Once there was a king 22 December 2021: Seth ji and family head to leave. Bhabis try to stop maa but she doesn’t agree on that. Kunwar watches Lakshraaj with someone while his wife standing alone watching the body language of her husband. Kunwar thinks he can do nothing about Lakshraj.Gayatri walks dizzily towards Rana ji. Rana ji just shifts his place, the other man says he isn’t Rana ji when Gayatri says to him that she wants to say something. Gayatri loses her control, Bhabis hold her. Gayatri tells them her head is banging.
Lakshraj’s wife sends a maid to remind Kunwar he has to introduce her to different people as well. Lakshraj sends the maid angrily. His wife thinks that till the truth was under cover she could protect their respect, but now she will also not do anything about it. A man comes to her, she says she will now enjoy with him and calls for a drink.Maa calls Gayatri outside the palace, Gayatri doesn’t slip on stairs but loses control on the last one when Bhabis await this. Maa smells Gayatri’s mouth and asks if she is drunk. Gayatri was conciousless. Bhabis try to make an issue of it while Maa stops them saying they will talk about at home.
Lakshraj was still with some other man, his wife playing with the other man. Raaj Mata points at Kokila to keep her daughter in law in respect of family. Kokilla comes to her and sends the man away, she asks if she cares for the name and respect of her this royal family. Raaj Kumari asks if they have kept some limits for their son as well, his stories are really famous all along. Raaj Mata is curt at Kokilla for creating even more drama.Seth Govind comes out while maa and Gayatri were leaving in the car. He says he will Gayatri with him in the horse cart, but Maa says she is already tired and asleep. The guard tells Seth ji that his cart has been confiscated because only royal people are allowed to ride a six horse cart.
He can call him a car. Seth ji shouts that he came on his own and will leave on his own as well, remember Kunwar’s confrontations with him he leaves curtly with his sons.Kokilla shouts in the party that she neither has any shame nor respect. Raaj Kumari says she is helpless as all the shame lies with her son. Rana ji comes to Kokilla and sends her away. He takes the glass from Raaj Kumari’s hand, he asks why is she so upset. She says if women don’t have a right to be upset now? Rana ji says he always wanted a sister, today he thinks if he had a sister it would be just like her. He takes her along arm in arm to talk to her. Raaj Mata nods at Rana ji.
Maa curses Gayatri for ruining all her bringing up. Bhabis taunt at Gayatri that no one was so shameless in their family ever. Gayarti was still smiling, her head banging and she could visibly not understand anything. Seth ji comes home. Gayatri smiles at him.Seth ji asks when he came home, why didn’t they hear cart’s sound. Her sons tell her that the royal palace confiscated the cart. Maa is worried but Seth ji asks what Gayatri has done. Bhabhi tells him she drank in the royal palace. Gayatri was smiling when Bauji comes to her and asks if she drank in the palace. Gayatri speaks and smelling her mouth Seth ji slaps her hard.
He says that Amarkot’s people said that Seth Govind had the best recognition of a diamond, he was wrong that he always considered a piece of glass as diamond. He says that flying in skies need a string support as well, today she broke that limit.Bauji says that it was his mistake that he didn’t differentiate between a daughter and a son. Gayatri says that mistake was hers, she wants to tell him the truth. She didn’t know what she was drinking. Bhabis say that Gayatri has so much freedom that she can can’t distinguish between right and wrong. Gayatri’s brothers firmly say that she will never leave the house again. Everyone in the family leave. Gayatri sits on the floor, worried.
Raaj Mata gets a letter from the Kinour’s prince, they had written a complaint about Rana ji’s behavior on the party. They had denied from the proposal. Yashoda asks Raaj mata why she is making her read it again and again, Raaj Mata says that it isn’t Kinour’s prince who did the wrong, it was Rana ji. Rana ji comes there, Raaj Mata asks him to read the letter. He says he didn’t know they would mind it so much. Raaj Mata sends Yashoda out. Rana ji says he had already told him that Sharmilla isn’t Surakshna and he will never marry someone else. Surakshna’s name has been imprinted on his heart. Raaj mata shouts at him to stop this, now it is a matter of not only his life but others as well. Rana ji asks what is it about.
Gayatri comes to her maa, Maa was angry and says she could forgive her only if she was her daughter, but she isn’t. She is someone else and asks why she drank in the palace. Gayatri says that she is a shadow of her mother, she hid something from her but will tell her now.Rana ji asks Raaj Mata why she is so worried, it was just a proposal. Raaj Mata says that his denial put this state in a big trouble. Rana ji makes Raaj Mata sit and says she has taken care of state for last six years, now he is back here. Raaj Mata says that in his childhood he used to become happy with the stories she told him because he didn’t know the truth. But she can’t be happy because she knows all the truth.
She says that this state, this palace and government has been indebted with Govind Seth’s money. Rana ji gets restless at once, he stands and asks why this all status, parties, lifestyle, servants? He asks why they didn’t tell him. Raaj mata says he was so worried already, she didn’t want him to get even more worried. But she always tried, he didn’t agree to increase taxes, nor to marry. This state is being run on Govind Seth’s money, he is loyal to state but is a businessman and wants his money back at any cost.
