The story is set around 1600-1700 during the Vijayanagara empire. Kasinatha Sastri (ANR) belongs to a high caste Brahmin family. He lives with his brother and sister-in-law, who is also his closest friend. He treats her like a mother. Manjulavani (Anjali Devi) is part of a troupe that perform plays for money. Being of different caste, the lovers find it difficult to be together with outside prejudices creeping in. The rest of the story is about how ANR marries Anjali, going against the norms and makes people realize that all humans are the same.