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100% Perfect

Before I upload a public beta of Scrite, I spend a few days writing a new screenplay from ground up to make sure that the beta is usable. It also helps make note of bugs that I should fix in the next beta and ensure that there are no deal breakers in the current build. For Scrite version 0.5.8 beta, released in mid January, I wanted to write a screenplay based on some short story.

While searching for short stories, I tumbled upon “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” by By Haruki Murakami. I really loved the beauty and simplicity of the story and decided to give it a shot, convert it into a screenplay. So here it goes:

INT. HARD ROCK CAFE – NIGHT

We hear heavy bass music. We see lot of people, drinking, talking, flirting.

We close in on Rahul, a man in his early 30s, sitting alone at a couple’s table, drinking beer. He is looking around, feeling out of place. He looks at his watch.

We see Preethi, a woman in her mid 20s, walk towards the table.

PREETHI

Ah.. Rahul?

Rahul looks up at Preethi. Doesn’t seem to recognize her.

RAHUL

I am sorry, you must be looking for..

PREETHI

Hi, I am Preethi.

RAHUL

Oh? Hi… You..

PREETHI

I know …

(sits on the empty chair opposite Rahul)

… Let me also order a drink.

She turns around looking for the menu.

We see Rahul take his phone out of his pocket. He launches Tinder and looks at profile pic of Preethi. The girl in the profile pic looks very different and way more slim and presentable than the woman sitting opposite to him.

Preethi gets her drink menu. She keeps it in front of her on the table.

PREETHI

(to Rahul)

You look so much better than your pics on Tinder.

RAHUL

(sarcastically)

Well.. I try to surprise in a good way.

PREETHI

You know, my friend Sid is a really good photographer. I will take you to him. He takes really good pictures. He can make you look like somebody else.

RAHUL

Wow.. what’s wrong with the way I look?

PREETHI

No.. you look fine. But your pictures.. they could use some work.

Preethi makes a face, looks at the menu to choose a drink for herself.

PREETHI (CONT’D)

Since you are not offering to go get my drink, I will go get one myself.

Preethi gets up to go get a drink.

When she comes back back, Rahul is not seen anywhere. She looks around searching for him.

EXT. FOOTPATH UNDER METRO LINE – NIGHT

We see Rahul walking. He looks disappointed. He is making his way around other pedestrians on the footpath.

RAHUL (VO)

I am not looking for a beauty queen or a model. Just someone honest. Someone real. That’s all. Is that too much to ask?

INT. WEDDING HALL, RECEPTION AREA – NIGHT

We see Rahul enter the wedding hall with friends Pavan (early 30s), Aarti (early 30s) and her husband Chetan (mid 30s).

RAHUL (VO)

Someone about whom I feel: she is 100% perfect for me.

Rahul picks up a drink at the entrance to the wedding hall. He is looks towards the stage—

–the bride (Roshan) and groom (Simran) are standing. Groom waves at us–

–Rahul, Pavan and Chetan wave back.

CHETAN

Lucky guy. I wonder if he would have landed her without an MBA degree and a foreign job.

Rahul, Pavan and Chetan share a laugh. Aarti doesn’t appreciate the joke. Chetan swallows his tongue.

PAVAN

(to Rahul)

Dude.. nobody is 100% perfect for another. Take a good look at Aarti and Chetan, or the newly weds Roshan and Simran. Do you think they are 100% perfect for each other?

RAHUL

Maybe you are right. But, somehow I feel that I will know.. you know.. I will know when I see her, that she is for me.

PAVAN

I have heard this line a thousand times. Every chick you meet, you give me a random numbers like 70%, 80%… How do you even measure these things?

RAHUL

Dude.. its not science. Its just a feeling. Besides, even if I feel just 80%, I talk to her and see if there is a connect.

PAVAN

So, you are saying there is only one 100% girl for you. Everybody else in the world is 80% or less?

Rahul nods.

PAVAN

What a sad world you live in!

(pauses.. teasing tone)

You should live in my world. For every chick, my feeling meter shows 100% or more. You know how hard it is to pick one from several 100% or more?

We see Tina, a woman in her late 20s, dressed up real nice, walking towards Rahul and group.

AARTI

Tina?

TINA

Wow.. Aarti? Girls side ya boys side?

AARTI

Boy’s. Chetan and his friends here train together with Roshan.

TINA

Oh.. I didn’t know Chetan runs. No wonder he looks fit.

AARTI

Hey.. back off ha.. he is taken.

Tina takes two steps back in good humor and giggles.

AARTI (CONT’D)

Still haven’t changed ha? Dressed to kill as usual.

