The story begins with two men, Kiran, a homosexual window-dresser, and Divy, a Naxalist political activist, sharing a prison cell. Kiran has been convicted of a sexual "perversion," while Divy has been arrested for his revolutionary activities. In order to pass the time, Kiran describes in great detail to Divy a movie he once saw. In this movie, a woman is transformed into a Serpent that attacks people at night. Although he reluctantly listens in order to relieve the boredom of prison, Divy makes fun of Kiran for his obsession with what he perceives to be a shallow, inane movie. But Divy grows to like hearing about Kiran's movies and becomes increasingly engaged in the stories. Although Divy continues to be disdainful of Kiran, when he becomes sick from food poisoning the prison officials have put in his dinner Kiran takes care of him, thus winning his increased affection and gratitude.
Kiran is secretly asked by the prison officials to try to get Divy to reveal to him information significant to his revolutionary cause. Kiran tries to gain Divy’s trust for this purpose but becomes emotionally attached to Divy in the process. Divy likewise becomes increasingly emotionally attached to Kiran. Kiran meanwhile attempts to stall the prison officials in order to be given more time with Divy, without actually having to betray him. Eventually, the two men make love. When Kiran is released from prison, Divy asks him to convey some important information to his revolutionary comrades. Kiran is at first reluctant but agrees to do it.
After Kiran is released from prison, he contacts Divy’s revolutionary comrades and agrees to meet them in order to convey the information Divy has passed on to him. Kiran is followed and surveyed by government officials, who witness Kiran being shot by the revolutionaries, presumably because, realizing that he is being followed, they don't want him to hand the information over to the authorities. Divy, meanwhile, still in prison, has been severely beaten and tortured by the prison officials, who have inflicted third-degree burns on him. In the hospital ward, he is administered a strong dose of morphine by a sympathetic clinician who wishes to relieve him of the physical pain. Divy slips into a morphine-induced dream. The novel ends with Divy's dream, in which Ashka, his former lover, leads him out of the prison and to an island in the ocean, where he makes love with a native girl while maintaining an internal dialogue with Ashka, telling her that he is pretending the native girl is in fact her. Through this dream, Divy considers the fact that he has learned of Kiran’s death. The novel ends, still in Divy' s morphine fantasy, with Divy admitting to Ashka that he loves her, and Ashka assuring him that will never lose her, because, in the enigmatic words which end the story, Ashka says, "This dream is short but this dream is happy."
Writer - Manuel Puig
Director - Hardik Shah
CAST: Hardik Shah, Mukti Ravi Das