arun bakshi

Aanch

Vidya lives a middle-class lifestyle in a virtually lawless town called Amarpur, India, along with her widower and disabled dad, Shambhu; married brother, Shiva and his wife, Lata; and her paternal grandma. She studies in the Arts Commerce and Science college in Bombay, and is summoned home to get married to a man of her family’s choice, to which she reluctantly agrees. On the day of the marriage, a dancer performs an item which angers Mahadev, who is the Mukhiya of Mandaur, another lawless town, where the groom hails from. Friction breaks out, guns are drawn, people are killed, and Amarpur’s Mukhiya, Jawahar Pandit, decides to torch the harvest of Mandaur and flee. An angered Mahadev instructs Shiva to wipe the Sindoor from Vidya’s forehead, make her live the life of a widow, and not permit her to re-locate to her husband until he avenges this humiliation. Vidya is thus imprisoned in her home but shortly thereafter manages to convince her dad and Shiva to let her return to Bombay where she can continue to study and find a job. Shiva seeks Mahadev’s permission and as a result Vidya is permitted to leave Amarpur, leaving her family as virtual hostages just in case she decides to join her groom in Amarpur. During the train journey she has company of three males and two female students and finds that one male student is interested in her. After her arrival in Bombay, she meets with the young man again, an Engineering student in the same college, and is afraid he is stalking her, so she returns home to Amarpur. Watch what happens when this young man, whose name is Diwakar, a resident of Mandaur, follows her to Amarpur – setting off a chain of destructive events that will change and perhaps even shatter their’s as well as the lives of everyone in Amarpur and Mandaur.

Ab… Bas!

Somiya Mathur lives a middle-class lifestyle with her dad and mom in Mumbai. At the age of five her parents go through a bitter divorce and she moves out to live with her mom. After she matures, her mom passes away, and she swears never to see her dad again. She rents a room with a middle-aged couple, who she calls ‘Aai’ and ‘Baba’, and is friendly with Niti, who runs a restaurant. Somiya decides to enter in a beauty contest, competes, and is crowned the city’s beauty queen. This gets her unwanted attention from a strange male, and a wealthy bachelor, Karan Malhotra, comes to her rescue. Both fall in love with each other and get married. They live an idyllic, wealthy, and harmonious lifestyle, and a few years later they become parents of a girl, Sarah. When Sarah is of school-going age, Somiya gets a phone call from a woman named Ruby, passionately asking for Karan’s company. When she questions Karan, he readily admits to having an affair with her but promises to not have to do anything with her again. The next day she smells another woman’s perfume on Karan’s clothes and when confronted, he assaults her. The abuse continues and he forbids her to leave the house. She seeks the help of Niti and her former landlords, and manages to escape. An enraged Karan hires goons, advertises in the newspapers, as well as seeks the active cooperation of his Police Inspector friend, Bhaskar Shetty, and he knows it will not be long before he finds his highly visible, attractive 5’10” wife and daughter.