Ek Gunj ISHQ ki bhi…

He was giving his last prayers to allah. He tells allah, don’t give me 72 hoors, just give me another life with Sakina as my wife.

( Play begins with  Lehar and Sakina having one of those household conversations. Sakina married Lehar knowing he was a Hindu. The married life has been smooth. However, these days there is something that is bothering Sakina…)
Lehar : janeman kahan ho ..
Sakina : jahannum me ..
Lehar : yaar tum ab tak shak kar rahi ho mujhpar …
Sakina : nhi .. lehar : is nahi ke liye kitne ghalib fana ho gaye janeman .. Sakina : ho gaya tumhara tumhara khana rakha hai kha lena .. huh
Lehar : ye dekho naya camera ..sony wala .. jo tumko pasand tha .. wo le aaya hun .. ek baar to muskura do (clicks)
Sakina : pic to tumhari dhundhli hai .. huh
Lehar : arre ye hd camera hai .. ab isse better kya hoga .. waise bhi kisi camere ki kya bisat jo tumhari adaein kaid kar paaye …
Sakina : ( gives an angry look and turns away )
( lehar runs after her reciting loudly )
Lehar :  hum to teri muskan me rehte hain.. teri adaon pe marte hain ..
Chhup jata hai badalon me jab chand aae janeman .. teri dhundhli pic dekh liya karte hain ..
Sakina : bade ghalib bante firte ho … usko bhi yahi sunate hoge .. Lehar : yaar mera nahi hai affair kisi ke saath .. tumhein mujhpar bharosa nahi hai ? Sakina : to fir aajkal tum kisse milne jaate ho chhup chhup ke ?
Lehar : yaar mera nahi hai affair kisi ke saath .. tumhein mujhpar bharosa nahi hai ? Sakina : to fir aajkal tum kisse milne jaate ho chhup chhup ke ?
Sakina : to fir aajkal tum kisse milne jaate ho chhup chhup ke ?
Lehar : yaar ye main nahi bata sakta .. PM ka deputy secretary hun yaar main ..
Sakina : to main kaun sa isi agent hun .. tumhari begum hun .. pichhle 8 saalo me kabhi aisa nahi hua .. thoda to batate hi the mujhe .. pichhle 10 dino se main parayi ho gayi … kahani banana koi tumse sikhe .. huh
Lehar : Sakina …
Sakina : rukhsan saniya mohsin sabne ne kaha tha mujhse ye hindu ladko ka koi bharosa nahi hota .. lekin maine nahi suni .. ammi ko bhi mana liya aur ab bhugat rahi hun .. huh .. ( storms out )
Lehar : yaar Sakina .. Sakina ..
(tries to go after her , sudenly phone starts ringing )
Lehar : Ji janab .. mesg mil gaya mujhe.. kaam ho jaaega ..

END OF PART 1

( lehar goes to work . Sakina comes back in the room )
Sakina : ( talking to herself ) mujhe pata hai lehar tum apni Sakina ko daga nahi doge .. ( stumbles over a pen drive similar to the one Lehar carries . The one for which lehar got really angry when their daughter salma touched it. )
( Out of sheer curiosity she opened the cap and what she saw made her heart froze ) ( It bore the same mark that Sakina saw on the man’s hand who killed her abu in a terrorist attack which destroyed her whole village in Kashmir . Sakina was a child . But she couldn’t forget that voice and she couldn’t forget that mark. That mark was of terrorist organisation islam-e-tehreek . Gathering all her courage she puts the pendrive in the laptop.)

( there was a message for Lehar tripathi alias Rahel mohammad to kill the Prime Minister before he attains the peace summit talks at 7 RCR . It was a message for rahel to urge all sleeper cells to come out from the hibernating mode. The voice which has haunted her all her childhood was again thundering on her laptop speakers. The shock was too big for Sakina to take. Lehar didn’t have an affair with a different woman. He had an affair with a different country . was it all a lie ? is it why lehar heartily agreed to give Salma a Muslim name . he was a muslim afterall. Atleast her mother will be happy. Allah will be happy. all maulvi sahab will be happy. Mandirs and masjids will be happy. She won’t have to do those kirtan and yoga classes she does anymore. Though lehar never forced her. She did it voluntarily. but what about my heart ? What about love ? It cant be a lie . Salma cant be a lie . Why she didn’t care whether he had parents or not . The first line he taught to Salma was vande mataram. The first flag that Salma saw was not a saffron or green one but a tricolour . How Salma will take it when she will know her father is an ISI agent , a Jihadi terrorist. Will he kill me too? Will he kill his daughter? but she knew deep inside her love was not a lie )

