Gulabi Talkies, 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 stay away 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 inside her house to watch the TV.
There is no stopping Girish Kasaravalli-directed Gulabi Talkies which continues to receive honours at different film festivals. This time, the film has been honoured with the Jury award at the Vasul film festival in France. This is reportedly the first Kannada film to bag this prestigious award. So far, Gulabi Talkies has been screened in 12 international film festivals and grabbed honours in several of them. It also bagged awards in three categories at the Karnataka State Film Awards: Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actress.