The film Decccani Souls has a connection to the 19th century novel Dead Souls by Nickolai Gogol in the character of Babu and the story’s structure. Themes include dreams, memory and emigration and a specific undercurrent of the story is the invasion of Hyderabad State back in 1948. The film makes extensive use of architectural locations in Bidar and Hyderabad such as Persian-style Bahmani Sultanate era Madrasa-e-Mahmud Gawan and the Qutb Shahi era Charminar with the character of Siddiq moving through time, space and both congested and empty buildings. In this narrative Hyderabad plays the role of dusty, decaying and wonderfully ornate city that both frames and becomes part of the characters. In Deccani Souls, the story and characters both reflect and gives voice to a different and more complex narrative of history while maintaining a hypnotic approach to drama.