Once there was a king 15 January 2022 update: Sulakshna watches Rana ji and Gayatri in the room, she breaks a vase in the corridor while running away. Rana ji runs behind her, she was going out of the palace. Rana ji stops Sulakshna, she turns and asks what right he has to stop her. She complains to Bari rani maa that she had told her she is Rani Sulakshna, and her Rana ji loved her so much and is upset in her memories. She says that in reality, her husband is busy with his own life and has no time to miss her at all. She heads to leave, but Gayatri holds her hand to stop her. Gayatri says that not Rana ji but she will answer her questions. Rana ji is worried about what she is about to say. Gayatri looks at Rana ji and says that she isn’t Rana ji’s but his friend’s wife. Raaj Mata is upset. Gayatri says that it isn’t Rana ji’s mistake but hers. Her husband is in a lot of problem and can’t come here, she had taken a vow that today she will only break her fast with his own hands. Rana ji had promised her husband to take care of her, so he broke her fast. Sulkashna removes Gayatri’s hand from hers, she says that she shouldn’t have done this. Her husband isn’t here doesn’t mean she will eat from anyone else’s hand. Gayatri asks to apologize and says she was unaware of the rituals, it was her first Karwachot. Sulakshna says that she could have asked someone else, there could be a crack between her and Rana ji. Gayatri joins hands, she says that she will never become a reason of problem between Rana ji and her, she will leave the palace if there is a lot of problem. She says that she and Rana ji must be tired, she must take rest. Bari rani maa smiles victoriously. Gayatri leaves the hall.
In the room, Gayatri watches her photos with Rana ji on the wall. Someone keeps a hand on her shoulder, it was Bari Raani maa. Gayatri wipes her tears before turning around. Bari rani maa says that today her respect has increased in front of Bari Rani maa. Gayatri has the ability to favor the truth, she has that ability. Bari Raani maa says that she wish she could do anything, but right now Sulakshna is mentally so weak that a little tension can be fatal for her.
In the room, Sulakshna apologizes Rana ji for suspecting him. She says Bari Rani maa had told her how much he loved her, but she has no memories of his love. And loss of memories make one lost. She says that with the passage of time, her memory will return to her. Rana ji thinks that this lie can’t go on for a long time, he must tell her the truth. He won’t let Gayatri leave the palace. Rana ji was about to leave the bed, Sulakshna holds his hand and says that a Rajput doesn’t have to be afraid but she is afraid to live alone in this palace. Rana ji drapes her with the quilt and tells her to sleep, he is here. He goes to the window himself. Gayatri’s words with Sulakshna echo in his mind.
In the room, Gayatri was still crying thinking about the bed side argument with Rana ji. She looks at the bed and is upset. She looks at the moon and thinks about Rana ji’s words and lay on the bed watching moon. She fell asleep like that.
In the morning, Kokilla is happy with her deal with Cheetah. They ask Laksh about Swarna, he says he hasn’t gone to her. Kunwar ji asks didn’t he go to break her fast. He says no, why he should go. Kunwar ji pushes him out of the chair and asks him to go and feed her something else he will treat him dreadfully. Swarna wasn’t in the trunk, Laksh calls her. Swarna comes to hold his neck with a rope and drags him. She runs out of the store room by throwing him forward.
Gayatri packs her bag in the room and keeps hers and Rana ji’s wedding photos with her as well. Rana ji comes to hold her hand and asks what she is doing here. Gayatri says she is leaving this room. He asks if she is leaving the room or him. He holds Gayatri with her arms and says he had asked her for some time, doesn’t she trust him. Gayatri watches Sulakshna and Bari Rani Maa approaching and instead of holding his face, she joins her hands saying she is thankful for him to give a place in the palace, she is used to live in difficulties. Bari Rani maa tells Sulakshna that this is her room. Gayatri heads to leave with her bag, Rana ji stops Gayatri. He goes to her, but Bari Rani maa interferes saying she has to say something to him. She says that she feels that he and Sulakshna should spend sometime together, it will help her get her memory back so why not he takes Sulakshna for some vacation. Sulakshna requests him to agree. Rana ji looks at Gayatri. Rana ji says she has requested him for his Rani he can’t deny, but he won’t go alone. Gayatri will also come for picnic with them. Gayatri leaves the room. Sulakshna asks Rana ji if he is soft for this woman, more that what is needed. Rana ji asks if this is a complain, Bari Rani maa qualifies this is a direction of a wife.
