The novelist Manu Bhandari (Mahabhoj, Aapka Banti) was also associated with the 50s literary Nai Kahani movement in Hindi. Her story chronicles the life of a working woman, Deepa (Sinha) torn between two lovers: her intended husband, the gregarious bank clerk Sanjay (Palekar) and Navin (Thakur) whom she meets in Bombay when applying for a teaching job. Palekar’s debut performance in Hindi established his best-known screen image as a bumbling common-man hero. The film’s claim to represent realistically the middle class through Sanjay’s persona is belied by an extensive use of glamourous soft-focus imagery. It was Basu Chatterjee’s breakthrough into mainstream Hindi cinema, encouraging the notion that low-budget art-house films can be commercially successful.