with chicken
curry…

… Bablu calls for water, a young boy, aged about the same
as Zayan and Sarvesh comes up with a jug of water…

… Bablu grabs the boys' hand holding the jug and smiles
lecherously…

… Nagpal grabs the jug and motions the boy to leave…

NAGPAL
Bablu brother, what the fuck
do you think you are doing?
You start off wherever or
what?
(BEAT)
What are we going to do?
Didn't you hear what
Bhaiyaji said? If we don't
find the money, we may as
well be dead!

Bablu taps on Vaidnath's phone and smiles nonchalantly.

NAGPAL
What to do with it? All we
know is that Vaidnath spoke
to Chandru. Now what the
fuck will Chandru tell us?
The girl is dead. You only
said so in the morning.

Bablu smiles and mimes while Nagpal translates his actions


into words for his own understand.

NAGPAL
Vaidnath had a small cock.
(BEAT)
What to do men with small
dicks do when they want to
get it on with a woman?
(MORE)
33

NAGPAL (CONT'D)
(BEAT)
Tell them how much money
they have and how smart they
are.

Nagpal suddenly realised the reason behind Bablu's smile.

NAGPAL
So you telling me that he
would have spoken to other
women Chandru would have
supplied and they might know
where the money is.
(shakes his head
impressively)
Now I know why Bhaiyaji
trusts you so much. Even
though you are a fucking
monster.

Nagpal looks at the boy serving other tables and smiles


ruefully at him.

27. EXT/INT. SHOPPING MALL - ESTABLISHING - DAY

BEGIN MONTAGE:

- They hesistate and hold each other's hand as they climb


the escalator.

- Zayan and Sarvesh are enamoured as they look at all the


mannequins wearing well put together clothes.

- They exchange smiles and hi-five as they spot Salman


Khan's poster in Archies.

- Sarvesh points excitedly at the Turqoise bracelet on


display in a jewellery shop.

- Both step out of the store, brandishing the bracelets


proudly.

- They stand in front of the Salman Poster and compare


their bracelets.

- They both giggle and make kissing faces as they see


young couples walking hand in hand on the escaltor in
front of them.

- Sarvesh and Zayan push each other into shoppers stop.

- They try out different clothes and pick everything and


anything that catches their fancy
34

They head to billing counter. The cashier looks at them


suspiciously but doesn't say anything. The boys notice it.

CASHIER
8,756

Zayan while pulling out money from his pocket, two bundles
of 1000 rupee notes fall on the floor…

… He picks it up non-chalantly and pockets it…

… From the bundle of 1000 rupee notes in his hands, he


pulls each note with a flourish, SNAP, and a loud count…

ZAYAN
One… Two… Three…

- They go to the wash room and change their clothes. Their


old clothes left hanging in the bathroom. Their old shoes
junked into the toilet.

SARVESH
Did you thee the look on his
face? Hith eyes had gotten
bigger than hith balls.

They both cackle with laughter.

- They see a salon with Virat Kohli on the shop board.

- They exit with lines on the side of their heads and with
spikes and sunglasses.

- They exchange gleeful glances when they see McDonalds.


They order one item each of the entire menu at McDonalds.

SARVESH
Where will we thay in
Bombay?

ZAYAN
In a big hotel. Right next
to the sea. Sea would be on
that side and we would be on
this side.

SARVESH
Awethome! Then that way we
wouldn't have to stand in
line altho in the mornings
to uthe the toilet. We can
go right in the thea. The
waves will wath our butts.
(MORE)
35

SARVESH (CONT'D)
We wouldn't even have to
carry a mug with us.

ZAYAN
We have so much money that
we would have one toilet for
you and one toilet for me.
Full holi-bhud types.

SARVESH
Oh! Can we altho go to Goa.
I heard all the foreign
ladieth walk around fully
naketh there.

ZAYAN
But first we will meet
Salman bhai!

SARVESH
Thayan? Thould we buy a
mobile phone also? That way
when we meet Thalman bhai we
can take a thelfie altho.

ZAYAN
What did dada say? Using
mobile phone gives you brain
cancer. That's how mom died
no. You also want to die
with brain cancer or what?

SARVESH
Nope. Firth I want to take a
masthive thit in the fancy
toilet in the mall toilet.
Then I want to hug Thalman
bhai and tell him I am his
biggest fan and you are
number thecond.

ZAYAN
You are thecond.

- They parcel all the remaining food which they didn't


eat. The staff looks at them with a quizzical expression.

- Both start singing and dancing 'Sala main toh saab ban
gaya' as they enter the restroom…

… Zayan stands with the shopping bags and the parcelled


food while Sarvesh enters to relieve himself…
36

SARVESH
Can we thake an aeroplane
thoo Bombay?

Zayan raises his eyebrows, impressed with his brother's


wisdom.

ZAYAN
Now you thinking like a rich
man. And yes, we shall fly
in an aeroplane.

END MONTAGE

28. EXT./INT. MALL - EVENING

As they exit, Sarvesh see an old lady in rags leaning


against the compound wall, her hand half raised and
resting on her knees, while Zayan flags down an auto.

… Sarvesh walks up to the old lady and gently places the


parcelled bag of food next to her…

… Sarvesh points at the bag and mimes her to eat it…

… Sarvesh turns to look at Zayan haggling with an


autodriver.

ZAYAN
Station. And don't take any
more people. Private.

AUTO DRIVER
Why? You runts win some
lottery or what?

SARVESH
What is your problem? You
don't want to take uth then
thay tho.

AUTO DRIVER
It will cost you 100 to go
from here to station.

SARVESH
(gets into the
auto)
You have change for 500?

The boys snigger…


37

The CASHIER (mid 20s and smartly dressed, an expensive


looking watch loosely dangling from his wrist) from
Shoppers' stop who is out on his break, smoking a
cigarette and drinking tea watches the two boys haggle
with the auto driver…

… He takes out his phone and quickly snaps a picture of


the two boys haggling with the auto driver…

… He stubs his cigarette and walks back inside, as he


scrolls his phone contact list before dialling, YOGESHWAR
NARAYAN.

CASHIER
Jai Shri Ram sir ji!

YOGESHWAR (O.S.)
Jai shri ram! What do you
want?

CASHIER
Sirji, there are these two
boys. Lot of money. They are
heading to the railway
station.

YOGESHWAR (O.S.)
Send me their picture on
Bhads-aap.

CASHIER
I am sending it to you right
now. Don't forget my 10
percent.

YOGESHWAR (O.S.)
If you send me on a wild
goose chase then you won't
even be able to ask for
prasad in the temple.

The cashier hears Yogeshwar hanging up.

The cashier Whatsapps' Yogeshwar the photos of the two


boys.

29. EXT/INT. HOTEL SHIVOY INN, LOBBY - EVENING

SUPER: 04:30PM

CHANDRU (a young man, dressed to the Ts, sharp pointy


shoes, wears aviator sunglasses indoors, black half
seelved puffer jacket) is sitting in the hotel lobby with
his legs splayed as he fiddles with his 3 mobile phones…
38

Bablu and Nagpal get off the bike…

The mustachoied watchman, recognizing them, salutes them


and hurriedly gets away from the door and offers to park
the bike…

Bablu slaps the watchman good naturedly on the back…

30. EXT. HOTEL SHIVOY INN - LATER

The watchman hurriedly pushes the bike and puts it on the


side stand.

