Circa 1953 Sewakram lives a middle-classed lifestyle in Bombay, India, along with his wife, Subhagi, daughter, Nirmala, and son, Lattoo, and works in the Flora Fountain branch of the United Commercial Bank. He is very organized, thrifty and plans to get his children educated, married, and also build a house. Nirmala befriends Kishore Kumar Shastri, who lives a wealthy lifestyle along with his widower dad, a Deputy, and runs two businesses for supply of sand and cement. Kishore manages to impress everyone in Nirmala's family, including her paternal uncle, Sadhuram. Sewakram goes to meet with Mr. Shastri to finalize their marriage and after doing so he returns to the construction site and is gravely injured when an entire floor collapses. Nirmala finds out that the accident was Kishore's fault and refuses to have to do anything with him. Kishore attempts to woe her back, but before he could succeed he is arrested by the Police and held in a cell, while Nirmala's family arranges her marriage with wealthy Mohabbat Rai, her new employer and the owner of Mohabbat Rai Drapers.