Barrister Bahu 23 August 2022: Episode starts with Anirudh asking the people to insult him. The villager says man can’t be called abandoned. Anirudh asks why this injustice happens with women, can any man imagine his life without a woman, no, because every woman is someone’s mum, daughter, wife and sister. The men bow down. Anirudh says my wife left me, she isn’t unlucky, the man who left her is unlucky, I m the live example. Bondita is in the flower basket. He recalls her. Rishta tera mera…..plays…. He says I can’t meet anyone’s eyes, abandoned woman bears pain, every woman should get justice, Bondita didn’t need our pity, she could fight her own justice, she just wanted love and respect for her mother. Sumati wakes up. He says we all did injustice with her, we are the culprits, so she left us, don’t know where did she go. Sumati comes out and asks where is Bondita, I know someone came to take her. Mami says no one came, you were unconscious, how would you know, she has run away. Sumati says this can’t happen, tell me where is she, there is some other matter. Anirudh says Maa. Sumati says enough, when you have left my daughter, is there any relation between us. Anirudh cries.
Sumati scolds him. She coughs. Anirudh rushes and gets water for her. She throws the water and says if I drink the water, then what face will I show to my daughter. Anirudh folds hands and apologizes to her. He says punish me. She says you won’t be forgiven, just go. She goes inside the house and cries. She says where were you when my daughter was hearing the taunts, you came to get rid of the burden, its easy for men, tell me Anirudh. He says no, the burden on my heart will end when I get Bondita. He prays. The man’s cart wheel gets stuck in the mud. Bondita gets conscious. The man says do something fast. Anirudh keeps a burning diya on his hand. He says I swear I will get bondita back to you. He says I won’t go back home until I get her back, I made her leave, now I leave my house. The man sprinkles water on Bondita and says get up. Anirudh’s hand burns.
Sumati says I will come along to find Bondita. He says no, I know I broke your trust, I will get her back. The man takes Bondita with him. Bondita asks Sumati to just take care of herself. He says if my repentance is true, then I will find her. He cries. The man takes Bondita. Her slate falls. Sumati says go and find Bondita, my blessings are with you. Anirudh says take care of Sumati as Bondita took care of Sampoorna’s marriage. Mama says what are you saying, Bondita used to talk of Gandhi ji and sing Raghupati raghav….. Anirudh recalls the man he met. He thinks that man was kidnapping Bondita. He goes to ask someone about the cart. He says two ways are there, don’t know which way Bondita went. Sita ram….plays…. A girl drags Bondita’s slate. He sees it and recalls Bondita.
Trilochan says prepare to welcome Anirudh and Bondita. Munshi says they won’t come, we got a news that Bondita left her village, Anirudh also went after her. Trilochan gets shocked. He says what sin did I do, I sent Ram and Sita on vanvas. Bihari says why are you blaming yourself. Trilochan says I m the elder one, I didn’t stop Anirudh when he made Bondita leave. He cries. Anirudh asks where did you get it. The girl says some girl was passing by, this fell from her bag, is this a toy. He says no, its a thing that makes one independent. She asks do you know her. He says no, I know her now. She says then give this to her. The man asks Bondita to sit, he will get the ticket. He goes.Bondita gets to see Anirudh and Saudamini’s pic in the newspaper. The shopman takes it from her hand. She asks him to give it. He asks her to give money and take it. She says I don’t have it, it has my husband’s pic, just give one paper to me. He asks her to go. She says I can do some work instead money, I will clean the shop, will you give me the paper. He asks her to go. Anirudh comes there and asks the men about her. The man sees Anirudh and says how did he come here, if he sees the girl, it will spoil everything. Bondita goes and takes Anirudh’s pic. She smiles.
The man says where did she go. He sees her and asks her to come, its time for the train. Anirudh asks the shopman about a little girl who argues a lot. The man says she was just here. Anirudh asks where is she. The man says she wanted to get a newspaper and said it has her husband’s pic. Anirudh asks which pic. The man says she had torn the paper and took it when I refused, she got me a loss.Anirudh pays the man. The man says but the paper price was less. Anirudh says after that girl touched it, it has become priceless. He asks others about her. The train leaves. The man says the little girl left in Kolkata train. Anirudh is shocked.
the man thinking I got saved from her husband and got her here, one-eyed Tara Bai will be happy. Bondita wakes up and asks did we reach Gandhi ji’s place, what’s this place, people are walking in sleep, I think you got me to wrong place. He says we will go tomorrow. She says my mum is ill, I have no time, I have to meet Gandhi ji and take him to village so that he explains everyone that none should call any woman abandoned. The man says enough of it, come with me. He throws her on the floor. Tara shouts. She comes and slaps the man. She says how dare you hurt the little girl, what if she asks for diamonds, she will get everything, this is my sky, every woman is regarded a star here, not a shoe. She kicks him. The man goes away. Tara holds Bondita and smiles. Anirudh thinks I have come Bondita. Tara asks what’s your name. Bondita says I m Bondita, I didn’t see a woman like you before. Tara asks why, do I have two nose or sharp teeth. Bondita says no, your voice is powerful, I have seen polite women, they always work and get scared of their husbands, you look different, your clothes and personality, the way you kicked him, you looked like the owner of this house. Tara says yes, I m the Badi Malkin, a woman rules here, I rule here, didn’t you have any food, will you have something.
