The play Urmila revolves around the character of the same name in the Ramayana, who plays an insignificant role. Sita goes to the forest as Rama's consort and hence, was fortunate to stay close to her husband. However, Urmila is denied the right to join her husband, Lakshmana.
The central theme of the play explores how she spent 14 years rearing plants and trees imagining that they were her offspring. She attacks the concept of royalty, as dictated by the Aryan tradition and she is perceived to reflect the strength of the modern woman, who, in the absence of a male companion, can still play a key role in the betterment of fellow human beings.