Just for fun Sequel: Bhool Bhulaiya

My most ambitious attempt in this series. Hope you guys enjoy it-

Radha (Amisha Patel) gives her consent and she and Dr. Aditya (Akshay Kumar) get married in an elaborate ceremony in Varanasi, after which Aditya returns to the US, taking Radha along. They start living a charmed life together, until their marital bliss gets interrupted by an assignment that comes in Aditya’s hands.

Strange happenings are reported from the ancient town of Angkor (Cambodia) where a team of five US archaeologists had gone to study the ancient scriptures and learn more about the Khmer dynasty. At the outskirts of the town, they had made an extraordinary discovery. They had found a hidden passage to one of the outer chambers of the great temple Angkor Wat. The chamber consisted of a huge replica of the painting of Suryavarman II, the king who commissioned the construction of the temple, the original for which was a popular tourist attraction in the south gallery of the temple. The painting showed the king seated on an elaborate wooden dais whose legs and railings were carved to resemble naga snakes, and with him holding a small dead snake in his right hand. Beneath the painting were written a few words in Sanskrit that meant “The secret to success lies in the weakness of the enemy”.

The archeologists had decided to remove the painting from the chamber, believing it to be the key to many hidden facts about the ancient kingdom. They had taken the painting to their base camp on the outskirts of the city. The very night, there was a huge storm and a heavy downpour. It had seemed that the skies were angry, and were expressing their displeasure by thunder and lightning. Their base camp too had got struck by a bout of lightening that resulted in the death of one of their team members. Not only this, the next five days resulted in the death of two others in freak accidents. The remaining two Jim and Sunil had got a feeling that their removal of the painting had somehow triggered this mishap on them. Fearing for their lives, they had decided to restore the painting. The very next day, they took the painting to the chamber that they had discovered and restored the painting. But while getting out, Sunil had got struck on the head by something and had fallen unconscious. When Sunil regained consciousness, he discovered that Jim had gone, and so had the painting. Mightily shaken by the whole proceedings, he had wasted no time in reaching the city and taking a flight back to US.

After reaching US, Sunil gets a bit disillusioned and starts getting really bad dreams. He contacts Sidhharth (Shiney Ahuja), a good friend of his, who refers him to Aditya. Aditya hears him out but refuses to go forward with the case- sighting the fact of him being a psychiatrist and not a mystery solver. But on Sidhharth’s insistence, and Radha’s encouragement, Aditya decides to visit the Archaeological Institute of USA- Sunil’s employers. There he finds out the nitty-gritties of the mission gone wrong in Cambodia. But Sunil hides everything about them finding the painting and just tells him about the deaths of his colleagues in mysterious circumstances. Aditya decides to do some background research and spends a few days in library reading up the history of Cambodia and Angkor Wat in particular.

Soon Aditya and Radha travel to Cambodia, where they are accompanied by Sunil and two others from Archaeological Institute. Also, in Angkor, they are joined by a sexy female Historian Lisa, a localite, who is too hot and too smart for Radha to like. She gives a tour of Angkor Wat to Aditya, telling him about some really cool historical facts and myths, and also tells him a fable that is well known in the land of Cambodia, but which a few believe- or decide to believe…

Suryavarman II was a young and rebellious prince who was the great nephew of the then king Dharanindravarman. This was around 1110 AD. Suryavarman II wanted to be the king to the throne at which he had not legal king. But his great uncle was a really ineffectual leader, and quite aged too. Planning a usurping of the throne, Suryavarman got distracted when he fell in love with a traveler from the Chola Dynasty (Southern India) – Priyamani. Priyamani was the daughter of a learned noble in Kulothunga Chola’s court (the then Chola king). She had come to Cambodia on a state visit along with her brother Ajayratra, and with the intention of learning about the Khmer culture, and visiting the sacred Shiva temples in and around Angkor Wat. Dharanindravarman was a huge devotee of Shiva, and built royal temples for his beloved God. Suryavarman met Priyamani at one of these temples and they soon were involved in a passionate love affair, hidden from Ajayratra and Dharanindravarman. Priyamani got pregnant and Suryavarman decided to marry her. But when Ajayratra got to know of this, fuming in anger over the loss of face, he decided to kill his sister and the child in her womb. Before Ajayratra could execute his plans, Suryavarman escaped with his love and their unborn child for two years in the jungles. When he returned after two years, he told his uncle that he had been a fool and asked for his forgiveness. He also told him that both Priyamani and his son were dead. In reality Suryavarman had got in a treaty with an enemy of the state and to seal the pact had married his daughter- leaving Priyamani and their son- on their own in the forests. With the help of the enemy he battled his uncle after weakening his armies from inside like a termite, and killed him- taking over the Khmer throne.

