A romantic café. Two untouched cups of coffee. A drenched young woman sitting opposite a young man. Watching him with bated breath…
And unreasonable hope.
“A Monsoon Date” is about one evening in a young woman’s life. It tells the story of her journey, through the city, towards a café, where a young man waits for her eagerly. They have been seeing each other for a month now. She has begun to feel deeply for him and he is nothing short of smitten.
However, she knows that this is going to be no ordinary date. Her heart is pounding, her mind chaotic, quite like the torrential rain around her. Today, she has decided to reveal to the man a heart-breaking truth about her past. This truth, she knows, is as impossible to believe as it is to fathom and understand.
While braving the cloudburst on her way to the cafe, the young woman rides with a cheery cab driver who is an unabashed lover of the monsoon. Her journey is sprinkled with bittersweet moments with a series of strangers. These include a kindly, old, Bohri Muslim couple, a sweet, heartbroken teenager, and someone at a traffic signal, whom the young woman can’t take her eyes off.
Through all of it, her mind keeps going back to her 12-year-old self – a time when she had no reason to live except for the hope of a miracle.
That impossible miracle did occur. And yet, today, she needs another one. She hopes that the young man would find it in himself to accept the unimaginable truth about her past. She hopes for him to be a miracle.
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Hindi, 21 minutes, 2018, India