Based on the novel by khushwant singh, the film has a message that transcends the border of the village where the action takes place.
Mano majra is a a sleepy town on the Punjab border between india and Pakistan, where Sikhs and muslims have lived peacefully for years.
As the freedom struggle reaches its claimax, the frontier becomes a scene of rioting and bloodshed. But the village carries on its tryst with peace and bonhomie until a train rattles in at an unusual time with an unusual cargo. This train from Pakistan is brusting forth with corpses of hindus and Sikhs.
A few days later, the gory incident is repeated and the village is unwittingly thrown into the cauldron of violence and hate.