Badriprasad (Charlie) a widower, is in the theatre business and is staging a play at a fair (the Kumbh Mela). His manager Ghanshyam, tells him that Pappu, Badriprasad's young son, is lost. They look for him but cannot find him. The manager instead finds a little girl, Shyama, who seems lost. He and his wife being childless decide to bring her up as their daughter.
Judge Jumna Prasad (Chandra Mohan) who is also at the fair, is unable to find his daughter Shyama and tries searching for her with the help of the police. The judge's wife loses her mental balance when she hears about her missing daughter. The doctor says that she is in danger of losing her life too if Shyama is not found soon. The judge's servant finds Pappu and tells the judge to dress the boy in Shyama's clothes and pretend the boy is Shyama to save his wife's life. Thereafter, the judge's wife continues to believe that Pappu is Shyama in spite of seeing him dressed as a boy even after he grows up.
She insists on him calling him â€˜beti' (daughter).Badriprasad loses all interest in his theatre after the loss of his son. His manager Ghanshyam encourages him to revive the theatre. Badriprasad sees the little Shyama dancing and asks the manager about her. By now Ghanshyam's wife has died and he lets Badriprasad adopt the little girl.
Shyama (Nargis) grows up in the theatre milieu as Badriprasad's daughter and is also the main cast in their theatre productions.Pappu now called Babu (Motilal) visits the theatre with his parents. He is enamoured of Shyama and soon both fall in love. The judge refuses to allow the marriage as he considers theatre people below his social standing. Babu finds out that he is not the judge's real son and leaves home.
The judge's wife regains her memory following the shock of Babu leaving the house. Disagreements are sorted out once the lost identities of Shyama and Babu are discovered.
Motilal, Nargis, Chandra Mohan, Noor Mohammed Charlie, Jilloobai, Kayam Ali, Ansari, Laddan, Maheshar Shirazi
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