Best friends from childhood, Babek and Sahil lead a wedding band in rural Azerbaijan and dream of appearing on the famous TV show: “Baku Star”.
Soon enough things are not what they seem – dreams are upended, loyalties are tested and the band’s world unravels in tragicomic ways.
Sahil and Babek are childhood friends and partners in a wedding band, in the small town of Sabirabad. They make pennies performing small gigs, and scheme about ways to break into the big time by appearing on “Baku Star,” an over-the-top singing program.
Their winning ticket is “My Magical World,” a beautiful song composed by Sahil and sung by Babek. They need a music video to be competitive so the band begins performing in a café to earn more money. At their café gig Babek meets Zarif, an attractive and restless waitress. She tries to convince him to move to Baku with her, to leave the band and his nagging mother behind. Babek persuades his mother to borrow money from a pawnbroker so the band can afford the music video, but then gambles her money away trying to turn it into a bigger score. Sahil sells his late mother’s gold teeth and gives that cash to Babek, but now Babek is talking seriously about leaving with just Zarif.
Sahil finds and confronts Zarif. The next day she is gone. Babek is devastated, and soon begins saying he must go to Baku to find her. When Babek walks out on the band in the middle of a wedding, Sahil gives in. He agrees to drive him to Baku to find his lover. On the way, Sahil overcome with rage and jealousy, kills Babek with a tire iron.
Back in Sabirabad, the “Baku Star” celebrities have come to sing for a local official. Sahil gets his chance to sing “My Magical World.” But when the stars ridicule Sahil’s weak voice, he realizes that by murdering Babek, he has killed his best friend and all his dreams.