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Gayatri, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants from life. She is an independent woman – and the man of the house – figuring out living expenses, insisting that her live-in boyfriend takes turns cooking and is unapologetic about having had relationships in the past.
These are characters poles apart from their Bollywood stereotypes. They don’t make a big deal about their love life, dealing with it as casually as one would drink a beverage or smoke a cigarette – at least on the outside. All this bravado ends when it comes to marriage.
Raghu and Gayatri take turns running away from marriage. When Raghu ditches Tara at the altar, he and Gayatri end up in a live-in relationship.
In the film’s first half, writer Jaideep Sahni and director Maneesh Sharma depict the flowering of a relationship with panache. Raghu and Gayatri find their way around each other, alternating between suspicion and trust, and an all-consuming lust. The writer and director weave a lovely background in the city of Jaipur, merging its modernity with the straitjacketed thought process typical of the Indian middle class.