Once there was a king 14 January 2022 update: Rana ji and Gayatri arrive at the house. Everyone at home welcome them. The lady in veil also come there. Maa takes Gayatri aside and asks if everything between her and Rana ji is good. Gayatri says yes, he has brought her by himself, everything has got fine between them. Shaam gives Rana ji a Dhoti and asks him to get ready. Rana ji says he is ready already. Shaam says it is a ritual here to wear Dhoti for Pooja. Rana ji picks the Dhoti, Gayatri asks if he has to say something. Rana ji smiles, no and goes inside. Maa takes Gayatri along.
Seth ji asks his wife to see if Rana ji needs something.Maa tells Rana ji that he can get ready in that room. He thanks her. Maa says she must thank him for accepting and understanding Gayatri, she was unaware of the trade between Seth ji and Raaj Mata. She is the daughter of a businessman but doesn’t know how to trade, she knows to take care of relations. She thanks him for saving Gayatri’s life. Rana ji holds her joined hands and says if a daughter has a mother like her, her life can’t be ruined. Gayatri comes with Bhabis. Rana ji thinks that he has done a lot of injustice to her, he knew the truth but wasn’t ready to listen. Now it won’t happen. Rana ji goes inside the room. Gayatri is worried what happened to him.
She takes a leave from Bhabis and goes to the room. She asks Rana ji to open the door, he does. Gayatri laughs watching him struggling with Dhoti. She asks if he didn’t know how to wear Dhoti, he denies. She asks how he wore it before. He says his servants did this. She laughs, and says he is getting angry now. He says he isn’t feeling anger. She smiles that he doesn’t know how to wear Dhoti. He says she is saying as if she knows how to put it on. She asks him for it, unwraps it from his body and puts it on in the right way. Bhabi watches this and laughs outside the door, Rana ji also smiles. Gayatri gives the shirt to Rana ji and asks him to wear it. He tells him to put it on as well, she keeps the shirt on his shoulder and leaves. He smiles.
All the men arrive for food. Rana ji waits for everyone to take seat. Seth ji says if he has a problem sitting on the floor they can arrange for chair. Rana ji says that a Raja can have a problem by this, a son in law can’t have. The ladies serve the food. Rana ji asks Gayatri to have food as well. Seth ji says that in their house, women eat after men. Rana ji says if this is a ritual, it must change. Gayatri gets worried and says one must not get angry for such a little thing. Rana ji says that he has taught his daughter to move forward in life. He says that he has seen the world and with his experienced he has learned one thing, the country in which women lag, the country itself lags. Seth ji says he has done really wrong, he tells all the ladies to join them.
Rana ji whispers at Gayatri if she disliked it.
Rana ji comes to the room where Gayatri was correcting books. He asks what she is doing. She says she is setting the books. He says the day has fallen, the night is here and everyone has gone to their rooms. She asks so? He says he has won the challenge, he didn’t feel angry all day, now what will he get as a gift. Gayatri says she specially mentioned it to him… he says he had to win anyway. Now what he will get. She asks what he wants. He locks Gayatri with a wall, Gayatri feels awkward. They get intimate. Rana ji watches Gayatri’s hand that he held, she gets worried at his stare. He thinks that this was Surakshna’s favorite bangle and remembers he had given it to Gayatri. He presses Gayatri’s hand tightly, then shuts his eyes and leaves the room.
Gayatri thinks that whenever he is coming closer to her, his past and love for Surakshna comes in front of him. Rana ji was at temple, he says that whenever he heads to move forward in life his past comes to his front. He prays for a way forward for himself. He shuts his eyes, he watches some lady standing at the window, the lady turns to be Surakshna. Surakshna smiles at Rana ji and says she is his real love. Rana ji opens his eyes, he prays that he only has questions and no answer, he asks for help. Gayatri prays that she gets answers to her questions in the room.
