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Do watch the short film written by me…

 

READ THE SYNOPSIS & THE SCRIPT!

‘In The Closet’ is a story of a young girl who is trying to come to terms with her sexuality when one fine day, her best friend proposes to her.

Unable to accept his proposal and at the same time, unable to explain it to him why she must refuse him, she ponders hard and decides to open up to her parents that she is not a normal girl like others but someone who is gay and devoid of any special feelings for the opposite sex.

But as she speaks to her parents about her sexuality, things take a turn for the worse when her mother reveals that the gay element seems to run in the family when she tells her in a heated moment that her father too is gay.

Will the young girl believe in her father as someone who has been responsible for her birth or will she question her mother about the same?

FILM SCRIPT

FADE IN

EXT. PARK – DAY

A young girl TARA about 18 years old is with ABHAY, a young boy a couple of years her senior. She is seated on a bench while he is pacing fast angrily. He stops and kneels in front of her.

ABHAY
Just once Tara, just once tell me
why you don’t love me.

TARA
Please Abhay not now…

ABHAY
Then when? You know I love you like
crazy.

TARA
Abhay, you are my friend and will
always be one.

ABHAY
Damn you Tara, I want to be more
than friends with you. I love you,
can’t you see that?

TARA
But I don’t love you. I do like you
but… but I can’t love you.

ABHAY
Is there someone else?

TARA
It’s not that.

ABHAY
Then what is it?

TARA
I can’t tell you, try to understand
please.

Tara gets up tearfully and walks away. Abhay runs after her and grabs her arm and turns her around. He then smooches her hard on her lips, his hand groping her breasts. Angrily she pushes him away.

ABHAY
(Angrily)
I want to hear it now.

TARA
I can’t…

Tara looks at Abhay apologetically and removing his hand, walks away briskly.

INT. LOCAL TRAIN – DAY

A pensive Tara is standing at the door staring straight out of the moving train, lost in thought.

EXT. MUMBAI ROAD – DAY

Tara walks down the road and takes a skywalk.

INT. SKYWALK – DAY

Tara walks down the near empty skywalk. She sees a young couple seated on a bench. Looks at them as she passes by.

EXT. BUILDING – DAY

Tara walks inside the building, controlling her tears.

INT. BUILDING – DAY

Tara walks up the stairs slowly.

INT. FLAT – DAY

A spacious flat. 45 year old SAMIR is working on his laptop even as his wife ALKA about 39-40 walks out of the kitchen with a cup of tea and noisily places it in front of him.

SAMIR
(Smiling)
Thanks.

ALKA
You know you’re better off in the
office.

SAMIR
Fine. Next time I won’t take a day
off.

ALKA
Good riddance. Will save me the
headache.

They look up at the sound of the door opening and Tara walking in.

ALKA
Well, your darling daughter’s home.
(To Tara)Tara Tara.

Tara is about to enter her room. She stops, heaves a sigh and turns around.

TARA
Yes Mom.

ALKA
Your college ends at 11.30. Where
were you all this while?

TARA
Mom please…

ALKA
Don’t Mom me…

SAMIR
Alka, please let her be.

ALKA
Yeah yeah, she’s my enemy na?

TARA
I was with a friend.

ALKA
Not that idiot Abhay again.

TARA
(Tearfully)
Stop it Mom, he’s my friend.

Samir stares at Tara. He slowly gets up and walks towards her and takes her hand in his.

SAMIR
(Gently)
Hey, is everything okay?

TARA
(Hesitantly)
Yes, Dad.

SAMIR
You can tell me…

Tara looks at him as her eyes fill with tears. She places her head against his chest and sobs. Samir leads her to the sofa and make her sit down. Tara calms down and lets out a huge sigh with determination. She looks at her father and then at her mother.

TARA
(Clearing her throat))
Mom, Dad I have something to say to
you.

ALKA
Don’t tell me that you’re pregnant!

TARA
No Mom.