TINA

Thanks.

AARTI

Tina, this is Pavan and Rahul. They…

TINA

(locking eyes with Rahul, flirting, admiring his fit body)

I know, train together..

Rahul blushes. Pavan takes a spear in the air and hits his heart, makes a gesture.

PAVAN

Mera number ayega.

They all laugh.

AARTI

Listen, we are heading up to wish Roshan and Simran. You want to join?

TINA

Have wished them already. You go on. But, when you are done–

(turns to Rahul)

–I want to take you for dinner..

PAVAN & CHETAN

oooooooh….

AARTI

Tum bhi na…

RAHUL

I would love to take you out for dinner.

TINA

Lucky me…. dinner is not far..

Tina looks at the buffet on the other side of the hall. She softly brushes her hand on Rahul’s shoulder and—

TINA

(pointing to the buffet, whispers)

I will wait for you back there.

Rahul smiles. Tina walks away. Chetan and Aarti walk towards the stage. Rahul is looking at her. Pavan joins him..

PAVAN

So, do you feel it?

RAHUL

About 80%…

PAVAN

Boss.. come.. your 100% will never happen. Lets go wish these two.

(looking at Tina, whispers)

My feeling meter for her reads 120%.

PAVAN

What’s that?

PAVAN

Never mind..

Pavan pulls Rahul and walks towards the stage.

INT. WEDDING HALL, BUFFET AREA – NIGHT

We see Rahul and Tina walking away from the masala-chaat counter, holding their plates of masala puri.

RAHUL

You never did tell me, you from boys side or girls side?

TINA

Simran and I are school buddies. We go way back.

RAHUL

And what’s your story? Are you a “ready-to-mingle” single or “taken-but-also-fishing” kind of single?

TINA

I am sure threesome would be fun, but right now I am just single.

RAHUL

(in a teasing tone)

So you like threesome ha?

TINA

(smiling.. pushing Rahul away)

Stop it… Can you get back to focussing on the “I am single” bit?

They both laugh.

RAHUL

So, what do you do?

TINA

I just quit my job. I am traveling next month to LA for my MS.

RAHUL

Oh?

TINA

How about you?

RAHUL

I am staying put. Working for a startup here.

TINA

I wish I was staying put as well. I would have enjoyed dating you.

RAHUL

Wow.. you come on quite strongly ha?

TINA

Not usually. Just in a mood today.

RAHUL

How come?

TINA

Well, my best friend got hitched today. You cant blame me for feeling like I need to hurry up.

RAHUL

When you date in a hurry, how long does it last?

TINA

Well, we have a whole month until I have to travel.

RAHUL

Nah… I am not a guy who likes fishing.

TINA

You don’t like fishing fishes that want fished?

RAHUL

Ha ha.. I just want to go for that one who I know is perfect for me. I am a bit old fashioned.

TINA

I am sure some girl would be very fortunate..

They both smile and continue to other stalls in the buffet.

CUT TO

TINA

(to Pavan)

I should have bet on you, instead of Rahul here.

PAVAN

(eagerly)

I am still available..

TINA

(laughs, winks her eye)

Maybe another time.

We see Tina hugging Aarti. She waves goodbye to Rahul, Chetan and Pavan. Tina leaves the wedding hall.

CUT TO

Pavan, Chetan, Aarti and Rahul are seen sitting at a round table and enjoying their food, talking, laughing.. Other guests have left. Roshan and Simran, the newly weds, join them.

INT. RAHUL’S HOME – DAY

We see Rahul sitting on the couch, looking at his smartphone. We see Vimala (mid 50s), Rahul’s mother, hand him a cup of coffee.

VIMALA

Its been a year since you asked for more time. Shall we start looking for a girl for you or have you found one yourself?

RAHUL

Not in a mood ma.

VIMALA

When exactly will you get in—

We see Rahul’s sister, Smriti (mid 20s), enter the house with a friend, Harini (mid 20s).

SMRITI

Amma… Harini and I will get ready here and head out.

VIMALA

Harini, welcome dear. All ready for your trip?

HARINI

Yes, aunty.

Rahul takes his eyes off the smartphone and looks at Smriti and Harini. When he looks at Harini, he stays fixated on her for a min as if he is scanning her.

Behind Harini, we see Smriti looking at Rahul, confused. Rahul notices her.

Smriti gestures as if she is asking what Rahul is doing.

Rahul continues to look at Harini for a few more seconds. He then looks at Smriti and nods his head.

Smriti notices that Rahul is back to looking at his phone. She shakes her head in disbelief.

