Ronnie Raj called me again on yesterday! Don’t ask me which Ronnie Raj. He is well familiar to the noble readers as a too conservative fellow and as an Online Detective. That time, I portrayed him as an upcoming music director. This time he has to don his role as an upcoming short movie maker. He is actually a substitute, one who could be presented in my blog in any form belonging to the creator’s genre.
When I picked up his phone, with no usual introduction or formal inquiries or even without a customary ‘hello’, he straight away asked for a theme for his new short film.
“I heard that you have nice concepts, nice stories and you write many ‘out-of-the-box’ things on the internet. Why can’t you suggest me a good theme for my new short film?”
“New short film? You are going to make a new short film?” I asked him in a tone of disbelief.
“Yes, I want a story, at least a thread. I prefer something that would be digestible to the new generation,” he said.
I said nothing. I was thinking about a girl, whom I often see on the way back from my office every day in the evening. A bubbly pretty girl, she used to be standing in front of her house chatting with her friends. What makes her a subject of my attention is that she walks on crutches. Possibly, an accident took place in the near past might have caused fracture on her leg. As I presumed from the visible happiness on her face, she will be cured soon.
“You there? Or gone? You have nothing to give me as an idea?” Ronnie’s sound woke me up from my thoughts.
“I have a story. But it is a love story....,”I began to explain.
Ronnie jumped in between, “That’s a great idea. Young generation will definitely like a romance,” he said.
“But, it is not purely a love story. It has some tragic elements...,” I said.
“Oh you stop the introduction. Come straight to the story,” Ronnie said impatiently.
“My hero is a young man, of our age, working in the city in....well...in a software company,” I began my story.
“That’s great. Youngsters will like their hero as a software engineer...come on...,”Ronnie encouraged me.
I continued, “He regularly meets a girl while he is back from his office. This girl is beautiful with kiss curls and her dressing sense makes her even prettier. The crucial characteristic of this girl is that she walks on crutches. Due to some accidents, one of her legs has been put into plaster. She is waiting for the recovery. But seeing every day, our hero and this girl gradually fell in love each other...” I paused.
Thoughtfully my friend said, “A girl walks with the help of crutches. Sad”. He added, “Please continue,”
“Well...through glances, smiles and chats, they became closer and finally lovers. Our hero takes her for many programmes, which happens in the city in weekends. So their love flourished. You may add one song sequence here featuring our hero plucking flowers for her and such nice scenes...”I said.
“Don’t teach me how to conceive a shot. I will manage that part. You continue with your story,” my friend became irritated feeling somebody’s encroachment in his business.
Though embarrassed, I continued, “This boy went for an official tour for two weeks. In Hyderabad and Delhi, he spent a fortnight impatiently without seeing his sweetheart. When back, he saw a miracle,”
“What miracle?” asked Ronnie raj curiously.
“The girl was completely alright. She was cured from her illness. The plaster has been removed and as a result of some medical exercises, she was walking in the normal way without the help of crutches. Seeing her lover back, she ran towards him expecting a tight hug and a kiss,” I said.
“He will be delighted seeing her like that,” Ronnie tried to complete the story.
“That’s the curious part. Instead of becoming happy, he was shocked. He was shocked and became pale as if he has seen a ghost,” I said.
“Why so?” Ronnie asked.
I said, “There I have two versions. This boy may have some serious defects. He thinks that if she knows it she might turn him down. He might have thought that if she too has some disabilities, both of them could adjust each other.”
“What’s the second version?” Ronnie asked.
“The case of humanity! The boy loved a girl with a disability. He was ready to accept her as the way she was,” I said.
“Buddy, this is just a thread. We have to create the end part,” I replied.
“Presently I am planning to do a film with a socially relevant theme,” he said.
“That’s OK. But tell me how is this story?” I asked.
“The film that I plan to do is based on the political struggles and strikes.”
“Is that so? But how do you feel about my story?”
“My film will have fights, battles, slogans and blood everywhere. It will have revolutionary songs”
“Okey. You do that. But I am asking your opinion about my story,” I shouted.
Ronnie said calmly, “Sincerely speaking buddy, it is better if you stop storytelling and do some other jobs that you know well”
In Last Picture: Spice Girl Emma Bunton after a fall