Dosti is the story of Ramnath or Ramu (Sushil Kumar) and Mohan (Sudhir Kumar). Ramu's father Mr Gupta, a factory worker dies in an accident. When the factory refuses to pay compensation, his mother passes out in shock by falling from the stairs. Ramu is injured in an accident and he becomes crippled. Thrown out of his home, crippled and penniless, he roams around the streets of Mumbai.
Here he comes across Mohan, a boy who is blind and has a similar tale of woe. Mohan comes from a village. His sister, Meena had migrated from the village to Mumbai to find work as a nurse so that she could pay for her brother's treatment. Mohan left the village after his caretaker died.Ramu is good at playing the harmonica, while Mohan is a good singer.
They team up and sing songs on the roadside and start earning money from passers-by. Ramu wants to finish his studies, and both of them befriend a small girl, Manjula (Baby Farida), who is the sister of a rich man, Ashok (Sanjay Khan). Manjula suffers from Rheumatoid Heart Disease and both the boys hope she would help them out.Ramu and Mohan visit Manjula and ask for a loan of sixty rupees which is the amount required for Ramus admission in school. But Manjulas brother rebuffs them and gives only five rupees.
Feeling insulted, Mohan decides that he will raise the money by singing, which he successfully does. Ramu is admitted in the school after performing brilliantly in entrance test (he scores 294 out of 300). They move to a new house in a slum after someone tries to steal their hard earned money while they were sleeping on footpath. Their new neighbour is Mausi, who lives with her teenage daughter and school going son, Nandu. Mausi treats them as her own sons.
In school, Ramu excels in studies despite being a regular target of ridicule of richer students who do not consider him their equal and often degrade him for being a street beggar. The headmaster and teacher Sharma ji takes Ramu under their wings. Sharma ji also declared himself guardian of Ramu. During a visit to Ramus house, Sharmaji notices that the neighbourhood is not fit for study and suggests that Ramu move in with him but Ramu does not leave Mohan. Meanwhile, one day while singing, Mohan hears someone (Ashok) calling out to Meena and rushes to embrace his long lost sister.
But Meena is ashamed that Mohan has become a beggar and refuses to recognise him. Meena is looking after Manjula and there is a budding romance between her and Ashok. However, soon Meena confesses to Ashok. Ashok is sorry for her and consoles her that soon she will be together with her brother.Mohan senses Manjula while sleeping and tells Ramu about it.
Both decide to go and meet her, but she died. Ashok brings Mohan home one day and gives him Manjulas chime as her remembrance. When he tries to tell Mohan about Meena, Mohan lashes out in rage and says that he considers himself alone in this world, save for his friend Ramu.Soon after, Ramu gets in trouble with some ruffians and as a result is mistakenly arrested by police during a burglary. Sharma ji goes to police station and bails out Ramu on the condition that he will live with Sharma ji and keep no contact with Mohan.
Mohan is heartbroken and decides to visit him. But Sharma ji didnt allow him to talk to Mohan. Sad, Mohan roams the streets singing sad songs.Sharmaji suddenly dies, leaving Ramu shattered. Ramu decides not to appear for the final exam as he cannot pay the fees.
Hearing this, Mohan decides to raise the money once again by singing in streets in spite of his ill health. He successfully earns the money and pays the fees without Ramu knowing, but himself falls prey to illness and is admitted in hospital. In hospital, without telling him, Meena cares for Mohan as he recuperates.Ramu comes first in the exams and comes to know of Mohans sacrifice. He rushes to Mohan in hospital to ask for forgivness where Mohan says that he was never angry with him.
The doctor tells Mohan about Meena and he forgives her. The movie ends with all of them in a loving embrace.
Sudhir Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sanjay Khan, Farida, Leela Mishra, Nana Palsikar, Leela Chitnis, Abhi Bhattacharya
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