One liner- This is a story about a writer and his journey of how he wins over his three layers of soul- Mind, Intellect and Ego(Ego- character of Ritesh himself), to make a film on his own written story. So the story is about the conflict between MIND (MANN), INTELLECT (BUDDHI) and EGO(AHANKAR).
भूमिरापोऽनलो वायुः खं मनो बुद्धिरेव च ।
अहङ्कार इतीयं मे भिन्ना प्रकृतिरष्टधा ॥
अपरेयमितस्त्वन्यां प्रकृतिं विद्धि मे पराम् ।
जीवभूतां महाबाहो ययेदं धार्यते जगत् ॥
Sense: Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect(brain) and ego – Thus it is my nature divided by eight. These eight elements are the ones which were used in the creation of universe are actually my different nature (power).
These eight elements are actually my inferior nature (qualities). O Colossal-Armed! Barring these, the finest face of my power is the life force (soul), which holds the whole universe.
Plot- Story begins with a prologue in which we see a guy- Ritesh ( 27years), filming a video from mobile of himself. He is talking about coming suicide in easier ways. He is drinking beer, smoking cigarette and eating pasta simultaneously. And finally he actually commits suicide.
The story is being narrated by two guys with same face. One is Ritesh’s MANN (Mind) and second in female attire is Ritesh’s BUDDHI (Brain/Intellect). They briefly introduce themselves and start narrating the story.
Four years ago- A writer Ritesh is narrating his script to a producer. He is visibly nervous. MIND (MANN) is sitting beneath the table scared and biting his nails while Intellect (BUDDHI) is sleeping outside on the staircase. The producer first makes fun of him and then advices him to watch more movies of same genre and work more on his script.
Disappointed, Ritesh leaves from the place. On the way back, Ritesh’s MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) fills him with negative thoughts- They tell him it was a bad decision to drop from engineering and become a writer/director, he is good for nothing and a day will come when he will be left with nothing. Suddenly his phone rings, it was Deepak’s call. Deepak (28) is his best friend and an actor by profession. He encourages him to work on his script and he begins to write again.
Ritesh is sitting in his room in front of his laptop and writing a line in his final draft- “Inspector is having tea with the writer…” As soon as he write this, all three of his main character – Inspector, writer and sub- inspector (which are actually the character of Ritesh), starting fighting among themselves and Ritesh is not able to concentrate on writing. Suddenly he hears someone else crying loudly. He switches of his room’s light and goes to another room near the window to listen clearly. MIND (MANN) goes Closer to Ritesh and tells him that this voice is coming from the flat of that beautiful girl whom you encounter often on the stairs with her friend. Ritesh starts to leave the room and notices a body of a person tied mercilessly with chain bound on a chair on the far end of the room. The body is covered with a white sheet. INTELLECT (BUDDHI) is sleeping on a nearby couch. Actually that covered body is Soul (AATMA).
Next day when Ritesh was climbing up the stairs towards his room, he notices that beautiful girl, Alisha(24) and her friend Neha(24). Mind(MANN) encourages him to talk to them and he gathers courage to invite them for tea at his place. Both the girls accept the invitation and come to his place but when returns back with tea, He notices Alisha has left. Neha informs him that Alisha’s family would get angry if she stayed longer hence she left. He also get to know through Neha that Alisha has interest in acting.
After a few days, Ritesh receives a call from his friend who happens to be a Casting Director. He informs him that he is looking for a beautiful face as an actress. Ritesh immediately calls Neha and asks him to inform Alisha about this. He tells her to call the casting director and give him his reference. Alisha get the project. She personally calls Ritesh to thank him. They finally meet and Ritesh enquires about the frequent reason of her crying. He tells her that he has over heard her crying many times. Is it her mom dad quarrelling or… Alisha interrupts him and tells him that it’s not her dad; it’s her husband’s. Ritesh is shocked by this revelation.
MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) take the story further. There are several conflicts between Mind and Intellect and they are seen having arguments. We get to know the difference between MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI). Apart from these, both of them also keep distracting Ritesh and advise him in different spheres of life. They take the story of Ritesh further and tell-
Ritesh and Alisha have become friends now. They’ve started to talk regularly. Ritesh has build up his imagination and expectation to unrealistic level and hence gets frustrated when his expectations are not met or any petty issues like if she fails to reply to his messages promptly. But also when she does reply to his message he gets too excited at the same time. Although his INTELLECT (BUDDHI) knew that these things are common in love however, his MIND (MANN) ruled over Ritesh right now. Hence he ignored whatever his INTELLECT (BUDDHI) would chip in. Over the period of time INTELLECT (BUDDHI) falls ill due to being left out and ignored.
