This film depicts the inner and cultural struggles of a man torn between his native India and the influence of Great Britain in 1937. On the one hand, he is enamored by the potential for progress that he finds in his British employer. On the other hand, he is rooted in the culture of his homeland. This culture pulls even stronger as this was the time of the rise of Indian nationalism against British influence.
The character, T.K., is placed right in the middle of this tension when his British boss becomes involved in an adulterous relationship with an Indian friend of T.K.. The movie depicts the Indian customs concerning the afterlife, cremation of a body, tribal law, marriage and being cast out of society.
The visual imagery in the film is extraordinary. It is a film well worth the time. It will expose you to a time and culture that many of us are not normally aware.