Raina (A senior intelligence officer): Based on a real life character, Raina is a senior intelligence officer faced with everyday challenges in a newly independent India marred with sectarian violence. Raina feels helpless and powerless to stem the violence, or the communal hatred that seems to be taking root in India. The country is headed towards a near certain civil war. Faced with key intelligence that some fanatics might be plotting to assassinate Gandhi, Raina must take the most important decision of his career, to save the Mahatma, or save the country. Can he cope with it?
A DCP in Bombay police, Jimmy is a dynamic police officer, who would one day be a legend in Indian police force. Caught in the quagmire of sectarian politics and violence, Jimmy wants Independent India to get back to normal and the senseless frenzy of killings, rape and plunder to stop. As Raina’s close friend, and confidante, Jimmy has worked together with intelligence to break tough cases, and is now faced with a task that he can fulfill very easily: ‘Arrest known conspirators who plan to assassinate Gandhi’. But can saving Gandhi save India? Is this violent, burning India, split on sectarian lines really Gandhi’s dream? As Gandhi goes on his last fast, Jimmy must create a balance between his friendship, his loyalty, his country and his job.
The first Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) of independent India, T.G. is faced with a unique situation. Gandhi’s life is at risk, and he has critical information that can help catch the criminals. It should be an open and shut case. But with a severely depleted police force in Delhi (Many have left for England, or migrated to Pakistan) and a situation where inter-departmental politics and trust in his fellow officers cannot be taken for granted, there appears little T.G. can do. But T.G. has a reputation to keep, and is a legend in a country where legends are worshiped. Gandhi can still save the country. And that is reason enough to save him, against all odds. T.G. will do whatever it takes.
The last Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) of British India, Smith owes his loyalty to King and country. The British are on their way out, but with the cold war starting to set-in, the west is worried about India turning communist. Smith is tasked with making sure India remains a democracy. But in a country rife with sectarian violence, and in-fighting amongst the leadership, democracy might be taking a backseat. As China enters the second year of it’s civil war, and the communists seem to be getting ahead, Smith must use his connections, and in-roads in the intelligence to achieve the objectives set by his masters before a looming civil war breaks in India. Fast losing his power in a crumbling, yet independent India, can Smith perform this herculean task, his last bow for the king and his country, and possibly for India?
Born an orphan, Vishnu, through sheer hard work and persistence, has established himself in Nagar, a sensitive border town in Bombay state, bordering the free state of Hyderabad. With police not doing enough, Vishnu has formed a formidable force of like-minded Hindus to ward off the terror posed by the Razakars, a fanatic militia operating out of Hyderabad. But the proxy war at the border town is not what the central government in India, or the intelligence will tolerate, as it is likely to develop into ‘mafiosos’ and ‘gangs’. Forced out of Nagar, Vishnu is determined to teach the secular government at Delhi a lesson they will never forget. And Vishnu has a weapon no one expects: Madanlal, a refugee who has nothing to loose, and will do anything for Vishnu.
A refugee from Lahore (Pakistan), Madan’s life as a Naval officer was cut short by a revolt against the British government by ethnic Indians. Madan’s family has died, lost or given up on him during the partition, and he is now all alone. Back in India, Madan finds that the refugees are as unwanted and undesirable in India, as they were in Pakistan. Hunger, lack of jobs, and sectarian politicians convert Madan, a secular individual into a fanatic. Like a cornered tiger, Madan now turns his anger on the people he believes are responsible for the sad state of affairs, as far as the refugees are concerned, and their leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Madan is a man on a mission. His mission ‘Gandhi must die’.
A Senior Suprintendent of Police operating out of Parliament Street Police Station in Delhi, Ashok is trusted by T.G.. Ashok is tasked with ensuring Mahatma Gandhi is protected against any attack by assassins. Since Mister Gandhi is fasting, weak, and is based out of Birla House (A private mansion owned by an Indian businessman), it should be easy. But there is a catch. Mister Gandhi will not permit any checking of an individual visiting him at Birla House, and the government cannot do anything about it, since it is private property. Ashok hopes that Mister Gandhi can be persuaded, or the assassins dissuaded, or caught before they can act. But with a second grade police force, depleted through migration, Ashok knows his capability and capacity are not good enough. He has been lucky once. But the assassins will come again, better prepared and more determined. He must himself come down to the streets and map them. But in a country torn apart by sectarian violence, and a civil war looming closer everyday, will manning the streets be enough?