In a poor, Muslim fishing village, single mother Beauty dreams of getting a visa to work in a rich Middle Eastern country. To do so, she juggles admirers police constable Farhad and manpower agent Ramjan. But this seeming light romantic comedy soon turns towards tragedy when a call from the Ministry of Expatriate Workers informs the local police that one of their young villagers, Wahab, has died in an accident, presumably in the United Arab Emirates. However, when Farhad breaks the news to Wahab’s father, it turns out that Wahab is very much alive in Italy, and the father even gets him on the phone to prove it. Ramjan is forced to admit that he doctored Wahab’s old passport and used it to get another, poorer villager, Asir, a job abroad.
Asir’s family is devastated, but his father is pressured to accompany Ramjan and the police to Dhaka to retrieve his son’s body. When the coffin is opened back in the village, it’s discovered that the body inside is not that of Asir, but of a non-Muslim, who appears to be from South India.
Asir’s father and the others return to Dhaka to find someone to take responsibility for the body, which is now beginning to decompose, but all they encounter is one bureaucrat after another refusing to help. It falls to Asir’s humble father to treat the body of the unknown stranger with the respect that any human deserves.