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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.