SAMIR
Is something wrong?

TARA
Yes… no… I don’t know actually.

ALKA
Stop talking gibberish!

SAMIR
Relax Alka… Is it about Abhay?

TARA
Yes Dad…

ALKA
See, I was right about that
good-for-nothing boy.

TARA
Dad he proposed me today…

SAMIR
Tara, you are old enough to take
your own decisions.

ALKA
Old enough my foot. Let me lay my
hands on that son of a bitch.

SAMIR
Shut up Alka.

ALKA
Yeah that’s what I’ve been doing
all these years.

TARA
Mom, Dad Abhay loves me a lot and
wants to marry me.

SAMIR
And you?

TARA
(Hesitantly)
I don’t… For me he’s just a good
friend.

SAMIR
Then you don’t have to worry about
anything. I am sure he’ll
understand.

TARA
(with irony)
He doesn’t. He wants to know why I
don’t love him.

SAMIR
Well you must have a good reason.
Let him know.

TARA
He won’t understand.

ALKA
Then tell him to get lost.

TARA
I can’t. He’s my friend.

Samir sits down next to Tara and puts his arms around her.

SAMIR
Is there something you want to tell
us.

Tara ponders and then nods.

SAMIR
What is it?

TARA
You might hate me.

SAMIR
Tara, there is nothing that you say
or do that will make us hate you.
No matter what, we’ll always love
you.

Tara turns to face her dad and embraces him.

TARA
Oh Dad, I love you.

Tara moves back and gives her father a look and then looks at her mom who is glaring back at her. She looks at her father again, a long pause.

TARA
Mom, Dad, I… I don’t like boys.

ALKA
There you go. Now I won’t have to
worry about you having a boyfriend
till the time of your marriage.

SAMIR
And…?

TARA
Dad, I think I am a gay…

ALKA
What?

Samir puts up his hand to make Alka stop.

SAMIR
You sure?

TARA
Yes I am.

ALKA
Samir, have you gone out of your
mind? Tara what the hell is this?

TARA
I am sorry Mom…

SAMIR
Beta. What do you want from us?

TARA
(Tearfully)
Dad Mom, I love you both and I had
to tell you.

ALKA
Tomorrow first thing in the
morning, we are going to the
doctor.

SAMIR
(Sternly)
This is not something for the
doctor Alka. We are talking about
our daughter’s feelings.

ALKA
Then we are taking her to my Roshan
Baba .

SAMIR
Will you stop it Alka.

Samir gets up and starts pacing the room.

TARA
Mom please…

ALKA
Tomorrow we’re going to the Baba
and that’s final.

TARA
(Firmly)
I am not going anywhere.

ALKA
It’s all because of you Samir. You
are being sissy as always.
Listening to your daughter so
coolly.

SAMIR
So what do you want me to do?

TARA
Please I am sorry…

ALKA
Sorry? When the world comes to know
of this, we’ll become a laughing
stock.

TARA
(Sobbing)
I am sorry…

SAMIR
You don’t have to be sorry Tara.

ALKA
Oh yes, like father like daughter.

SAMIR
Shut up Alka, not another word.

ALKA
Why should I shut up? Your daughter
should know its all because of you.
You are responsible for this.

SAMIR
Please Alka don’t…

TARA
What does she mean.

Alka comes and stands in front of Samir in anger.

ALKA
My mistake I should have walked out
of this marriage the day Tara was
born.

SAMIR
(In anguish)
Please Alka for God’s sake.

Tara walks up to the duo.

TARA
What are you talking about?

ALKA
You have inherited your father’s
genes Tara.

SAMIR
(Pleading)
Please….

ALKA
Your daughter should know your
past?

TARA
What past?

ALKA
That your father is gay.

TARA
What?

ALKA
And he kept it hidden from me.

Samir walks over to the sofa and collapses on it.

SAMIR
I had no option. I was under
pressure to get married.

