Anlayze This: The “Jealousy” in Heshke[Mackenna's Gold] to Rajjo[Mausam]!!
Rajjo sat in between Harry and Aayat in a line and followed Harry’s eyes that turned back to behold Aayat.Aayat smiled back.Rajjo looked back at Aayat and could see the happiness on her face.She looked back at Harry whose eyes were fixed for moments on Aayat. The circle was complete but she was out of the desired line of sight.The disappointment on face on her face was evident and the awkwardness soon set in and the last traces of expression was of a volcano being prepared deep inside her soul that had been bruised by that line of sight between Harry and Aayat.The “Green Eyed Monster” had gripped Rajjo and she was captured by the sense of loss that seemed all the more impending,thanks to that one evidence provided by the warmth in Harry and Aayat’s eyes!!
Rajjo describes the greatest and most addictive emotion of jealousy in her entire portrayal. She is a very prominent spoke of the wheel of ” Mausam”. She acts as the perfect “outsider” to that developing “perfect” world of Harry and Aayat. She portrayed the “without” in the “within” of a world that she detested developing. Note the scene where later in the movie she agrees to help Aayat to find Harry and also allows Aayat to use her telephone and we feel that since Rajjo is married,she has long forgotten the jealousy that she once harboured…but the scene where she burns the letter from Aayat to Harry in the fire makes a very emphatic statement–The Romans and Women never forget.They might forgive but they never forget. One cannot miss the way her hands crush the paper and thus signify the “remembrance” of the loss that meant a life to her.Rajjo clinched her hands,the paper got crushed and then burnt in fire.I personally have not seen a much better description of jealousy in recent times or even in the past few years with such strong metaphorical grammar.
Cut Back your memories to “Mackenna’s Gold”..Julie Newmar as Hesh-Ke..the Red Indian who jumped into a pool of water nude,the buttocks on display and the streamlined motion of a beautifully chiseled body just below the surface of clear water to attract Gregory Peck’s attention. Sex is being used here as the most direct assault by a woman on a man to attract his attention and divert it from an ethereal beauty as Camilla Sparv. Heshke was the old flame of the Marshall[ Peck] who now was interested in Inga Bergmann[ Camilla] and Heshke could not bear the burden of that “interest”.She decided to get the “principal sum” back by killing the “interest”– Inga. She attempted the act two times failing each time. The role by Heshke had very few dialogues but the camera did just the right thing by capturing the changing tones of her face.She desired the Marshall badly and was ready to resort to tow most carnal desires–Sex and Murder!!
Now the last station in the circle of this jealousy. Rajjo handing over her son to the elder one on the train and walking towards the door of the compartment. For a blink and miss moment,her husband looks at her going and one can feel that he knows that Rajjo still feels for Harry….Rajjo holds a cup of tea to Harry and tries igniting the old “lust” in him.It is evident when she says— ” Tu Bol To Tere Saath Kood Jaun”,she makes a statement that she is ready to stake even her child for the sake of an unrequited love of the past and the zenith and the intensity of that desire where a woman can go to extremes to achieve her “lust” [metaphorical] is at vivid display.
They say the “Hell has no Wrath like a Woman Scorned”… Rajjo epitomises it…Heshke stands a testimony to it. A Woman denied of her will is the most dangerous thing in this mortal world..coz they can forgive it but never forget it!! The repercussions happen and how!!! And i am not even talking of a cent of the vast ocean that woman are!