Suryavarman then decided to build Angkor Wat, and in a departure from the norm, decided to make it Vishnu rather than Shiva the focus of the religious life. For this reason Angkow Wat faces the west- the cardinal direction in which Vishnu was associated. In fact, he hated Shiva, and anything to do with the God- perhaps in the memory of Priyamani and her devotion for the Snake God.

Now Priyamani and her Son vowed revenge, and entered the temple of Angkor Wat as Brahmins. The son Veeravardhan became well versed with the treasures of the temple complex and started small pilferages after gaining the trust of the most senior Brahmins of the temple complex. Legend has it that he accumulated a huge treasure and hid it in a secret chamber. The legend also has it that the chamber is guarded by a painting of Suryavarman- the replica of a famous representation of his in the temple complex. Soon after however Suryavarman got to know of Priyamani and his son being in the temple- and got them executed publicly. While Veeravardhan died like a warrior- Priyamani died with a secret desire in her heart- and hence her ghost returned to haunt the temple. Over the years she led to the destruction of the Khmer empire which went on a downward spiral- and finished completely hundred years later. What the legend also talks about is that Veeravardhan had left his son in the womb of the daughter of a temple priest- And that son and his subsequent generations guarded the treasure accumulated by Veeravardhan zealously- aided by the ghost of Priyamani- the guardian of her posterity. The legend says that even today, the treasure is being guarded by these people who owed their existence to a passionate love affair between Veeravardhan and a young lady.

Aditya hears this story and so does Sunil. He tells Aditya about their discovery- and that they had actually found the treasure chamber. Aditya wastes no time and enters the chamber along with a few armed personnel and Lisa- who refuses to be left behind. They reach the painting of Suryavarman and Aditya asks everyone not to touch it. He decides to explore the whole chamber before making a move.
Thus Aditya and Lisa start visiting the chamber every day, working painstakingly to find clues that could help them uncover the mystery. Every day they reach the painting, but don’t even touch it. And nothing really happens to them in the next two days. But on the third day, Aditya finds a few clues, a few footprints that he could not explain. The very next moment a few people come out of black shadows and attack them. Aditya manages to escape and keep them away. But Lisa gets lost in the dark of the temple…

Aditya, Radha, and Sunil visit the police station but the local police refuses to help them, and advices them to leave the country. They talk about Priyamani’s ghost and refuse to go inside the temple, fearing the Veeravardhan clan. Aditya understands that some murky plan is going on in the temple city, and the Police are involved in the same. He decides to take the things in his hands and makes some investigations in the nearby city. Hidden in the dark of the night, he spies on the areas around the entrance to the chamber. Using a magnetic compass and his significantly more effective sense of direction he makes a map of the entire region in his head. After three days of intensive mapping and spying, he finds another entrance- a secret tunnel- that by his calculations would lead to the same temple chamber.

He spies on that entrance- and soon enough he spots people emerging from the tunnel, with heavy boxes on their heads. He follows the trail, and finds them loading the boxes in trucks- that move towards the sea cliff- where the boxes are sent down to a waiting ship- that take them away God knows where-

Aditya fathoms that it is a smuggling ring that is been operated from within the temple premises- and the whole thing is being hidden around the temple fable of Veeravardhan- to keep the general public and the Police away. Aditya decides to go to Phnom Penh and take the help of the main city police force. They reach Angkor the very next day early in the morning and raid the chambers and catch the smugglers. They also find Jim who had been kept captive by the smugglers. But they find no trace of Lisa…

Aditya refuses to leave the city before finding Lisa. He explores the temple, and ultimately ends up again in front of the painting of Suryavarman. He reads the saying beneath the painting
“The secret to success lies in the weakness of the enemy”.
He looks at the dead snake in the hands of Suryavarman. The sign that he did not believe in the power of Shiva- the power which was everything for Priyamani. He decides to remove the painting and enters the den the smugglers were using. In a corner he spots a small Shiva temple. He goes over to it. The only Shiva temple in Angkor Wat. This was it- this was the weakness of the enemy- The weakness of Suryavarman to recognize the might of Shiva…