At Seth ji’s place next morning, Gayatri wakes up and goes downstairsl looking for Rana ji. Rana ji enters the house, she goes to scold him why he left like that, he was angry and just left without caring for her. Rana ji shuts her up by keeping a finger on her mouth, he puts the bangle in her saying she is his wife. Gayatri jerks her hand away saying she didn’t need a gift. Rana ji says he hasn’t given her a gift but all her rights and in return he wants to apologize, he didn’t understand her. He always compared her with Surakshna but he has known her price now, she is precious. Gayatri says that when she united with him, a stone turned to diamond. Rana ji says he doesn’t know how much time he will take to love her as Surakshna was his first love, but he will try. He can’t forget the memories, but can create memories together, Gayatri. Gayatri holds his arm back and says he can take his time, Gayatri will wait for him.
They both know what true love is. She hugs Rana ji, who hugs her back.The lady in veil comes to hand a bundle of money to a grinder, he says what she wants will happen.At the event, the elder Bhabi says that today Parvati Goddess pooja is done. Gayatri says Parvati is a symbol of strength, she is a symbol of truth and loyalty towards her husband. Maa says that she always stood with her husband Shiv to show him the right path. Bhabis say that today wives worn a Pagri to their husbands and there is a competition. Gayatri is reluctant but Rana ji agrees to go with everyone. On the stool, Gayatri is annoyed at Rana ji why he said yes for the competition, she doesn’t know how to put on a Pagri. She has never worn it herself.
Rana ji says she never wear a Dhoti as well, but she helped him with it well. Gayatri is angry, Rana ji bucks her up as she was rough with him. Rana ji laughs. Seth ji wins the competition, Gayatri was still struggling with the Pagri. Everyone leaves, while some children takes round and entraps Gayatri and Rana ji in the Pagri cloth. Rana ji holds Gayatri, both smiling at each other. The girls come to take Gayatri along them. Rana ji follows in the hall as Gayatri perform on a song. Bhabis watch her dance curtly. Rana ji shuts his eyes and watches Gayatri appearing from behind the curtain. Gayatri danced with him. The veiled lady was still in the crowd. Both save a candle from going out together.
Rana ji says to Gayatri that he had taken his vows at the time of their wedding.
He says that this isn’t a story in which those vows and promises will be left unfulfilled. Gayatri cheers. Rana ji takes a promise that this Karwachot will begin a new era in their lives, he will stay true to this promise Gayatri.The veiled lady watch the moon with a sieve in the forest. The grinder come and says that this will be Gayatri’s last Karwachot as she wished. The veiled lady burns the sieve with a candle.At the palace, Raaj Mata asks Kokilla to call Swarnlekha for aarti. Kokilla says Swarna was unwell and was missing her parents so they sent her home. Raaj Mata asks they did it without her permission. Kunwar ji says she is their daughter in law before, they took the decision for her.
Raaj Mata asks if they are saying that she doesn’t know about the absence of a member of their family. Kunwar ji says their daughter in law is no important person in her royal government. Kokilla stops the argument and says that they must celebrate it with unity. They complete the aarti.The next morning, Gayatri comes downstairs in palace. Raaj Mata apologizes Gayatri that she never kept a Karwachot and Swarna is also celebrating in her parent’s house so she forgot to get the Sargi ready. Gayatri says she had already asked the servant for it. They go to dining table and finds Rana ji preparing for Sargi. Gayatri is shocked.
Rana ji says to Gayatri that she might have forgotten to remind her mother in law, but he didn’t forget to ask about if from his mother in law. It is her first karwachot, he wants it to be the best. Kokilla envies Gayatri, Kunwar ji was curt. Gayatri says to Rana ji that she will eat by himself, he takes her order and takes the seat.Rana ji was in corridor, Gayatri comes there and asks to talk to him. He asks her to come inside the room. Gayatri was angry, she complains how anyone can touch her things in the palace, she never bear it in her parent’s house even.
Rana ji kneels down. Gayatri asks what he is doing. He says he is the culprit, she can give her any punishment. He says that he had made a promise with her, from today everything that is his is hers too. He shows her the decorated dressing table, and says this room will also be shared. Gayatri holds the stick from his hand and prevents it from standing, she says he has to get punished for not telling her before about it, so he must stay out of the room until she decorates it according to herself. Rana ji takes the order and goes out, Gayatri shuts the door but both smile at each other. Rana ji leaves. The veiled lady was standing there nearby.
