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It all started very awkwardly. Manik ‘ordering’ Nandini to smile because he did know what else to do to cheer her up when she broke down crying at her brother’s condition. Of course she didn’t smile because, “you can’t just order someone to smile!” Since then, Manik has been obsessed about her smile. It annoys him when she doesn’t smile in his presence. It makes him tick when she does it so freely with Dhruv. No matter how much he tries to ignore this, this thing is always alive at the back of his mind. He gets jealous, angry, insulting, sarcastic and he just never lets it go. And when she does smile in his presence, not the forced smile but the one which comes naturally, freely, beautifully, he doesn’t even realize it. Because then he is not being the 'Monster’ Manik, the one who wants the world to go as he wishes. The one who is in charge, who dictates the actions of others. The Monster Manik she hates. He is just being Manik, the one who hates the darkness and its silence. The vulnerable guy who is as bit as human as she is. The moment he showed his human side, she smiled. The smile he’d been demanding for for days.
In that moment, you could see the guy who Fate had bound her with. For whom the fireflies dance. The human him which she is meant to be with. If one glimpse of that human can make her smile so, despite all her insistence that she would never do, when he completely bares his vulnerable, human side to her, just how will her reaction be? This is why I love them. Their progress till here and from here on, it never renders anything that has happened to them useless in the long run. It’s like all that has happened was a part of a plan to bring them here. Where he is talking of his fears and she is understanding them.
And smiling. From her own free will.


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So I was late to the party of actually watching this video but all the discussions I saw left out so much context.  Like:

  • Daisy Ridley and Josh Horowitz joking that maybe Jyn Erso is Rey’s mom.  (Emphasis on joking.  Yes, I know that Pablo Hidalgo shot that one down.)
  • Daisy talking up the importance of chosen family, and how your choices matter more than your origins
  • Mention of Force-using Leia!
  • On-set nerding out over whether or not Leia counts as a Jedi
  • Sarcastic upspeaking in the last part about how Leia is not “any less Forceful” than Luke