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The film tells the story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family who invite their family and friends along on a cruise trip to celebrate the parents' 30th wedding anniversary. There, a brother and sister deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives.
The travails of the poor little rich were more sharply explored in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, which similarly used a captive setting to herd together conflicting emotions and expose uncomfortable family secrets.
The real power of Zoya Akhtar's direction can be seen in those subtle moments when the camera rests on the face of a female character as she visibly struggles to contain her seething emotions -- and then fails.