ALKA
(Angrily)
You should have told me. I wouldn’t
have know if I hadn’t chanced upon
your boyfriend’s letter.

SAMIR
Please Alka that’s all past now.

ALKA
I should have kept Tara away from
you. See the price I have to pay.
Life father like daughter…

Tara sobbing slides down on the floor from the sofa. Samir gets up quickly and hugs her.

SAMIR
I am sorry my baby, I am sorry…

TARA
Mom, dad, what about me?

SAMIR
(Tearfully)
You are my daughter Tara. And
that’s the truth.

Tara looks at him lovingly.

SAMIR (CONTD.)
The day I held you in my arms in
the hospital, that very day I cut
off all ties with my past. The
letter your mother found was an
answer to my last goodbye to my
friend. Trust me…

TARA
(Wiping away his tears)
I trust you dad.

SAMIR
You were one of the most beautiful
moments of my life to happen to me.
And my priorities changed after you
came in this world.

ALKA
And now she is just like you. Damn
you Samir.

TARA
Stop it Mom! Stop it!

SAMIR
My bachcha…

TARA
Dad I love you and I am proud to be
your daughter…

ALKA
You both have gone nuts…

TARA
Mom, we are what we are and if you
say he is not a normal human being,
then its fine with me.

ALKA
What? Oh my god… Oh my god…

TARA
Stop it Mom! It doesn’t change the
fact. And let me tell you that I
truly believe he is my father
unless you have someone different
to name.

ALKA
(Angrily)
What? How dare you? Are you trying
to say that…

TARA
(Calmly)
All I am trying to say I love my
dad. I believe in him.

SAMIR
I love you too.

ALKA
(Breaking down)
Oh God, what am I to do?

SAMIR
Believe in your daughter as you
have believed in me all these
years.

TARA
Mom, I can’t change the way I am.
It’s destiny.

ALKA
(tearfully)
What will the world say?

TARA
For me, you both are my world.

SAMIR
Alka, I was afraid to open up to
you but we should be proud of our
daughter who had the courage to
open up to us.

TARA
Mom, Dad, I promise I won’t ever
bring shame to this family.

Alka watches father and daughter sitting huddled with arms around each other. The door bell rings. Samir and Tara get up wiping away their tears as Samir walks to the door and opens it. It’s Abhay.

ABHAY
Hello Uncle. Is Tara home.

Samir nods with his head and turns around. Abhay looks over his shoulder as he enters.

ABHAY
Ah there you are Tara.

TARA
Abhay, can we talk tomorrow in
college?

ABHAY
It’s okay Tara. Uncle, Aunty, I
have something to say, I love Tara
and wants to marry her.

TARA
I am sorry Abhay but I can’t marry
you.

ABHAY
Why? If you don’t love me fine but
at least marry me.

TARA
I can’t. Try to understand Abhay.
Please.

Alka walks over and puts an arm around Tara.

ABHAY
Come on Tara, don’t be ridiculous.

TARA
Abhay…

ABHAY
Yes…

Tara takes a deep breath…

TARA
I can’t because I am gay.

ABHAY
What?

TARA
(Coolly)
I said I am gay.

A confused Abhay looks at her and then at Alka, back at Samir and back at Tara.

ABHAY
What? What? Is this some kind of a
joke?

Samir, Alka and Tara just watch him silently. Abhay shakes his head and then breaks into a laughter.

ABHAY
Oh my god. This is one hell of a
surprise. And I thought… Oh my
Lord. Wait till the others find
out. I’ve been taken for a royal
ride.

Abhay continues to laugh as the others watch him unamusedly. Suddenly Samir walks over and grabs his collar and drags him to the door and throws him out. Abhay falls down.

SAMIR
Stay out Abhay I don’t think you
deserve my daughter even as a
friend.

Behind him Alka and Tara break into laughter as a shocked Abhay watches from the ground. Samir slams the door and turns around grinning.

ALKA
Well Samir, Today I can say, I am
proud of you.

FADE OUT.

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