A desire for independence and personal expression clashes with tradition in director Deepa Mehta's love story with a twist exploring family values, love and loyalty in India. With Sita (Nandita Das) arrives at the New Dehli home of Jatin (Jaaved Jaaferi), her husband in an arranged marriage, she soon discovers that untold secrets and lies are simmering beneath the happy surface. But what is the real reason behind the strange tension between Jatin's brother Ashok (Kulbushan Kharbanda) and his duty-bound wife Radha (Shabana Azmi)? What part does their elderly paralysed mother Biji (Kushal Rekhi) play in the unfolding drama? And why is Sita so keen to rebel against the notion of unquestioning devotion to one's husband? A cataclysmic event is about to turn everyone's world upside down as the harsh realities of contemporary Indian society are put under the spotlight.