Rohit Kumar (Aamir Khan) is an aspiring playback singer while Kiran (Manisha Koirala) is an ambitious classical singer-in-training. They meet, relate to each other's sentiments, fall in love and get married.
When Kiran's parents oppose their marriage, they decide to live by themselves, away from the family, are very happy together, and have a son. However, after marriage, Kiran is forced to give up on her ambitions of becoming a playback singer, and she begins to feel suffocated by her household responsibilities and having to care for their son full-time.
Time fails to abate Kiran's frustration until she decides to leave Rohit in order to pursue her career once more. Alone, Rohit has to care for his son while trying to re-establish his own failing career. However, Rohit succeeds in creating a loving and happy environment for his son, Sonu.
Meanwhile, Kiran becomes achieve great success in her career. She tries to reconcile with Rohit but he is a proud man and misinterprets her support as her pity and things become worse. With the encouragement of her family, Kiran eventually files for custody of Sonu.
Rohit faces a tough time preparing for the case as his financial position is not as sound as Kiran's. He sells the rights for his best songs at a very low price so that he can fight the custody battle.
During the court battle, Kiran's lawyer Bhujbal (Paresh Rawal) uses every possible trick to show that Rohit does not deserve the custody of his child. He even uses private information that Rohit had shared with Kiran in confidence against him. However, Rohit instructs his lawyer to fight the case honestly as he does not wish to hurt Kiran and her reputation.
In the end the court rules in favor of the mother and Kiran is given custody of the child. Some common friends of Rohit and Kiran try to explain to Kiran that Rohit had changed for the better and that he is very much attached to his son. Kiran also realises that their son would never find happiness without the presence of his father in his life.
She tells Rohit that she will not take Sonu away and that she wants him to stay at his own home to which Rohit replies that it is Kiran's home as well. Kiran seemingly moves to get out of the house but then closes the door and smiles. Rohit and Kiran hug each other and their son and the movie ends.
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This is based on the Academy Award-winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). Read More