… Chandru struggles to stand up straight, his nose is


bleeding, he is no longer wearing his aviators, neither is
he wearing the puffer jacket, his shirt sleeve is torn…

… He reverentially watches Bablu and Nagpal get on the


bike…

CHANDRU
No problem sir. I will call
and get them to meet you in
another hour's time.

31. INT. RAILWAY STATION - ESTABLISHING - EVENING

Zayan and Sarvesh stand in line at the reservation


counter…

… The line is long and the COUNTER WOMAN manning the


counter is slow but authoritative at her job…

SARVESH
Have you been to Lucknow
before?

ZAYAN
I think so.

SARVESH
What do you mean you think
tho?

ZAYAN
Arre, Baba had said that he
took me to Lucknow with him.
This was before you were
born. But I don't remember
going to Lucknow.

SARVESH
You had all the good timeth
with them
39

ZAYAN
Stop your drama and stand in
line.

SARVESH
You think Baba would have
been alive if he had all
thith money?

ZAYAN
He would have probably died
a long time ago with a
bottle in his hand.
(Lowering his
voice)
And will you stop mentioning
the money so much.

Sarvesh nods and smiles… Zayan looks away irritated…

YOGESHWAR NARAYAN - a short, gruff looking man in his 40s,


wearing a senior police constable's insignia on his
shoulders, weilding a baton is watching the crowds
intently… One almost wonders if he is even an actual cop
with the way he carries the uniform…

… He does a double take and sees Zayan and Sarvesh talking


and fooling around in front of the reservation counter…

… The boys finally find themselves in front of the


reservation counter…

ZAYAN
Two tickets to Lucknow

SARVESH
AC firth clath!

COUNTER WOMAN
(without looking
at them)
All AC berths are booked for
today. There are two tickets
available in first AC which
leaves tomorrow morning at
3:40 in the morning and
reaches Lucknow by 8:45.

ZAYAN
(To Sarvesh)
We can take a bus you know,
we will reach faster.
40

SARVESH
Nope. We are going by AC and
in train

The crowd behind them is beginning to get restless with


boys.

MAN IN LINE
Oi! Sons of Tata-Birla…
Either buy the ticket or
keep moving. There are
others waiting.

Zayan shoots the man a look who patronizingly pushes Zayan


to hurry up.

ZAYAN
Fine. How much for two AC
tickets to Lucknow.

… Zayan pulls out a bundle of 1000 rupee notes…

… Seeing bundle of notes Yogeshwar smiles…

… Counter woman finally looks up and lays her eyes on the


boys and the bundle of notes in Zayan’s hand…

COUNTER WOMAN
2320 and give me change. I
don't have change.
(Mutters)
Everybody comes in with 1000
and 500 notes and expect me
to give them change. Only if
somebody gives me change
only then I will have change
na.

Zayan stops counting…

… Looks at the woman and then peels away from the line…

32. EXT. MAHARAJGANJ RAILWAY STATION - CONTINUOUS

Nagpal and Bablu weave their way in and out of the traffic
jam outside the station.

… The boys hold out their hand with the shopping bags and
cross the road…

… Nagpal and Bablu on the bike stop for the boys to cross
the road…
41

… Yogeshwar quietly follows the two boys to a 99-variety


dosa stall…

… Two random motorists get involved in a road rage…

… Yogeshwar's attention is momentarily distracted by the


road rage flare up…

SARVESH
What happened? Why didn't
you pay the money?

ZAYAN
I don't know, I didn't get a
good feeling.

(BEAT)
Maybe we should just take a
bus. We can take one those
AC buses. Remember, the ones
which have beds in them and
they play movies during the
night. They don't play
movies in train.

SARVESH
But, I have traveled by buth
before. But never by a
train.

ZAYAN
Have you ever traveled in a
bus which plays movies and
has AC?

SARVESH
No!

ZAYAN
Don't worry. Once we go to
Bombay, we will travel by
train only. Come, let us go
eat dosa with hot sambhar.

SARVESH
Here, hold my bag. I got to
urgently go number 1.

ZAYAN
Again? Didn't you just do
number 2 sometime back?
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SARVESH
Lithen, when it comes, it
comes. And I have to go.
Pluth I don't want to thpoil
my new clotheth, you
underthand. So hold bags and
I will be back soon.

ZAYAN
Where are you going?

SARVESH
Going to go to the toilet in
the railway thation.

ZAYAN
Why can't you just fucking
piss here against the wall?

SARVESH
What did Amitabh Bachchan
thay? Pithing out in the
open is not good. And who is
Amitabh in relation to uth?

ZAYAN
Our father!

SARVESH
Correct anther!

As Sarvesh gives all his bags to Zayan to hold and rushes


back into the station.

Yogeshwar crosses the road and scans the crowd for the two
boys.

He just sees Zayan holding the bag, studiously studying


the 99 varieties of Dosa listed on the food cart menu.

33. INT. LIVING QUARTERS, GANAPATI DANCE BAR - EVENING

SUPER: 07:00 PM

Chandru stands in the back corner of the room, his nose


sporting an unweildy bandage. All the seats are occupied
by women of various ages ranging from 15-50. The older
ladies are sitting down while the younger ones, who
couldn't find a place to sit are standing, with their
backs to the wall.

Bablu is sitting in the center of the living room, while


Nagpal stands next to him.
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Bablu mimes, while Nagpal translates vocally.

NAGPAL
All those who have ever
slept with Vaidnath stay,
rest of you can leave.

Few shift their weight…

… But nobody leaves…

… Nagpal stares wide eyed at Bablu, who chuckles…

… Everybody looks on at the two men with a dead look in


their eyes, except for one…

… Sejal avoids looking at Bablu and Nagpal…

… She constantly stares at her phone, keeps opening and


locking her phone…

… Bablu's ever scanning eyes finally rest on Sejal and her


twitchyness…

… Bablu mimes towards Nagpal to tell every one to leave…

… Nagpal looks surprised but follows the instruction…

… Sejal immediately rustles up from her position and makes


a beeline for the main door…

… Bablu grabs her by the wrist firmly.

… She stops…

… She tries to free herself up but the grip is too tight…

CHANDRU
Brother, she has an
appointment in sometime…

Bablu raises his other hand and motions to Chandru to


leave… Chandru hesitates… Nagpal moves closer to Chandru
and pushes Chandru out of the room…

34. EXT. GANAPATI DANCE BAR - CONTINUOUS

Chandru dials inspector Alok's number.

CHANDRU
Sir, I think Sejal is in
trouble! I think Bhaiyaji's
men are going to kill her…
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35. INT. LIVING QUARTERS, GANAPATI DANCE BAR - CONTINUOUS

Nagpal puts the latch on the main door as the last person
exits.

Bablu throws Sejal on the floor and gets up.

He picks up her dupatta which has fallen on the floor and


tightens it by whisking it swiftly in the air.