Laksh opens the trunck, Swarna gets up. He says that he has got her meal, and shouts at her to eat. She denies. He says he had forgotten, how she can eat today as she is fasting for his long life today. He says she is so great, after so much she has remembered this day. He must first get her fast broken and goes to get water. He pours water in the glass when Swarna knocks his head with a stick. She cries and runs out of the room.Gayatri decorates the room, Rana ji knocks at the door and asks if he can come inside now. Gayatri calls him in and asks how their room looks. Rana ji says she has changed everything, where he will find his things. Gayatri says he has shared the room with her, she will get him whatever he wants, not from the room only but for anything in life.
She forbids him from sitting on the left side of the bed, she says that since childhood she can’t sleep until she watches moon from window. Rana ji says she just promised him anything in life, he wants to sit on the left side. Gayatri struggles with Rana ji, Rana ji drags her on the bed and says alright, she can watch the moon from window and he will only watch her. Gayatri leaves saying he can see the moon only when she has prayed the moon of Karwachot.Swarna was in the corridor afraid that if Kunwar ji or Kokilla watch her here, she won’t be able to run. She cries for help.
Raaj Mata was standing on the other side of corridor instructing her servants to set the henna and bangles, she doesn’t want anything less in Gayatri’s Karwachot. Swarna runs towards her, but Laksh drags her inside shutting her mouth. Raaj Mata wonders Swarna’s voice was this, but the servants say she is in her parent’s house. Raaj Mata says she must just be suspecting about it. Laksh ties and locks Swarna again in the trunk.Gayatri got the henna done, Kokilla chose the bangles. Gayatri asks for red, glass bangles. Kokilla says that Gayatri must have forgotten that she isn’t a daughter of a businessman but a Rani now.
Cheap bangles doesn’t suit a Rani. Gayatri says a wife doesn’t decorate herself with diamonds or expensive jewelry but the love her their husband. Raaj Mata and Rana ji also heard this. Raaj Mata says to Rana ji that she liked that Rana ji cared about Gayatri’s first Karwachot here. She wants him to give some gift to her as well, before moon sighting because that is a must for Karwachot.Gayatri sat in her room being irritated by her hair. Rana ji comes to sit beside her, she points at him and he tucks her hair behind her ear. He says there is another ritual in Karwachot, about giving a gift. What she wants now.
Gayatri says if she can fast for him, can’t he select a gift for her. She heads towards the wardrobe, he opens it and takes all the sarees out for her to choose. He says that before the moon sighting if she wants anything, he can get her in time. He gets Gayatri that she wants him to know about what is in her heart, then get this to her as well. She says yes. He calls her stubborn. She asks him to think about something, and poses not to car while smiling.
Gayatri set her thaal. Kokilla asks when will the moon sight. Rana ji gets her a laddoo and tells her to eat without telling anyone.
Gayatri says she has fast for his long life, it will be a sin to eat something between and leaves. She run through the corridor but Rana ji comes from the front and stops her way. He touches her cheek, she wonders something is there. He brings about rose for her. Gayatri takes them but throw them away angrily. He let go of some fireflies from his hand, she smiles with them but is angry with Rana ji again.Rana ji comes to her, he says that flowers wilt. He wanted to give her a feeling, it will remain with her always. He knocks Gayatri on the wall, holds her getting intimate with each other. The veiled lady watched this.
