This evocative social drama traces the struggles and successes in the life of Mahesh, an orphan with no knowledge of his parentage. He drives a bicycle rickshaw for a living in and lives in an unhealthy shanty hut. He is friendly with Sheela, who works as a maidservant, hopes to marry her someday, much to the chagrin of Kalu Dada, who lusts after Sheela.
One night while returning home, he comes across an abandoned male baby near a temple. He looks for the family of this child, asks for help from the temple priest, as well as a Mullah and a Hawaldar, all in vain. When he tries to abandon the child, he is literally forced to adopt him, and when he does so, he faces considerable opposition from his neighbors, and ends up hating the child.
He neglects the child, and as a result the child gets inflicted with polio. Mahesh has a change of heart, decides to look after the child, names him Hindustan, starts his treatment, gets him crutches, and after facing many hurdles, gets him admitted in Bishop Cotton Junior College.
Will the impoverished Mahesh succeed in adequately caring for a child with special challenges? As Hindustan grows up, will he appreciate Mahesh's struggles and sacrifices on his behalf? Will Hindustan's parents return to claim him, and if so will Mahesh be willing to give him up?
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It is noteworthy that this movie is the first and only Hindi film in which prolific Tamil actress Manorama appeared. As it turns out, some of her lines in the movie were in Tamil. Read More