Set in a reserve forest in Rajasthan, India, Night’s End unfolds the story of Krishnan Nair. Born into a family of Kathakali artistes and trained in the art from childhood, Krishnan runs away from his native village in Kerala, and becomes a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. In moments of emotional intensity, the Kathakali artiste in him finds solace dancing.
The plot moves through his attempts to enlist the help of the tiger hunting Mogiya tribals to save the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya the drummer, his romance with the tribal woman Chandni Mogiya, and his encounters with the poaching mafia.
Night’s End is a tale of betrayal, abandonment and loss in which the actions of humans — indigenous peoples, settlers, tourists, the state, the media — powerfully affect the fragile eco-system we inhabit. It is also a love story.