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Tassavvur

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The movie is a powerful story that deals with feminism and patriarchy in the middle class of India. It is shot in the present and past tense showing lives of the characters Hashim and Anjum as they lived together as well as separately. The movie starts with Hashim (Aadil Jaan) getting down at the railway station and making his way to the waiting room just as it starts to rain heavily. A woman, Anjum (Anjum Aaga), is already sitting in the waiting room. On seeing him, she tries to hide her face from him but later they confront each others.

Hashim has an accomplished business dealing with photography. He respects his grandfather immensely. Incidentally, he had been engaged to Anjum for 5 years but always made some excuse to delay their wedding. However, this time his grandfather has fixed the wedding on the first week of the following month. He reveals to Anjum that he is having an affair with one of the most radical representations of feminism in a girl called Noori. He returns to tell Noori, but She has disappeared, leaving him some poetry. Hashim then marries Anjum and is quite happy, but the sudden return of Noori causes tensions in their married life. He frequently tells Anjum about all the beautifully poignant, loving and authentic things Noori did over the years that they lived together. Later, Noori tries to commit suicide, and this leads to Hashim spending time with her over a few weeks. Anjum, not knowing about Noori's suicide attempt and therefore believing that Hashim is being unfaithful to her, feels that her marriage was a mistake, and questions Hashim about his intentions. He then tells her strongly that he is going to bring Maya home to talk to her. Anjum is adamantly against this, but Hashim leaves with determination. However, Noori hears Anjum's anger on the phone and by the time Hashim reaches to pick her up, she has gone away. When he returns home without Noori, he finds that Anjum has also left. Hashim, unable to bear the shock, gets a heart attack. In the days and months that follow, he is looked after by Noori. Anjum continues as a teacher in Kasauli. As time passes, Hashim is beginning to feel convinced that it is time for him to bring Anjum back home. But then he gets Anjum's letter saying that she is releasing him from their marriage and that he is free to marry Noori. A sudden uncontrolled outburst from Hashim makes Noori realize that she was the cause for Anjum's departure and that Hashim missed Anjum deeply. Noori suddenly feels estranged at this abrupt change in their relationship and, in the night, rides off on her motorbike. Hashim rushes to follow her in his car to stop her, but then Noori's long scarf gets entangled in the back wheel of her bike, because of which she gets dragged off her cart and strangled to death.

Anju is deeply grieved on hearing about Noori's end. Later, as the time for their train approaches, Anjum's husband bursts in unexpectedly to pick her up, and Hashim realizes with a shock that Anjum is now married. As Anjum's husband leaves the waiting room with her luggage, Hashim asks her to forgive him. She touches Hashim's feet as a plea for his forgiveness and for his permission (Ijaazat) for her to leave him, something which she had not received the last time they had separated. Hashim grants her wishes, speaks well of her husband, and gives her his blessings for a happy life. Anjum's husband returns to see what is holding her up, and then, seeing Anjum's teary face, it dawns on him that this man must be her former husband. The movie ends with Anjum and her husband moving on along the platform, and Anjum hanging back a little and looking back tearfully and with great regret, as if she does not want to leave, while Hashim stands outside the waiting room looking on forlornly as she recedes from him.


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