Rana ji and Gayatri share some intimate moments together. Rana ji kisses Gayatri’s forehead. Rana ji asks why tears in Gayatri’s eyes, Gayatri says these are the tears of happiness. Someone announces that moon has been sighted, Gayatri runs towards the roof. Rana ji follows her. All the couples pray, Gayatri comes to pick up her thaal. Rana ji stops her, he says that before she watches her moon he wants to give her something, that isn’t a gift but a right. She isn’t just the Rani of Amirkot but his wife too, from today there will be no one between her and her right, not even he himself. He takes the sindoor and puts it in Gayatri’s head. Raaj Mata watches this happily. Gayatri smiles happily. Raaj Mata lovingly see the couple. Rana ji wipes Gayatri’s tear. Gayatri turns and prays through the sieve. She thinks that she only wants to be his bride till she dies, every year she keeps the fast and he breaks it like this. She looks at the laughing Rana ji through the sieve and complete the ritual. He holds the water pot and was about to drink from it, Gayatri gets upset. Both Raaj mata and Rana ji smiles, he was about to make Gayatri drink from the pot when Bari Rani Maa calls him from the door. They all turn to face her. Kokilla and Kunwar ji are happy to see her. Gayatri and Rana ji awaits a lady arriving from the dark, they are shocked to see Sulakshna coming towards them. Rana ji drops the water pot, thinking about Sulakshna, her death. Gayatri drops the thaal of Pooja. Sulakshna comes inside crossing Bari Raani Maa. Rana ji goes towards her in shock, looks at her from top to bottom disbelievingly and calls Sulakshna. He says she isn’t Sulakshna, she had… Kunwar ji calls that this is Sulakshna, his wife. Rana ji says this can’t be Sulakshna, she has died. Raaj Mata seconds Rana ji, she says that this girl can’t be Sulakshna. Rana ji himself had seen her fell into the depth, Bari Raani maa says he saw her fell down, not dying and asks Rana ji if he had seen her deadbody and had he found her body. How he can believe that she is dead, if he has to believe he must believe his love. Raaj Mata asks if Sulakshna was alive where she was, and why she returned today when Rana ji gave Gayatri all the rights. Bari Raani maa says that Sulakshna has lost her memory. Raaj Mata says that the truth is being hidden beautifully behind the curtain of silence. Bari Raani maa asks if Raaj Mata suspects her to bring anyone, any stranger to the palace. Raaj Mata says she can’t suspect her, but this is for sure not Sulakshna. Bari Raani maa says she is also a mother, if she thinks she will joke with her Indravadhan. She asks Rana ji if he suspects her too. Bari Raani maa says that a few days from now a lady came to her and told her that she saw Sulakshna, she went by herself to that place and found Sulakshna.
Rana ji says this can’t be Sulakshna, there can be two people of same face in the world. Bari Rani maa says there can be, she would also not have believed had she not seen this mark on her arm. She turns her arm to show Rana ji the mark. Rana ji looks at the silent Sulakshna. Bari Rani Maa says this is none other than Sulakshna, his wife. Kunwar ji and Kokilla exchange victorious looks. Sulakshna feels headache and faints on Rana ji’s chest. Bari Rani maa tells Rana ji to take Sulakshna inside, she is weak right now. Gayatri watches Rana ji taking Sulakshna inside on his arms. Gayatri loses hold of herself, Raaj Mata tells herself to take control on herself. Bari Raani maa says no one can win fate, Rana ji was always Sulakshna’s and never hers. She says she knows Rana ji well, Sulakshna is his first love and now they will get one again. She looks at Kokilla and she brings water to Gayatri. Bari Rani maa asks Gayatri to break her fast, Gayatri set the pot aside saying she won’t break her fast, until Rana ji doesn’t get it opened for her. She goes inside.
Bari Raani maa and Raaj Mata are in confrontation. Raaj Mata asks how she can do this to her grand father. Bari Raani maa says that had she cared about Rana ji, she wouldn’t have ruined three lives. She brought Gayatri and only she will be responsible for what Gayatri will suffer. And when Gayatri will fall, will Seth Govind fulfil his promise. Bari raani maa goes inside, Raaj Mata says she has worked hard to bring Rana ji and Gayatri together. It is really important to know how Sulakshna got alive again.