He gently ties the dupatta around Sejal's neck and motions


Nagpal to come forward and to take the dupatta from his
hands.

Nagpal kneels and loosely holds the ends of the dupatta.

Bablu mimes while Nagpal translates vocally.

NAGPAL
Where is the money?

SEJAL
What money? I don't know
what you are talking about

PHAT!… The slap rings across Sejal's face. The ring on


Bablu's hand cuts her face…

Fat tears roll down Sejal's cheeks bearing the fingerprint


of Bablu's hand…

SEJAL (CONT'D)
I don't know what you are
talking about…

Bablu SWINGS his arm again… This time his hand is balled
into a fist…

FLASHBACK TO:

36. EXT. VAIDNATH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

In some distance, an autorickshaw driver - drunk, sways


and staggers as he gets off to piss against the side of
the road. The passenger seated in the auto watches Zayan
jump over the compound wall. The passenger quietly
observes as the two boys struggle to carry the bag and
run. The rickshaw driver returns and starts the auto and
heads down the road.

37. INT. AUTORICKSHAW - CONTINUOUS

The passenger is none other than Sejal…


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… She stifles a yawn and waits for the auto driver to come
back…

… Sejal recognizes the house and peers out, trying to get


a look at the house windows… The lights are out… Her phone
vibrates… The message is from the same number (7416724512)
with no name…

… Sejal smiles and forgets about the two boys and the two
big bags…

BACK TO PRESENT:

38. EXT. GANAPATI DANCE BAR - NIGHT

Nagpal and Bablu exit the building. Chandru rushes up the


stairs as he sees them get out of the building lift.

NAGPAL
(Mutters)
We are dead. We are fucking
dead. Bhaiyaji is going to
kill us. Where the fuck are
we going to find two little
runts and the bag of money?

Bablu SLAPS Nagpal on his shoulders and grabs his shoulder


tightly and pulls him close.

Bablu's eyes widen and squint at Nagpal who squirms under


the stern gaze.

NAGPAL
Yeah okay! I won't tell
anything to Bhaiyaji yet.
But for the record, I would
like to reiterate that we
are screwed! Like a cow let
loose in a bullpen.

39. EXT. CAMPAIGN STAGE, MOHARIPUR - MAGIC HOUR

SUPER : 06:40 PM

The place is crowded with supporters waving party flags,


by standers, cops milling about. The entire stretch of
blocked road is covered with posters of SURENDRANATH
PATHWARDHAN'S cherubic face photoshopped meeting famous
people.

… There is a picture of Surendranath hugging Donald Trump…

… There is a picture of Surendranath practicing yoga atop


Himalayas…
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… There is a picture of Surendranath washing and feeding


cows…

The dias is filled with people dressed in white kurta


pyjamas, their necks adorning with marigold garlands. Half
of them have their mouths filled with Paan-masala.

Alok, dressed in his Khaki uniform, looks on indifferently


at the speaker and the crowd.

Men dressed in Party colors, move about, distributing


small pouches of hooch wrapped in 500 rupee notes.

SURENDRANATH
Just as in Mahabharat,
Dushasan stripped Draupadi
of her sari, the same way
our opponents are undressing
our culture.
( Crowd applaudes)
Today's youth… Our kids are
too busy on whatsapp,
facebook, tee-tar. They have
lost touch with our culture.
They don't know who our real
mother is. Our real mother
is Mother India… And who is
mother India? Who is a
mother? Mother is that who
gives us birth, who gives us
milk to drink.
Our sacred cows are
equivalent to our mothers.
They till our earth, they
give us milk. And the man
who kills his mother has no
place in heaven or earth.
It is so written in our
scriptures. Our cows are the
avatar of mother India.
Killing a cow is equivalent
of betraying your country,
your culture and your
traditions.
( Crowd applaudes)
I say there is nothing wrong
in killing those who kill
their mothers. The people
who were ruling over us for
60 years, have ruled us in a
way worse than the white
people.
(MORE)
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SURENDRANATH (CONT'D)
At least the white people
respect their mothers. These
people have made killing
their mothers into a
business.

Crowd starts chanting party and victory slogans.

Alok's phone rings, Surendranath turns and shoots Alok a


stern look as Alok excuses himself and gets off the stage.

ALOK
What do you want?

CHANDRU(O.S.)
Sir, I think Sejal is in
trouble! I think Bhaiyaji's
men are going to kill her…

ALOK
What? What are you talking
about?

CHANDRU (O.S.)
Bhaiyaji's men are here and
they have got Sejal locked
up in her room. They are
asking about some money bag.
And…

ALOK
And what?

CHANDRU (O.S.)
And I think they killed
Vaidnath and Sheetal…

Chandru's voice gets drowned out as the crowds erupt and a


melee breaks out as Surendranath finishes his speech and
proceeds to throw party flags and freebies into the crowd.

ALOK
What? Speak loudly!

CHANDRU (O.S.)
And I think they killed
Sheetal and Vaidnath…

ALOK
Vaidnath? Vaidnath
Chaturvedi?
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CHANDRU (O.S.)
Yes sir! Please do
something. They even beat me
up and broke my nose.

ALOK
Okay. I will talk to sir and
see what can be done. Call
if anything else happens.

Alok pushes and makes his way as Surendranath shakes hand


and hugs party supporters, making his way to his car.

40. INT. SURENDRANATH'S CAR - MOVING - CONTINUOUS

Alok and Surendranath both sit in the backseat of Toyota


Fortuner. Surendranath waves out with one hand as he rolls
up with his other.

SURENDRANATH
So what did the election
commissioner call and say?

ALOK
It wasn't the election
commissioner. It was
Chandru.

SURENDRANATH
What did that two bit pimp
want? More money for the
same old rotting corpses?

ALOK
He said Bhaiyaji's men were
harassing his women and he
thinks they may have killed
Vaidnath.

SURENDRANATH
Motherfuck!
(Taps the person
sitting next to
the driver)
Dial Vaidnath's number and
get him on the fucking
phone.
(Takes his phone
and scrolls the
contact for
Mahendra Singh)
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SURENDRANATH (CONT'D)
(To Alok)
He doesn't know who he is
messing around with.
(BEAT)
Chaturvedi had 70 crores of
our money which he had to
white wash. If Mahendra
Singh is after that money
then I am going to kill him
and then fuck him till he
comes back alive. And then
fuck him to death all over
again.
(BEAT)
Why the fuck do I pay you
money Alok? So that a
fucking pimp gives you bad
news to tell me? No! I give
you money, so that you solve
the problem before it comes
a problem. And now I have a
problem and you need to
solve it as soon as
possible.
(Dials Mahendra
Singh's number on
his phone)

CO-DRIVER
Somebody answered but didn't
say anything. I tried again
and they cut the call.

ALOK
( To Driver)
Stop the car by the side.

The whole motorcade comes to a halt. Alok motions to a


police gypsy to wait. The rest move on.

41. INT. POLICE GYPSY - MOVING - CONTINUOUS

Alok sits inside his car and directs the driver to drive.

ALOK
Ganapati dance bar

The driver smiles as Alok takes out his phone and dials
Divya's number.
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ALOK
Listen, I will be late.
Something urgent has come up
at work.

