The film follows three stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office "Fun Committee Award", which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle, but he has to. The second story begins with a domineering pater familias, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned; now, every night, the family plugs into a popular soap. The third one centers on Aarti, whose repetitive existence has slowly made her more and more mechanical and numb. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.
"Control, the loss of agency, the heroism of resistance, emptiness and eventual assimilation… at some level each of the three stories connects with these themes. [...] Shifting between the absurd, the comic and the tragic, these stories have allowed me to explore, in a light-hearted as well as deeply emotional way, several contradictions visible in our society in flux." [Ruchika Oberoi]
RUCHIKA OBEROI is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Island City is her debut feature. The script for Island City was part of the NFDC Screenwriters' Lab 2012, which was held in Venice during the 2012 Venice Film Festival and in Goa during the Film Bazaar 2012.