He explores the temple- and spots an inscription. It is a puzzle- one which if solved could lead to the greatest treasure of the world. Suddenly he hears the voice of Lisa…

“Come on Aditya, if someone deserves to know this secret- it is you- you got rid of the people who were defiling the sacred chambers of our forefathers- those wretched people who ended my clan- those who killed the last descendents of my son Veeravardhan…”
“Priyamani”
A secret entrance opens automatically as soon as the name is said by Aditya….
“Go inside Aditya, the greatest treasure of the world is yours”
“No. It belongs to this great land. It belongs to you. Your dynasty. I will let it remain here. Surely this will help your people when they are really in the need for it”
“You are a good man Aditya.”
“What I would like to do is to help you. Help you escape this mortal world. Help you escape its trappings. Help you move on…”
“Alas, that’s not possible Aditya. I brought terrible shame to my family back in India. I defiled the pride of my clan. Until and unless they don’t forgive me, I cannot be free”
“But they all are dead. Can’t anything be done?”

Aditya and Radha travel to a quaint little city in South India- Thanjavur- the city that was the capital of the Chola Dynasty at the time when Priyamani lived. They visit the ruins of a small Shiva temple and meet the priest there- an old man- whose ancestors went on till the times of the Chola dynasty. He asks him if he knew about Priyamani- who travelled far and wide to Khmer- some 900 years ago.
The priest is shocked to hear these words from Aditya. He tells him that he and his family were descendents of Ajayratra (Priyamani’s brother) – their secret had been passed on from generations to generations. Aditya tells him about the spirit of Priyamani been stuck in this mortal world- and seeking forgiveness from their family. He asks him to travel to Angkor- and makes all the arrangements for him-


As for him and Radha they return to USA- not before going to Varanasi and meeting Radha’s family and Siddharth- Every moment Aditya reflects on the vast maze (Bhool Bhulaiya) of Ancient tales and fables our ancient heritage is…

Piyush Dewan

http://moviesandnomore.blogspot.com/

 

57 Comments

  1. Rosh
    Rosh
    October 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    @dwnpiyush, sorry I didnt read the whole thing, but I’d say if bollywood scriptwriters put half that amount of effort you did on scripts, we wouldnt have the crap movies we do.

  2. Manish
    Manish
    October 12, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    @piyush i loved this script as well and i agree with @rosh , great work dude , i dont read long posts generally but this one and dostana sequel that u wrote were really engaging and i ended up reading the whole post :) keep them coming

  3. Ihab
    Ihab
    October 12, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Piyush, thanks for this extremely well written and fun script. I really enjoyed Bhool Bhulaiyya and it remains my favorite Akki movie in recent times. Enjoyed this post. Though I would prefer more psychological rather than supernatural.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    piyush, I will first read and comment.

  5. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    This is not a fun post but serious writing. Exotic and interesting. Southeast Asia location sounds good. A good story. I will write a synopsis later.

  6. milind
    milind
    October 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Read the script in three parts.Loved it especially the usage of an ancient temple to build the story around. Will elucidate on it more in due course of time.

    :-)

    You can go to:

    1. Click on dashboard just next to write a post.

    2.Click on GD ratings or if you can see a tab called “My Ratings ” on the dashboard in the right hand side–click it.

    3.You can see who rated what!!
    :D

  7. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    It is easy Piyush. Go to all posts. Then click my ratings. You will get it.

  8. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    And many Visitors will also rate you. Most Visitors are NGites who logoff and rate .

  9. Bounty Hunter
    Bounty Hunter
    October 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    @ Piyush
    Great write up, good research n nice implementation…
    Kinda agree with Ihab here..
    Need more of psychological..
    and this is not Just for fun now..
    :-) keep it up..

  10. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    It is difficult to summarise without losing valid subplots. But I will try.

    Aditya is our desi James Bond, called on to help when things cant be solved easily.Angkarvat has secret temples, treasures and a ghost guarding the treasure. Touching and moving a particular painting spell mysterious deaths.
    Aditya with his wife lands in Cambodia and befriends a mysterious guide Lisa who explains many things about the exotic temples and their secrets.