Raaj Mata says to Gayatri that this is time for the test of her love. She had promised to wait for a lifetime for Rana ji, but Rana ji has asked her for days only. Gayatri says that Rana ji can’t either divide his love or rights. Raaj Mata says that Gayatri can atleast fight for her right.
Kokilla wipes Laksh’s bruise. Kunwar ji says this is good that everyone in the palace has gone on picnic. They must be returning and they don’t have much time for find her. Kokilla is worried what if Swarna tells the truth to everyone. Laksh says he will find and punish her severely.
Rana ji stood by the lake they had come on a picnic for. Sulkshna comes to him and says Bari rani maa told her that this is the place they had first met, she tries to remember a tree. Rana ji says the tree got destroyed in a storm. Sulakshna asks Rana ji what happened at their first meeting, was he quiet like this or she was shyer. Gayatri calls them for food, Rana ji asks Gayatri to sit with them for lunch and offers her a chair as well. Sulakshna asks Gayatri to tell her something about Rana ji as she has lost her memory. Gayatri says it isn’t easy to understand Rana ji, he seems to be rude, tough and stubborn. She also thought him to be tough and angry at the beginning but from inside he is lovable and kindhearted. Sulakshna says that this way Rana ji himself couldn’t have praised himself. She asks Gayatri about her husband. Gayatri says she has told her about Rana ji, this means she has also told her about her husband. She takes a leave. Rana ji stands up for her.
Gayatri comes at the bank of the river. Rana ji watches her standing alone. Sulakshna asks him to begin the food. Rana ji takes a leave from her and goes to Gayatri. Gayatri asks why he brought her here, to see when Rana ji and Sulakshna met. Rana ji says he wanted to show her that there is no cover between them, if she liked it if he had left her in the palace. Gayatri says she dislikes being here. Rana ji says that she knows him well, not Rana ji but Indravadhan. He says that she knows he only wants a partner and not a number of Raani’s. Sulakshna heads towards them. Gayatri says that right now he has two wives, she has never seen such a ritual in her house. Right now, either she is his second wife right now or Sulakshna is, he must decide. Sulakshna reaches nearer and asks to go as it is quite late. Gayatri says it is really late, they must go.
At night, Bari Raani maa brings Rana ji a letter from British govt. Bari Raani maa asks him to read by himself. He is curt that Wilkinsons want crown on Sulakshna’s head as she has returned. He asks who they to take the decisions of his life are. Bari Rani maa says he has to take the decision himself but the truth is that Sulakshna is not his first wife but also the Rani of Amirkot. She says it must be a difficult decision but not every decision is easy in life. Gayatri head this converstation. G
Gayatri was walking with her suitcase in the corridor. Rana ji asks her to stop. She keeps her suitcase down, both run and hug each other. Gayatri cries, Rana ji is hurt too. She asks Rana ji to let her go. She hugs him again. Sulakshna watches this. She goes through the corridor and reach a room where a man sat with mortar and pestle. She tells the man to remove her earrings they are really itchy. The man says this isn’t time yet, she tells him to remove it. She shouts at him to remove it, he stares at her. She asks if he really loves Rani Sulakshna? The man looks closely and removes a mask off the face. He hands the mask to her. She smiles watching the mask of Sulakshna’s face. She throws the mask away and says Rani Sulakshna has left while Rimjhim is here. She tells the man not to give her any lectures any more, as the veiled lady in enough for her to give lessons. The veiled lady come there and asks if she wants beaten up by stick as well? She says that tomorrow there is going to be a drama, she will get the crown and become a Rani. Rimjhim says if she becomes Rani tomorrow, can she wander freely or still this old man will be there behind her. She cheers.
Rana ji asks Gayatri if she loves him. She says where there is love, there is always trust. He takes her with him.
The veiled lady says to the actress that tomorrow all their plans will come true, she must not get the mask of Sulakshna. She watches the mask that had burnt. The veiled lady scolds her that she can’t take care of only a mask. The man tells them that making another mask will take a whole day.
