To find a film like this from the s, made by a man, would be one thing; to find it made in by Mira Nair is more startling. Nothing in her previous work the great film "Salaam Bombay! The heroine is a servant girl named Maya Indira Varma , who has always lived in the shadow of her childhood friend, the well-born Princess Tara Sarita Choudhury , from "Mississippi Masala''. When Tara is betrothed to the king, Raj Singh Naveen Andrews , Maya slips into his chamber on the night before the wedding and seduces him. The next day she taunts her rival: "All my life I have lived with your used things. Now something I have used is yours forever.
Tara and Maya are two inseparable friends in India. Their tastes, habits, and hobbies are the same. Years later, the two have matured, but have maintained their friendship. Tara gets married to the local prince, Raj Singh, who soon succeeds the throne as the sole heir. After the marriage, Raj gets bored of Tara and starts seeking another female to satisfy his sexual needs.