A subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) commands Sonbai (Smita Patil), a beautiful and confident woman, to sleep with him. She slaps him and flees for safety to a chilli factory. The subedar is out for revenge. The stage is set for a final confrontation.

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Sonbai and other women filling water in the river in a tiny village at Kathiawar Peninsula, when the subedar approaches them.