DIVYA (O.S.)
(sounding
distraught)
Yeah okay!

ALOK
What is that noise?

DIVYA (O.S)
I am at the hospital.

ALOK
Hospital? Why? What happened
to you? Did you burn
yourself again while
cooking?

DIVYA (O.S.)
No. My friend… Listen, I
will call you back.

As soon as Divya hangs up the phone, Alok's phone rings


again.

… Its Chandru…

ALOK
Tell me Chandru!

CHANDRU (O.S.)
Sir, Sejal is critical.
Bastards cut her up bad.

ALOK
Where are you now?

CHANDRU (O.S.)
Jagdish Private hospital.
Don't leave those bastards
alone sir.

ALOK
Wait there. I am coming.
(turns to the
driver)
Jagdish Private Hospital.
And hurry!
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42. EXT. 99 VARIETY DOSA STALL

Yogeshwar walks up to Zayan, who is holding both his and


Sarvesh's bags while studiously reading the menu written
on the food cart under his breath.

YOGESHWAR
Looks like you are already
done with Diwali shopping.

Zayan turns to look and sees Yogeshwar in his Khaki police


constable get-up.

… He instinctively takes a step back…

… His grip tightens on the bags…

… His eyes furiously search and scan the traffic and the
crowd for any sign of Sarvesh…

YOGESHWAR
Where is your friend?

Instinct kicks in and Zayan makes a run for it…

… Sarvesh looks on from the other side of the road…

SARVESH
(YELLS)
Run! Thayan! Run!

Zayan turns to see Sarvesh excitedly jumping and waving at


him…

… Yogeshwar, closes in on him…

… Zayan tries giving Yogeshwar the slip by crossing the


road…

… Yogeshwar follows him…

… Yogeshwar finds himself standin equidistant between the


two boys…

ZAYAN
(YELLS)
Potli Baba!

The two boys turn away from each other begin to run in
opposite direction…

… Yogeshwar takes a second to decide whom to chase and


decides on giving Zayan the chase…
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43. EXT. BACK ALLEY - MAGIC HOUR

Zayan finds himself in a dead end alley with no exit.

… Yogeshwar stands at the beginning of the entrance to the


back alley…

… Both try to catch their breath…

YOGESHWAR
Son, there are only so many
streets in the world, and
you shall find me chasing
you down every single one of
them.

ZAYAN
Why are you chasing me?

YOGESHWAR
Why are you running?

ZAYAN
Listen, I have money, just
let me go. I will give you
the money.

YOGESHWAR
How much do you have?

Zayan, pulls out the two bundles of currency notes from


his pant pocket.

… Yogeshwar's eyes go wide…

… He takes the money and pockets it and grabs Zayan by the


shoulders…

… He leads Zayan out of the alleyway…

YOGESHWAR
And how much money does your
friend have?

ZAYAN
He doesn't have any. I had
all the money.

YOGESHWAR
Where did you get all the
money from?
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ZAYAN
How does it matter? You have
all of our money now.

YOGESHWAR
Not yet sonny boy. Not yet.
Not till we go meet your
friend. Call your friend.

ZAYAN
Call him? How?

YOGESHWAR
What do you mean how? From
your mobile phone you idiot!

ZAYAN
But I don't have a phone.

YOGESHWAR
(chuckles)
What are you? A sanyasi? No
mobile phone it seems.

Yogeshwar SMACKS Zayan at the back of his head.

YOGESHWAR (CONT'D)
Stop fucking about and call
your friend.

ZAYAN
But I am telling you, I
don't have a cell phone.

YOGESHWAR
Fine, then we will go meet
your friend. Where is he?

Yogeshwar flags down an auto and pushes Zayan inside.


Never loosening his grip on the boy's brand new T-Shirt.

44. EXT. STREETS - MOVING - MAGIC HOUR

Bablu and Nagpal question the shopkeeper from the tea-


stall outside Axis Bank…

They stop and ask few other people on the road…

45. EXT./INT. ANJU BAR - NIGHT

Bablu and Nagpal get off the bike and enter Anju Bar, a
popular local hooch shop.
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Bablu and Nagpal look around at the rowdy group of people,


some standing, some squatting and sitting on the floor
with bottles of colored hooch…

Nagpal nudges Bablu and points at the bank watchman lying


on the floor covered in his own vomit and mumbling
incomprehensibly…

They both walk towards the watchman…

46. INT. JAGDISH PRIVATE HOSPITAL - NIGHT

Alok saunters in to the reception.

Chandru is in an examination room, getting his dressing


changed and is busy chatting up with the on-duty nurse.

CHANDRU
You would have tried tea and
coffee but have you tried
cold coffee? There is a big
ball of cream which floats
on top of the coffee and
ice… Come with me after you
are done with work, I will
treat you…

Chandru sees Alok and calls out to him.

CHANDRU
Sir! Here!

ALOK
What happened? How is she?

CHANDRU
She is critical. Doctors
have said touch and go. They
beat her up real bad.

ALOK
Where is she?

Chandru points to one of the ward rooms…

… Alok sees Divya sitting on the bench outside the ward


room…

ALOK
Divya? What are you doing
here?
55

DIVYA
I told you, my friend met
with an accident.

ALOK
Which friend?

Divya points her finger at Sejal, who is put on life


support…

… Alok does a double take and looks at Divya…

ALOK
Since when has this been
going on?

DIVYA
What has been going on?

ALOK
(Grabs divya's
hair)
Stop acting coy with me you
little shit!

DIVYA
Stop making a scene! Let go
of me!
(BEAT)

FLASHBACK TO:

47. INT. . ALOK AND DIVYA'S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT

DIVYA
Do you really think I need
to be saved or changed? I am
who I am! My father and
brother couldn't accept it
so they got me married to
you.

Divya takes a sip of her drink. Composes herself as Alok


begins to walk away from the conversation.

DIVYA (CONT'D)
Just say that you aren't man
enough to give me what I
want?

Alok pours himself another drink…


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DIVYA (CONT'D)
I want a divorce… Give me a
divorce…

It turns into a chant… Alok pushes her away… And enter his
room with the bottle of whisky…

Divya takes her phone, opens whatsapp and messages Sejal…

7416724512 (TEXT)
Are you feeling sore? ;)

7416724512 (TEXT)
Want me to help you out? :x

48. EXT. VAIDNATH'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Sejal peers out of the auto as she crosses Vaidnath's


house, recognizing it.

Her phone vibrates… She checks her phone and smiles…

BACK TO PRESENT:

49. INT. JAGDISH PRIVATE HOSPITAL - NIGHT

ALOK
(Tightens his grip
on her hair)
You couldn't find any other
goddamn whore in the whole
goddamn city?

DIVYA
She is. Not. A. Whore! Her
name is Sejal.

ALOK
I know her name.

DIVYA
(Smirks)
I know you do. Now let go of
me.

ALOK
Is this who you been
whatsapping late at night?

DIVYA
How does it matter who I
talk to? Let go of me!
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Alok lets go of Divya's hair, shakes his head ruefully and


walks over to Chandru who has been keeping his distance
from the two.

CHANDRU
You two know each other?