Smriti and Harini go inside the house to Smriti’s room.

We see Rahul looking at his phone. Vimala turns to look at Rahul. She gestures as if she wants to talk again, but then holds hack. She get up and walks out of the room.

RAHUL (VO)

I just can’t seem to find a girl. Don’t know what I am doing wrong.

PAVAN (VO)

Buddy… good things take time to find.

RAHUL (VO)

Its taking a bit too long.. I am nearing 32…

INT. AMBROSIA GARDENSIDE TABLE – EVENING

We see Rahul being welcomed and taken to his table by the staff at Ambrosia.

PAVAN (VO)

Cheer up buddy. Listen… I was supposed to go and meet this girl that my parents want me to marry. She is daughter of a friend of a friend of his, good family background an all — But then there is this girl I met a work. Its going well with her. I don’t want to meet her.

RAHUL (VO)

Oh.. bummer.

PAVAN (VO)

Why don’t you go meet her? I mean, I haven’t seen her, but —

RAHUL (VO)

Are you serious? You want me to impersonate you and meet this girl?

We see Rahul settle down by the table. He looks at his watch. Appears nervous.

PAVAN (VO)

If you like… Or you can just go there meet her and piss her off, so she tells her dad that I am no good and my dad will let me off the hook.

RAHUL (VO)

Are you serious?

PAVAN (VO)

Please… or better yet, see if this girl is ‘the one’ for you and…

RAHUL (VO)

Fine, what’s what her name?

We see Pranati (late 20s) walk swiftly towards the table and sit opposite Rahul. Her hair is all messed up, her make up is done in haste. She seems visibly upset.

RAHUL

Hello?

PRANATI

Sorry.. I was late. This fat ass of a car was blocking me all the way.

RAHUL

No.. that’s okay—

(extends a handshake)

Rahul

PRANATI

(ignores the handshake)

Pranati.

RAHUL

Pranati??? I was waiting for…

PRANATI

(in an attacking tone)

Oh? I am so sorry I showed up instead. Radhika is busy hitting a guy at work, so she sent me instead.

Rahul leans back on his chair, gesturing that he is pulling back from her attack. He is just staring at her now.

PRANATI (CONT’D)

Please.. take a good look. If I am a waste of your time, then buzz off.

Rahul has an expression of horror on his face.

INT. RAHUL’S CAR – EVENING

We see Rahul is sitting on the driver’s seat. The engine is off. He is holding his phone to his ear. Phone is ringing on the other side. As soon as the call is lifted–

RAHUL

(angry and sarcastic)

Dude.. marry this girl. You guys are meant for each other.

PAVAN (ON PHONE)

What happened?

RAHUL

She sent a proxy too.

PAVAN (ON PHONE)

I am so sorry buddy.

(pauses)

But does she come off as a perfect girl for you?

RAHUL

(rhetorical)

If I was a masochist… Dude since the time she walked in she was screaming.

We hear Pavan laughing at on the phone.

RAHUL (CONT’D)

(angry and firm)

You owe me one.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Rahul and Pavan step out of iPlanet store. Pavan is holding a Apple store bag, he is checking out his new iPhone. Rahul is mumbling something to Pavan, we don’t hear it. A woman across the street catches Rahul’s attention. He is looking at her with total attention.

We see Radhika (late 20s) crossing the street. It appears as if she is walking towards Rahul.

When she reaches Rahul’s end of the street, she turns left and walks 10-15 meters more and stands near a street light.

Pavan is still engrossed in his new iPhone, makes a phone call.

PAVAN

(listening to the ringtone – excited)

My first phone call.

Rahul ignores Pavan, continues to look at Radhika. Pavan steps away for a bit to talk on the phone. When he gets back..

RAHUL

(still looking at Radhika)

Dude.. I think I have found her.

PAVAN

(looks at Rahul, then his phone and then at Rahul again)

What?

Rahul doesn’t speak a word, he is just looking at Radhika. Pavan looks in the direction where he is looking and notices Radhika there.

PAVAN

Her?

RAHUL

She is 100% perfect for me.

PAVAN

That girl?

RAHUL

Yes, yes.. her.

PAVAN

Do you know her? I mean buddy this is very random.

RAHUL

I know, I know… it looks like that. But I feel it man. She is the one.

PAVAN

Okay..

(keeps the new iPhone in his pocket)

What do you want to do now?

RAHUL

I don’t know.. I know I don’t want to mess this one up. I just need to talk to her you know. I feel if we spoke for just 30 minutes, she will know that I am 100% perfect for her.

PAVAN

(makes a face)

Buddy, do you know how crazy that sounds?

