Synopsis: A series of events unfold in modern day Bengaluru, intertwining four different lives: a dancer, a drug peddler, a writer and a psychopath.
95 min

When I was a little girl

A Telugu film called 'Annamayya'

had caught my imagination.

The film was about the life

of Tallapaka Annamacharya.

A saint who lived

about 600 years ago.

I used to watch the film

with my grandfather,

everytime it aired on TV.

There is a scene in the film,

in which one of the saint's disciples,

sing one of his teachers' songs.

"The everyday life is merely a play"

My grandfather's eyes always

welled up, whenever this song played.

And at this point,

I always watched my grandfather

and lost track of the film.

So, I asked my father one day

to tell me, what the song meant

and he told me

"To be born is the truth."

"To be dead is the truth."

"Everything in between

is just a play."

I was 14 years old, when I truly

began to understand what that meant.

My thoughts began to change.

I found comfort in thinking

that the 'Play' had a director,

-who had plans for me.

-Excuse me?

Do you have a pregnancy test kit?

Four weeks back, as I sat

there holding my husband's hand.

It seemed to me, like he had found a

peaceful space between life and death.

And the song kept playing in my head.

"To be born is the truth."

"To be dead is the truth."

"And everything in between

is just a play."

She is not dead.

She is still alive.

I am not that to her,

what she is to me.

She refuses to remember me.

She refuses to see me.

She clamps her nose, like she refuses

to breathe the same air as me.

Fate is not kind.

"Feathers are not enough."

"Feathers are not enough."

"Birds need a sky to fly."

"Birds need a sky to fly."

Hey, you.



"Feathers are not enough."

"Feathers are not enough."

"Birds need a sky to fly."

"Birds need a sky"

"To fly."

"To fly."

"High in the sky."

"High in the sky."

"Legs are not enough."

"Legs are not enough."

I heard you are teaching kids.

-You have a very good voice.

-Thank you, sir.

Why don't you audition

for these TV shows?

I wish I could.

But then...

So, what do you do for a living?

-Are you blind?

-What, dude?

Get lost, man!

For a living,

I work in sales and marketing, sir.

We mostly deal

with herbal products.

Thank you.

And marketing as a career,

has its own risks.

Yes, of course.

Even I was into sales

and marketing, when I was younger.

That's amazing, sir!

People at home weren't too happy.

So, I became a teacher later.

Two cups of coffee, please.

And then I realized, that teaching

wasn't too different from marketing.

My father always told me,

"Teaching is the most noble profession."

But he didn't like it,

when I quit my engineering job

to become a Montessori teacher.

We'll be late!

"We'll be late!"

My name is Akhila.

And this is my husband, Pramod.

The fact that we have been

married for three years,

and still don't have kids, is

the trending topic in our families.


All fell down.



A for apple.

What is D?

Let us see who builds

the biggest house.

What is that?

Hello, Dad?

I am on my way to the hospital.

I'll call you once I get back.


Children and family.

Before these thoughts

took over my life.

I had a dream of my own.

I wanted to be a storyteller.

Give me that novel.

A novelist.

But it remained a dream.

I haven't completed

a single story that I started.

It's not just about

having a dream, is it?

Deep down, I am angry with myself

for not working hard enough.

A lot of frustration.

-What took you so long?

-I was stuck in traffic.

Contrary to what you expected,

her reports look absolutely fine.

But, before we conduct further tests.

I would recommend,

that you get tested too.

There is nothing to worry about!

So, how's your novel coming along?

I am stuck!

I behaved childish earlier.

I am sorry.

How about we go for a walk now?

I cannot recall having one big fight

with him, in all our years of marriage.

He doesn't really like discussing

deeply about anything.

I sometimes wonder, if I made

the right decision by getting married.

When I talk to my father about this,

he says,

"Have you lost your mind? Have kids,

all your problems will disappear."

They slept together, I was born.

They had a home,

I didn't belong.

Who cares what happens to me?

Oh, is it?

I didn't know about it.

Will it take half an hour?


-Hi, Mom.

-Here, take it.

No, I don't want it.

Are you going out?

I am going to a friend's house.

We have an assignment to complete.

You know, your father doesn't

like you to go out at this time.

-I want some money for the fuel.

-You don't listen, do you?

Get back home quickly!

Where are you going?

I swallow your spirits.

I devour raw sinews.

Yet, I crave for soft flesh.

They slept together,

I was born.

They had a home,

I didn't belong.

Who cares what happens to me?


Timmy, no. Timmy!

I am so sorry.

-Hi, Uncle!

-Hi! Timmy!

OK then, I'll leave!

Wait! Have a cup of coffee

before you leave.

You should really stop

pampering him so much.

Your cup is in the kitchen, get it.

-How come you look so happy today?

-Go get your coffee first.

Drinking so much coffee

is not good for your health.

It'll cause acidity!

-So, why is she smiling so much?

-We are going on a pilgrimage.

-To Amarnath!


It's not confirmed yet.

He met all the travel agents yesterday.

We have blocked the seats for now.

We still need to make the payment.

-She is getting over excited!

-Will you just keep quiet!

He has made all the arrangements.

He's just talking like that.

Hey, shall we go to the bazaar?

I want to buy a few things.

Yeah, call Padma as well.


-So, finally you came.

Do you have more colors?

That is how its pattern is.

Hey, this one is really nice.

Come on, we have quoted

the right price.

Ma'am, it's the right price.

We are your regular customers.

Ok, we will see about it later.


Who is this?


-Hey, what's happening?

-She's quoting Rs. 300 for this!

Please, Aunty.

Give it for Rs. 200.

Give me a moment.

Hello, sir.

Sir, just hold for a moment.

He is inside, I'll just call him.

-There's a call for you, sir.

-Who is it?



Tell me.



I'll send my boys next week.


I am on my way.

I'll be there in ten minutes.



Just a minute.

Please come.

I'll call you later, OK?

Hello, Doctor.


So, your test results

came in yesterday.

Take a look.

-Everything is absolutely normal.

-Thank you so much, Doctor.

Hello, Dad?

Did Pramod call you?

No, it's nothing. I was

just waiting

for him at the hospital.

Yes, the results came.

No, everything is normal.

Dad, I am getting a call.

Just hold on for a minute.


Hello? Who is it?

Yes, Akhila speaking.


I am in the same hospital!

No, no!

I am in the same hospital!


He was severely injured

when he was brought here.

But there is no threat

to his life now.

The doctors are already attending to him.

So please wait for sometime.

I don't know what to say.

It's bad fate!

The other man in the accident

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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