ALOK
Yes. She is… was my wife.
(BEAT)
So tell me from the start,
what happened? Who were
these men?

50. INT. BAR, ROYAL RESIDENCY HOTEL - NIGHT

SUPER: 07:21 PM

The bar is virtually empty… There is soft, slow


instrumental music playing over the PA…

… Surendranath and Mahendra Singh sit solemnly, staring


down at each other as a waiter comes and places their
drink on the table and leaves…

MAHENDRA SINGH
How much money did he have
of yours?

SURENDRANATH
About 75
(BEAT)
How much of yours?

MAHENDRA SINGH
130

SURENDRANATH
If I knew there was so much
money in selling cows to the
Nepalis I would have jumped
in the game long time back.

MAHENDRA SINGH
Consider it a favor that I
killed that son of a bitch
who was stealing from both
of us.

SURENDRANATH
What about the money?
58

MAHENDRA SINGH
How about a trade?
(BEAT)
You and me, join hands for
this election. You continue
to keep your girls and
drugs. I will continue to
keep the cattle and the
guns. The same way we have
been doing things all these
years.

SURENDRANATH
I get 10 percent of the
cattle proceeds.

MAHENDRA SINGH
And you put me in touch with
your drug connection?
Running guns is getting
tricky nowadays.

SURENDRANATH
(Raises his glass)
Lets drink to this
partnership.

They both CLINK their glasses and drink in silence.

SURENDRANATH
I knew Vaidnath for a long
time. He was a wily fuck and
he always had some loose
change on him. Did you at
least find that money?

MAHENDRA SINGH
What have you heard?

SURENDRANATH
You are not the only one
with your ears to the ground
Mahendra Singh.
(BEAT)
I heard that Vaidnath exited
the bank yesterday with 70
crores yesterday. And…

MAHENDRA SINGH
And what?

SURENDRANATH
And your men have been on
the hunt for it.
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MAHENDRA SINGH
Well, I don't have the
money.

SURENDRANATH
That is also true. If you
did, then you wouldn't be
talking to me.

MAHENDRA SINGH
What is your point?

SURENDRANATH
I am saying, instead of
searching for that cash
separately, how about we
join forces?

MAHENDRA SINGH
And if we find it, how do
you suppose we split it?

SURENDRANATH
We will split it 50-50 of
course. I have to manage my
campaign, people have to be
paid. The election
commissioner needs to be
silenced about the hate
speech of mine.

MAHENDRA SINGH
How about, you forget about
the money and I call off the
election commissioner?

Surendranath raises an eyebrow… Then slowly breaks into a


smile…

… Mahendra Singh gets up and heads to the bathroom…

INTERCUT BETWEEN SURENDRANATH, MAHENDRA SINGH, ALOK AND


BABLU

… Surendranath dials Alok…

… Mahendra Singh dials Bablu… Nagpal puts the phone on


speaker…

SURENDRANATH
Forget about Chandru and his
whore.
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MAHENDRA SINGH
Did you find the money yet?

ALOK
No, not yet.

… Alok clasps Sejal's hand while Divya runs her hand over
Sejal's hair and tries comforting her… Sejal's breathing
is laboured…

NAGPAL
Two boys have it.

… Bablu SLAPS the Bank watchman… The watchman is visibly


drunk and is slurring heavily on his speech…

MAHENDRA SINGH
Tell Bablu that he can do
whatever he wants with the
two boys. Consider it his
Diwali bonus. But…

SURENDRANATH & MAHENDRA SINGH


(IN UNISON)
Find them and get me the
fucking money!

51. EXT. RAILWAY CROSSING - NIGHT

SUPER : 07:18 PM

There is a partially blind man sitting in a corner with a


big bag of recycleable plastic… His back resting against
the railway guard's office…

… Zayan tries craning his neck to get a better look at the


horizon, past the railway guards' office… But the cotton
towel around his neck restricts him as Yogeshwar pulls on
it…

… Zayan notices a small silhouette in the shadows and


smiles the smallest of smiles…

… Yogeshwar counts the notes and lets out a slow whistle…

ZAYAN
(to the old man)
Namaste Potli baba!

The old man smiles a broken rotted toothed smile.


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ZAYAN (CONT'D)
Everything peachy at home?
Keep your bag safely. Lot of
bastards around these days.

YOGESHWAR
(smacks Zayan on
the head)
22,540! Who the fuck did you
kill to get your hands on
this much money?

ZAYAN
We didn't kill anybody. That
son of a bitch only killed
our dog.

YOGESHWAR
Whatever! Where is your
friend? If I find that you
are fucking with me boy! You
are mistaken.

ZAYAN
I told him to come here
only. Just wait. He will
come.

YOGESHWAR
Just how much money did you
guys take?

ZAYAN
I don't know. We didn't
count.

YOGESHWAR
Go on… Tell me… 50? 70? 1
lakh?

ZAYAN
I guess…

YOGESHWAR
Son of a bitch! This is
called winning a lottery.
(BEAT)
Where have you kept the
money?

ZAYAN
At home.
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YOGESHWAR
So what the fuck are we
doing here?

Yogeshwar yanks the towel and pushes Zayan to cross the


railway crossing.

YOGESHWAR (CONT'D)
Where do you stay?

ZAYAN
You know the temple behind
the railway station?

YOGESHWAR
The one opposite to the
mosque?

ZAYAN
Yeah! We live there only.

YOGESHWAR
Stop talking then and walk.
Its not too far from here.

As the two of them walk along the tracks… A train comes


SCREECHING down the tracks…

… Yogeshwar doesn't realize what is happening as he lets


go of his hold on Zayan and turns…

… Sarvesh stands behind Yogeshwar with a steel rod held


firmly in his hands like a Samurai sword…

… Yogeshwar turns and grabs the back of his head with one
hand and lunges forward with his other hand outstretched…

… Zayan grabs stones strewn across the track and keeps


throwing them at Yogeshwar's back…

… Sarvesh moves a few steps back, stumbles and falls down…

… Yogeshwar bends down to haul Sarvesh up by his hair…

… Zayan jumps on top of Yogeshwar… The cotton towel now


around Yogeshwar's throat and pulls hard…

… Another train swiftly moves past them… People look at


the three of fighting…

… Sarvesh bites Yogeshwar's hand and frees himself… He


picks up the steel rod and WHACKS it hard against
Yogeshwar's knees…
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Yogeshwar FALLS DOWN on his knees in pain… The towel


around his neck is getting tighter and tighter…

ZAYAN
(motions to
Sarvesh)
Pull this! Pull it hard!

The two boys together pull the towel wrapped around


Yogeshwar's throat hard…

… The fight goes away from Yogeshwar's body…

… The front of his khaki pants begin to turn wet… There is


a sizeable bulge in the back of Yogeshwar's pants…

… The two boys drop the body like deadweight on the rocks…

SARVESH
Ith he dead?

ZAYAN
I hope so!

Sarvesh and Zayan look at each other and twitch their


noses…

ZAYAN
Did you shit yourself or
what?

SARVESH
No!

ZAYAN
Then where is this fucking
smell coming from?

