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Hank and Asha – Full Movie

Hank and Asha – Full Movie


ASHA:I saw your film.I’ve been thinking
a lot about
how we’re connected.
Uh, not in terms
of technology
but in terms of um…
Meaningful impact.A lifelong connection
between two people.Or a connection
that lasts
only for a moment.
Just one dance
on the dance floor.Which has more beauty in it?Does that sound
ridiculous? Anyway, that’s what
your film made me
think about. And um… This is how your film
made me feel. (CHUCKLES)
Okay. Bye. Ah, so…
Action, I guess. Uh, hello to [email protected] I’m Hank. Um… So, uh, it’s really cool
you saw the movie. Um, I did it a while ago so I feel sort of
detached from it
at this point but… Um… God! You know, I guess it’s good
that it’s sort of taken on
a life of its own. Um, where are you? Uh, what’s your name? This is really weird
talking to a camera. How was that? (SIGHS) Ah, come on. ASHA:My name is Asha.
I’m from India.And as you can see,
I’m in Prague.I was so excited
to get your video.Thank you so much
for responding.So… You know, I actually
saw your film
at a film festival here and I was waiting for you
at the question
and answer session but when you
didn’t show up I tracked down
your contact information and got in touch
with you. Um… I’m not stalking you,
I promise. (LAUGHS) So, I have a few
questions for you. So what inspired you
to make your film? Are you a ballroom dancer
yourself? And what exciting
new things
are you working on? Oh, and I have to say
one more thing.
(CHUCKLES) I don’t know why,
for some reason I thought you’re going to be
like this… A much older, sort of
crusty documentarian and you’re not. Okay. Uh, talking
to inanimate object,
take two. Uh… Prague,
that’s amazing. I hear that’s
a beautiful city. Uh, that was actually
one of the festivals I really, really
wanted to go to but, didn’t work out. (INTERCOM BUZZES) Oh, one second. (MAN ON INTERCOM) Delivery. HANK: Hey, come on up. (WHISPERS)
Be right back. Okay, so what
motivated me
to do the film? I don’t know.
You know, my grandfather died
before I was born. My grandmother lived
across the country, so I didn’t really
get to see her. So, I’m not sure
whether you have this, but at school we had
this thing called,
“Grandparents Day” where you bring in
your grandparent and
they’d follow you around. Spend time with you. Well, if you didn’t
have one,
they would assign you one. Like, they were on loan
or something. Like a library book. Which… Now that I think
of it, it is a
little bit creepy. So where do they get
all those
grandparents from, but… The point is that,
you didn’t get to go
home with them. You know, you didn’t… They didn’t teach you
how to build a bird feeder. You know, send you a $10 bill
in one of those weird
little funny envelopes with the hole
cut out for the face
on your birthday. So… You know,
it was disappointing. So, I don’t know,
I guess uh… That’s sort of
where the theme
came from. Um… I was filling
a deep hole in my soul. And no, I’m not
a ballroom dancer. I was thinking
if you wanted to do some sort of
video chat sometime, we can talk about the movie.
I can answer questions
or ask you questions. I’m glad as well,
that you’re not
a crusty, old person. Um… Yeah. Yeah, we could
video chat. But then I wouldn’t be
able to show you
all of this. ASHA:This is where
your documentary film
was screened.
(CLEARS THROAT) Hey, there. I’m not in my apartment. Uh, but at the local
neighborhood bar. Which I really,
actually like a lot because it’s not
just totally filled
with hipsters. Just regular guys…
Like me. But older, maybe. What you got going
down there, man? HANK: Hey, I’m just making
a little movie. Listen, I’m not signing
any releases.
I don’t do reality. Hey, you know, it’s not.
It’s just for a friend. Oh, yeah. Who? Asha. Asha? Is that a guy
or a girl? It’s a girl. A girl! Really? (CHUCKLES) Yeah. You sure you want to
put me on a video
you’re making for a girl? Okay, okay. I’m devilishly handsome. I moved from
North Carolina,
six months ago. To New York City. And uh… You haven’t told me
much about you.
