Once there was a king 8 January 2022: Seth ji sat upset, Maa comes to him and says that his act hurt his daughter the most. She says that he has taught her to fight back, now she needs courage to fulfil her dream in that big palace. She tells him to go and meet her for a while.Gayatri sat in her room, crying over Rana ji’s words. A servant comes to tell her that her father has come to meet her. Gayatri gets excited, then thinks he won’t be able to see her this way. She tells the servant to tell her father she isnt feeling well, she instructs him to not let him go without dinner. She was drinking the water then thinks a wife whose husband hasn’t accepted her can’t even drink water.
The servant tells Seth ji that Raani isnt feeling well, and she has instructed to not let him go without dinner. Seth ji says he doesn’t eat a bite from daughter’s house. Gayatri was hearing this all, she turns and finds a maid who says it is time to prepare food for temple. Gayatri says she will do that. Kokilla comes to kitchen, she jerks and the plate fell off. She says to Gayatri that Gayatri is so shameless, even this platter fell on the floor with a little jerk but she was insulted by her husband so badly, still she is standing shamelessly here. Raaj Mata stops Kokilla, she says that she will now speak and Kokilla must hear. She stops the servants and tells them to see the drama, she tells Kokilla that she was brought up in a palace, and still her character is so down.
She says to Kokilla that whatever was between Rana ji and Raani Gayatri is a matter of spouses. Rana ji can’t take Gayatri’s right of being a Raani. She reminds Kokilla that all the heads that are raised against Raanis doesn’t stay on the body for a long time. She tells Kokilla to apologize Kokilla. Kokilla apologizes. Raaj Mata asks the servants if they heard something. Kokilla repeats aloud, crying, to forgive her. Raaj Mata says that she can leave now. Raaj Mata says to Gayatri that she is a Raani, she must learn to reply her insult. She tells her to get ready, people are waiting to see their new Raani.
Kokilla comes to the room crying. Kokilla says there was a lot of insult.
Kunwar asks in front of whom. Kokilla says everyone. Kunwar ji asks why she is so upset. Kokilla says insult was hers, Raaj Mata asked her to apologize Gayatri in front of everyone.People cheered for Gayatri, Gayatri comes to the stage. Raaj Mata that this is for the first time that people of Amirkot have come to see the new Raani. She informs Gayatri that till two weeks from now, people will come to give gifts to Gayatri. This is a way of their respecting. People come to meet Gayatri as she receives gift. Seth ji comes covered face, he gives her whistle to her, he says he is also among the people of Amirkot, his daughter lives here and is really angry at her; if she meets her she must give it to her and say to her that her father is really ashamed of what he has done to her.
She must also tell her that her journey is really tough in the palace, this will remind her that her father’s prayers are with her, this gift will give her strength to get her love. Gayatri heads towards Seth ji who was leaving, Raaj Mata stops her and tells her not to do this. People hooted for Gayatr who wipes her tears again.Rana ji was practicing archery, Gayatri appears from the main door. She comes in front of his bow, both move towards each other. Rana ji asks if she wants to blame him for murder being the aim of his arrow. Gayatri says that he did enough arrows on her yesterday, this piece of steel is nothing in front of that all. She says yesterday was his turn, today it is hers. He heads to leave, Gayatri says that a husband and wife have the relation of equality.
Today he must listen to her answers, she asks that the palace is indebted by a number of businessmen, did he ever think why Raaj mata only brought the proposal at her home and not anywhere else, because it was in fate. Relations are tied in this world but are made in skies, God wanted them to be spouses. He can’t break this relation. Her mistake was that she loved, and if it is sin she is proud to have committed this. This is fate that she loves him and he hates her. Now all the society will see that the power of love is stronger than hate. She promises that till Diwali, his hatred will lose in front of her love. Rana ji says that he promises that till Diwali, he will return each and every penny of her father, when there will be no base for this relation he will send her out of the palace and his life.
