1930's, Sri Lanka. Partly a compelling domestic drama, and a demonic love story, the narrative follows a puppet-maker who's set to be married to a young girl. Unfortunately, the girl elopes with her secret lover. Devastated, the grieving puppetmaker ends up carving a puppet in her likeness, which eventually comes to life, setting in motion a fantastical chain of events. Aptly titled, "Vaishnavee" refers to the consort of Lord Shiva-a creator, destroyer and transformer. It is the transformative aspect that is personified by the protagonist (the puppet-maker) in this film. During the powerful climax, the puppeteer realizes the transcendent, spiritual nature of love.