Synopsis: Henry is a script written by Zheer Bajalan, it tells the story of a struggling business man with marital problems. Henry's wife files for a divorce, he wines the lottery then loses all his money. However, he eventually rebuilds his life and finds love again.
Genre: Drama
Original Story by: Zheer Bajalan


Susan – You’re late.

Henry – Sorry.

Susan – Again you’re sorry.

Henry – I had a lot of work to do today, I needed a little drink with my work mates.

Susan – Henry, we’ve only been married for five years and I’m already getting sick and tired of your ways.

Henry – I promise I will make it up to you.

Susan – You know these bills need to be paid, I can’t go to work and leave Ted and Lisa alone. We can’t afford a nanny to take care of them.

Henry – Well the business is not going so well, we’re losing our clients, our salary is being cut by thirty per cent to keep the business out of debt.

Susan – Where are you going.

Henry – I need to clear my head; I’ll be back in an hour.

Henry lights up a cigarette, he goes for a walk worried about the future. He feels alone and helpless, loosens his tie to try and get air into his lungs.

Shop keeper – Is that all.

Henry – No, can I buy a lottery ticket.

Shop keeper – That will be twelve dollars.

Henry – Here keep the change.

Henry walks out into the street puts the lottery ticket in his top pocket makes his way home.

Susan – Henry, we need to talk, your drinking habit, your lack of involvement in the family and your spending habit it’s all getting a little too much for me.

Henry – I’m sorry.

Susan – It’s too late for that, I’ve seen a family Lawyer, I’ve requested for a decree from the court, I want a divorce, Henry.

Henry – Do I not have a say in all of this.

Susan – I’m taking the kids with me; I’m moving back with my mother for a short while.

Henry – Come on Susan we’re going through a little bit of marital struggle, please be reasonable.

Susan – Reasonable, don’t make me laugh.

Ted – Mum what is the matter.

Susan – Nothing darling go back to bed.

Henry has a bad week, he moves into a temporary accommodation, a bedroom for rent in a shanty part of town. He checks his lottery and discovers he has all the numbers.

Henry – I don’t believe it, I’ve won, 36657938. Hello, it’s me Henry is Steven there, he is, can I speak to him.

Mr Lenny – What do you mean you quit, listen Henry you need to give two weeks’ notice.

Henry – Sorry, here is my notice, good luck with business take care, goodbye and have a nice life.

Henry feels a sense of relief, he jumps in the air lands with a child like smile on his face.

Lawyer – Susan, it looks like the judge will grant the decree, it is also likely that the children will only have visitation from their father. Henry will soon receive the divorce papers. He will have to sign and consent to the divorce,

Susan – Ok I understand.

Susan leaves the Lawyers office happy with the outcome and yet with tears trickling down her face.

Henry – You’ll never believe what has just happened.

Max – You got a job promotion, no hold on, you are expecting a third child.

Henry – No and no, I’m divorcing Susan.

Max – I don’t know, are you just going to keep me guessing.

Henry – I’ve won the lottery Max, one million dollars.

Max – you’re kidding me right, are you sure it wasn’t one of those dreams you’ve been having.

Henry – I’m serious, I’ve got the numbers with me.

Max – Well you could start by paying off my mortgage.

Henry – No chance.

Henry with his lottery ticket makes his way to the shop, all the while looking at and thinking about all the things he can now buy.

Shop keeper – The numbers do match, congratulation you have won yourself one million dollars.

Henry – Keep it down please, I don’t want to get robbed.

Shop keeper – You have to fill out this form, send it to the lottery organisers, they will send you a cheque for one million dollars.

Henry – I will, I think I’ll go and celebrate.

Henry goes on a spending spree right away, he buys clothes, alcohol, Rolex watches within a week he has spent tens of thousands of dollars just on nights out and living a lavish lifestyle. He checks into the most expensive hotels, purchases the most expensive meals and wine.

Susan – Henry it’s me, I haven’t heard from you, where are you, I got your number from Max, please call me.

Henry – Max how about we celebrate, it’s on me.

Max – did you talk to Susan about the lottery win.

Henry – Ah, I got her message I know she has filed for a divorce. I want to stay away for a while, I don’t want her getting hold of the money. But I’m thinking about putting some money aside for my two children.

Max and Henry spend the night out partying, going to clubs, paying lap dancers and living the high life. The following day suffering from a serious headache from the hang over. Henry hears a beep from the answering machine, it’s a message from Susan.

Henry – Susan I got your message; ok I will sign the court documents. I guess that’s it, it’s over now between us, too bad.

Susan – I’m afraid so Henry, sorry.

Henry – No don’t be, but I will have joint custody of our two children.

Susan – You see Henry, I do want them to have a father, but I’m the one that will be taking sole responsibility for their upbringing. The court and I do expect financial support.

Henry ends the phone call, feeling sad and relieved that he can still visit his two children. Henry flicks through the TV channels and notices a sport car.

Car dealer – This is our newest model, the Porch Turbo Sport twin exhaust in racing green, don’t you love it. Are you thinking of buying one of these, you are, well how about a test drive.?

Henry – I like it, how much.

Dealer – It is $250,000 cash or cheque, once I’ve checked your credit details with the bank, she is all yours.

Henry goes on a further spending spree.

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Zheer Bajalan

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