What do you do? Um, where are you from
specifically in India? I hear that the beer
in Prague is amazing. Cheaper than water. Hi. Sorry it’s taken me
a while to get back
to you. I’ve been really busy. Uh, this message is
being sent to you from the editing room
of my film school. Um, the hours
are really long here but I just…
I love it so much. That’s what I’ve always
wanted to do is study
filmmaking in Europe. You know and it’s like
a dream come true. Oh, hi, Asha. Hey. Sorry I have to go. Oh, I was going to
ask you, so you’ve probably like
traveled all over
the world right? Like, you’ve probably
been to the most remote, wonderful parts
of the Earth and you probably have some
really great stories. Ah, I’d love to hear
some of them. And what’s your
next project? What are you working on? Gosh, it must be
so exciting to work on that after the success
of your first film. What’s… What’s…
What are you doing now? All right.
So you asked what I do, uh… I thought I might just
give you a little
tour of the office here. Now, the first thing
you might notice. Oh, la la…
It’s a mobile office.
That’s new. Plenty of
natural light. Yeah. And unnatural light. We have these
plush ergonomic seats, made in Sweden,
good for the back. And your handsome driver. Over here you have
the oversized, rear view good for pedestrians
and Pedi cabs. The parking pass.
Always a must. And of course,
yesterday’s lunch. Hmm, maybe,
this afternoon’s dessert. So… This is what I do. Ah, I’m a PA
on a reality show. Where a 25-year-old
privileged guy gets to assist any position
in the city for a year. Things like,
professional sports,
Broadway, Wall Street. So he gets to basically do
anything he wants
and I get to sit here. Which is awesome. But I do have
major responsibilities
that include, making sure people don’t
fall when they get in
and out of the van. Or protecting
the very expensive… WOMAN ON PA:
Anne for Hank. Anne for Hank.
Hank, do you copy?
Go for Hank. Can you go on
a coffee run for me, Hank?What do you need?Three cappuccinosand two regular coffees,
cream and sugar,two black coffees
and a mocha
for the director.
Copy that.You write that all down?I got it. Copy that. Hank, don’t forget
the receipt this time.ASHA:Hank, your
production office
is very nice
but maybe it could use
a few touches. Like a poster,or some photographs
and postcardsor even…Some greenery.Dude, I think you should
decorate your office. Look at this pig. No, seriously.
Uh, look at this pig. (PIG SNORTS) HANK: This is
New York City. And that…
That’s right. You’re a pig. Look, it’s even disguised
as a dog. Prague, is famous
for its beers. They’re cheap
and they’re supposed
to be very good. And… So I decided
to try beer. And since I didn’t know
which one to get,
I just got all of them. So, um…
Here goes.
Wish me luck. Mmm. Hmm. (GAGS)
(CLEARS THROAT) Mmm-hmm. That’s really bad, Hank. It’s horrible.
(CHUCKLES) Oh, God! Well, you know,
I’m turning 25
in three weeks and every year
for my birthday
I tell myself, “I must try
something different.
I must try something new. “I must push
myself further.” So, you know. All my other friends
are having babies. And one of them is
a doctor and is even
delivering babies. And you know,
I’m trying beer. So, cheers.
(CHUCKLES) So I totally get
what you’re talking about
with the birthday thing. Um, I remember being 11
and thinking 27 was like
ancient or something. Far off. Right. Here we are. (CRUNCHING) I can’t believe
you didn’t like
the Czech beer. Czech beer
is amazing, right? It’s like not liking
turkey on Thanksgiving. So I’m waiting for this
co-worker to text me
where to meet. I’ve been waiting for
an hour and a half,
no text. So, yay,
for Saturday night. It’s hard to imagine
a time before
cell phones, right? What did people have to do?
Make plans and keep them? I’m trying to imagine
what you’re up to
right now. Right now
getting your messages
makes me very happy. My new friend
in New York. So I know you have
a great pork knuckle
in Prague but here in New York,
this is where you come for the best hot dog. This is what you do.
Close your eyes, block out every sense
except taste… Bite. ASHA: Hi, Hank.
Welcome to my
humble abode. Um, we’re going
up the steps. It’s a beautiful,
sort of sweeping,
spiral staircase. And there is
a courtyard over here
that I really like. Um, I want to
show you something. In some of these
old buildings there’s a little sort of
seat to rest in,
um, on each landing. I think it’s
really cute. Ah, come on up.
I’ll show you
my apartment. It’s nice to have
a place on my own. I’ve never really
lived on my own before. Um… And it’s kind of…
I’m really enjoying… You know, being able to
come home at whatever
time I want and do whatever I want
and not have to
worry about… My parents
worrying about me or you know what people
are going to say. ‘Cause the neighbors
in India
are always watching. Here’s something exciting. It’s my washing machine. My kitchen is very big. I don’t use it
very much. I’m not
the best of cooks. But it’s nice
to have the space. So, yeah… Um… This is the first time
that um… I’ve brought a boy home.
