Provoked is based on the real life story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia.
It is about a Punjabi lady who marries Deepak Ahluwalia and then goes to London with him, away from her own family. In the early days of her marriage all seems fine, and her husband seems to look after her.
However things soon deteriorate as her husband starts drinking and battering her. He starts behaving promiscuously and even subjects Kiran to marital rape. After bearing two children and suffering from ten years of domestic violence, she sets him on fire while he is sleeping, after another incidence of violence. He dies from his burns and Kiran is arrested.
She is charged of premeditated murder. However an NGO takes up her cause and fights her case . And after spending about three and a half years in prison, she is finally released and reunited with her children.