10 characters, mostly from the Mahabharat royalty and a couple of fictional additions to create the tension (two lower caste characters - a Dalit and a Shudra - and a Muslim), gather in a courtyard that has been remoulded into a warehouse/workshop for bikes. But it also serves the purpose of a courtyard for conversation and debate. Atleast 7 of them are present at the place at the time of the story opening while the remaining enter at different points in the script. But as these characters interact or, do not interact, among themselves, a war is brewing outside. There are cries for help and wailings from outside. There are sudden, desperate knocks on the only door to the outside world. But mostly ignoring the chaos outside, these men are getting themselves and their Bullets ready for the “big race” the next day. They open the door only to a preset pattern of knocks on it. The only other link to the outside world is a classic retro radio set that is being repaired by one of the characters and catches a news channel that talks of the war raging in Kurukshetra. Their conversation is mostly related to their predictions for the big race and a scrutiny of one another as contenders. And while these men do not leave the safety of the courtyard to interfere in the world outside the door, they do make judgements on the same and give social and political commentary. A critical point of their conversation is centred around a mysterious biker/contender who they want to avoid racing against. Their entire conversation reveals their upper-class prejudice and feudal mindset. The caste bias is inherent in their words and behaviour. Their arrogance leads to the slow development of a tension with the non-privileged three who are otherwise quieter and prefer not revealing their opinion. But they are pushed to the brink of retaliation and they find a voice of support in Karna, the bastard who has a cocktail of Godly and royal blood flowing in him.
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