Synopsis: Author Shaukat Vashisht lives a wealthy life-style in India with his wife, Antara, who is a College Teacher. Shaukat achieves fame when he is nominated for the Booker prize, and goes on to win it. His publishers, hoping that they have unleashed a goldmine, are disappointed with his subsequent works, and soon Shaukat is depressed to such an extent that he almost gives up writing. Then he decides to write a story on a woman named Tamanna, and figures that he will base this story on none other than Antara herself. For this purpose he starts to make note of her every movement, and it is then that he finds out that she has an admirer in fellow-teacher, Yash, a dashing young man - with a bright future ahead of him. Shaukat also finds out that Antara has never mentioned Yash to him, nor has she informed Yash that she is married. Watch how his obsession with Tamanna blurs Shaukat's reality with fiction and hallucination - with hopes still high that he will make a come-back and be nominated aga
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Leena Yadav
Production: Contentino
  1 nomination.
140 min

London, saturday, Nov 14, 1998

And the Booker Prize for this year goes

to Mr. Shaukat vashist for Mindscape.



Ordinary is not for shaukat.

Mindscape! Bold adventures.

Shaukat gives language a new dimension.

- And I myself will change it

You might think I'm joking,

but I have no words to say

Words have got where they had to.

I begin this journey afresh

I will now pen a new saga with words.

I forgot to say... thank you

We will wait for your next book

Mumbai, Wednesday, March 15, 2001

Time stands still.

Lack of experience in shaukat's book.

- Experiences matter. Not more or less

shaukat runs out of words

at a crucial point

That's what I'm saying

It's too far from reality

But it's not a fantasy.


so you tell me what's real!

What is reality?

Words sound hollow because they

aren't related to real-life

We have this habit

of kidding ourselves

I write not for the sake of writing.

I write, so I can live

I will write, keep writing. I will

prove that my characters are not fakes

Lies! Just a pack of lies!


I'm ready Antara.

- As usual

shaukat, this evening why don't we...?

- I'm ready to write

A new novel! I see!

Just help it this.

Guess what? At the college...

- It's going to be fun again

I'll once again live and die

with my characters

In an altogether different world

I wish you could experience

the high too

What are you calling it?

And what's the subject?

Look at this! The silly laundryman!

He can't even iron clothes properly!


Why does this happen, Antara?

No one has any passion for his work!

They'll do anything silly

Is a job meant to be just a job...?

- You were telling me about the novel

Don't be afraid. I will

not say anything to Ramakant

In any case, I don't have much to

tell you about the novel today

But I'll surely start writing today.

- After two years?

So what must I wear?

You tell me what I should wear!

After two years.

But the beginning will be made today

coming, sir!

What's this?

Who has done this?

I have. Looks good, doesn't it?

- Please forgive her, sir

It's her first day at work.

- Why're you asking for forgiveness?

She's my wife. Her mistake

is my mistake

He's right. I'm willing to apologise

too, but what wrong have I done?

She asked me to clean the place,

and I did. So what's wrong with that?

She didn't know,

it's her first day at work

The next time there's a mistake...

- There won't be!

But if I could at least know

what wrong I have done?

Actually, Rajni...

- I'll explain!

If someone plants a vessel in

place of a pan on the stove...

and a cooker in place of a pan...

how would you react?


Antara, shut the door

while you go

Rajni, let things be as

they are in the study

Just sweep and mop the floor.

Nothing else. You get that?

You mean I let the mess remain...?

- C'mon

When something goes wrong in my

kitchen, I scold even my husband

Listen... you scold your husband?

- Yes. If he makes a mistake

And who decides whose

mistake it is?

Good morning, Walrus Publications.

- Can I speak to Mrs. Bose please.

Hi Meera! How're you?

Dissatisfied, as usual...?

This is shaukat vashist here.

I'm starting my next book today

You'll get to know about the subject

when the time arrives, Mrs Bose

I'm not Mrs Bose.

- So where is Mrs Bose?

Mrs Bose is not in

the office right now

Mrs. Bose is not in the office.

All right. Tell her that shaukat

had called. She'll be delighted

The goddamned world!

How people change!


Nobody has been able to

understand women. Have I...?

This time, I'll write

the story of a woman

Why not.

Her heart, her wishes...

not torn by relationships...

about the woman and her story.

Who is she?


- What is it?

Why're you scared?

- I'm not scared!

You've worked here for years

and you're still so scared

He's not going to eat you up!

How'll he write then?

Wait... you don't understand!

- And you've grown old before your time

The boss will be angry if

he's disturbed. Stay here

Take this. And remain standing here

A woman... with big,

expressive eyes...

or small, mischievous eyes?

Hair that is all in knots,

or finely combed...?

A serious, straight face?

Or a face with a sparking smile?

From across the seven seas?

Or a desire to go across the seven seas?

Tamanna (Desire)

Hi, Tamanna!

I'm shaukat.

Will you go with me?

Let's get together and write

your story. Let's see what happens

Tamanna. Nice name

Tamanna, where are you going?

I asked you to go with me...

and you're walking far ahead.

Where're you leading me to?

On a new journey...? Great!

Is there something you

want to say to me?

What do you like? Are you happy?

Sad...? Or just plain annoyed?

What do you expect from life?

Ladyfinger, gourd, beans... what are

you going do with so many vegetables?

Don't worry. You won't have to cook.

You can take off

Rajni's not scared of cooking. But

there ought to be someone to eat it

Look at this...

Why haven't you eaten?

- Did I ask you why you're late?

You were checking the exam papers,

I know

Don't you know? I lose all sense

of time when I'm writing?

Will you help me in the kitchen?

I wonder how you get such

nice ideas in your mind

It's so difficult to express freely.

I wouldn't even be able to tell someone

about my own life, if I were asked to

That's because you don't try.

- Try?

No matter what I do, I wouldn't be

able to write a single line

And they such nasty things.

- Who're they?


I don't know about getting real,

but what you write is really very nice

When they have to write themselves,

they will know...

how difficult it is to

write about real things

Your new book is going

to silence them all

Will it make you happy

if they're silenced?

If you're happy, I'm happy.

- Not my happiness. Talk about yours

What makes you happy?

- Me...?

Yes Antara vashist.

What makes you happy.


Don't laugh, answer me

It makes you happy.

I've never thought about it.

- So think now, Antara. Think!

Does cooking give you happiness?

Or prayer...?

Cooking is like a prayer.

Or like a therapy.

Well, have you ever done something

you shouldn't have done?

Yes, several times...

- I don't mean arguments, fights...

or coming home late and so on

something bigger Antara.

Something that has changed your life?

- Life?

Didn't marriage make you regret that

you couldn't do all those things...

you might otherwise have done?

- Regret? Marrying you?

Don't you miss your folks

and your father's house?

Don't you want to start all over again.

No. I'm just like

any other girl out there, shaukat...

why're you trying to

look for a story in me?

Don't you feel like looking at yourself

other than from my eyes?

If you met someone who said, there's

no one like you. What would you do?

Has someone said that to you?

They're scared, aren't they?

- Who?


- What does that mean?

If I were your student,

I'd give you a rose everyday

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Leena Yadav

Leena Yadav (born 6 January 1971) is an Indian Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter & Editor. She started her career in the television industry and gradually moved on to making feature films. Her first international feature film, Parched, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. more…

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