Ishwar Acharya lives with his widowed mother, his sister, his brothers Kishan and Prakash. Kishan’s wife Janki wants to Ishwar married to her cousin, but Ishwar loves his childhood sweetheart, Shanti. When Ishwar is unable to convince his family to change their minds, he marries Shanti at the Registrar's office. As they are not welcome at home they leave. Ishwar gets a job as an Insurance Investigator and soon Shanti gives birth to a boy. Ishwar, who has earlier lived a wealthy life is unable to adjust to his modest income, and this makes him grow angry and bitter. He has an accident and is hospitalized for several months. When he is discharged he is shocked to find out that his child has died. He physically abuses Shanti and the maid. When Shanti returns home the next day, she finds that Ishwar has left her and gone to his family.