This film is based on a true - life incident that occured in a village in a feudal state, the year 1945. This village is completely controlled and dominated by a wealthy zamindar (Amrish Puri). The villagers are in the powerful clutches of the family and pratically owned body and soul by them. Into this feudal atmosphere comes a new school master (Girish Karnad), his wife (Shabana Azmi) and their child. The school master gradually becomes aware of the tensions in the village. He decides to fight back and starts talking to the peasants and other villagers and questions their sense of utter happiness. Unrest builds up. discontent becomes visible.
Why school master decides to fight back? Does he suceed in his war? To find out watch NISHANT on DVD