Once there was a king 18 December 2021: In the morning, Gayatri prayed along with the family happily. She asks maa to let Kaka go home because his daughter is ill, he wants to meet her. The younger bhabi says he took a leave last month. Gayatri says a lot of days have spent for a month, and he will return in the evening. Bhabi’s say that the servants must not be trusted. Kaka says he may take Gayatri along so that they are sure he will return in time. Gayatri asks her maa if she understands the pain of a daughter who has been sent away from her in laws. Maa doesn’t agree, Gayatri doesn’t remove her hand off a fire flame. Everyone insists her to remove it, she does but only on her own conditions to go with Kaka. Her mother tells her to go home before evening.
Raaj Mata comes to discuss something with Rana ji. Rana ji says he has a meeting and he needs to go there, he has no time now. Raaj Mata says he doesn’t inform her about his meetings. Rana ji says this is an unofficial meeting, a soldier needs him. Raaj Mata asks Rana ji if he is forgetting the protocol of being a Raja. Rana ji says that all the differences are only man made, and a royal prince has to look after his subjects as a priority. Rana ji takes the proposal along, and says he will look into it when free. Raaj mata says she has high hopes with the British proposal. Rana ji travels to the village. Gayatri was there on a cart with Kaka, she was excited and asks Kaka to drive slow as she was waiting for Rana ji. When she looks at the car, she urges Kaka to drive fast now. She was disappointed at not being able to see Rana ji.
The villagers tell Rana ji that they have no water, more than half of the crop has been taken by British government and Royal family. An associate tells Rana ji that they got a stream of water made till the village. The villager tells Rana ji that they have to pay tax on the water, for which they don’t have money. Rana ji asks who has put a tax on that, they tell him it is his uncle and British. They have also made an office near the stream.
Gayatri tells Kaka’s daughter that one doesn’t have to be hopeless in life. She has made friends with the dreams and now never gets hopeless. Gayatri watches Rana ji approaching from behind the crops, she starts running towards him. Kaka calls that the land ahead is slippery but she doesn’t stop and fell down into the river. It had also started to rain heavily. Rana ji runs towards Gayarti who was stuck in water and was shouting for help. Rana ji gets her and swims her out of the water. By the time he comes out of the river Gayatri had fainted. Rana ji says that her breathes are really slow, the guard asks what to do now. Rana ji rubs Gayatri’s hand, then he pumps her chest and says they need to give her immediate oxygen and there is no hospital nearby. He bends down and pushes oxygen into Gayatri’s breathes.
Gayatri wakes up spilling water from her mouth. Rana ji makes her sit up, she opens her eyes to see him worried. He is shocked to see her, she keeps her head on his shoulder. Rana ji calls his guard to get his jacket, puts Gayatri’s arm around his neck and helps her stand. He then drapes the jacket on Gayatri, she was about to faint and fell on the ground. He sits beside her and asks if she is alright, who she is as he had also seen her in library as well. Kaka was about to tell him but Gayatri moves her head at him. Kaka says she is his daughter. Rana ji’s holds Gayatri’s hand and offers to drop them home but Kaka says thanks a lot, they will go home by themselves. Rana ji tells his guard to leave too. He turns to look at Gayatri who was lost into his.
Kaka’s daughter says to Gayatri that her life has been saved, still it seems she has been drowned. Gayatri says that sometimes a person is drowned without water. Kaka asks Gayatri why she didn’t let him tell Rana ji about her identity. Gayatri says there would be a problem if someone knows about it at home.Rana ji looks into the papers of water stream. His guard asks who allowed them to pay tax on water. The person tells him that it was because of the orders of his uncle Kunwar Chandarwardan, the money doesn’t go to government but his uncle and British.
Rana ji says that now the British will know that this state is no longer without a heir.Gayatri’s mother tries to get Seth ji’s attention. She tells him that all the girls of Gayatri’s age have been married and gives examples. Seth ji says he knows about Gayatri’s age but he couldn’t find a guy able to marry Gayatri. Her mother says that a girl who has been considered as unlucky will never marry. Seth ji says he will not marry his daughter to anyone, but look at the guy well. She asks which prince will marry Gayatri. He laughs at the condition of Prince. Munshi ji brings notice of court, Seth ji sends his wife inside and asks the Munshi to read it. He reads as it was a notice to Raaj Mata that the royal family is in debted with 35 lacs of Govind Seth. He wanted to meet her but she has denied it, now he deters Raaj Mata to file a court case against them.
Mushi ji says they are royal family of the state, Govind Seth says that they got this pride because of their crown but their crown have been mortgaged to him. Raaj Mata was angry at the notice, didn’t take it into consideration and tore it in front of Munshi ji. She says that she will get signed the pact to increase taxes from Rana ji tonight.At home, Bhabis were taunting at Gayatri being late, Maa was worried when Kaka and Gayatri enters the house. Maa questions Gayatri where was she, is it any time to return home else her own Bhabi’s will taunt her? She says that when she leaves home she takes their respect with her. She questions Kaka where was Gayatri. Kaka stammers, Bhabi asks Maa to ask Gayatri whose coat is this.
It seems to be an expensive one. Kaka explains that it was raining, he asked someone from his coat in the way as Gayatri was getting wet. He tells Maa that Gayatri is really tired and needs rest. He sends Gayatri inside and goes to get milk for her. Bhabi’s comment that it seems Gayatri went somewhere else with Kaka.Rana ji comes to palace, Raaj Mata says she was also waiting for him and telling the officer that his planning to increase the government treasury has been great. His uncle says that their friendship to British have proven to be fruitful for the country. Rana ji says he can see this.
The uncle asks him to sign the pact then, Rana ji says that a farmer doesn’t cultivate on the papers but the land itself, he went to meet the farmers and found out that the farmers had already been paying great amount of tax. Raaj Mata didn’t know about the tax on water. Rana ji apologizes Mr. Wilkinson and says their farmers won’t be able to bear the double taxations and won’t be left to eat something from their own crops else. Mr. Wilkinson leaves, Raaj Mata is worried about their debt.
In the room, Gayatri comes in front of the mirror thinking about Rana ji. She removes the coat from over her which fells on the floor. Her maa comes in, Gayatri turns to her in shock. Maa watches the coat on the floor, she says a truth can be hidden from anything but a mother’s heart. Gayatri turns away. Her mother asks if she know who steals looks? Those who are thieves, and thieves enters the house only when a window has been left open. She turns to leave telling Gayatri to shut the window so that she can look at her mother into her eyes. Gayatri asks if she really doesn’t truth her? Her mother says she does, but she is afraid Gayatri may lose this burden. She asks her if Kaka is true? Then what about the coat and arriving late? She leaves saying a girl’s respect is really expensive. Gayatri is worried why she couldn’t tell her mother about meeting Rana ji.