RAHUL

Help me out here.. what should I do?

PAVAN

How would I know? I don’t pick up girls on the street.

RAHUL

Come on man.. help me out here. I just need her-and-I to talk for like 30 minutes. Sparks will fly for her too.. I know it..

PAVAN

Okay.. then go talk to her.

RAHUL

What.. what should I say?

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

We see Rahul approaching Radhika. Radhika notices him from the corner of her eye, she turns and looks at him. Rahul is looking straight into her eyes.

RAHUL

(in Pavan’s voice)

Hi… Miss.. Do you think you could spare half an hour with me for a little conversation?

Radhika’s face shows a question mark. She is staring at Rahul.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Rahul looking at Pavan with an expression of being let down..

RAHUL

She will think I am an insurance salesman.

PAVAN

Buddy.. I don’t have a lot of experience in this.

RAHUL

Come on man.. help me out here.

PAVAN

Okay, okay.. lets try this..

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

We see Rahul approaching Radhika. Radhika notices him from the corner of her eye, she turns and looks at him. Rahul is looking straight into her eyes.

RADHIKA

Yes?

RAHUL

(composing himself, voice of Pavan)

Pardon me, but would you happen to know of a self-service laundry in the neighborhood?

Radhika has an expression of question mark on her face. She stares back at him.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

RAHUL

Dude. This is a stupid idea. Who is going to buy a line like that?

PAVAN

Okay. Okay..

RAHUL

Stop making fun of me dude. I am serious.

Rahul turns Pavan around to look at him, keeps his hand on Pavan’s shoulder, looks straight at him and speaks to him in a serious tone.

RAHUL (CONT’D)

Please man. This is real. I know she is 100% perfect for me. Help me out please.

PAVAN

(pauses, thinks, considers)

Why don’t you go tell her that then?

RAHUL

What?

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

We see Rahul approaching Radhika. Radhika notices him from the corner of her eye, she turns and looks at him. Rahul is looking straight into her eyes.

RAHUL

(in Pavan’s voice)

Hi.. I know it sounds strange. But you are 100% perfect for me.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

Rahul takes his had off Pavan’s shoulder. He thinks about Pavan’s suggestion for a bit.

RAHUL

What if she says… I may be 100% perfect girl for you, but you are 100% perfect for me. Sorry.

PAVAN

It’s possible.

RAHUL

Dude.. I am 32. If I get turned down by this girl, I would be devastated.

(pauses, turns & looks at Radhika)

I know she is the one for me. I really know it. I just don’t know how to start.

PAVAN

Buddy.. you are never going to get started standing here with me.

Pavan and Rahul are both looking at Radhika now. She is looking at her phone.

PAVAN

She is probably tracking her Uber. She will be gone any minute now, unless you go talk to her now!

Rahul looks away from Radhika and at Pavan now, who is nodding his head to reinforce what he just said.

Rahul turns, looks at Radhika again. He takes a deep breath and takes a step towards Radhika.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

We see Rahul approaching Radhika. Radhika is unaware, she is looking elsewhere.

RAHUL

Hi.. miss..

Radhika turns around and looks at Rahul.

RAHUL (CONT’D)

(gently smiling)

Hello..

(extends a handshake)

Rahul..

RADHIKA

(shakes hand, confused)

Radhika… do I??

RAHUL

We haven’t met before. I know this will sound strange.. but you are 100% perfect girl for me.

Radhika is amused. She chuckles a bit.

Rahul’s body language gets a bit more relaxed, since he was not outright turned away.

RAHUL

If we could just speak for 30 minutes, I know… I really feel that you would know that I am 100% perfect for you.

Radhika blushes. Smiles. She turns her head down, smiling, tucks her hair behind the ear. She lifts her head up again, looks at Rahul. Makes eye contact. Smiles.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

Rahul turns back and looks at Pavan.

RAHUL

It is so unlikely she will respond to a line like that.

Pavan looks at Rahul and then notices behind him that Radhika’s Uber has reached her.

PAVAN

(gesturing towards Radhika)

Well, you will never know now.

Rahul turns around and notices Radhika getting into the cab. He has an expression of disappointment on his face.

The cab starts and drives in the direction where Pavan and Rahul are standing and goes past them. Rahul’s eyes are fixated on the car.

As the cab passes them, he notices that Radhika is looking back at him, sitting in the car. The car drives past, he notices that she continues to look at Rahul, even leaning back and turning around.

PAVAN

Oye.. she is looking at you?

A wide smile shines on Rahuls face now, while he continues to look at Radhika sitting in the car.