Gayatri tells her maa that she was happy in her little world, books and dreams. She used to think of dreams that they are seen only during sleep; then she got to know that they can get one sleepless as well. She dreamed for the first time with open eyes when she first saw Rana ji, she heard her heart beat for the first time the day he saved her from water. She couldn’t get it if she had drowned or was drowning.That day, her ambitions got to fly. He had saved her life so she wanted to meet him, but when she reached the temple it seemed as if God also wanted her to marry him.
She made a handkerchief for him, she didn’t think he will ever see it but he was wearing it in the palace. Then he sent that drink for her, she didn’t think what it is and simply drank it. She says it isn’t her mistake, she only loved. Maa stops her at once and asks who gave her the right to love.The girls in Hindustan aren’t allowed to love, we don’t even have a right to shed tears for ourselves. And she has an age old fight with fate, she has already been accused of being unlucky. She forbids her not to bring this again on her tongue, in front of her Bauji or anyone. She must wipe her dreams with her tears, she must cry tonight as much as she wants to but from tomorrow she won’t bring this on her tongue even.
Next morning, Maa comes to Seth Govind as he was getting ready. Seth ji asks about Gayatri and says he thinks he should talk to her. Maa says he doesn’t need to speak to her, he has given her a lot of freedom and thinks she can dream and do what she wants to. She drank yesterday but she was lost since a long time. She asks him to search a proposal for Gayatri now. Seth ji isn’t ready to marry Gayatri to anyone who isn’t eligible but maa keeps his hand on her head and asks him not to stop her look a proposal for Gayatri.
Gayatri’s maa compels Seth ji not to stop her from looking a proposal for Gayatri. She says if she has any right on her daughter, she asks for it; he won’t stop her for finding a proposal and he won’t reject any proposal she finds. Seth ji thinks about all the words of his household even on drinking of Gayatri. He withdraws his hand from his wife’s, then says alright he will marry Gayatri anywhere she would want.At the dinner table, Gayatri was upset. Maa speaks to her son Shaam to bring Pandit ji home in the evening. Shaam and his wife asks if there is a pooja at home. Maa says no, we have decided to marry Gayatri as soon as possible.
Their life has no insurance, will Gayatri live with her brother and sister forever. Bhabis cheer. Shaam and the younger brother say that it is difficult to find a guy for Gayatri so soon, and they must not hurry. Maa curtly says that what a good proposal is, a guy should be from a good family and able to earn for himself, what else they would need. Everyone agrees and leaves the table. Gayatri thinks how she can think about two men when her heart only cares for Rana ji.
Rana ji says to Raaj Mata that he can never reside two women in his heart. Deewan ji comes there, Rana ji asks why he never told him about the debt. Deewan ji says he was about to tell him, he says that the expence of palace are 7, 50,000 while our income is only 4, 50,000. Raaj Mata says we are indebted of 59, 00,000. Rana ji is shocked, he says there would be no party again in the royal palace. Raaj Mata says they will leave their influence on the state. She warns Rana ji that whatever he does he cannot collect Seth Govind’s total amount, he has only two ways either to marry Kinour’s princess or agree to Mr. Wilkinson’s offer. Rana ji says agreeing to Mr. Wilkinson’s offer will further ruin their state economy. Raaj Mata says they don’t have much time, he needs to decide soon.
At Seth Govind’s home, Bhabi gets Gayatri ready. The proposal was from the elder Bhabi’s family. Seth Govind questions the young boy what he is doing. He says he studies in the college. Pandit ji corrects him that the proposal if of the elder man, who was the father of this young. Damodar wanted to have a second wife after the death of his first one. He was 56 years of age. The younger Bhabi brings Gayatri downstairs, Damodar’s elder sister introduces herself, Damodar, his son to Gayatri.
Pandit ji asks Gayatri to walk a little so that they can confirm if she has no defects. Gayatri walks looking at her father with tears in eyes. Damodar asks why their girl wasn’t married till yet. Pandit ji says she got engaged and the boy passed away, else there is nothing wrong.Damodar’s sister asks if she can cook. The younger bhabi says she cooked whatever they are eating. His sister says to Damodar that she likes the girl, Damodar stucks at speech and says he as well. Gayatri is left shocked and looks at Seth ji, as Damodar’s son comes to take her blessings as a mother. Damodar begins to speak about dowry. Maa says they will give them eleven lac of amount and the jewellery as well. Damodar is left shocked, his sister confirms the proposal at once.
Pandit ji congratulates Seth ji, everyone cheers. Pandit distributes sweets while Gayatri goes to Seth ji and says he can’t do this to her. She accepts that she is unlucky, she also accepts her mistake, she also knows they care about her but she asks him to be true to her if he thinks this would be better for her. If his answer is yes, she is ready to marry this man. He also knows this will ruin her life. Seth ji sits silent, Damodar stands and says this girl has a long tongue. This is her brought up, and complains to Pandit ji if he was marrying this girl.
Damodar’s sister also curses Gayatri, but Seth ji stands in defence of his daughter. He tells her to look at his brother whose son is older than her daughter, he asks them to leave his house at once.