A Thick line of red vermilion applied through the parting line of her hair was her trademark. Leela Chakraborthy also wore a round red bindi on her forehead and usually wore elegant solid colour sarees.She was fascinatingly attractive and could seduce any sage to leave his serenity and fall in love with her.She had big kohl shaped eyes and was usually very pleasant to talk to.
Inspector Francis D souza, a reputed policeman in his late forties had been smitten by her face since the day she came to the police station to file a missing persons complaint.
The Man missing since two days was her husband Dr.Arjun Chakraborthy, a renown psychiatrist who had many celebrated people visit him as patients. Well known actors, politicians , industrialists formed his client base. He was extremely well connected. Anything could have led to his disappearance, possibly he had known someone’s hidden secret.
Life was not easy for Leela, she had understood the luscious gaze and the hidden intentions of officer Francis Dsouza , who came almost everyday under the pretext of interrogation or investigation and complimented her about her perfume or strikingly beautiful face.
However Today she had herself demanded his presence as she had been unnerved by the an unknown man who had followed her on the street around her house.When she opened the curtains after her afternoon nap, he had stood there staring at her window , as if under an unbroken trance.
Francis D souza said ” i understand how difficult it must be for you”, but do not worry. i will be here tonight to make sure nothing untoward happens”. She prayed before sleeping and all she prayed for was Inspector Francis Dsouza to maintain his decorum and not turn from protector to predator at night.
In the middle of the night, Francis walked up the staircase to Mrs Leela’s room. He had uncontrollable urge to have a glance at the alluring woman while she was fast asleep.
He stood outside her room and slowly pushed the door open, He had never got the time of finding himself a girl to get married to ,when he had been young. He had always been a dutiful policeman who never thought of anything that distracted him from doing his job. However Mrs Leela had appealed to his heart, body and soul. He was obsessed with her.
While Francis was lost in admiring his new found obsession while she innocently slept unaware of his gaze. there was a some unsettling noise from the kitchen. Francis Dsouza rushed to the kitchen to find an unkempt, insane looking man trembling with fear. The Tall and sturdy officer grabbed him by the collar and sternly inquired “Who are you ? “
The Man was shaken, he started folding his hands and asking for forgiveness
Mrs Leela heard the commotion and came there. To impress the lady,the Officer hurled two hefty blows at the shivering man who started bleeding from his mouth and sat down on the floor crying
A Strong Kick on his back ensued that everything he was carrying in his bag fell on the floor. It was sketches , lots of them ,of the same face.Mrs Leela Chakraborthy’s dazzling face shined from all those sketches.She looked like aphrodite in those sketches. A goddess of love, beauty and pleasure .
Seeing those sketches fall from the man’s bag,Francis was extremely furious and he attempted to hit him again. However the man showed resistance this time and held his hand. He had a new confidence in his eyes as he winked at Francis and forcefully twisted his arm .He started speaking in a different tone which was obnoxiously rude and writhed in anger.He lifted the big man in one hand and threw him against the wall causing him to break his jaw and fall to the ground with a loud thud. After this the man started shivering and squeaking and fell unconscious
While the man was still unconscious, An Extremely Cautious Mrs. Leela checked his wallet to find that he was a famous young painter named Nagesh Dixit who had a huge female fan following at one point in his career.They were shocked to find out that he was in this state,
Nagesh Dixit, the famous painter opened his eyes and found Mrs Leela seated opposite him. He tried to get up, but he had been tied to the bed. He then noticed a gun pointed on his head and Inspector Francis who stood there with great discomfort , looking at him with a sullen expression.
” You Cheap pervert” Francis growled. Nagesh shaked his head in disbelief and said ” I never intentionally wanted to sketch her face, it just automatically happened, i keep on drawing her face again and again , as if some external force is making me do it..”
The Door bell rang and a handsome man entered. Mrs Leela ran up to him and embraced him with great intensity. He was a well known surgeon, Dr. Ranjeet Sinha. He was Mrs. Leela’s ex-flame who had re-entered her life by becoming her husband’s best friend. She had noticed the same passion in his eyes but they both avoided the rejuvenating electric chemistry they had so far. Today was different, the events that had unfolded had left her completely drained out. She badly needed a shoulder to cry on and his shoulder appeared to be the most reliable compared to the other two men available.