To my home. So you should feel
very privileged
and honored. There’s a little
balcony out there
that I really like. In the mornings,
sometimes I drink
tea there and watch
the birds and… You know, I just take
a minute to breathe before I start
my crazy day. (BIRDS CHIRPING) HANK: Okay, so how about
a New York City tour? This is my
humble abode. Ah, by the way,
your apartment
is enormous. That would be
pretty amazing to have
in this city. Okay, so this
is going to be quick. So, first,
how about a few
specific things? Over here,
we have my
sketch book wall. That’s pretty cool. Up here we have
my basketball. I used to play
in high school. Over here,
is my work space. And then, of course,
we have a stereo.
Got to have music. And then the other desk,
this is where I paint
and draw a little bit. And then of course,
the kitchen. And the bedroom.
Right next door. Novel.
And there’s my guitar. Maybe, I can uh…
Maybe, I can
give it a little strum. Okay. Let’s see. (PLAYING GUITAR) ASHA:Voila.The first time
I saw this, it just
hit me, I’m in Europe!
It was inspired by
the Eiffel Tower
in Paris.
I have always wanted
to go to Paris.But how could Paris
possibly be
more beautiful than this?
So, I’ve been
thinking that… My messages, uh… Probably reach you
after I’ve gone to sleep. You know,
because of the… The whole time zone thing
and everything. Good night. (MOANS) I have to
turn off the camera. Good night. Hey, Hank. I haven’t heard from you
in about a week and I was just wondering
how you are. Um… So, I know you got
my last message
and uh… Was that too much? I got your letter.
(CHUCKLES) Um, I don’t know
what to say. How did you… You looked up
my school, didn’t you? You looked up
the address
of my school. Gosh, that’s…
That’s… (GASPS) (CLEARS THROAT) That’s very smart, Hank. Says, “Press record
before opening”. I’m recording.
I’m recording. Okay, I’m not sure
what is in this. Let’s see. Okay. What’s this? What is this? (LAUGHING)
Oh, Hank.
What is this? Um… Erm… Hey, Hank. Um… Thank you so much
for your um… Beautiful letter
and for the ticket
to Paris. Um, I’ve always
wanted to go
to Paris and… I would really love to
meet you there. I would. I would really
love to meet you.
(CHUCKLES) And I noticed that
you got the ticket for the weekend
right after school closes. Which was very good
detective work
on your part. I commend you. I just um… (SIGHS) I would really like
to meet you but… Hey, so I got
your last message and you seemed
a bit hesitant. So I just want you to know
that there is no pressure
at all. But I’m a very
busy guy, so I had my people
call your people and it seems
as if you’re totally
free that weekend. So I thought maybe
I would just
take you out to dinner. And answer any questions
you might have. Put you at ease.Allons-y.Hey, uh… So I’ve never come
to this restaurant but I walk by it
all the time and it
looks fantastic. I just haven’t had
the opportunity so now I thought
was the perfect time. Hi. Hi. Good evening. Good evening.
How are you? I’m great. How are you? Very well. Oh, here’s your menu. Thank you. I’ll just, uh…
I’ll just take this. Ah, I think,
are you going to have?
I think she’ll keep it. Sure, right. Just in case. Mmm-hmm. And if we could get
one more menu. Okay. Thank you. So, you’re expecting
another person? No, it’s just going to be
us tonight. Okay. Mmm-hmm. (LAUGHTER) So there is tons
to do in Paris
as you know. And I just want to
let you know that we can do
whatever at any time. Hmm, so just because
I have plans doesn’t mean
we have to stick to them. You see something
when we’re walking
down the street, and you want to do it,
we’ll go do it. How’s the chicken?
Is it good?
Can I try a bite? Do you mind? You know, it might be easier
if I just… Hey. Hey. Dessert. We’ll take that right
in the middle to share. Oh, of course. Here you go.