When the car disappears from his line of sight, he holds Pavan tightly. Pavan is also surprised by the whole thing.

RAHUL

Buddy. I know it. She is the one.

INT. HARD ROCK CAFE – NIGHT

We see Roshan pick up drinks from the bar and walk towards a table. We see Simran, Tina and Radhika sitting on the table and talking.

ROSHAN

Here you go my dear..

SIMRAN

Thank you..

Tina and Radhika already have a drink with them.

TINA

So… Roshan.. are you sure?

ROSHAN

Sure???

TINA

I mean look at me..

She leans back, to let Roshan take a good look at her. She looks slim and sexy. Tina looks at herself for a bit and then back at Roshan..

TINA (CONT’D)

There are other fishes in the pond you know.

(pointing towards Simran)

Are you sure you want to confine yourself to this one?

SIMRAN

Hey.. back off.. this one is taken..

Tina gestures as if she is backing off and laughs.

ROSHAN

(makes a face, as if considering..)

Other fishes ha….

(looks at Simran)

Na.. I am sure, I want to confine myself to this one.

Roshan kisses Simran.

TINA & RADHIKA

Awwww..

Simran turns around and looks at Tina and Radhika.

SIMRAN

So, you are off to LA next month?

TINA

Yup. I am going to fish in international waters now!

SIMRAN

Enjoy..

(to Radhika)

What’s up with you Radhika? Anyone special yet, or are you still all work-work-work?

RADHIKA

Work-work-work…

TINA

She is still waiting for her 100% perfect boy to show up.

RADHIKA

Shut up..

TINA

Why?

ROSHAN

100% perfect boy?

TINA

She has this overly romantic fantasy that suddenly out of the blue a 100% perfect boy will show up and when she sees him, she will know it.

SIMRAN

Wow.. Really? I thought that Dil To Pagal Hai era is long past us.

RADHIKA

Kya kare.. my parents are not searching someone like Roshan for me na?

SIMRAN

Hey.. back off you two. I got him here to introduce my friends. Not sell him off.

They all laugh and continue to drink.

Radhika takes a sip and notices Rahul enter, take a drink and sit at the couple’s table. He is looks at his watch. Radhika is looking at Rahul intently. We can hear Simran, Roshan and Tina speak in the background, but their voices are not clear.

Radhika finishes her drink.

RADHIKA

(still looking at Rahul)

I will get myself another drink, excuse me.

She gets up and walks towards Rahul’s table, before she reaches — Preethi comes and sits at the table. Radhika detours and goes to the bar, one eye on Rahul’s table. She notices Rahul looking at Tinder on his phone under the table, while Preethi is sitting opposite to him.

Radhika nods her head as if disgusted by the fact that Rahul is on Tinder while he is on a date. Disappointed, she takes her drink and walks back to her table and joins Simran, Tina and Roshan.

INT. WEDDING HALL, STAGE – NIGHT

We see Radhika and Tina wish Roshan and Simran on the stage. They present him a gift. Stand on either side, Tina next to Roshan and Radhika next to Simran. Their photo is taken. Tina insists on a selfie and takes one of the four of them.

SIMRAN

Okay, okay.. its mandatory for me to say this: but please have dinner before you leave.

TINA

Babe.. you don’t have to tell that to us at all..

They all laugh.

RADHIKA

Happy married life you two. Stay blessed.

SIMRAN

(making a cute face)

Thanks for coming you guys.

Tina and Radhika step off the stage.

Radhika notices Rahul enter the wedding hall. She pulls Tina aside and points towards Rahul.

RADHIKA

He is here too.

TINA

This was the guy you saw at Hard Rock Cafe?

RADHIKA

Yes, isn’t it a co-incidence?

TINA

(sarcastically)

Clearly the universe is signaling that you two should sleep together.

RADHIKA

Shut up… But it is the second time I am running into him.

TINA

But you said that the dude was checking out another chick on Tinder while he was on a date with a girl.

RADHIKA

But… what if I was wrong? What if he was expecting someone else and that chick showed up?

TINA

Babe, you are so damaged.

(notices Aarti)

Oh.. wait, is that Chetan and Aarti?

RADHIKA

Who?

TINA

The couple with the guy who the universe is conspiring to get into bed with.

RADHIKA

Come on. What should I do?

TINA

Go talk to him..

RADHIKA

Okay.. What should I say?

TINA

You have done this before. Why are you acting so fresh now?

RADHIKA

Picking up guys I know I want to dump is easy. But this guy.. something about him. I know it.. but I don’t know it.. you know? If I just knew that he wont.. you know?

