This is the story of a man named Vasu, who is a multi-talented person, but luck does not seem to be on his side. As the story progresses, Vasu grows from a boy of 12 to a man of 46, but at every crossroad, he faces rejections and failures. His fate is much like Karna, the heroic character from the Mahabharata, who suffered failures despite all his talents.
At the age of 12, Vasu learns that his birth is as ignominious as that of Karna, and begins to identify himself with Karna. Misfortunes continue to follow Vasu wherever he goes, and Karna mysteriously appears to him after every debacle to encourage and guide him.
There are obvious parallels in the lives of Vasu and Karna. Both are born illegitimate; Vasu is spurned in love just as Karna had been rejected by Draupadi at her swayamvar; Vasu tells a lie to help a poor man qualify for a job and Karna had told a lie to Parashurama to earn the guru’s tutelage; Vasu misses the medal in Asian Equestrian games due to foul play by a rival while Karna had missed contesting in the Royal tournament at Hastinapur due to aspersions on his low caste. At one time, Vasu’s mother donates her kidney for a noble cause which Vasu finds akin to Karna donating his Kavach and Kundal, and at another time Vasu inadvertently falls prey to gambling which Karna finds akin to Yudhishthira gambling away his entire kingdom including his wife.
In the endgame, Vasu is faced with a life and death situation – the aircraft in which is travelling is being hijacked by terrorists – which is strikingly similar to Karna’s final battle against Arjuna. Will Vasu finally turn the table in his favour, will he succeed in foiling the hijack bid or will he, like his idol, go down fighting?