Born in an unknown dhangar (shepherd) family in the late 1720's Ahilya became the daughter- in-law of Malharrao Holkar, the first Maratha Subhedar (Governor) of Malwa in Central India. Ahilya was in her twenties and a mother of two children when the sudden death of her husband Khanderao led her towards sati - the ritual burning on husband's funeral pyre. Malharrao prevented this tragedy and groomed her into handling the administrative duties for the Holkar State which she handled admirably.
Devi Ahilya Bai is not just a bio-epic or docu-drama. It has scintillating music including sixteen songs. It is a historic film that integrates facts, folklore and legend.