Some movies are properly over when the credits read The End. While some others end leaving me wondering what the hell happened. A few movies end where I fully understand why they ended where they did, yet I'm left with a persistent longing to know more than what was just shown on screen.
Since Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat is a movie that I'm pretty sure won't have a sequel, the longing will always be in my heart, to know what happened in Manu's (Ajay Devgan) and Neeru's (Aishwarya Rai) life, after The End. But I know why the movie ended where it did.
An active hater of screen (and real-life) characters who are in love with one person but marry another (whatever be the reason), I hated Neeru in the film when she decided to end her eight-year relationship with Manu to marry an affluent man chosen by her parents.
Though the years that had passed since Neeru's wedding had taken a brutal toll on both the lovers' lives - the lengthy rainy afternoon conversation they share, when they meet six years later, is most heart-wrenching. Heart-wrenching despite having no melodramatic moments; it is revealed that through all these years, both Manu and Neeru had safely kept their love wrapped in their hearts. This unravelling is the most beautiful aspect of this film.
I have never liked Aishwarya Rai, until I watched this film. Her forlorn eyes soaked in weariness, in stark contrast to her lips that spoke grandly of the comforts of her marital life, continue to haunt me hours after watching the film.
At a personal level, a few scenes in this movie struck a couple of painful chords. The ones where Manu finds himself hopelessly controlled by the love he still has for Neeru, despite her betrayal of their love. And the ones where Neeru realises she is still possessive about Manu, despite having chosen to lead a life with another man.
Incurable love... Misplaced possessiveness... Damn movie, I can't sleep tonight!