The film, set in the late 1990's among the fishing communities
around Kundapura, tells the story of a Muslim midwife Gulabi
(Umashree) who has a passion for cinema. Her lonely life takes a
turn when a family gifts her a colour TV. Slowly, the village folks
start gathering at Gulabi's house, but a few abstain since she is a
Muslim. Soon, the village is engulfed in communal tension, forcing
Gulabi to leave. Gulabi's TV is left behind and the film ends with
two illiterate elderly women, who had hitherto refused to enter
Gulabi's house, going in there to watch it.
Ever since its premier at the Ocean's, Gulabi Talkies has been screened at many national and international film festivals.