You enjoy that. (EXCLAIMS) I know, people can be,
you know, overly talkative. But I want to assure you that
whether we’re watching
the view of the sunset, or looking at
a painting in the Louvre… Silence suits me. I hope that you had
a wonderful evening. HANK: Hey, so,
I totally forgot
to show you these. These are antique
stereo-views of Paris. I found them at
a flea market
down on Hester Street. And I don’t have
the viewfinder for them but I still think
they’re pretty cool. Um… It’s kind of crazy
to imagine a time when this was the
newfangled technology. When these were the things
that gave you, your sort of
heightened sense of reality. Cool right? And, you know, I found
where we could stay. Ah, for you, we have this
deluxe rococo suite. Oh, beautiful? Yeah? And for me,
I found this spare, single
blow up mattress
in a youth hostel. 12.50 a night.
But there is
indoor plumbing. Which is pretty cool. (SIGHS) Of course,
if you can’t go,
that’s fine. I understand. I would really like
to meet you in Paris. But… (CLEARS THROAT) My family can’t find out.
I just…
I cannot get caught. (PANTING) (WHOOPING) MAN: Whoo! Whoo! MAN: Yeah. Yeah. So, I’m 16 years old
in Concord, North Carolina. It’s a Friday night.
What’s there to do in Concord? Of course,
you graffiti a wall. So my buddy and I
go to the local
hardware store. We go all the way
in the back,
where the paint cans are. I had this jacket
with this pocket
on the inside, so I slipped this can in,
but the top of it stuck out. So I popped the top off,
I leave it there, we book it out of the store,
the guy sees us. Yelling, screaming,
comes out with
a bat, chases us. I’m flying
down the street. I mean, I must have been
going 20 miles per hour
or something. We get to where
we’re gonna be.
We outrun the guy. I unzip my jacket. And I promise you, there’s almost
a perfect red X
across my white T-shirt. So… I’m pretty good
at not getting caught. ASHA: I can’t believe
I just did that. Hank, you’re
a terrible influence. (BOLLYWOOD MUSIC PLAYING) (MUSIC CONTINUES) (LAUGHS) Ooh… Delete that. So… What are we
gonna do in Paris? I wanna… I wanna…
Do everything. Like,
I don’t wanna sleep the entire time
that we’re there. I wanna try all
the different French foods and I wanna try those,
um… Macaroons… I’ve seen photographs
of them in travel magazines and there are all these
different colors and… (SIGHS) Oh,
I wanna dance all night, and I wanna
walk along the river, and I wanna drink
lots and lots
and lots of wine and champagne
and walk down
the Champs-Elysees. Can we do it all? Let’s just do it all. All right…
You want it all? Day one…
We have an amazing breakfast, enormous to the point
where you feel like
you can’t… Eat another bite
in your entire life. We move to
la Cinematheque Francaise, where we watch
a 12:00 movie,
eat some popcorn, then make our way down
to the most famous
Parisian flea market, le Marche aux Puces,
buy a few things, matching hats,
make a movie maybe… 14-pound bag of macaroons
to carry around with us
the whole day. And on we go to the Seine,
but we don’t just walk it…
We get in a boat. I captain this boat
down the river. We pass by landmarks,
the Louvre… Maybe we jump out and
see theVenus de Milo…And we make our way to
a small French restaurant
right on the river, wrought iron table,
I walk you up, and waiting for us
is a beautiful bottle
of French red wine. That’s day one. After that, I hope
we still have something
to talk about. All right, so I just got off
of a night shoot in the van and then just had
a 46-minute conversation
with my mother where she described
the new recipe for
the meatloaf she’s making tonight,
in 25 steps. So if you’re ever interested
in how to make meatloaf, (STUTTERING)
I’ll break it down for you… Or even if
you’re not interested. It’s funny because
she tries to, uh, relate to me in certain ways, like, she went and saw
an artsy film yesterday, and the reviews always
come out the same, like, “I didn’t really get that.
Are you supposed to get that?” Um, and, of course, she told me that my dad
laid-off 20 people today and it’s my fault because I moved to New York, the city of skinny,
aggressive women and overpriced restaurants. You know, it wasn’t easy
giving my dad notice because he really
expected me to take over
the family business but… I wanted to give myself
one year in New York City. It’s six months tomorrow. And I do, I call my dad. But, uh… His phone must be broken. Hi, Hank, how are you? Um… (SIGHS) I have something
very important that
I want to tell you, um… I’m engaged to be married. Um… I know that this is probably,
uh, a bit of a surprise, um… It’s an arranged marriage,
uh… I don’t know if you have
any Indian friends but if you do then,
you know, maybe some of them
have had arranged
marriages as well or will have
arranged marriages. And my, um… My parents have actually
been sort of on my case
for quite a few years to get married, uh, so…
(CHUCKLES) Because I was getting
sort of sick and tired of them going on and on
about it, I, um… I negotiated with my father and, uh, brokered a deal
with him, and… He agreed to pay for me
to come to film school
here for a year. Um… And I, in exchange,
agreed to get married. Um, so… I got engaged to someone
they found for me, um,
before I left and once I go back home,
uh, we’re getting married. So… Um… I’d still like
to meet you in Paris. Whoa! Wow! That’s huge! Uh, I didn’t even know
that people still did that,
um… And that your parents
are arranging it.
