Aarti (Suchitra Sen) intelligent, strong willed, ambitious is the daughter of a rich politician father, K. Bose (Rehman) who wants Aarti to follow in his footsteps. Aarti, meanwhile, meets J. K. (Sanjeev Kumar) a hotel manager by profession and they fall in love. They marry and have a daughter Manorama (Baby Pinky). Soon enough differences crop up between the two which they are unable to resolve and separate. Years later, J. K. and Aarti meet when Aarti is on a campaign trail.Though they are still attracted to each other the two choose to live separate lives following their own careers but promising to meet up often.