The movie begins dramatically with a young couple making love in a hotel. A corrupt and opportunistic police officer breaks in, takes a video and threatens to upload it for public consumption. This is the story of Devi (Richa Chadda) and her father, Vidyadhar (Sanjay Mishra), a retired professor of Sanskrit making ends meet on the banks of the Ganges. He is now given an impossible deadline to produce Rs 3 lakh to keep his daughter’s private life off YouTube. The second story is about a young man from a family of Doms, studying Engineering to liberate himself from the associations of his caste. Deepak (Vicky Kaushal) falls in love with an ‘upper-caste’ girl called Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi) and is inebriated with the headiness of his romance, even though he has disturbing intimations of a destiny foretold.
Though the stories do not intersect, the film cuts between them as if to say that human destinies are all intertwined in this city, criss-crossing between life and death. But the emotional links between characters are weak, and the film ends with the sense of incompleteness with which it begins.