If they weren’t born in this hell…they would have known right from wrong…life from death…
And if they hadn’t been friends…they might have still been alive.
Kabootar is a story of four teenage boys hailing from a small town in Rajasthan called Dholpur. The boys become friends over time and there is nothing that these youngsters don’t do together….they hang out at the tea-stall in the ‘chauraha’, play cricket, play pranks on each other and pull each other’s legs. There are times that they even get into serious fights with other rival groups – fights which may seem illogical to people like us but from their point of view – those were ‘real’ fights…completely logical and for them it was either do… or die….literally.
This small town has a ‘so-called’ politically well- connected father-figure called Bhadoria who controls and overlooks all the anti-social elements of this town which is a very common occurrence in such small towns. Bhadoria has taken these four young boys under his wing – and they are to him – his ‘Kabootars’….! His passion and job is to create and make many such ‘Kabootars’ and use them for his personal political favours, nefarious activities and crimes – big or small – in and around Dholpur and other cities. His one such ‘Kabootar’ - his right hand and blue eyed boy Brijesh – another powerful figure in the town, aids Bhadoria in his criminal motives by supplying manpower. Brijesh holds Bhadoria in high esteem as Bhadoria was the one to guide and help him become as powerful as he was…now. There is a fall-out between Brijesh and Bhadoria on account of this small group of four boys and Bhadoria is forced to replace Brijesh with this fearless group. He quietly sidelines Brijesh and begins to gain the confidence and love of these four boys.
The group can’t believe their luck…they now have the backing of Bhadoria, are well looked after, they have money and now…they even have power…! The world seems to be under their feet and they gradually become a powerful gang to reckon with, in Dholpur. They are now the undisputed new ‘kings’ of Dholpur, so much so that they even boldly challenge Brijesh and his gang. What they are completely unaware of is that Bhadoria has been using them, for his motives and that he had ‘bigger’ plans for the gang. He was planning to send the gang to Mumbai for a big ‘job’ – something Bhadoria promised would catapult them to fame and fortune. Two promising boys from the unsuspecting juvenile group are sent to Mumbai. These innocents are not even aware of what ‘job’ awaits them. It is only when they reach Mumbai that they come to know that it involved the murder of a well-known industrialist and are shell-shocked. But the most brash and fearless two members of the group, take it up as a challenge and a way to repay Bhadoria’s kindness. Without thinking about the consequences…, they go ahead with the ‘job’. It turns out to be a killing gone wrong….! There is a major goof-up and they end up killing the industrialist’s bodyguard while their target escapes scot-free..! The boys grow up…suddenly and violently.
The two now-turned ‘killers’ return to Dholpur with a feeling of defeat….they had been unsuccessful and had not kept up to Bhadoria’s expectations…they were not worthy of his trust or love. What they did not know was that these boys were as good as dead to Bhadoria…they were of no further use to him…the Police were hot on their trail and they actually had nowhere to go or anyone to turn to. Bhadoria plots against the group of four and patches up with Brijesh in order to eradicate them.
One by one, each of the boys are killed by Bhadoria’s and Brijesh’s men. However, one of the four boys escapes and survives. He is now settled in Mumbai and visits Dholpur 6 years after the tragedy, to pay his last respects to the ‘Maulvi’ who had helped him escape. It is through this boy’s eyes that one sees the entire film… his journey right from the beginning to the tragic end. He reaches Dholpur but is overwhelmed… pain and memories reside in every lane…The city in which he had spent so many beautiful moments with his friends now haunts him…memories of fun, of mischief, of laughter…and camaraderie now bring tears to his eyes. He meets all the people from his past, pays homage to the dead and goes back to the station to catch the last train to Mumbai. Unfortunately, he never reaches Mumbai – the last and the only survivor of the group meets with the same gory end that his remaining three friends had….the only difference being…his killer was not an enemy…he was a friend…!