END OF PART 2

( lehar returns is in the room . Sakina comes inside )
Sakina : ( showing the pen drive ) kuchh bhul gaye the tum .
Lehar : thank god Sakina you are a saviour .. yaar..
Sakina : And you are a cheat ..
Lehar : yaar Sakina nhi hai mera affair kisi se kitni baar bolu tumhe ..
Sakina : tumne bilkul sahi kaha .. tumhara affair kisi parayi aurat ke saath nhi tumhara affair paraye vatan ke saath hai .. Tum ek Jihadi ho .. murderer ho .. terrorist ho … tum ek jhooth ho … Lehar Tripathi urf Rahel Mohammad..
Lehar : haan tumne sahii kaha .. main ek terrorist hun .. murderer hun .. par tumhare saath main kabhi jhooth nhi raha .. ek tumhara pyar hi hai jo sach hai meri zindagi me .. iske sivay mera jina ek naqab hai naqab ..
Sakina : naqab khilwad mazak to tumne mere dil ke saath kiya hai ..
Sakina : tumne mere dil ko hi nhi apne vatan ko dhokha diya hai .. salma ke guman ko dhokha diya hai .. log kahenge ki uska baap terrorist hai to kya gujaregi uspe tumne ek baar bhi nhi socha ..
Lehar : main bhi nhi chahta ki koi salma ko kahe ki uska baap terrorist hai . maine zindagi ka matlab samjha
Lehar : main bhi nhi chahta ki koi salma ko kahe ki uska baap terrorist hai . maine zindagi ka matlab samjha lehar tripathi banke . tumme salma me . mera wajud jhoot ho sakta hai Sakina lekin mera ishq jhootha nahi hai .. Salma kaa abbu Lehar Tripathi hai Rahel mohammad nahi .. ( takes out his gun ) ye lo aur chala do goli ..
Sakina : maar do itna asan hai kehna tumhare liye .. kyun kar rahe ho ye .. ek pendrive ham sabse badhkar ho gaya .. kya mujhse ishq karne ke liye bhi pendrive ne kaha tha .. Lehar : nahi .. Lekin maine kasam khayi hai apne vatan ki mitti ki jaise tumne khayi hai apne vatan ki mitti ki .. ye lo remote thik 4 baje main 7 rcr me goli chalaunga .. ye ek suicide mission hai .. 3:45 ko ye switch daba dena .. isse mere car me laga bomb fat jaaega .. bacha lo Lehar ko aur maar do Rahel ko ..
Sakina : surrender kar do ..
Rahel : nahi Sakina yahi ek rasta hai mere ishq ka aur vatan ka dono ka karz chukane ka … Salma ka guman kabhi tutne mat dena Sakina .. Uska baap Lehar hai aur wo terrorist nahi hai ..
( Lehar locks her in the room with the remote and goes out )
END OF PART 3
( Lehar knows her love is the only thing in his life that is not a lie . He has to do his bit for the country as well as the family. As his car was speeding towards 7 RCR he was ready for the explosion. Rahel was ready to die to save Lehar his one finger ready on the red switch in case Sakina couldn’t. He was giving his last prayers to allah. He tells allah, don’t give me 72 hoors, just give me another life with Sakina as my wife. Be it any religion caste or creed or country. This time, just don’t let it be a lie. Don’t let the pride of Salma die, he tells allah . Let her have her father Lehar as a patriot rather than Rahel a terrorist. )

Narrator : thik 3 baj kar 40 minute par ek jordar dhamaka hota hai . Ye dhamaka kisi majhab jaati ya vatan ka nahi . ye dhamaka mahaz kisi baarud ya detonator ka nahi , Ye dhamaka ishq ka tha jisne haimaniyat ke parkhachhe uda kar rakh diye the . Ye gunj mohabbat ki thi . Jiski gunj sirf 7 RCR hi nahi allah aur bhagwan dono ko saath me sunni padi. Aaj jeet bhi Ishq ki hui thi aur janaza bhi ishq ka utha tha.

Do zindgion ko bachane me ek zindagi kurban ho gayi. do khilkhilate zindagi ki bhi…ek muskan maut ki bhi..ek gunj ish ki bhi..

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