    The story of Suryavarman2. He was the nephew of a weak king of Cambodia.. He was ambitious and ruthless. He had an affair with Priyamani, who belongs to a noble family clan of Chola dynasty from India. Priyamani’s brother ajatratru was outraged at the shameless affair and consequently Priyamani escapes to the forests and gives birth to Veervardhan. Meanwhile Suryavarman marries the daughter of an enemy King with whose helps he usurps the throne of Cambodia. Priyamani and her son vow revenge and enter the Kingdom. The son stores large quantities of treasure in the temple chambers. But the wicked King discovers them and kills them. The son already had a torrid affair with the priest’s daughter and the family line is carried on. Priyamani becomes a ghost, guards the treasure for generations.

    Aditya storms the temple and in the confusion loses Lisa. And then the story becomes murky with smuggling, conspiracy by the local police etc. Aditya takes the help of higher police and busts the whole thing. And in the melee, he meets the ghost who thanks him for getting rid off the unscrupulous elements. But the ghost cannot attain moksha until her family in India forgives her.

    By coincidence, Aditya meets Ajatratru’s descendents in India and tells them the story of Priyamani and asks them to forgive her and give her salvation.

  11. smilesandlaffs
    smilesandlaffs
    October 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Is Lisa Priyamani?

  12. dhaanu
    dhaanu
    October 13, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    This is a brilliant story. However I do have one issue:
    1) The whole idea of Bhool Bhulaiyya was that all the ghosts are in our mind. Your ending has “Madhumati”zed a story where all supposedly supernatural events could be explained rationally.

    I suggest you to modify the script by making Lisa a descendant of Priyamani. Her entire “seeking forgiveness” can be retained with the explanation that it has been her family’s mission to seek forgiveness and that they chose to help Akshay as they saw in him a reincarnation of Shiva who would make things right.

    It would be more fun if this descendant of Priyamani is mistaken for her ghost by one of Akki’s sidekicks from the beginning.

  13. aryan29
    aryan29
    October 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    @dwnpiyush finally i hve read ur this script..one word SUPERB..keep going on and keep trying and u may (i think u will)become a successful script writer of bollywood.inshallah

  14. dhaanu
    dhaanu
    October 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    @piyush Lekin was a very good film with haunting music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
    Madhumati is an old classic.Suffice to say that the second half of OSO was totally inspired by it. However Madhumati did it better and at a faster pace. The music of this film was classic. After all it is a Bimal Roy film.

  15. Manish
    Manish
    January 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    @piyuhs u shd have sent ur bhool bhulaiiya one that was actually well researched with some real good content i believe , though i find this one as good as well .. i have commnetde nad shared , dont know where is vote opyion

  16. Sahil19
    Sahil19
    January 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Bhool Bhuliya was the most enjoyable akki film after 2007, but I think sequel will ruin it. In bollywood only akki films had the best commercial suspense thriller, khiladi, then Bhool bhuliya.

  17. manofpride
    manofpride
    March 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    @Piyush…. Another great attempt. I must say you are one hell of a cinema lover and the best part is you can imagine and express beautifully in words.

    I loved this script and it kept me engaged. This is a tailormade role for Akshay sir and he will rock in this character with his one liners and punchlines.

    Just one complaint though, this script kills the main idea of BB and that main idea was the LIFE of this movie. It has to remain a psycho-thriller, not a supernatural flick (and there are way too many of them).

    I would request you to kindly stick to that main-idea and transform the role of Lisa into a disillusioned girl who got so engrossed in Priyamani’s life and her grief that she decided to take revenge from her enemies and in that process she also started attacking everyone who came there to worship Suryavarman2.

    You can add some scenes where Lisa showed her anger while Aditya made fun of Suryavarman and Priyamani’s affair…

    Just give it a thought…

  18. manofpride
    manofpride
    March 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    So actually it remained a mystery till climax comes that who actually is the attacker? a Male or a female?

    While some villagers say that it was a male who attacked them, and few say that it was a female…. the mystery gets solved when Lisa comes out to be the female attacker and the group of smugglers turn out to be the male attackers posing as Veervardhan clan.