Sulakshna opens her eyes and sits up on bed. Rana ji was in the room, he asks how she feels. She says she is fine, Rana ji gets her water. Sulakshna says Bari Rani maa told her that why she is, who he is. She apologizes that her memory isn’t vivid. Rana ji says this drama isn’t needed here, they both know that she isn’t his Sulakshna. She can cheat Bari rani maa but not him, had she been Sulakshna not his eyes but his heartbeat would have recognized her. He shouts who she is?
Gayatri sits with her idol that if her love is true, Rana ji will come by himself to break her fast.
He throws the water glass in Sulakshna’s hand with a jerk saying she can’t be his Sulakshna. He heads to leave, a maid comes to hold the glass and their head bangs. Sulakshna says to the maid to bang her head again else they will get horns. Rana ji recalls such an event with Sulakshna in the past. He wonders if he is mistaken, is she really his Sulakshna.
Kokilla and Kunwar ji were in forest. She says that he brought her in the forest at such an important time. Kunwar ji says they have got time to solve the issue of Sulakshna when Rana ji is still lost in Gayatri’s matter. He heads to change, as they can’t go inside the slums like this.
Rana ji comes to hold Sulakshna’s hand and makes her sit on the bed. The veiled lady bolts the door from inside.
Two girls were fighting together. Kokilla and Kunwar ji stood in male costumes, but Kunwar ji never held his eyes away from the girls who were wrestling. A shirtless boy lay on the bed nearby, he sprays water on his face as Kunwar ji and Kokilla watch him. Kokilla asks who he is. Kunwar ji says that they have come to meet him here. Kokila asks what is in him. Kunwar ji says she will know everything soon. The boy wraps himself in a cloth and flirts with the girls, kisses them both and comes towards them. Kokilla goes to the girls and asks what he said to them that they stopped wrestling. One of the girls bring a bowl, she says when there is one bowl and two thirsty what must they do. Kokilla says they must divide. The girl calls the boy as Cheetah. Kokilla and Kunwar ji head towards Cheetah.
Rana ji brings bandage for Sulakshna’s hand. She says she doesn’t remember anything, still she believes that he is her husband. He remembers anything, still he doesn’t believe she is his wife. They are both stuck in this game of fates. She says that Bari Rani maa says they both loved each other, she doesn’t remember anything. He remembers it all, he must ask his heart who she is. She will accept any of his heart’s decision. Rana ji remembers about Gayatri. He must ask himself who his wife is. Rana ji thinks that Gayatri must not have opened her fast, he says right now he has to reach somewhere else.
Kunwar ji asks Cheetah if he will work for them. Cheetah says he will be busy with the girls. Kunwar ji throws a bag full of money to him. He says money before work is given only be two kind of people, those who are crazy themselves or those who wants a crazy work. Kunwar ji throws another bag, he tells him that Cheetah needs to hunt, he has to give an heir to a girl. Kunwar ji says he will get more money after work is complete.
Rana ji goes to open the door but it was locked from outside. He asks to open the door. He is curt and tries to go out from window. Gayatri was still waiting for Rana ji, she watches the time. The clock was about to struck 12. Rana ji arrives in the room with the tray of food. She looks at him, he smiles and comes inside the room and sits with Gayatri on the floor. She was upset. He offers her water, he insists to drink it then she can fight with him. He tells her to eat, if she won’t eat he also will not. She looks at him, he says he had said to her that from now on nothing is his or hers, its their, even hunger as well. It’s a fight of a long time, she won’t be able to fight it hungry. He apologizes for not turning to her once when he was taking her inside. He says that his heart doesn’t accept her to be Rani Sulakshna, though she seems to be. Rana ji holds Gayatri’s hand, he says he can’t answer any of her questions right now. He doesn’t know why fate brought him at a point where at one side there is his past, and on the other is his future. He doesn’t know how but he believes he will make it all right. If she believes his trust. Gayatri says she is with him. Both smiles, Rana ji offers her water and she drinks from it, with teary red eyes. Sulakshna watches them from the corridor and is shocked. Gayatri holds Rana ji’s hand and makes him take a sip of water. Sulakhsna breaks a vase in the corridor. Both go to her.
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