Dr.Ranjeet , Francis, Leela and Nagesh sat down to analyze these mysterious occurrences. Ranjeet Said ” Leela you are the centre point of everything, He draws your sketches first and then throws this man who had cast an evil eye on you on the wall ” pointing towards Francis, who looked away in shame.Leela added angrily ” I really wished i could use my nails as claws and scratch his eyes, he makes me sick by the way he looks at me “
Nagesh suddenly got up and walked towards Francis.Erratic winds started blowing as Nagesh walked with his stiff body and tilted head frantically laughing. He held francis by his arm again and this time with tremendous power he broke his arm and as he fell into a crouching position he kicked him on his shoulder. Francis fell on Mrs Leela’s feet asking for forgiveness. Nagesh’s eyes then started moving with berserk movements and he started sketching something with his trembling hands .All four of them recognized the sketch as Mr Arjun Chakraborthy’s farmhouse.They had all been there at some point in time.
“This had been rented out to a famous TV Actress” Said Mrs Chakraborthy “And i hardly go there anymore” she continued.They all decided to visit the place together.
It was pitch dark inside the farmhouse as the four of them walked slowly. Mrs Leela holding Ranjeet’s arm and Nagesh trying to hold Francis who shooed him away. They heard some commotion in the basement and using their cellphones for light, they slowly walked down the stairs to reach the basement.
An Open door at the end of the basement emitted eye-catching glow. They felt there was someone standing there.By the structure of his body it seemed to be Dr.Arjun Chakraborthy. As they neared the door they saw him more clearly .Dr Arjun Chakraborthy was seated in a rocking chair cross-dressed as a woman in a parrot green saree. As they entered that room , he immediately jumped from the chair and sat down in a crouching position with his back towards them, hiding his face
A Crying Mrs Chakraborthy made him uncover his face,The shocking aspect was that his face was smothered with vermilion.He was loaded with ornaments , Maang tikka, bangles, ear rings and even a nose ring. Mrs Chakravorthy noticed he was bleeding as he did not have the piercings. He had pierced these ornaments forcefully on himself.
All queries were going to be answered it seemed, in this very basement lied the secrets all these people had been holding. Their destinies were linked and Dr. Arjun Chakraborthy had brought them all together to face their karma.
Dr Arjun Chakraborthy then noticed Dr.Ranjeet and walked towards him with a cheekish smile.
He put his arms around Dr.Ranjeet and said ” Do you remember me ? I am Roma, Do you miss me ” he said in a feminine voice.
Everyone was horrified at what they saw. They were all connected in someway and they had all been to the basement of this farmhouse at some point in their lives and they all had caused some distress to this young TV Actress named Roma
Roma Mathur, the famous TV Celeb who played a righteous bahu in TV Serials was completely the opposite in real life. She had an unscrupulous affair with a married man , A famous surgeon Dr Ranjeet Sinha, who spent most of his nights at this farmhouse in the arms of his object of desire.There was another facade to Roma Mathur’s personality. She was extremely greedy and even the wealth amassed so far had not been enough for her.
Dr Ranjeet had been very fascinated by the hidden room that he had seen in the basement , when he had visited it for the first time after an amorous and adventurous night of pleasure with Roma.He was astonished to see that this room had a wonderful code locking system and it could be used for something extravagant that occurred in his mind
Ranjeet saw this as an opportunity and promised Roma to play as her pander to get her closer to her infatuation with her greed of accumulating enormous wealth,provided she allowed him to run his shady business in her basement.
Broken from the trance of his memories by the cross dressed Arjun trying to kiss him. Ranjeet pushed him away.Mrs Leela was jolted , Nagesh attempted to run but the doors had a certain electric current flowing through him that pushed him back to where he was positioned before.
Francis Dsouza tried to climb out of the basement but the last ply of wood he had kept his foot on broke into pieces and he fell with a loud thud fracturing his entire body.He Got up to run again but tumbled as he had no strength left in his body.
Arjun Chakraborthy then spoke in a screeching voice at exceeding decibel levels , it was the loud voice of Roma Mathur which could be heard alongside the meekly male voice of Arjun. “Nagesh, Francis and Ranjeet , i am sure you all know why i brought you here” Do you remember that Night ? ” and his eyes grew wider and blood oozed out from his eyes in the form of tears.from both sides.
That Night of July 31st at the farmhouse had been very infelicitous. Nagesh dixit stroked his paint brush on a beautiful painting he had been making of Roma while she posed in a seductive manner. Dr Arjun opened the door of the farmhouse with his own set of keys with a bang. He had brought the police with him as he had been tipped about some insane inhuman offence that was regularly being committed at this farmhouse , It was Inspector Francis D Souza who walked next to Dr,Arjun as they raided the basement of the farmhouse.
