Vijay had a bit role in the office drama to be performed on the New Year eve. He did not wish to take part but was compelled by his friends. He relented for a part that had no dialogue. As a passerby in the road, he was to faint and fall down abruptly. That called for no histrionic skill but only the natural way of falling. With regular practice he accomplished it with finesse in today’s rehearsal.
He suddenly remembered that he was to withdraw one lakh rupees and rushed to bank. It was crowded though not much. As he was writing the cheque on the tall desk, he observed one lanky guy with Hitler mustache watching him from a corner. He did not like the man’s look or his slouching figure with a cigarette in hand despite the NO SMOKING board. He turned his face away from him and finished writing the cheque.As he waited for his number to be called that guy came near him and sat in the adjacent chair. There were a few people near the teller. As he approached the teller on his number appearing on the board, he saw the man approaching him. But he ignored him till he felt a metallic thing pressing his hip after he received the money and pocketed it. He whispered in his ears “Walk quietly till the gate and normally if you don’t wish to get hurt”
Vijay turned his head around and saw people minding their own business, filling forms, depositing money, receiving cash or just waiting for number to appear. He nudged him asking him to move forward. He seemed ruthless with a scar across his cheek and nobody seemed to watch his being herded by the crook.
Vijay started perspiring and the nudge became a shove. It was then he remembered the rehearsals and crumbled like a pie by fainting on the floor with a thud. Everyone turned towards him and rushed around him forming a circle, feeling him and gently nudging. Someone sprinkled water on his face from a bottle. The crook moved away sensing the inopportune situation. The anxious people heaved a sigh of relief when Vijay opened his eyes. He looked around to find the crook no more in the vicinity.
He sat up and said ”Thank you all. I think it was a sudden blackout. I am fit to go. Can a couple of you kindly escort me to my vehicle?”
As he sat at the wheel, he told the kind hearted gentlemen “Do not worry. I am fully fit and can drive safely. Thanks a bunch for the support’
As he drove the car, he thanked God for the bit role he got and felt pleased at his realistic act..