Antara 10 November 2020: The show is about the child Antara. It starts with Antara and her mother waking her up to get ready for school. She tries to tell her eat and drink but Antara is busy with her toy mobile. Antara’s mother has separated from her husband for more than 5 yrs now. She is struggling betn job and Antara.

Antara’s mother drops her at school and Antara mother’s vocie says that like always Antara doesnt turn to wave back at her. Antara is completely absorbed in her own world playing with her toy mobile.

At school in Antara’s class, other kids are chatting away as she is quietly sulking. Antara then tries to tie her shoelaces but is unable too which makes one kid prompt another to tie her shoelaces in cross and he does that swiftly.  All this while Antara is lost in her own world. The teacher comes and asks maths ques to children, Antara helps a kid ans but when she is asked she doesnt respond. The teacher gets furious assuming Antara is deliberately trying to irk her she pulls her out and Antara falls down. The teacher leaves her lying on floor and continues her class. Antara while lying on floor ans correctly to all the ques albiet softly.

The class ends and all children leave the classroom but Antara is lying on the floor in the same position. The peon comes to close the door and seeing Antara helps her up and says why is she so tolerant when other kids harass her so much? Antara goes out and her mother is late hence the teacher again expresses her anger and leaves Antara there. Two boys come there and decide to disturb Antara who is playing with her marbles. They blow whistles in her ear and after a while she is unable to tolerate and gets up clasping her hands on her ears and runs around. Her mother’s voice over says that these Antara is unable to tolerate noise. The boys follow her and then two boys are passing to one of whom Antara bumps into. The boy falls down crying and the teacher notices it. The other boys inform the teacher that Antara pushed him. Fuming the teacher takes Antara to the Principal’s office.
Anu is driving towards school as her friend tells her to call Aditya and that she is headstrong and isnt trying to take his help. Anu tells her that its her house, job and Antara and despite all struggle she will manage. Her friend is dropped and Anu goes to school and the peon gives her Antara’s bag and tells her abt Antara being in the Principal’s room.

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In the Principal’s room, Anu (Anuradha) tries to compose herself but the Principal tells her firmly that she has decided and she wont keep her mad child in her school anymore. Anu is miffed and tells her that Antara is not mad child she is just difft from other kids. The principal tells her all this while she kept her on request but not anymore. At this Anu  tells her Antara is shy girl and not like other kids and her doc told her that some kids have problems in learning at this stage and thats normal.The principal retorts still her daughter is not normal and she cant keep her anymore besides they arent her enemies. Anu says she has got some tests done and they will reveal that Antara is normal. . The principal tells her that in case she shd submit the Doc’c certificate. Just then there is banging sound and Anu inquires where is Antara? The principal gestures and Anu rebukes her for having locked a small child and unlocks the door. But when she tries to hug Antara, she shrugs her off and walks off to wear her bag and water bottle. THe principal comments that she said Antara is not normal. Mother-daughter leave the school.

At the doctors clinic

The Doc tells Anu that her daughter is not normal which shocks her and she asks whether she is mad? But the Doc tells her that no her daughter is not mad but she suffers from Autism. Anu wonders abt it and the DOc explains that this is a mental state where such children live in their own world and dont get affected by emotions and food, hunger dont have much relevance for them. They try to call her but she doesnt respond. Anu asks if they can be cured. At thsi she tells her that there is no cure but treatment will help her child live a relatively normal life. For this she will have to be her support perhaps throughout her life. The doc asks abt Antara’s father and Anu tells her they dont live together. Doc tells her that the treatment is expensive and besides she wld be emotionally drained.Anu assures she wld manage.

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Outside her car, Anu thinks of calling her ex-husband but Antara sees Icecream stall and starts mumbling “Antara icecream’ repeatedly. Anu loses her temper and screams her that but Antara doesnt react and keeps repeating the same. Anu realises her mistake and says sorry to Antara and promises that she will take care of her. Next she takes her to have ice cream.

While driving back, Antara’s toy mobile falls down and she starts mumbling Antara mobile, Anu unbuckles herself and tries to pick up the mobile when she bangs into a oncoming truck. As the accident happens, Anu’s voice says she wants to tell her daughter how much she loves her, wants to support her, understand her and live her, God she doesnt wasn to die now and relives the past moments. She then says she doesnt want to die now. Antara gets down from the car and goes to her mother’s side (Driver side) and opens the door and takes the mobile from her hand and walks off. Anu looks at her and dies.

The first episode layed the foundation of Antara and her problem. The introduction was well crafted and presented. The pranks of school kids and teacher’s reaction seemed quite real. The doc explaining abt Autism as an intro was nicely done, not too detailed but not to vague, a balanced view. The characters are fitting their roles. The child playing Antara is expressive and did a commendable job. Rupali as Anu did her act well as the crying and caring Mother. It was sad to kill the mother in the very first episode perhaps that cld have been after 2-3 episodes. It was a touching scene to see the mother die and antara simply walk off. The heart goes out to such a emotional scene.

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Now it seems the child will live with the father and his sec wife. The first episode with its new story was a refreshing change from the love sagas, marriage stories and saas-bahu soaps.

 

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