Couple #1: First thing to note in the film "Kurbaan", is that it's a mixed marriage. A Hindu woman marries a Muslim man. Call them Couple #1. Second thing is that there are layers of activity, just like in real life, where the paths of varying people intersect and that's what adds flavor to the plot.
The Hindu woman played by Kareena Kapoor accepts a proposal of marriage from a Muslim man, Saif Ali Khan, and they come to live in America. There is supposed to be equal opportunity housing in the United States but conveniently they get themselves moved into a neighborhood that is mostly Indian. The neighbors across the street are Indian Muslims. The Muslim husband, wants to be neighborly so he and his wife go over and have dinner. After eating, the genders split up. Men go off to one room to talk serious business. The women talk amongst themselves. The old woman or matriarch does not allow the young women to say too much, but enough is said so that you get the understanding that the young Muslim women feel a tad bit oppressed and they don't like it.
Couple #2: Another young couple, also in love, get weaved into the scenario. They don't live in the neighborhood. Call them Couple #2. They are two are Muslim-Americans: they see no conflict or contradiction in being devout in their religious beliefs and patriotic about their country.
Let me speed things up. A plane blows up. The woman in Couple #2 gets killed because she was on the plane. The man in Couple #2 gets angry, wants to find out who did this, and stop them so it doesn't happen again,
The woman in Couple #1 knows “something” about the tragedy and wants to tell somebody, but does not yet realize that her husband knows way more than what he led her to believe about him. Of course, as what often happens with married couples, she gets pregnant.
So here's the problem that has to be solved:
- What do you do when you realize that your husband that you love is a part of a terrorist network and you don't want any part in what he's doing?
At the end of the film, comes the question that no woman - Indian, Muslim, Jewish, Black, White, Hispanic - wants to have to ask a man that she married and is getting ready to have a baby for: