Chanderprakash A. Malik lives a middle-classed lifestyle in Bombay, along with his wife, Kamla; a son, Munna; and a brother, Surajprakash, who is studying medicine. He works in the accounting department as well as does tutoring, and hopes that Suraj will complete his education, then go overseas to upgrade. He also hopes to get him married to widower Dindayal Choudhury's only daughter, Kiran. The young couple are introduced and quite dramatically fall in love with each other. Everything appears to go according to plan until Chander is accused of stealing Rs.10,000/- and is fired. He conceals this information and seeks employment elsewhere - albeit in vain. He then attempts to take a loan from Dindayal, who has been told about the theft, ends up being humiliated and the wedding gets canceled. Then he informs everyone that he is going away on a business trip, and a few days later the Police notify them of his accidental death. Devastated, the family struggle to come to terms with his sudden passing, but get financial relief of Rs.1 Lakhs from the insurance company. Suraj takes the money, starts accumulating wealth by gambling, investing in stock, becomes arrogant, takes to alcohol, and drops all plans of being a doctor, while Kamla starts seeing a male named Mohan on the sly.