Bondita says yes, no….. Tara laughs and says you think I m a stranger. She calls out Surayya and says get something for her, take her belongings. The women come and get food for Bondita. Bondita says twins, its a miracle. Tara says they are twin sisters, Surayya and Ramayya. Bondita says they look same. Tara says their face is same, but one is flower, other is hot coal, come to me, you will see many things for the first time here. She asks them to give new clothes to Bondita. Bondita says no, I didn’t come to stay here, I came here to meet Gandhi ji, I have to take him to my village, can you tell me where is he, my husband knows this city well, if he was with me….. She recalls his words. Anirudh says where shall I find you Bondita. Tara feeds Bondita with her hands. Bondita says what if its a big city, one can find Lord also. Anirudh asks an artist if he can make a little girl’s sketch. The man says sure, whose pic do you want to make. Anirudh shows the pic. The man says its not clear, how shall I make it, can you describe that girl’s face. Anirudh says yes, she has a smiling face, dark eyes filled with naughtiness, she is bit innocent also, she is ready to argue always. He smiles and describes Bondita. The man says I think you know this girl well. Anirudh says I wish I could know, but I lost her. He says great, I will paste the photos all over the city. Rishta tera mera….plays… He thinks of her.
Bondita praises Anirudh. Tara asks why did you come here alone. Bondita says he left me, the villagers insulted me, I came to meet Gandhi ji so that he explains everyone that abandoned woman and her mum aren’t bad, I don’t know anyone here. Anirudh says she doesn’t know anyone here, I m afraid that she may fall in wrong hands. Tara hugs Bondita and says stop being afraid, you are under my shadow now. Anirudh says I will stay here until I find her, don’t know how is she. Tara blindfolds Bondita. She takes her to show the girls dancing. She says its my heaven, my Sheeshmahal, come. Bondita says they are pretty. Tara says they are fairies of the heaven, none can insult them here. Bondita says but I can’t stay here, I have to go.Tara says no, forget from where you have come, where you have to go, now think this is your house, you will get a new identity, a new name. Bondita asks new name. Tara says yes, Munmun, your name will be Munmun. Bondita says no, I m not Munmun, I m Bondita. Anirudh says her name is Bondita, she won’t get tied by the society’s customs. He smiles thinking of her. Rishta tera mera….plays…
The man writes the name and missing description. Anirudh thanks him and says make some more. Saurabh says Anirudh had called, he is in Kolkata, he said he will bring Bondita home. Trilochan says he will succeed, Saurabh ask Bihari to set Anirudh and Bondita’s room like before. Binoy says room will be same, but what about the change in Anirudh’s life, he is Saudamini’s fiance now. Bondita says this is not my house, I have to take Gandhi ji to my village, I will stay well with my mum, I forgot the bag there. She runs upstairs. Tara gets angry and says you will go when I let you go. She says Gandhi ji went out.Bondita asks is he not in Kolkata, I left my ill mum for no use. Tara says its Durga puja time, he will come back in one week, you see the puja here, if you go back without Gandhi ji, you and your mum have to bear tortures, its my promise to you, I will make you meet Gandhi ji. Bondita asks really. Tara says really. Bondita runs to her and says I m your guest, I will take Gandhi ji with me after one week. Surayya comes and tells a client’s complaint. Bondita says I understood, you sell sweets, right, I love sweets, I told Anirudh to get Rasgulla for me. She recalls the moment. Anirudh says you had eaten 7 pots of Rasgulla, and this is 8th one. Bondita says mum says one shouldn’t count someone’s food. He says you won’t be able to digest. She says I can have more, its tasty. He says its from Kolkata’s shop. She says promise me, you will get 8 pots for me when you go there. He says fine, why. She says I will have 8 pots. He laughs and says fine, I will get it whenever I go there. FB ends. Bondita says since I came from Anirudh’s house, I didn’t eat any Rasgulla, I feel I forgot that taste. She cries. She says when I take Gandhi ji home, mum and I will have the sweets and celebrate, villagers won’t trouble us. Tara says no one will trouble you, my permission will be needed to touch you, I don’t sell sweets, but sell sweetness.Tara asks Bondita to go and take rest. She asks Surayya to give her new clothes.Bondita goes. Tara says you have to stay here all life, think this is your Sasural, you will become a bride here, you will just leave on a funeral.