That is intense. Um… Whoa! How does that work exactly? So my family got
a lot of inquiries
about me. And my sister
helped my parents sort of sift through all the… You know,
all the data coming in
and, uh… And they narrowed
the field down
to a few people who they thought
would be viable matches. P.S. Uh, some of my friends
have had arranged marriages and they’re happy. Wow. Okay. It’s… It’s just about
the scariest thought
in my mind that my mother would
be choosing my wife,
uh, for my life. (CHUCKLES) But, uh… I’m also not necessarily
a Casanova with the, uh, with the dating scene,
so I can see that. I can see that. Sometimes you need
a third party expert,
for a little help. I was engaged once. That didn’t work out. So is this thing,
like, set in stone,
do you think, or is it… (WOMAN ON RADIO) (CHUCKLES) Do you think
it’s possible to… You know how people
fall out of love, like… Things don’t work out,
people go their
separate ways… Do you think
it’s possible for people to… Um, grow to love
each other, I guess? You know, like… Suppose you’re actively
trying to find the best
in each other and to see, to find things
to like about each other, don’t you think… Don’t you think
something’s gonna happen? No, I don’t think so. Uh… You know,
relationships are so hard. It’s like if you don’t
have that initial spark… I don’t think
you have a chance. But, uh… That’s just me. Well, it’s been exactly
37 and a half hours since your last message. I assume that… My last message didn’t
make you pleased as punch. And… I hope
I didn’t cross the line. It’s just really hard for me
to wrap my mind around
you marrying someone who you don’t really know. Who is this guy? What’s he all about?
What is he like? Tell me more about him. This guy, as you put it, his name is Raj, um… He’s a really nice guy, he comes from
a very good family,
uh, he’s a doctor. He’s about five years
older than I am, and he actually
studied in California
for a few years. Um… Let’s see… Uh, I guess
the first time we met it was with both
our families and… You know, sort of,
I guess, the families
checking each other out. And the second time
we, uh… We were alone.
We went out for lunch
and, uh… Yeah, he was really nice. Like, I wasn’t enjoying
what I was eating and so he switched
plates with me which I thought
was a really sweet
thing to do, very considerate
and then… And a couple of weeks later,
we got engaged. Um… He’s supportive
of my filmmaking, um… (CHUCKLES) Enough about me.
Why don’t you
tell me about you, tell me about your fiancee,
how did you… Was it love at first sight? What was that like?
Tell me your story. Uh, hmm… Deb, uh… Well, you know, when… When I first met her
she was the type of girl who turned heads,
you know, she would
walk through campus… She had this long,
dark, curly hair. She just had this
sort of presence that everyone would
stop and look, um… But she was also…
She was not always
so nice. I think there were signs that
maybe I missed early on. Like, I remember this
one time it was, uh… It was Valentine’s Day and I wanted to do
something special for her, so I got the keys
to her room from
the RA in the hall and I went in. And I made like this
mosaic out of chocolates, all different
sizes and colors and it had a heart
in the center and, uh… Her response was,
“What the hell
were you thinking?” “That’s going to
attract ants.” Uh, and I didn’t…
I didn’t see any ants. So that was weird,
you know, should have sort of
picked up on that. But, uh… Yeah, and then when
she got into law school I decided I would
go work for my dad
in North Carolina. And the plan was… You know,
I would support her
during that period and then when she was
done with school,
she would support me, and we’d move up
to New York
and I would pursue film. And, uh… That never really happened. (CLEARS THROAT) (PLAYING GUITAR)♪ And now I work in a van♪ I ain’t got no plans♪ I just sit all day and…♪ Stare at people ♪ ASHA:As my mother
likes to say,“A man of excellent
qualities is like a flower“which, whether found
amongst weeds,
or worn on the head
“still preserves
its fragrance.”We make and give
flower garlandsto celebrate different thingslike festivals,
or to honor the godsor, um, to welcome
people homeor in this case,
to wish good fortuneat the beginning
of a new journey.So, Hank,
this one is for you.HANK: Okay, so here we are at Le French Diner. I’ve been practicing
my French lately. (SPEAKING FRENCH) And, of course,
most importantly,
apres vous.