The two boys stare at the slumped body…

… Zayan quickly rifles through Yogeshwar's pockets and


takes out the wet bundle of notes from his pants…

SARVESH
What to do now?

ZAYAN
We will push his body over
the tracks. People will
think he died by getting run
over by a train.

They both look at each other and both exclaim in unison.


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ZAYAN & SARVESH


You lift his legs.

ZAYAN
Listen, I am the elder one,
so I will lift his head.

SARVESH
You are elder no? So you
thould lift hith thit
thoaked pants then.

ZAYAN
Fine! How about we just roll
him over instead of lifting
him?

The two boys gingerly KICK and push the dead body, trying
to get it over the railway track using just their legs.

SARVESH
They never thow thith in the
movies!

ZAYAN
Show what?

SARVESH
That when a person gets
thrangulated, he thits and
pees hithelf.
(BEAT)
But did you thee how I came
like a hero with the rod?

ZAYAN
(chuckles)
Yeah! Full Karan-Arjun scene
it was…
(BEAT)
Where the fuck did you go?

SARVESH
What do you mean where did I
go?

ZAYAN
When you said you went to
bathroom at the station?
Where did you go?
65

SARVESH
To get two AC train tickets
to Lucknow.
(BEAT)
Our train leaves at 4 in the
morning.

The two boys stare at the dead body of Yogeshwar, sprawled


haphazardly over the railway tracks.

SARVESH (CONT'D)
You think we thould close
his eyes?

ZAYAN
The hero closes eyes only
for those he cares about.
Not for fuckers like him.

Zayan KICKS Yogeshwar's legs over the track.

ZAYAN (CONT'D)
Come, lets go eat something.

SARVESH
Yeah! All this running… I am
starving!

52. EXT/INT. AXIS BANK, MAHARAJGANJ - NIGHT

A very harassed looking Biswajit, the bank manager motions


the security guard to open the shutters of the bank.

… The security guard recognizing Alok salutes him and


hustles to open up the bank…

… Alok follows him to the security room which has the


security tapes…

… Biswajit shows the security footage of Vaidnath smiling


and drinking tea and chatting up the teller as Biswajit
brings him the two duffel bags with the money…

… The next video shows Biswajit exiting the bank and


getting into his car…

… The video shows a grainy image of the dog running and


chasing the empty water bottle and the car reversing…

… Zayan and Sarvesh come into the view of the camera…


Zayan gives the car a chase as Sarvesh cradles the dead
puppy…
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… Zayan comes back into the frame and pulls Sarvesh away
from the dead puppy…

… Alok motions Biswajit to FREEZE the frame… He turns to


the security guard who is standing behind them watching
the proceeding.

ALOK
Do you know these two boys?

SECURITY GUARD
Yes sir! They work at the
nearby tea stall.

ALOK
Do you know where they stay?

SECURITY GUARD
Not really sir. But I think
they stay in the slums near
the railway station.

ALOK
(to Biswajit)
Send me an email of this
screenshot
(BEAT)
And show me the footage with
the two men you were talking
about.

… Alok studies the faces of Nagpal and Bablu intently on


the staring at him from the computer screen…

ALOK
Send me a screenshot of this
as well.

Alok gets up from his chair and exits the bank, leaving
the harassed bank manager and the confused security guard
behind.

ALOK
(into his phone)
Control room?
(BEAT)
Send out a search party to
the slums near the railway
station. I am sending you an
email with two sets of
photos.
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53. EXT. SLUM SETTLEMENT - NIGHT

… Zayan and Sarvesh walk hurriedly towards their hut…

… One of the neighbourhood kids calls out to them… Its


Munish…

MUNISH
(YELLS)
A! Sarvesh! You didn't come
to the rally na! They gave
free biryani… I got a parcel
for you also… Come!

Sarvesh instinctively pulls away from Zayan who gently


holds him back.

MUNISH
And, and, I got the new Ajay
Devgan movie on my phone!
You want to watch it with me
or what?

… Sarvesh looks pleadingly at Zayan who relents as both


Munish and Sarvesh run towards each other…

… Munish offers them the packet of biryani as the three


find a place to sit and eat…

MUNISH
We will watch the movie?

ZAYAN
You are such a dumbshit
Munish!

MUNISH
Why you abusing me?

ZAYAN
Why would you want to watch
a movie on such a small
screen? Go watch it on the
big screen na!

MUNISH
What is your problem? I got
this movie for free. Got it
from another boy…
(Turns to Sarvesh)
You know that boy who sells
the car mobile charger and
all near the bus stop…
(MORE)
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MUNISH (CONT'D)
I got it from him only… He
said he will get Raees also
when it releases…

SARVESH
Raeth I am definitely
watching in theater! Thow
its trailer on your phone
na…

Sarvesh and Munish excitedly watch the trailer on Munish's


phone as Zayan cautiously looks around… The two boys mouth
the dialogues complete with background score…

SARVESH
Brother! Firth day, firth
thow! What dialogues!

MUNISH
We will watch it again?

SARVESH
(Wiping his hands
on a piece of
newspaper)
No maybe later… We have to…

Zayan nudges Sarvesh…

ZAYAN
We planning to go for the
last show tonight… You want
to come?

MUNISH
No, maa will scold if I stay
out too late, plus its
almost time for papa to come
back.

ZAYAN
Okay, then we will see you
later…

SARVESH
Will watch movie later…

Sarvesh smiles as they leave Munish behind, making their


way to their hut.

MUNISH
Bye Sarvesh!
(MORE)
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MUNISH (CONT'D)
(BEAT)
By the way, sorry about
Tuffy! I heard what
happened, I bet he is eating
only chicken and mutton in
heaven now…

Sarvesh turns and smiles a sad smile before running and


joining Zayan…

Zayan hurriedly opens the door… Sarvesh follows him in


equal hurry…

54. INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - NIGHT

SUPER: 07:45 PM

The insides of the hut have been tossed and turned around…

… Standing in the middle of the room, under the zero watt


bulb are Bablu and Nagpal…

… Their eyes glued to the contents of the two duffel bag


placed on the floor between them…

NAGPAL
Wow!
(BEAT)
Like WOOOOOW!

Bablu smiles…

… The DOOR OPENS… Zayan and Sarvesh stand rooted to the


ground…

… Nagpal grabs Sarvesh's hand and pulls him inside…

… Zayan tries pushing Nagpal…

… Bablu steps in and WHACKS Zayan at the base of his skull


with the butt of his pistol…

… Zayan's legs give way…

… Sarvesh gives up his struggle with Nagpal…

NAGPAL
You little runts made us run
all around the city today!
(turns to Bablu)
What should we do with them?

… Bablu's face cracks into gleeful smile…


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… Nagpal pushes Sarvesh to Bablu and steps out of the hut


and locks it from outside…

SARVESH
(in hysterics)
We didn't do anything.
Pleath let us go. Just take
the money. We didn't even
thpend much. We will return
all the clothes we bought.

Bablu places a finger to his lips… He places the revolver


inside an open duffel bag and unties the knot in his
pyjamas…

… Bablu motions Sarvesh to step closer…

… Sarvesh stands rooted… He looks at Zayan who is still


lying on the floor unconscious… He looks at the gun and
the tall old man stepping closer to him…

SARVESH
Don't come clothe! Elthe I
will scream…

ZAYAN'S POV - BLINKING

- Bablu smiles as he takes another step closer to Sarvesh.

