Based on William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, this story revolves around Maqbool (Irrfan), Abbaji (Pankaj Kapoor) and Nimmi (Tabu), three characters who are part of the underworld of 21st century Mumbai.
Maqbool is the second-in-command of a gang led by Abbaji, an ageing underworld don. Abbaji is respected by his faithful left-hand Kaka and everyone else in the gang, but it is love that betrays Abbaji. Nimmi, his young mistress, finds Maqbool more charming and decides to use the ambitious gangster to get rid of her paramour. The course of action is correctly predicted periodically by the two police officers- Inspectors Pandit and Purohit. They abet Maqbool’s gang and remind us of the two witches from ‘Macbeth’, serving as commentators, observers, and soothsayers. But even they cannot predict the consequences of this dangerous love where there is only one rule: “Fair is foul and foul is Fair”.