Alcoholic, arrogant, and a slacker, Atmaram, though coming from a poor family, has visions of grandeur, and believes that everyone else is subordinate to his wishes and instructions. This lands him in hot water with his employer, Seth Usman, and as a result he loses his job. Unable to support his family, namely his wife, Laxmi, and two grown sons, Ravi and Vijay, he starts living at home, dependent on his sons' incomes. Then fate delivers a cruel blow to Atmaram, leaving him alone and desolate. He decides to atone for his mistakes, but will he able to convince others of his good intentions, who are weary of him, and fear that this may be another ploy on his part to fool them again.
George Banks is an ordinary, middle-class man whose 21 year-old daughter Annie has decided to marry a man from an upper-class family, but George can't think of what life would be like without his daughter.
Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.
Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.