In Tanhayee, Akash’s inner turmoil is mirrored in his external surroundings. He is the only one who is shown to be still and lost in his thoughts, while surrounded by people who are going on with their lives. The city feels strange to him, and his life has come to a halt. Time has stopped for him, but for others, it has fastened its pace. His outward silence contrasts with his inner upheaval. He is chasing the shadows of his past. He walks through lifeless places, such as the graveyard. He is seen on the edge at many times—sitting on the edges near heights and waves—like his own life is on the edge. He is running but cannot escape. He is eating but is not satiated. He is hearing but is not discerning. He is waiting for a train but is not going anywhere.
Shalini, too, is shown to share this sense of loneliness in Tanhayee. She leaves for India along with Rohit. At the airport, before she boards the flight, she pauses and looks back, hoping to get her filmy airport ending. As it often happens in films, the hero comes to stop his lover from boarding the flight just in the nick of time. But Akash is nowhere to be found. Shalini goes ahead. Moments later in the song, she is feeling cold, missing the warmth of Akash’s jacket. Like Akash, she is also sitting on the edge, playing with her engagement ring, unable to display the courage to throw it away. She is trapped, sitting by herself in the house where the window is nothing but a cage.
Early in the film, Shalini and Akash had watched a romantic film together. Shalini is in a somber mood after the movie. Akash, in his usual Akash-ian way, mocks Shalini for her emotional investment in films. He ridicules the whole premise of romantic movies and says, “Bhai, in love stories ke liye to bahut dimaag chahiye, woh yahan baithi aasun bahan rahi hai, woh vahan baitha aahen bhar raha hai.” Akash, who scoffs at the predicament of lovelorn characters, undergoes the exact same state later in the film. And, funnily, he would be the one crying for love and Shalini is the one who sighs as seen in Tanhayee. Of all the three friends, he would get the filmiest ending where he confesses his love in front of three hundred people and in someone else’s wedding. Films, like life, find a way of getting back at those who try to mock it.
Music Label: T-Series