As the Code-locked door opened.They saw two unconscious men who lied on adjacent beds, One was a patient and the other one was a Donor. Dr Ranjeet and a few assistant doctors and nurses were in the middle of an illegal surgery. A Kidney transplant was in progress.Dr,Arjun slapped his friend for playing with the life of these poor people. It was a poor beggar who had been lured under the promise of good food and some money.Some medical tests had been done and once everything was positive he had been drugged to make him unconscious .The Beggar was totally unaware that his kidney was being transplanted to a rich businessman.
Hundreds of such illegal operations had been completed right there in that basement and Roma had allowed these things to happen after earning a hefty amount of remuneration every time Dr Ranjeet planned such an inhuman event.
Citing the life threatening consequences of leaving the surgery half way through. Dr Ranjeet and his assistants completed the operation .Then Dr,Ranjeet then sat down with Dr.Arjun and Inspector Francis and tried to sort the issue amicably so that they all could benefit from it. Apart from Hefty amounts of money he also promised them something terribly wrong and horrendous.
After discarding the unaware and incognizant beggar at the same street he was picked up from in the same unconsious state.
Dr.Ranjeet Sinha Dr Arjun Chakraborthy, Inspector Francis , Nagesh and Roma clinked their Wine glasses and they all said “Cheers”.
After sipping the wine Roma felt tipsy , “Its really strong” she said almost falling off. It had been planned as Dr Ranjeet winked and the others smiled gleefully. Her vision blurred and she fell to the ground in an inebriated state. The First one to satisfy his greedy urge was the desperate policeman who lifted an unconscious roma in his arms and took her to the bedroom.
Dr.Arjun sat on the floor with blood oozing from eyes and wailed loudly
” You all turned into animals, you thought i was unaware, so you could do anything. I felt the pain, it was tremendous pain, I wriggled in pain every time one of you left the room” ” What pleasure did you get from a unresponsive woman , Did any of you even notice my tears which were flowing from my eyes when you were busy fulfilling your fantasies”
“And you played pander , as you said but not to my desires of amassing wealth. You played pander to your friends. How could you do that Ranjeet , I had loved you with so much passion and dedication” He Screeched and pounced on Ranjeet with his Claws digging into his flesh on his arm and he dragged him into a corner and scragged his neck with all his might and power till he drew his last breath. Tossing Dr.Ranjeet’s dead body away he turned angrily to Francis
Francis lied on the floor with his hands folded. but Arjun thumped his foot on his face umpteen times with tremendous power till he collapsed to his death.
It was Nagesh’s turn who decided to hide behind Mrs Leela and suddenly grabbed Mrs leela from behind and threatened to strangle her if Arjun did not stop..Arjun walked slowly towards the end of the room and flung at nagesh the painting that he had made of Roma with great intensity that broke his skull making him bleed to his death.
Mrs Leela winced, aghast at their cruelty. Dr.Arjun was arrested from the scene of crime and another body was recovered from the house , it was the dead body of Roma. Owing to the strongly spiked wine roma had slipped into comatose and when these monsters continued with their beastly attempts to savour her body, she had died.
A Renown Psychiatrist was now mentally unstable , it is difficult to believe that he was possessed by a ghost. It was his own guilt, he had enjoyed the malicious proposal given by his friend Ranjeet .He had thought that no one could ever come to know about this dark secret where they took advantage of an unconscious woman. Unfortunately she died and Dr Arjun was overburdened with guilt. After discarding her dead body they all had left with a promise of never speaking about this ever again and not recognizing each other in public. But Dr Arjun had come back to the farmhouse, read Roma’s diaries, moved around in the basement and seen her wardrobe. His mind had been extremely disturbed.He had a fraction of humanity in him which was slowly killing him. He felt extremely agitated and frustrated , His friend Ranjeet had traded his girlfriend’s trust and her life as a small bonus to the Painter, the inspector and him to keep their mouth shut about his shady business.He kept himself locked in the basement and his guilt made him lose his sanity. In his madness and in his rage towards these men he had killed them all.
Mrs Leela visited her husband in the mental asylum where he sat gaping at the sky , she cried as he started crying inconsolably. He was still cross-dressed as a woman, possibly feeling things from Roma’s point of view. “It is never pleasure, to use unconscious people to your advantage. Dr Ranjeet sinha has been let off too easily. He deserved a more gruesome death ” He said
Mrs Leela wiped his tears knowing that he had indeed committed a gruesome crime but he had repented and he had done more than people do in today’s times . Even if he had been more human than most of the rapists , his doing was still unforgivable. The Righteous bahu in the serial had been changed , another lady was wrapped in a saree and she shed the same glycerine tears and mouthed the same cliched lines.Television seemed to be so much in Irony with real life.
© Jitendra Kotai