TINA

(confused)

I have no idea!

Tina is looking at Radhika, perplexed. Radhika is looking intently at Rahul. She turns to Tina and–

RADHIKA (CONT’D)

Tell me what do do..

TINA

You…. don’t do anything. Stay right here. I will go check him out. If he is a loose kind of guy, he will easily fall for my bait. Otherwise…

RADHIKA

You just want your share of fun in anything isn’t it?

TINA

I just have one more month here. Now, let me go do my thing. You wait for me back at the buffet. Okay?

RADHIKA

(reluctantly)

Okay.

We see Tina walk away. Radhika looks as Tina approaches Rahul, Pavan, Tina and Chetan. She then slowly starts walking towards the buffet, all the while keeping an eye on Tina.

LATER:

INT. WEDDING HALL, BUFFET AREA – NIGHT

We see Tina join Radhika near the salad section. She picks up a plate and starts serving herself salad. Radhika waits, but impatiently..

RADHIKA

Well?

TINA

Oh? Right.. his name is Rahul. We are going for dinner tonight.

RADHIKA

What?

TINA

Relax. We are not going out. He is just meeting me here.

RADHIKA

Do you need a reminder that you are checking him out for me?

TINA

Don’t worry babe. I wont take him with me.

RADHIKA

How is he?

TINA

Fit hai. Trains for running with Roshan. He will be good in bed.

RADHIKA

(serious and angry tone)

Tina!!

TINA

Okay, okay. I haven’t found out much else. Just his name and that he trains for marathon. I will have dinner with him and find out more. He accepted to join me without any resistance. But then–

(adjusting her hair, standing straight, chest out, pointing at herself)

–who can resists this?

Radhika is looking at the stage. Chetan, Aarti, Pavan and Rahul are standing for their photo with Roshan and Simran. After their photo is clicked, they speak to the bride and groom and step off the stage.

RADHIKA

Okay. I get this vibe when I see him. That he is 100% perfect for me. I just want to go there and tell him that. Obviously, its difficult. You know. If I just get some time with him, he will know that I am 100% perfect for him as well. But I have been wrong about this before, ended up with a creep. Just make sure he is not a creep okay?

TINA

I am up for the task darling.

RADHIKA

Okay.

TINA

Okay, now; scoot. He is heading over here.

RADHIKA

Okay— thank you for doing this.

TINA

Anytime babe.

Radhika leaves Tina and walks away. She takes a plate, serves herself some food and stands at a distance. She notices Rahul and Tina talking, giggling and having a good time as they have masala chat together.

LATER:

INT. RADHIKA’S CAR – NIGHT

Radhika is sitting on the driver’s seat. Tina enters the car, closes the door.

TINA

(after a deep breath)

You may probably be made for each other. He also believes in the universe’s conspiracy to find the perfect one for him.

RADHIKA

I knew it!

Radhika is beaming. Her face has a big smile.

RADHIKA (CONT’D)

I can now figure out a way to reach him through Simran, when they get back from their honeymoon. She can ask Roshan to set me up on a date, maybe. Thanks Tina.

TINA

You are welcome babe. I hope it works out for you.

RADHIKA

Fingers crossed.

TINA

There is one thing though. I think Rahul has a kinky side to him. He liked the idea of me in a threesome.

RADHIKA

What? You said you want to be in a threesome with him?

TINA

Never mind. Just drive.

Radhika smiles nodding her head, starts the car and drives away.

INT. RADHIKA’S HOUSE – DAY

Radhika is getting ready for work. Her brother Sagar (early 20s) walks into the room, sits on the bed playing a game on his phone.

SAGAR

Gentle reminder. Today you are supposed to meet that guy whose horoscope dad matched with yours.

RADHIKA

(cringing)

Oh.. That thing is today?

SAGAR

(sadistically)

Yeah!

RADHIKA

I don’t want to go.

SAGAR

Dad wanted to invite those people home. You convinced him to let you meet that guy first. If you cancel, dad will be super pissed.

RADHIKA

I know. I know. What do I do?

SAGAR

Go meet the guy. I am sure he wont bite. His name is Pavan. Works at an MNC.

RADHIKA

You have a photo?

SAGAR

Yeah, here..

Radhika looks at the photo. She recognizes seeing Pavan with Rahul in the wedding.

RADHIKA

I think I saw him at Simran’s wedding the other day.

SAGAR

You should have spoken to him then only. Would have saved you today’s trouble.

RADHIKA

How would I know that he would come?

Sagar gets back to playing with a game on his mobile phone.

