Staying Alive is based on the true story of a journalist Aditya (Ananth Mahadevan), whose third heart attack sends him to the intensive cardiac care at a hospital. On the neighboring bed is an underworld kingpin, Shaukat Ali (Saurabh Shukla), whose love for kebabs has led to his first heart attack.
The ‘seasoned’ Aditya scoffs at death whereas newcomer-to-heart-ailments Shaukat is petrified. The two unlikely hospital inmates strike a love-hate relationship with Aditya relaying a few truths about life to Shaukat.Shaukat appreciates the joy of staying alive even in a life deprived of kebabs.
All along, the two wives are drawn together by the life-threatening state of their respective spouses. On being discharged, Shaukat has a change of heart. He reforms, seeking a decent life.