PERSIAN CATS is a fictional story based on real life struggles in Iran that follows young singer Negar and her musician boyfriend Ashkan (Take It Easy Hospital), who attempt to form a rock band after being released from prison. (Ashkan actually spent 21 days in prison after being a part of an underground illegal concert.) Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, and dreaming of performing in Europe, they plan their escape. The necessary paperwork proves impossible to come by legitimately, so they team up with Nader, a fast-talking music promoter, who may be able to provide the connections they need.
With passports and visas being made to order, the trio trawl the Tehran underworld, listening to local rockers, metal-heads, rappers, singer-songwriters, musicians of every sort-all of whom will go to any length to perform their music. But with deadlines looming and authorities on their heels, Negar and Ashkan s hopes of completing their mission may soon be shattered. The film s story details the real hardships that musicians of Iran face every day.