- He SLAPS Sarvesh hard across his cheeks.

- Takes the towel drying on the clothes line running


across the hut and stuffs it in Sarvesh's mouth.

- Bablu bends down and roughly tries tearing up Sarvesh's


pants off him…

55. EXT. SLUM SETTLEMENT - NIGHT

SUPER: 07:57 PM

Uniformed cops are questioning bystanders…

… Clutched in their hands are black and white printouts of


the screen grab with Zayan and Sarvesh's and Bablu and
Nagpal's faces…

UNIFORMED COP #1
You seen these two boys?

RANDOM BYSTANDER
Seen who?
(MORE)
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RANDOM BYSTANDER (CONT'D)


I can hardly make out
anything in these pictures.
What is this picture?

UNIFORMED COP #1
Have you seen these two men
then?

RANDOM BYSTANDER
You don't have HD photos or
what? Look at my phone. It
takes kickass selfies. You
want to take a selfie with
me? Wait, I will show you…

Not too far away, Munish watches the proceedings stifling


a giggle.

UNIFORMED COP #2
Kid? You seen these two
boys?

Munish takes a look at the hazy black and white printout


and immediately recognizes Zayan and Sarvesh…

… The cop notices the trepidation in Munish's eyes…

MUNISH
What did they do? Why you
asking for them?

UNIFORMED COP #2
Nothing. But if you don't
tell us where they are, you
son, are going to be in
trouble.

Munish hesistates, before pointing the way to their hut.

UNIFORMED COP #2
(into the walkie
talkie)
Sir! Have found the house of
the two boys.

ALOK (O.S.)
Okay! Proceed. But do not
engage. I repeat. Do not
engage till I reach the
spot.

Uniformed cop #2 motions towards the other cop who is


admiring his selfie.
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56. EXT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - NIGHT

NAGPAL LOOKS AROUND IMPATIENTLY WHILE HUMMING LOUDLY.

NAGPAL
(knocking on the
door)
Bablu? You finished?

There is no response… Nagpal sighs and continues to look


out at the street casually humming trying to mask the
muffled cries… His hand casually behind his back, holding
onto the latch of the door…

57. INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - CONTINUOUS

Sarvesh is lying on the floor, curled into a ball, his


pants clumped around his ankles… bawling his eyes…

… Bablu stands up straight and stretches… His face is


sweaty but still sports a blissful smile… He walks over to
the other corner where there is a pot of water…

… Zayan gingerly opens his eyes… His head aches and


throbs… The room is filled with the noise from the TV and
Sarvesh's muted cries…

Zayan stares at the naked legs of Bablu drinking water…

… The door swings open wide and Nagpal hurriedly closes it


behind him…

NAGPAL
Bablu! Police!

Bablu turns and grabs the gun from the duffel bag… His and
Zayan's eyes meet… Bablu pouts and winks at Zayan…

… Nagpal takes in the scene… He shakes his head as Bablu


smiles gleefully back…

… Nagpal and Bablu are pressed against the wall, their


eyes strained against the crack in the door looking out
into the street…

58. EXT./INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - CONTINUOUS

ALOK
(to uniformed cop
#2)
Is this the house? Are you
sure?
73

Uniformed cop #2 looks at Munish to confirm, who nods his


head.

Alok steps forward and bangs at the door… The air is still
and silent except for the noise of advertisements coming
from the television set inside the hut…

… Bablu motions towards Zayan and Sarvesh to keep quiet by


placing the pistol barrel to his pursed lips…

… Nagpal picks up Sarvesh and grabs him from behind as


Sarvesh spits out the shirt stuffed in his mouth…

… Sarvesh tries SCREAMING and fighting but is overpowered…

… Hearing the commotion inside, Alok leans against the


door…

… Nagpal peers outside through the window with Sarvesh


held tightly against him…

… Bablu finds the TV remote and switches on the


television… And increases the TV volume…

… Nobody pays any attention to the TV screen as the


banging on the door increases…

Alok is BANGING hard at the door…

… Alok withdraws his weapon… Motions to few of the


uniformed cops to give him back up…

ALOK
Kids! You don't know who you
have stolen the money from!

… Nagpal and Bablu exchange looks and COCK their guns…

NAGPAL
There is no money here!

… Alok is surprised at the sound of grown man's voice…

… He steps back, COCKS the gun and

ALOK
Listen, I don't want to
cause any trouble. I just
want the money. Hand over
the bags and everybody walks
away alive and well.

… Sarvesh opens his mouth and bites on Nagpal's finger…


His gun fires in the air…
74

… Reflexively Alok FIRES his gun aimed at the door…

… As bullets fly intermittently across both sides of the


door…

… Sarvesh and Zayan SCRAMBLE, trying to find a safe corner


in the small hut…

… Sarvesh hurriedly pulls up his pants and looks at Zayan…


The look of shame written large in his eyes…

… Zayan motions NO to Sarvesh who is looking anxiously at


the door…

… Sarvesh makes a run for the door… He grabs the latch and
swings the door wide open… Zayan runs behind Sarvesh…

… The moment the door opens wide… More bullets fly…

… Sarvesh goes left and Zayan moves to the right…

… A bullet hits Nagpal in his shoulders… Another hits him


in the chest… And the next bullet catches him on the side
of his temple… Nagpal collapses on the floor…

… A bullet catches Alok in the shoulders…

… The firing briefly stops…

… Bablu checks the number of bullets he has in his


magazine… Shakes his head…

… He throws the gun out the open door and steps out with
no pants with his arms raised high over his head…

… Bablu gets shot… BANG! BANG! Two shots with clinical


precision over his chest…

… Alok lowers his hand and checks the wounded arm…

… Alok looks over to the small boy crouched on the ground,


the back of his pants stained…

… Alok locks his eyes on Zayan… He motions him with his


eyes, telling him to go…

… Zayan stares for a moment before rushing over to


Sarvesh…

… People start peering out of their huts…

… Zayan's ears are ringing as he stumbles and staggers


towards Sarvesh…
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… He sees sarvesh lying on his tummy splayed on the


ground…

… He calls out Sarvesh's name but he can't hear anything


coming from his own mouth…

… Alok instructs his men to venture into the hut with


caution…

… Zayan sees a slow pool of blood forming under Sarvesh…

… Zayan falls down on his knees… The scream of pain stuck


in his throat… He turns over Sarvesh's dead body and
stares at it…

SARVESH (V.O.)
Haven't you theen in the
movies? The hero gets the
money and bad people come
chathing him and then they
take all the people he loves
and ties them up against a
pole. Then he threatens to
kill them. And then in the
climax the polithe comes and
arreths everybody.

… Zayan runs his hands over Sarvesh's face and closes his
eyes…

… Alok enters the hut and surveys the contents of the bag…

59. INT. BAR, ROYAL RESIDENCY HOTEL - NIGHT

Both Surendranath and Mahendra Singh are sitting watching


the mute Television in silence.

