Ashok (Ashok Sharma) gets a job in Udaipur and finds accommodation at a young widow Hari Devis (Madhavi) house. Hari Devi had insisted on renting out to married people and Ashok pretends he has a family consisting of a wife and four kids. Seeing how Hari isolates herself with strictness and rigid formality, Ashok tries to draw her out and tells her of his parents and four brothers who were killed in the Partition riots. He also tells her he had lied about his marital status and that he will leave the house. However the young widow allows him to stay.
Ashok is sent on a business trip to a small place thirty miles away. At a fair he meets the young Manorama, called Mano (Tanuja) and her brother Bulva who are being chased by the police for stealing trinkets. They tell Ashok that they are orphans who were forced to beg but now make their earning as singers. Mano adds that though shes poor shes fond of jewellery and fancy clothes. Hari Devis in-laws send a message asking her to get Ashok to leave as it casts aspersions on the young widow staying alone with a single man.
Hari Devi decides to go to her mother-in-laws place in Ajmer instead, in spite of knowing that she will be treated badly there.Manorama enters Ashoks life again as a thief. He instead employs her to cook for him and stay with the other house help. He also takes on the onus of educating Mano and her brother. Ashok and Mano grow to like each other.
When Ashoks boss visits the house, he gets interested in Mano and she goes away with him, attracted by the wealth. Ashoks health deteriorates when he gets pneumonia and Hari Devi comes back to nurse him. On hearing this, an infuriated Mano rushes to the house but Ashok dies of his illness leaving Mano desolate.
Tanuja, Ashok Sharma
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