Bassanio is a young man from Venice who needs three thousand ducats to make Portia fall for him, but he doesn’t have the the money.
Not knowing where to get the money, he asks his friend Antonio, but Antonio doesn’t have money either. So they decide to get the money from Shylock, a Jewish money lender who dislikes Antonio because of his racist behavior against him and Jews. Antonio gives them the money but threatens to demand a pound of Antonio’s flesh if the loan is not repaid in tree month. Bassanio now goes to visit Portia and on the way finds out that his friend Lorenzo (Christian) eloped with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica (Jew). chooses the right casket, granting him permission to marry Portia.
Portia’s dad agreed to only give permission for Portia to get married with the man that chose the right casket, containing a portrait of her. But at the same time, Antonio’s ships wrecked at sea and now he sees himself unable to repay back his loan to Shylock. The three months have passed and Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh. Bassanio is worried and feeling guilty about the whole problem, so he offers Shylock more than the amount in repayment for Shylock to give them more time. But Shylock is mad that his daughter eloped with a Christian and so refused any other counter offers, seeking revenge on the Christians.
Portia disguised herself and goes to Shylock to defend Antonio. Since it’s against the law to shed a christian’s blood, Shylock is now, by the authority of the state, not allowed to continue with his “plan”. Portia also demands Shylock to forfeit all his money because he was “conspiring to murder a Venetian citizen”. Afterwards, Antonio requests for Shylock to convert to Christianity and he accepts, hesitantly. Towards the end of the movie, they receive the news that Antonio’s ship has returned safely and there is a happy ending for everyone, except for Shylock who still seems to feel bitter and angry.