Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)
There are three main characters in the movie. The story starts in a college, set in 1969. Siddharth an ideologist, becomes a rebel and tries to fight the corruption in Bihar. Geeta (Geeta and Siddharth are college sweethearts) is committed to a life of passionate extra marital affair with Siddharth. Our sentimental lover Vikram, loves Geeta throughout his life and never gets over her.
While Vikram dominates most of the screen time, he churns up a charm with everybody around him, except with Geeta. As he himself admits, near the end of the movie Vikram is "gaining power and money at an alarming rate". Geeta after losing contact with Siddharth after graduating from college, has a failed marriage with some guy and then spends time in rural Bihar (considered to be the most lawless state in India). She shares Siddharth's passion for development of India at the grassroots. In the mean time, Siddharth turns into a extremist and is hunted by police. Yet he occasionally spends time with Geeta and has a son.
The movie shows the horrors of the 1975 Emergency. I will skip that part of the movie, nevertheless, it is worth a separate blog post by itself.
All the three characters, seek their object of interest with unwavering sincerity, dedication and love. Geeta's love for Siddharth is only for his ideologies. Near the end, Siddharth renounces his ideologies and joins a medical school, Geeta does not find living in the wild, fair for her child. Our sentimental fool, Vikram is brutally attached my corrupt policemen when he tried to help Siddharth and is left mentally handicapped, yet loves Geeta.
Geeta, finally sees how much Vikram loves her and she begins to take care of him. It was relieving to finally see Vikram in Geeta's arms even though Vikram may not ever realize this.
Thinking about the character of Geeta, why? I can understand her love, and why she did'nt find Vikram attractive when he was potent and capable, but found her love in Siddharth. She stuck to her guns even after she gets gang raped by the police because of her proximity with Siddharth.
But why did she suddenly chose to take care of Vikram after he is disabled? Is she unable to bear her guilt in being almost completely responsible for Vikram's troubles? Or is it just pity-love?
It almost brought me to my tears. Was'nt she cruelest everyday character that we see in our lives? We girls fall for the funny and the handsome, the alpha-male, and care a damn for the truly devoted guys. Why is that a rebel always looks more attractive to me than a blue collar worker? Why is the socially inept loved less than a glib talking pervert? This is always a bane on the woman with a choice. A woman always lives with the guilt of always breaking someone's heart.
We women always want something that the guys will never understand. If only they were smart enough to know that we are stupid too!