Mrs. Meenakshi Iyer (Konkona Sen) with her 9-month-old baby boy Santhanam is traveling by bus to Calcutta. Her co-passenger, a wildlife photographer Raja (Rahul Bose) is a great help to manage an ever cranky Santhanam, prepare his feeds etc. in the cramped bus space. Mid-way, in a forest the bus breaks down. Nearby villages are in the midst of a communal riot. Sensing trouble, a tense Raja tells Mrs Iyer that he is Muslim. A crazed Hindu mob enters the bus. As the mob comes towards them, even though deep within she is dogmatic and has issues with Caste, Muslims, Pollution, etc. she plonks Santhanam on his lap and announces, when asked to identify, that they are Mr & Mrs Iyer.