the mill lands and a catholic gaothan are the setting for this film released in 1980. nasseeruddin shah plays a garage mechanic obsessed with foreign cars who is the son of a mill worker. the mill workers strike begins bringing up difficult questions for albert about his own sense of self and identity. in fact he is only able to resolve some of his problematic relationships with his family, girlfriend, co-workers and city when the mill workers strike opens out some closed doors in his head. shabana azmi plays the secretary in a travel agency whose boss is making moves on her by showing her dreams of far away. smita patil the sister of albert who works in a sari shop.