  19. I.One
    I.One
    March 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Dwnpiyush, I loved the post and script. Read in entirety, long post but was engaging all the way. Never felt bored. If you add the climax as suggested by Dhanu, it will make a hell of a script, a total suspense thriller without supernatural stuff (because the prequel too was entirely psychological than supernatural).

    Kudos Piyush, keep it up.

  20. Alfa.one
    Alfa.one
    March 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    @piyush – read it and found it wonderful !!! keep posting.

  21. FS
    FS
    March 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    had read this long time back and read it again. I loved it until it turns out into supernatural thriller than dark thriller.

    If you ever end up writing a novel please let us all know so that we can have one copy of a writer we have known for a long time :)

  22. Alfa.one
    Alfa.one
    March 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    @Piyush – u r welcome.
    I like these type of plots and having lived in Rajastahn for almost 2.5 years near Indra garh, I have seen many places like in ur story. I wish some one make film (may be in many parts) on CHANDRAKANTA (written by Devki nandan khatri). I have read the complete novel and just loved it.

  23. Alfa.one
    Alfa.one
    March 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I am sure Piyush u will like the story if u have not reasd it yet !!

  24. danish
    danish
    March 26, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    @dwnpiyush – o-ho. to ye talent bhi chhupaaye baithe ho? maine to aaj hi padhi ye post.

  25. Alfa.one
    Alfa.one
    March 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    @Piyush- if find time read the novel. I am sure u will like it. I have also seen TV serial when I was kid and liked it and that forced me to read the novel.

  26. suprabh
    suprabh
    March 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Chandrakanta is amongst my fav tv shows ever. I love it for the details and such a rich story it had.

    Last I heard, Vidhu Vinod Chopra was planning on producing a movie for Ram Madhvani with amitabh Bachchan in the lead based on Chandrakanta– called Taalismaan. They even released a trailer 3 years ago or so….but no news after that..

    Here it is

  27. danish
    danish
    March 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    @suprabh – hua ye hoga ki eklavya flop hone ke baad chhakke chhoot gaye honge vidhu vinod chopra ke.

    costume drama is too expensive to produce and too risky as lack of identification factor makes ppl stay away.

  28. suprabh
    suprabh
    March 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    danish,

    even I thought so…in a way, I was glad that VVC did not make it. Reason: I want Chandrakanta film to be as Indian in its execution as it could be. VVC has “I am firang” syndrome and that may have hurt the product a lot.

    1. danish
      danish
      March 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      @suprabh – phir mujhe respond kar diya. abto qasam tod hi do.

      VVC ke to saare paap 3 idiots ne dho diye. waise ussne bhi industry ka kuchh kam paisa nahin ganwaya mukul anand, sanjay gupta aur j p dutta ki tarah.

  29. suprabh
    suprabh
    March 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Piyush,

    I am amongst the miserable few too. I saw eklavya in theater too. Great technicalities and zero story.

  30. suprabh
    suprabh
    March 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    danish,

    Looks like you misunderstood my statement. I said I would stay away from commenting on your posts and your comments on those and similar post (where you try to do your own bhakti mala of Salman ye hai woh hai..blah blah)

    I still comment on your other comments if i find them interesting.

    1. danish
      danish
      March 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      @suprabh – asise thodi hota hai. katti hoti hai to poori hoti hai. nahin to maano ki “haar gaye aur ‘dash dash dash’ kha gaye”

    2. danish
      danish
      March 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      @suprabh – aise thodi hota hai. katti hoti hai to poori hoti hai. nahin to maano ki “haar gaye aur ‘dash dash dash’ kha gaye”

    3. danish
      danish
      March 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      @suprabh – aise thodi hota hai. katti hoti hai to poori hoti hai. nahin to maano ki “haar gaye aur ‘dash dash dash’ kha gaye”

  31. suprabh
    suprabh
    March 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    danish,

    mukul anand?? I thought you think very highly of him.

  32. ank_16n
    ank_16n
    March 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    @sup-chandracanta can’t be created again…
    as its tune said…
    Chandrakanta ki ye kahaani hai sadiyo se purani..
    tha ek raajkumar karta tha jo……………..

    just awesome i still remember when i was may be 6-7 i used to wait for sunday 12 noon to watch Chandrakanta…..

    whole serial is little weak in my memory but still Akroor singh with all his spikes on his dress…!!

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