Swarna runs through the forest.
Rana ji and Gayatri were coming from the corridor. Sulakshna was coming from the front and covers half her face and head watching Rana ji. He asks why she covered her face. She says she thought she is the Rani and should behave like this. He says she never did so before. She says she doesn’t know what she did before, she waited for him whole day but he has time for his friend’s wife and not his own. Rana ji stops her saying she can’t go without listening to him, but SUlakshna says she isn’t a maid but wife. She waited to speak to him, not she isn’t in a mood so he must wait now. Gayatri also leaves thinking he is just trying not to break her heart.
Laksh, Kunwar ji and Kokilla ran after Swarna. Swarna comes to Cheetah for help. She asks him to help. He asks for the price. She says she will give him any amount of money he will ask for, even more than that. He hides Swarna. Laksh asks Cheetah if he has seen a girl running from here. Cheetah says girls run after him all day long, which one had he left. He misguides Luksh about the direction of the girl. Swarna thanks him for hiding her. He says that he can take her to a faraway place, she must think before that she will have to pay. Swarna says she will give him whatever he would ask for. He drives the tractor.
Rana ji was in his study, Bari Raani maa comes to him. She says that when two hands meet, a fist is made. If he has taken any decision about the crown ceremony of Sulakshna. Rana ji says he needs sometime. Bari Rani maa says time never stops for a price who awaits time, if he delays it now it will be late. Gayatri comes there. Bari Rani maa says she won’t leave him alone. Rana ji says this isn’t easy for him, he had given Gayatri the place of his wife and Rani. But he can’t even do injustice with Sulakshna. He turns to see Gayatri standing there. Bari Raani maa goes to Gayatri and says she apologizes, as she has made her life complex; but what she could do as she couldn’t hurt her. But she could also not do unjust to Sulakshna as well. She says that she knows what it feels to be a second wife, she was also the second wife of Baray Rana ji. She could never get love from him, as love is only for the first wife. Gayatri holds Bari Rani maa’s hands saying elder’s hands are just to be kept on head for blessings. She says that her luck is always an enemy of her. She goes to Rana ji and says she wants to make things easy for him, she never married him to be a Rani. If it gets solved, he can do the crowning of Sulakshna. She says she has taken a decision for a Raja but for a husband, he must take the decision himself.
At the stage, Sulakshna utters ‘wow’ watching a crown. Everyone is shocked. Raaj Mata says she was a princess already, who so excited. Bari Raani Maa qualifies that her memory is really weak. Gayatri watches this all. Rana ji thinks about Gayatri. He puts the crown on Sulakshna’s head. She bends to touch his feet. Rana ji watches Gayatri. The photographer comes to take photo with Rana ji, Sulakshna holds his arm to give a pose. Gayatri is hurt. Rana ji watches Gayatri only. Gayatri begins cry. Rana ji was about to leave, Wilkinsons says that finally Amirkot got its princess, the one who is eligible to be there, else they had made anyone a princess. Raaj Mata nods at Rana ji to get calm. Wilkinson’s asks Rana ji to say something about Sulakshna. Raaj Mata whispers that people are watching, he must say something. Rana ji says Sulakshna has returned to life for Amirkot’s people, she has all the abilities to be a Princess. She has got English education and hasn’t forgotten her principles. He looks at Gayatri who thinks that she will go away from his life.
In the room, Jhumki removes the crown and appreciates her acting saying she became Rani without any mistake. The veiled lady gets her a new mask. She removes the burnt one and changes it.
Rana ji thinks in the corridor that he must tell Sulakshna that though she has become the queen now, there will always be Gayatri in his heart.
Jhumki changed her mask.
Gayatri was crying in her room, Rana ji comes from behind. He notices Gayatri crying and leaves.
The veiled lady goes away at once hearing the footsteps of Rana ji. Sulakshna stands up. Rana ji asks why she didn’t cover her head. She says she thought that he has forgotten her face, so she will keep her face in front of him always. Rana ji played with his ring, she asks why he is worried. Rana ji sits down and says he has something important to tell him. She says that she is his wife, his Sona, who will he speak his mind to if not her. Rana ji drops his rings, Sulakshna spots the mask on the floor and is worried.
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