MAHENDRA SINGH & SURENDRANATH


(in Unison)
*Beeeeeppppp*

Both hurriedly take out their phones and start calling


people.

INTERCUT BETWEEN MAHENDRA SINGH AND SURENDRANATH

MAHENDRA SINGH
Mamaji?!

SURENDRANATH
Hello Biswajit?
76

60. INT. LIVING ROOM, APURV BISWAJIT'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Biswajit is still dressed in the same clothes as the


morning… His two kids are busying playing with crayons and
a coloring book…

… Biswajit is drinking and watching TV his eyes transfixed


on the screen…

… His phone RINGS…

FEMALE VOICE (O.S.)


Apu?! Your phone!

Biswajit breaks from his trance and looks at the phone.

BISWAJIT
Yes sir! How may I help you?
(BEAT)
I was just watching it sir.
(BEAT)
You don't worry. You just
send your boy and I will
arrange for the DD. Nothing
to worry at all sir.
(BEAT)
And sir, if you want to…

61. INT. RAILWAY STATION - NIGHT

… Zayan is sitting on a bench holding a bloodied wad of


500 and 1000 rupee notes and a train ticket in his hands…

62. EXT./INT. SURENDRANATH'S CAR, JUGGI JHOPDI - LATE


NIGHT

… A constable walks over to Alok who is busy getting his


wound attended to and whispers in his ear…

… Alok walks over to the waiting car…

… Surendranath rolls down the windows… -

SURENDRANATH
How much money was there?

ALOK
We haven't counted yet. But
there is a lot.

SURENDRANATH
Good… You know what to do…
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ALOK
Sir…

SURENDRANATH
Don't worry, you will get
your cut…

ALOK
But can that bank manager be
trusted?

SURENDRANATH
If that son of a bitch
Vaidnath could trust him, I
am sure that he won’t cause
any trouble to us… You don't
worry about that… You go
home and enjoy… You are a
married man after all… Your
wife will be waiting for
you…

… Alok nods and steps back as Surendranath rolls up his


windows…

… A thought strikes Alok, he steps forward and knocks on


the car window…

ALOK
Sir, I was thinking of going
back to Kanpur…

SURENDRANATH
What happened? Wife wants to
go on a second honeymoon?

ALOK
No sir… But I am divorcing
your daughter… Consider my
share as alimony.

SURENDRANATH
Alok! Have you gone mad?
Listen, you are not thinking
clearly… You have been shot
at… Go take care of the
wound and we will talk
later…

ALOK
No sir, we are done talking.
78

Alok taps the top of the car and indicates the driver to
move… Alok steps back and mockingly salutes as
Surendranath rolls up the window.

63. INT. AC COMPARTMENT, TRAIN - MORNING

Zayan sits hunched looking out the windows…

… His face streaked with dried blood and tears…

… A tea seller comes calling out his wares…

TEA SELLER
Chai! Chai! Chai! Hot, hot,
chai! Samosas! Hot, hot,
Samosas!

Zayan wakes himself up from his stupor and motions for one
tea… He takes out the dirty wad of money and searches for
a clean note…

TEA SELLER
(Laughs
sarcastically)
Sorry, can't take the money.
You didn't watch the news or
what?

Zayan shakes his head, looking puzzled.

FLASHBACK TO:

64. INT. ZAYAN AND SARVESH'S HUT - NIGHT

… Alok enters the hut and surveys the contents of the bag…

… Bundles and bundles of crisp 1000 and 500 notes… He


picks up one bundle and flips through it before throwing
it at Uniformed cop #1…

… His attention momentarily diverted at the screaming


graphics playing on the Television set…

CLOSE UP TV SCREEN

Prime minister is giving a press conference…

PRIME MINISTER
My dear brothers and
sisters…
(MORE)
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(BEAT)
There comes a time in the
history of a country’s
development when a need is
felt for a strong and
decisive step. For years,
this country has felt that
corruption, black money and
terrorism are festering
sores, holding us back in
the race towards
development.
(BEAT)
Brothers and sisters…
To break the grip of
corruption and black money.
(BEAT)
We have decided that the 500
rupee and 1,000 rupee
currency notes presently in
use will no longer be legal
tender from midnight
tonight, that is 8th
November 2016.

… In BOLD FLASHING titles, the ticker below Prime Minister


slowly follows…

“BREAKING NEWS: 500 AND 1000 RUPEE NOTES NO LONGER LEGAL


TENDER”.

ZOOM OUT TO REVEAL

65. INT. BAR, ROYAL RESIDENCY HOTEL - NIGHT

Both Surendranath and Mahendra Singh are sitting watching


the mute Television in silence.

MAHENDRA SINGH & SURENDRANATH


(in Unison)
Fuck! Here come our good
days! Fuck!

Both hurriedly take out their phones and start calling


people.

SURENDRANATH
Hello Biswajit?
(BEAT)
Are you watching the news?
(BEAT)
What about my demand draft?
80

BISWAJIT (O.S.)
And sir, if you want I have
a way to make all your money
white in one single go… But
it will take time and my
commission would be double.

SURENDRANATH
Thanks Biswajit… I will call
you in the morning tomorrow.
I need to settle some
affairs first.

BISWAJIT (O.S.)
Certainly. I am at your beck
and call.

BACK TO PRESENT:

66. INT. AC COMPARTMENT, TRAIN - MORNING

The tea seller holds on the seat to steady himself and the
big can of tea he is carrying as he pours tea into a paper
cup.

TEA SELLER
Prime minister has played
such a master stroke! Now
there will be no black
money.

He hands Zayan a cup of tea.

TEA SELLER (CONT'D)


All those politicians who
made crores and crores of
rupees by cheating poor
people like us will suffer
now. Now you wait and watch
all villages will turn into
smart villages.

ZAYAN
What about the people who
have 500 and 1000 rupee
notes? What happens to them?

TEA SELLER
Nothing! You go to the bank
and deposit the money.

ZAYAN
And if I don't have a bank
account?
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TEA SELLER
Well then, I don't know.
Open a bank account I guess.
(BEAT)
10 rupees…
(Points to the cup
of tea)
10 rupees for tea…

… Zayan rummages through his pockets…

… He is three rupees short…

… Tea seller shakes his head disappointingly, takes the


money and walks away chanting his wares…

TEA SELLER
Chai! Chai! Chai! Hot, hot,
chai! Samosas! Hot, hot,
Samosas!

… Zayan stares at the cup of tea, no longer interested in


drinking it. He turns and stares out the window…

67. EXT. RAILWAY TRACKS

The train chugs along the track.

FLASH OF IMAGES -

- People sit squatting in a line along the railway tracks


taking a shit.

- People standing in lines, snaking around the block in


front of ATMS

- Divya arguing with the Hospital billing staff. Her hands


clutching 1000 and 500 rupee notes as a disfigured Sejal
looks on indifferently.

- Bags and bags of demonetised money left in street


corners along with garbage

- Surendranath and Apruv Biswajit talking and laughing

- Computer screen with random account numbers being


credited money.

- News anchors talking pros and cons of demonetisation

- Pro government sound bytes

- Anti government sound bytes


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CUT TO BLACK:

THE END