Gayatri says that being a wife, she will help him pay his debt and then they will light the candle together at Diwali. She calls for water, then orders the servant to serve the food. The servant was shocked, she turns and asks if he couldn’t listen. She tells Rana ji that her war is longer, she must eat something to get energy, turns and goes into the palace.In the palace, Gayatri tells Swarna that she has told Rana ji that they will light the Diwali candle together. Swarna is happy, she says that she thought Gayatri must be really sad with what Rana ji had said to her. Gayatri says she has no time for it, she has to dream and fulfil them. She asks Swarna if she will help her or not. Swarna says she will do it.
They come to kitchen, Gayatri says to Swarna that she wants to know why palace has come indebt of her father. Swarna says that she has been brought up in a palace, she will show her the royal kitchen. She shows Gayatri a bag full of almonds, Swarna says that Laksh likes almonds so they were brought from Kashmir, he ate a few and the rest will be thrown. There is another bottle of English wine, but Kunwar ji doesn’t drink the second sip from one bottle. She shows her the olive oil that was imported from foreign for Raaj Mata ask she likes its fragrance. She tells Gayatri about the store that is filled with Rashan for royal people half of which goes wasted.
Gayatri instructs the royal cooks that she will look after the kitchen items from now on. She keeps only a few ones and instructs them to use only these ones.
The cook asks Gayatri not to do this, as if there is less oil in Kunwar ji’s food he will beat him hard. Gayatri says she will reply all the questions asked to them. She tells the cook to empty all the bottles of wine in a bucket.Laksh and Kunwar ji were looking for their wine bottles. Laksh calls a servant, he tells Laksh that he emptied the bottles of wine in a bucket. Laksh was about to beat him, Gayatri enters the room. She tells them that she has taken the responsibilities of finances of royal palace today. She has thrown all the bottles of wine, she instructs the cook to throw the left wine as well. Gayatri says that the wine bottles come with royal finance, it might be against his self-respect to drink from the royal finances so she ended this trend herself.
Kunwar ji says she is disrespecting them. Gayatri says she doesn’t intend to, the palace is becoming a sea of debt and they are favoring British government only with it. If they have any questions with it, they must raise them in front of Rana ji. Gayatri turns to leave and watches Rana ji listening to all the conversation, he smiles and leaves.On the table, Raaj mata announces that today the food was prepared by Gayatri in her supervision. They all appreciate the food. Laksh asks why it is so different. Gayatri says that this food has less oil and masala, from today such food will be prepared in the palace. Gayatri says this is healthy food. Kunwar ji calls it poor’s food. Gayatri says that food is never poor, it is the one who eats who is poor or rich. Kokilla and Kunwar ji begins to curse the food now. Kunwar ji asks how he can even allow this in the palace. Rana ji reminds Kunwar ji that he is a soldier, it isnt a soldier’s nature to worry about food.
He tells Laksh that the recognition of a palace isnt with their food but with their doings. This is a petty matter to comment on. Raaj Mata says to Gayatri that she has taken a difficult tast to change the years old traditions, but this is what a Raani does. She says that there a saying, a penny saved is a penny earned.The Minister comes with a letter from British government. Raaj mata tells him to come afterwards, but Rana ji says had it not been important he wouldn’t have disturbed. The minister says it isn’t a good news.
He reads a letter, Rana Indravadhan Singh has been blamed to marry a non Rajput girl without permission, the British government is putting a 10,000 fine on Rana ji, in case the fine isn’t paid the British government will have to take the crown from Rana ji. Rana ji is angry and stands saying were British not tired of ruling India that now they have started to rule is personal life as well. Raaj Mata says the palace is already torn, it will be a problem for them. Rana ji says the British will have to return each and everything they are doing. He tells Raaj Mata that she was happy that Gayatri saved them money, this is the cost that the palace must pay for her. He tells them all the enjoy food now.
Rana ji leaves the table, Laksh says it seems Rana ji is unable to digest the food.