RADHIKA (CONT’D)

But, I saw him with a friend during the wedding. I wonder if I can ask Pavan to introduce that guy.

SAGAR

That is so cruel. You want to ask a guy who is coming to meet you for an alliance to introduce him to his friend?

RADHIKA

I know how it sounds. But I can’t see this guy now.

SAGAR

Well you have to.

Radhika is looking at herself in the mirror. Feeling sorry and angry about the situation.

EXT. AMBROSIA GARDEN AREA – EVENING

We see Radhika and Pranati walking towards the garden area.

RADHIKA

So, this is the plan. I will go ask him if he can introduce me to his friend.

PRANATI

Babe… that poor guy.

RADHIKA

If I chicken out, freeze over upon seeing him or something like that.. then you go in, piss him off so that he goes to his parents and calls off the alliance. Okay?

PRANATI

Are you sure?

RADHIKA

Just get his phone number, so we can ask him later to introduce me to his friend.

PRANATI

You are so cruel.

They reach the garden area and through the glass door, Radhika notices that the one at the table is Rahul. As soon as she sees him, her heart stops. She is blushing. She turns around, frozen, thinking, debating internally….

Pranati looks at Radhika and feels that she is chickening out. She messes up her hair, makes up her face in haste and goes inside, walks towards Rahul.

Radhika is beaming with happiness. She prepares herself, turns around wanting to go in and speak to Rahul. When she does, she notices Pranati is already inside with him at the table. Radhika cringes her face, repenting bring Pranati to the meet.

RADHIKA

(loud gestures, soft sound)

Pranati… come back. No No.. this is the guy… come back..

We notice Rahul get up, feel disappointed and walk away from the table. Radhika watches him walking out of Ambrosia red faced. She turns to look at Pranati, who is now looking back at Radhika signaling that she handled it for her. Radhika lets out a nervous smile.

We see Pranati walk swiftly towards Radhika

PRANATI

Don’t worry babe. Its all handled. That guy and his family wont want anything to do with you anymore.

RADHIKA

Babe.. this was the guy.

PRANATI

Who?

RADHIKA

This was Pavan’s friend, Rahul, who I wanted to meet.

PRANATI

Oh, I am going to kill myself. He did say his name was Rahul. I was in so much momentum to piss him off for you, that I completely missed that.

Radhika has a sad expression on her face.

RADHIKA

Did you atleast get his number?

PRANATI

No.. I went to piss him off, why would I take his number?

Radhika leans against the wall feeling sorry for herself.

INT. HYUNDAI SERVICE CENTER – DAY

A service man is taking notes on the job card as he inspects Radhika’s car.

Radhika signs on the job card.

RADHIKA

When can you give me back the car?

SERVICE MAN

Tomorrow morning.

RADHIKA

Fine. Please call me when its done.

SERVICE MAN

Surely ma’am.

We see Radhika pull out her smartphone and book a cab on Uber. Once the booking is confirmed, she walks towards the pickup point.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

Radhika is waiting at the pedestrian crossing. On the other side of the street she notices Pavan and Rahul stepping out of iPlanet store. The traffic light turns red, pedestrian crossing turns green. Radhika begins to cross the street, as Pavan and Rahul walk towards the crossing on the other side.

Radhika keeps looking at Rahul, subtly avoiding eye-contact with Pavan and Rahul. She reaches the other side of the road. She turns left and walks a little distance away from Rahul and–

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

—waits by the street light.

She turns to look at Pavan and Rahul. They seem to be talking with each other. She pulls out her phone and messages Tina.

RADHIKA

(on message)

He is here. Rahul is here. The universe is throwing him at me over and over. Surely it means something.

TINA

(on message)

Babe!!!!! Go talk to him.

RADHIKA

(on message)

What should I say?

TINA

(on message)

Ask him if the universe has sent him to you..

RADHIKA

(on message)

Come on..

TINA

(on message)

Okay. Okay. Go ask him this…

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Radhika walk towards Rahul. As she closes in, we notice Pavan make a phone call and step away. Rahul is now alone, Radhika paces to reach him.

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

Hi.. I have noticed you many times over the past few days. Are you following me?

Rahul looks to the left, then to the right. He notices a cop on the corner turning around and looking at him and Radhika. Scared, Rahul runs away.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – LATER

RADHIKA

(messages Tina)

What if I turn him off or scare him by asking that.

TINA

(on message)

Right. Keep it simple. Ask him out.

RADHIKA

(on message)

What should I say?

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Radhika walk towards Rahul. As she closes in, we notice Pavan make a phone call and step away. Rahul is now alone, Radhika paces to reach him.

