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...?

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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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