Son of renowned astrologer (Shreeram Lagoo), Amol Palekar is unable to marry the girl he loves (Devika M) as his father predicts that he will have two marriages and that his first wife is destined to die at child birth. Enters Deepti Naval, a child-woman with an undeveloped brain, into the household of the astrologer, and Amol Palekar has an idea. Why not marry this dumb girl (she is of no use to anyone, anyway) and get rid of the curse that he carries? And when the first wife dies, he can conveniently marry his love! What happens next is the crux of this suspenseful masterpiece that builds up to a shattering climax.