(SPEAKING FRENCH) Okay, I think
I’m actually gonna
go with le burger. Le burger. We’ll be a little bit
more adventurous
when we get to France. But for now…
Could you do me one favor? Sure. This is for my friend
in Prague, could you say hello?
Say something in French? (SPEAKING FRENCH) Which means? You’re coming soon. I’m coming soon. Hey, uh, just one more thing, I’m really excited
that you’re coming to Paris. I think it’s gonna be
great just to meet. I’m really excited
to meet you, too. (PLAYING JAZZY MUSIC) (INAUDIBLE) (CROWD CHEERING
AND APPLAUDING) (INAUDIBLE) (CHEERING) (ZIPPER ZIPPING UP AND DOWN
AMPLIFIED) (KNOCKING) (CHEERING AND APPLAUDING) ASHA:I have this dream
sometimes and I’m trying
to get somewhere.
But I don’t know where
I’m trying to get to.I just know it’s importantand just sort of imperative
that I get there.But…Uh…Everything around me
is just moving really slow.And I’m trying to…It’s all distortedand I can’t make sense of it.It’s like all
these long faces
and these things in there.
I keep trying to
reach out to them.But it’s like they
bend away from meand I can’t quite
tell where I amand I just know that
I’m not…I’m not gonna be
able to get to
where I need to.
And then I wake up.(TECHNO MUSIC PLAYING) (MUSIC CONTINUES) (MUSIC CONTINUES) You know,
when I first, uh… When I first came here, um, everyone said,
“Oh, it’s such
a beautiful city, “you’ll fall in love with it.
It’s like a fairy-tale.” And I haven’t.
Not entirely. I mean,
it’s beautiful in parts but there are days
when I just… (SIGHS) People just stare at me,
you know, like, all the time,
especially older people. And no matter
where I go or what I do
or what time of night, and it’s, um… (SIGHS) I look around me
and there’s no-one else
like me around. I just don’t belong. And I just… There are times when
I just wanna disappear. Hey, I just wanted
to tell you that, you know,
whenever I’m feeling, um, really blue or low,
then I watch your messages
and… They make me laugh. Especially the one
of you dancing.
(CHUCKLING) You know,
where you’re dancing
around your apartment, that always gets to me.
(CHUCKLING) So… Anyway, thanks.
Good night.♪ I could lose my way now♪ I could go some place♪ I don’t know♪ I could lose my map♪ I’d be okay now♪ I could take away my coffee♪ And my smokes♪ You could even
Take my guitar♪ And I would howl at the moon♪ But, darlin’♪ Darlin’, I’d die crying now♪ If I lost one minute
of time with you♪ Oh, now if I lost one minute♪ With you ♪Excuse me, sir,
I’m gonna need you
to put the camera away. Okay. Are you visiting
someone in the building? I have…
I got a buddy in 1C. There is no 1C
in this building. All right. I’m leaving. Yeah, let’s go. Yup, I got him.