Raaj Mata says to Rana ji not to give this fine, he wants to take revenge of his insult and know that royal family can’t pay this fine. Raaj Mata says that he must go to meet Mr. Wilkinsons. Rana ji says that he knows what to do, once the Raja of Lucknow said to him that if he ever wants to sell the aeroplane Moar Pankh, he will give him any price for it. Raaj Mata says she knows how much Rana ji loves his place. Rana ji says his family’s respect is dearer to him. Raaj Mata keeps a hand on Rana ji’s shoulder. Swarna heard this all.
Swarna tells Gayatri who was worried that he is doing this all for her respect, on that crown ceremony day as well as today. Swarna asks what she can do for this.
Gayatri says today she will do what no one might have done before. Gayatri comes to meet Mr. Wilkinson’s late at night, draped in large cloth. Mr. Wilkinson’s is enraged looking at her and asks what she is doing here. She says she is paying the fine to be borne in a slave state. She opens a bag in front of him filled with gold. She says she is paying the fine he had put on her husband. Mr. Wilkinson’s asks whose gold is this. Gayatri tells him not to worry, they don’t steal things from other states. This is hers, she got it on her wedding. Mr. Wilkinson’s asks why is she doing this. Gayatri says they live for respect and the respect is the most dear thing to them, not likes the thieves who have no self-respect. She says that she has paid the fine, now he must not disturb her husband.
Gayatri leaves, Kunwar ji enters the office from the other door. He says to Mr. Wilkinsons that this girl again ruined their plan, now Rana ji will not leave the crown.
Mr. Wilkinson’s says to Kunwar ji that they Indian can never be cleverer than British. He says that Gayatri has come this late to pay the fine, if she loves the respect of her husband how dear Rana ji would hold her respect. Kunwar ji asks what is he saying. Mr. Wilkinson’s calls Rana ji, he tells Rana ji that he couldn’t even wait for morning. His fine has been paid. Rana ji asks who did it. Mr. Wilkinson’s says that his wife did it, she was here and spoke to him, they spent time together. He noticed her beauty today, he is really lucky. She can do anything to be a Raani. Mr. Wilkonson’s says that he knew it today why she is worth his wife.
He hands the phone up. Rana ji puts the phone down in rage. Kunwar ji asks if British drink a fox’s milk. He has aimed directly at the eye of sparrow, but what if sparrow flies before an arrow get to her. Mr. Wilkinson’s says that one thing he knows better, Indian’s can bear anything but their wife’s name with someone else. He says their aim wouldn’t get to a wrong place. He finds Gayatri’s anklet on the doorway.Gayatri stops in the way, finds an idol and prays for her protection.
Rana ji was sitting on his arm chair angrily. Gayatri comes to the palace, watches him there and says she went to temple to pray for him, this is Prasad. Rana ji asks if Prasad is also there. Rana ji says that most people go to temple at morning, there are few people who go to temple this time. Gayatri says that people themselves have made this rule, God is awake everytime. Gayatri goes to change her shoes and finds her anklet. Swarna comes there, then apologizes for coming there like this. Rana ji stops Swarna and says he was leaving. Swarna says to Gayatri that Rana ji came to her room, she is worrying about her anklet. Swarna asks if she invited him.
Gayatri says no, he came by himself. Swarna teases her, both laugh.
Downstairs, Rana ji thinks why he must believe Mr. Wilkinsons, he didn’t give an proof. There comes a parcel for Rana ji. There was the anklet and a letter saying Gayatri forgot it in his room. Rana ji must tell her that her feet look beautiful without them as well. Swarna reads Gayatri a poem she had written. Gayatri says she writes so well, but why her poems are so sad, Laksh never leaves her and go out of Amirkot. Swarna gets lost. Gayatri says that she is with her as well, how can Swarna be alone. Swarna asks Gayatri how has she got this much courage, she always smile no matter how much tension is there between them. A servant brings a message for Gayatri, there was a rose and a letter.
Swarna asks Gayatri to read it. Gayatri opens the letter, it said ‘a few days ago he had said that in life only what is in fate, takes place. Today he wants to give fate a chance. A cart is waiting outside, she must come straight to him, he is waiting. Gayatri is shocked reading the name, Rana Indravadhan Singh’.