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice, extends to shake hands)

Hi.. my name is Radhika, do you have a minute?

RAHUL

(shakes hand with Radhika)

Sure. What’s this about?

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

I was wondering if I could have a conversation with you for 30 minutes about something important.

RAHUL

(gets conscious)

Are you into insurance sales? Because if you are let me save you 30 minutes, I am sufficiently insured. I don’t want to buy anything more.

Radhika looks embarrassed.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

TINA

(on message)

You are right. Bad idea.

RADHIKA

(on message)

Think of anything better?

TINA

(on message)

You know what, guys can’t resist a girl asking for help. They feel obligated to help. Why don’t you go ask him for some help?

RADHIKA

(on message)

What help should I ask?

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Radhika walk towards Rahul. As she closes in, we notice Pavan make a phone call and step away. Rahul is now alone, Radhika paces to reach him.

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

Excuse me… Hi.. would you happen to know of a self-service laundry in the neighborhood?

Rahul finds the question strange. He looks around.

RAHUL

(wanting to help)

Laundry ha? What do you want to wash?

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

You know, like clothes..

Rahul looks at Radhika’s hand. She is carrying nothing.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

RADHIKA

(on message)

This is ridiculous. I am not carrying any laundry. Besides who will help a girl wash her clothes?

TINA

(on message)

I don’t know what to tell you babe.

Radhika turns to look at Rahul and Pavan. Rahul is holding his hand on Pavan’s shoulder and speaking to him intensely.

TINA

(on message)

What are you going to do?

RADHIKA

(on message)

I don’t know.

TINA

(on message)

Why don’t you go tell him the truth?

We see Radhika now. She seems to be considering Tina’s suggestion.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Radhika walk towards Rahul, who is talking to Pavan, with one hand on his shoulder. As Radhika closes in, Rahul lets go of Pavan who turns around to notice Radhika. He looks at Rahul and then at Radhika. Makes a phone call excuse and walks away.

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

Hi.

RAHUL

Hello?

RADHIKA

(in Tina’s voice)

This might sound a bit odd. But I have been seeing you for the past so many days. I think we are meant to meet and get to know each other.

Rahul has a strange look on his face, as he is looking at Radhika.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

RADHIKA

(on message)

But what if he thinks I am a creep?

TINA

(on message)

Only one way to find out babe..

Radhika locks her phone. Takes a deep breath. Turns towards Rahul and takes a step towards him.

EXT. FOOTPATH, OUTSIDE IPLANET STORE – DAY

We see Radhika walk towards Rahul, who is talking to Pavan, with one hand on his shoulder. As Radhika closes in, Rahul lets go of Pavan who turns around to notice Radhika. He looks at Rahul and then at Radhika. Makes a phone call excuse and walks away.

RADHIKA

Hi.. I am Radhika.

RAHUL

Rahul.

RADHIKA

I know.

RAHUL

You do?

RADHIKA

I know this sounds weird. But I have been seeing you for the past so many days.

Rahul doesn’t know what to say. He is just looking at Radhika.

RADHIKA (CONT’D)

I saw you at Hard Rock Cafe and then at Simran’s wedding and then yesterday at Ambrosia.

Rahul has an expression of confusion all over his face.

RADHIKA (CONT’D)

And again today, I see you here. I think we are meant to meet and get to know each other.

Rahul is looking at Radhika. He steps closer to her. Their eyes meet. They can almost feel each other’s body heat.

We hear an echoing sound of a car honk.

EXT. FOOTPATH, NEAR STREET LIGHT – DAY

We hear the sound of a car honk.

Radhika is brought back to her senses. She turns to notice that her cab has arrived.

She looks at Rahul one more time and boards the cab.

INT. UBER CAB – DAY

CAB DRIVER

Ma’am, OTP?

RADHIKA

(looks up OTP on her phone)

4232

CAB DRIVER

Thank you ma’am. Shall we start?

RADHIKA

Sure.

The cab starts. Radhika keeps looking at Rahul as the cab nears them.

When the cab reaches the spot where Rahul and Pavan were, she notices that Rahul is also looking at her. Their eyes meet. As the cab moves on, she turns around on her seat and continues to look at Rahul. At a distance she notices a smile of recognition on Rahul’s face. She blushes and smiles as well, basking in the miracle. When Rahul goes out of visibility, she turns back, pulls out her smartphone and messages Tina

RADHIKA

(on message)

I found my 100% percent perfect boy! I know it. He is the one.

She locks the phone and puts it in her bag.

She has a bright smile on her face.

FADE TO BLACK