I’m bringing him down. You don’t have to
grab me. What if you’d been
in that movie theater? You know, what if you’d
actually been able to make it to the screening. And suppose, um… Suppose there’d been
a question and answer
session, and I’d asked
you a question and… Would you…
(CHUCKLES) Would you still have
found me interesting? Would you still… Would you have, maybe,
wanted to go out for coffee,
would we… Still be going to Paris? I just keep… (SIGHS) I keep asking myself,
“What if? What if? What if?” And I don’t know,
I’m always just, uh… God, am I always
gonna be like this? Am I always
gonna be wondering… “What if?” If I had come
to the festival… Uh, here’s what I think
would have happened… You would have
waited afterwards
for the talk back. You would have
raised your hand. I would have seen you
and called on you. And you would have
asked an amazing question. And, uh… I would have gotten
nervous to answer… Because you were pretty. And then I would
see you afterwards and apologize
for the nonsensical
answer I gave. And then… For a moment
we wouldn’t know
what to say. And so, I would suggest
we go out to tea. And then we’d go out and spend five hours
drinking tea and having
an amazing conversation. In terms of Paris… What if you weren’t
supposed to be
getting married? Good night. There’s a song that
I was thinking of, um… My mother used to sing it. (SINGING IN HINDI) (CHUCKLING) Yeah, sometimes
I wish I could just press pause,
you know, just… (BLOWS AIR) Freeze time. All right, so I just got
the latest guilt-mail
from Mom. I’ll paraphrase,
“It’s all your fault, Hank.” She ran into Deb,
who looks beautiful, and she’s a lawyer now. And she has a big
lawyer husband. And probably,
little lawyer babies, little lawyer vests,
tweed, bow ties. “You really let the ship
sail on that one, Hank.” Uh, and, of course,
there’s more bad news on the Dad-business front. She wants me to
come down there and work my economic
magic on the situation. Work something out with him because, of course,
he doesn’t talk to her
about it. And she has a bad feeling… Which she always does,
you know, that’s like
her tagline. “I have a bad feeling
about this. “This cake isn’t rising
in the oven. “Oh, I have this really
bad feeling about it.” Or, “I don’t know that
I wanna get in
that public pool, “I’ve got a bad feeling.” Where is there room
for a good feeling here?
That’s my question. So… Can we go to Paris tomorrow? Can we just leave? You know, um… I know from my experience
that it’s… It’s often very
difficult for a parent
to ask a child for help. And, you know,
maybe your dad
really needs you. Maybe he really needs you
to be there for him and… I would just hate to… Come in between
you and your folks. I’d hate to be the reason
that you’re not going home. Um… Maybe it’s just
not the right time. Now is the time. Now is the time. I’m standing
outside of this bar. My co-workers are in there. I could be in there… But I’m not.
I’m out here. My mother’s dramatic, okay? My dad is in denial. He’s always been like that. Nothing’s gonna change it. He could sell
the business,
he could retire, he’d be fine. I’ve tried
to tell him that. And my going down there
is not gonna help. So, he’s okay. I wanna go to Paris. I wanna go to… (KNOCKING) I’m com… I’ll be in there.
I’m coming. Uh… I know it’s your birthday now
over there so… Happy birthday. (CLICKING) Hi, Hank,
I got your flowers. Um… I walked into the school
and they were there
in the office and… They were just
taking over
the whole office and everyone
wanted to know
who they were from. And I had to say
that they were
from my fiance. I had to say
that they were
from Raj because nobody knows
who you are. And… You know if my family
found out about
these flowers, and…and… My sister,
it would just… They would be so hurt.
They would be so upset, and disappointed. And… What were you thinking? I… I just
wanted to say,
thank you. (STUTTERS) The flowers
are very beautiful and you obviously put
a lot of thought into them. Uh… Okay. You know I didn’t…
I didn’t mean to… Um… (INHALES) What’s your communication
with Raj? I mean, do you guys
talk often or… Has he visited you? Um… Does he send you flowers? Um, I’ve been
communicating with him. I’ve been communicating
with my fiance obviously. But, um, I don’t send him
video messages,
we just, uh… We talk on the phone
once a week, and sometimes he e-mails, and… (SIGHS) Um, uh… (SIGHS) I mean,
I’m going to marry him,
you know, Hank. I’m engaged to him.
I have to be
in contact with him. It’s not,
I mean… (SIGHS) It’s not it’s… (WHISPERS) God. I just had
a few questions to ask you. Uh, one. What do you have
in common with Raj? Uh, two. Uh, what…
What does he do for you?
What has he ever done for you? Three, do you… Do you take
great adventures with Raj? How… How well
does he actually
even understand you? I understand you. Why? Why? Why did you
even decide to go
to Paris with me? What do you want? Yeah, some… Something
to make a movie about? Is it something that,
you know, make you feel better
20 years from now? You’re sitting on some porch
with Raj, really unhappy, you have something
to reminisce about,
make yourself feel good? (CLICKS) (INHALES SHARPLY) (SCREAMS) I sent that. Yeah. So if there’s any chance
that you didn’t watch that
yet, please don’t. Ah. Look, I know
that you’re the one
getting married. So it’s not up to me. But I don’t wanna wake up
40 years from now, wondering why we didn’t meet. Just, let’s meet. Just for a weekend. Um… I’m not going to Paris, Hank. I have… It’s just not who I am. (WATER SPLASHING) (WHISPERS) One second.

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