Tonight the CVs gave us a delightful episode to complete the PaRud wedding.
On Friday, the CVs gave us a lovely episode with some lighter, emotional and romantic moments. After the detail with which they adhered to every ritual of Thursday's hate marriage, and with Rudra repeatedly pointing out that fact, there was no way they could have missed out the Suhaag Raat. And sure enough we saw milk (that indispensable lead-in) make its appearance. If there were any doubts they were banished by the synchronised retching (he was gentleman enough to allow her to go first), the awkwardness, and by the ending where he slumped exhausted atop her.
The lovemaking was perfectly in sync with what we know of Rudra and Paro. He - devilish, experienced, testing her limits, but full of contrition when he thinks he's pushed her too far. She - innocently game, more than his match, completely trusting him, a constant surprise, holding him in thrall, wringing a response from him so overwhelming that his body gives out. But it doesn't matter because she's there to catch him.
Then there's the impact lovemaking has on them. It knocks Rudra out completely. Which can be extrapolated to mean that his love for her, like his passion, will be overpowering, beyond his control. All the more reason for him to fear giving in to his love, considering the potential it has to utterly destroy him if she should leave him. A clear insight, this, in to his continued denial of love for her and his fight against giving in to it. And therefore into the violence of the conflict between his love for Paro and his denial of it.
Which brings me to the morning after and Rudra's pretend amnesia. To me, that was about keeping her off balance. Having come to full consciousness the moment he woke up, like the good soldier he is, Rudra decided to use his advantage to wrong-foot Paro by telling her he had no clue about the marriage. And having knocked Paro off balance, he kept her teetering by revoking his amnesia in front of Mythili. There's no way he could deny the marriage, wish it away. It was never an option. And so he did the next best thing - put on a good face, played the married man to the fullest. Demanded his cup of tea. And when it was not forthcoming, went to pull her up for her negligence and drive home to her how seriously he took his vows to generally make her miserable.
Which brings me to the vows. Their compatibility, their need for each other, their caring for each other, his unspoken love for her and her spoken love for him make nonsense of the vows. He'll try to be nasty to her, maybe even succeed briefly, but he's already fighting himself and won't be able to keep it up more than momentarily. The vows are just a very thin front, a survival mechanism, and he knows it too.
Which is why, in that lovely last scene in his room, even when he was telling Paro she'd better get used to weeping, he was trailing a fingertip back up her tears (wiping it off effectively). And when in the next moment she cut her hand on the sliver of glass, the vows are crushed beneath his boots as he springs up to tend to her, to take away her pain.
Makes me look forward very much to next week!
Oh. My. God.
Oh. My. God.
Oh. My. God.
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