The drama of love begins to play between Ritesh and Alisha. MIND (MANN) was continuously with Alisha although Ritesh could hardly meet her once or twice in the whole month. Few months passed and about a year later, INTELLECT (BUDDHI) comes out of the room all of a sudden. INTELLECT (BUDDHI) makes him realize that Ritesh is simply wasting his time. Also, on the same day Ritesh had seen a picture of Alisha in which she has hugged a guy too closely in pub. This is the same guy about whom Alisha used to talk a lot. Ritesh knew that Alisha loved her but MIND (MANN) always used to convince him that she loves him too. So to concentrate on his work, Ritesh blocks Alisha. But when he began writing again all his three main characters who are in different getup but are actually Ritesh come in front of him. One of the guy says- “I’m having a cup of tea since a year, can I get done with it!.. Ritesh concentrates hard to focus on writing but his Mind interrupts him again and again and starts with his own rants and he could not complete his story. The same night INTELLECT (BUDDHI) advices him to go meet Alisha and tell her clearly that he is not going to meet her or talk to her anymore. Ritesh likes her advice.
Next time when Alisha comes to meet Ritesh, he tells her that he cannot continue to talk and meet her anymore. Coincidently, on the same day Alisha had had a fight with her boyfriend and when Ritesh also tell her to move on, Alisha broke down. Ritesh’s MIND (MANN) also starts crying. Gauging the situation, INTELLECT (BUDDHI) come to the conclusion that it is not right to hurt someone. She tells Ritesh that love might not always be reciprocated. It means the happiness of your loved one. It’s not her problem that you are always troubled because of her; it’s your own created problem. If you’ll ignore and hurt Alisha now, you won’t be able to forgive yourself. This hurts Ritesh(Ego), and he apologizes to Alisha.
After few days, Alisha proposes Ritesh. MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) were both present there. Hearing Alisha’s proposal, MIND (MANN) quickly escapes and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) tells him that he himself is not settled. First he should do something in life, or atleast make his first film and then get married. Ritesh explains this to Alisha and convinces her too.
Now Ritesh finally concentrates on work. But slowly Alisha has started to pick faults in Ritesh. He is not able to devote so much time to her due to his devotion towards story and also he is not financially stable. These things are bothering Alisha. She starts to distance herself.
One fine day Alisha leaves for an outdoor shoot. After few days one of her friend calls Ritesh saying that he wanted to Cast Alisha in an Ad film but her phone is not reachable. Ritesh tries to contact her too but every effort went in vain. Finally he goes to Alisha’s house with her friend Neha. He gets to know that the family has shifted four months back. Ritesh gets very disturbed. Few months pass like this in agility. In all this chaos , the only positive thing that happened is that the script has shaped up beautifully. Ritesh tries to pitch his story again but still he is not receiving any positive response. Frustrated, he goes back to work again in TV but he is not getting any job there too. Ritesh gathers himself and because he had to survive this battle and didn’t wanted to take money from home, he starts working in a flower shop.
Suddenly one day Ritesh sees a YouTube link that shows news of Alisha’s suicide. The news suggests that she committed suicide because she had a fight with her boyfriend who happened to be a producer. This is the same guy Alisha used to talk about with Ritesh. Ritesh is heartbroken to hear the news. He cannot bear the fact that the girl he had loved so deeply has committed suicide because of some other guy she loved. Ritesh attempts suicide too but is luckily been saved. (The prologue part)
Deepak comes to visit Ritesh and consoles him. He asks him to be strong in adverse situation. The same night MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) again start ranting in front of him and reminds him of Alisha’s betrayal and suicide. But now Ritesh has grown strong, he pays no heed to both of them. He gets up and thrashes both of them and when he gets tired he goes upto the another room where a PERSON (AATMA) is bound to a chair with chain and ropes and covered in white sheet. He removes the sheet from her and unties the rope. A gleaming self of Ritesh is smiling at him- He is the Soul of Ritesh.
This is the truth of life that every coin has two faces. We receive both happiness and sadness in equal amount. After a few months of this incidence, suddenly Ritesh found someone to produce his film. The flower shop in which Ritesh used to work belonged to a girl who married a big film corporate guy. That girl treated Ritesh as his younger brother and decided to produce his film. Finally Ritesh got the chance to direct his first film.
Epilogue- Ritesh is sitting by his window, smoking cigarette, lost in his thoughts. Right behind him, MIND (MANN) and INTELLECT (BUDDHI) are sitting quietly. Just then, we see from the outside of his flat two different MINDS starts to crawl upwards towards Ritesh’s window using pipe. As soon as one of them reaches Ritesh’s window, Ritesh’s phone rang. It displays- “Pranjulaa Actress.” Ritesh gets in a fix and couldn’t decide what to do. Just then the other Mind nudges him and tells him to receive the call. He tells him not to think too much, the call must be to invite him for dinner and he should pick the call as the girl is good, lovely, caring & beautiful and also belongs to his field. Ritesh gets convinced and receives the call.
From the another window of the next room the other Mind reaches there. Slowly he goes back to SOUL (RITESH), who is meditating, & begins tying him to the chair.
In the Last Black Screen we see a dialogue of Ravindranath Tagore from one of his Short Story (Post Master) –
(Oh unintelligent human mind! Your confusion never disappears somehow. Logical reasoning enters the brain quite late often. Ignoring larger-than-large evidence, you stick to your false hope and even confidence. And finally a day comes when they shatter massively cutting through all your nerves, sucking every drop of blood from your heart and leaving you miserable. But again as soon as senses return to your mind you become desperate to be tied into the trap of another fallacy.)