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‘Mujhe maaf kar do’

tv Updated: Dec 31, 2008 10:54 IST

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Thakurji sab theek kar denge
Last heard in: Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahu thi
Situations applicable: Any problem. Maybe the rains didn’t come.. or the aangan ki tulsi wasn’t watered.. or someone left home or returned home.. or married or didn’t. When you don’t know what else to say, this is a must. But Thakurji couldn’t make things theek or thaak. Otherwise there’d be no more episodes.

Aaj se yeh ghar tumhara hai
Last heard in: Bidaai
Situations applicable: Scared bride — married to a guy she doesn’t love/retarded guy/very old guy) — is welcomed home by her saas. Or married man offering shelter to bedraggled girl whose izzath he has just saved (they’ll go on to have a pavitra relationship and his wife will mysteriously pop it). Or widower bringing home wife’s sister ‘bachchon ki khaatir’.

Is se saaf zaahir hota hai ke…
Last heard in: Chhoona Hai Aasmaan and Kahani Ghar Ghar ki
Situations applicable: Sleuths, police officers or enterprising bahus track down clues to a murder or kidnapping. After several cliff-hanging episodes, they declare the zaahir business. And it has been all so dumbed-down that the viewer knows the identity of the killer etc anyway.

Tum khush ho na, beta?
Last heard in: Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi Bahu thi
Situations applicable: Bride is visiting maayka. She’s not happy but will smile shakily at the question. Or parents fix up daughter’s shaadi with someone else and her lover’s with someone else and then asks her this sweetly.

Or recent widow/widower is being married off again (widow is preggers and child needs a baap ka naam, widower has a smaaaaall baby who needs maa ki mamta). The question is usually followed by a disclaimer: “Yeh sab tumhaari bhalaai ke liye hai.” Hello, why ask then?

Ho sake toh mujhe maaf kar do
Last heard in:
Kasamh Se
Situations applicable: Forgiveness guaranteed, whether you have cheated on your wife, tortured someone’s bhai/bahen (and made them mute, blind, retarded), ill-treated your bahu, messed up your son/daughter’s marital life, knocked someone up.

The other party will fleetingly place a palm on your lips, or fall into your arms, or wipe away your tears or say diplomatically, let bygones be. Fat chance!

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