Amid the timeless landscape of the Indian epic - the Mahabharata - the stage is set for an intimate yet eternal tussle between custom and commerce, tradition and modernity.
Bhanu Kumar, a lower caste watchman, stands fierce guard over his feudal master’s disused, barren silica mine. A creature of habit, Bhanu reflects powerlessness so complete, it can only make the world stand still. Bhanu’s wife, Saroj, watches in silent disgust as her innocent husband stands sentinel over the empty property. Saroj conceals a dark secret, for her husband’s unwavering loyalty to his master implicates Saroj in ways Bhanu cannot imagine.
One night, all hell breaks loose when a runaway couple in desperate search of refuge, come to Bhanu seeking shelter. Terrified of becoming victims to an honour killing, they inform him that a contract killer is following them. But Bhanu has never granted entry to anyone at the mine without his master’s permission. Suddenly forced to choose between duty and compassion, the initially reluctant Bhanu finally relents. The rusted gate of the Royal Silica Mine opens, exposing a bloody world of lust, fear and violence in the name of caste, ownership and honour.