This is tale of a misfit group of marriage-averse people who make their lives on their own terms, without support from close quarters. It is about a group of friends and strangers with varying personal baggage and traumas, who come together to establish "The Apollonian Abode", a specially built condominium complex type of cozy house for people who have chosen a life devoid of matrimony, away from the taunts of the society.
Meet three 49-year old friends: raghav, Bhuvana and Eshwar, who grew up in the same neighbourhood through 80's and 90's India. After spending years apart, they come back together to build a semblance of home and family, something to make them feel whole. While Eshwar had always had an idea of an exclusive home of personal acceptance, he gets inspired to create “The Apollonian Abode” after an unintended interaction with a young Vishnu Dyuthi (age 27) who is against the idea of getting married just for the sake of it, and a chance encounter with Nirgala who’s looking for a retirement space at the age of 34. Varun (age 36), a cousin of Bhuvana, has much more of an emotional baggage than he lets others on in. The only common factor with all these individuals is their desire to stay unmarried in a conservative, repressive Indian society, where a group-conformity exists that getting married and having kids are the ultimate goals of life.
As they rebel against their families and society, get together and start living at the Abode, we see an evolving story of the perspectives of individuals, families and society regarding marriage, friendship, dreams, ambitions, trauma, self-worth, mental health, sexuality, aging, secrecies, affairs and acceptance. This group of misfits with different personalities and thoughts try to come to terms with who they are, what they want and convince the ones they love about it, all the while learning from each other and growing into better versions of themselves.
It's not easy to do what these rebels are picturing. Ever been in the marriage market of the Indians, or of other Asian countries? It is honestly a nightmare. In India, and many other Asian countries, if you are 30 years old and unmarried, it would be the biggest horror of your life. At least for a majority of the population there, that's the case. Filial duty, parental control, status, qualifications, money, caste, religion, race, you name it; everything counts when you want to get married. Everything except, maybe, love. It's no wonder why arranged marriage is still prevalent in this part of the world.
This story is not about why love is important for marriage, or what is necessary for two people to get married. Set in Hyderabad (India), this story is about people who don't want to get married ever due to a multitude of reasons, the consequences of their choices. It is about what it means to choose this path. In Indian society, the option of "not getting married" is a sin, a slow poison, suicidal. For women, it is not allowed. Period. So, no matter how much the woke youngsters and millennials talk about personal space, choices, breaking societal rules of marriage and customs, they all succumb to the pressure of families, peers and society at the end.
Would you be trapped in a marriage just to have the image of a family and to escape loneliness? Or would you stay alone and find stability and happiness in yourself? Does companionship demand sex and marriage? There is no right answer in life. There is, but, a suitable solution for life customized for each individual. This story is about finding that suitable solution, about how to understand the self and know what matters to us as individuals. It is an attempt to give a voice to such lost souls, to give a relatable picture of life to many people across globe.