Anonymous wrote on Sep 6 2010 2:46PM
Neera/Nirmala(Apte) is trapped into marrying the old widower Kakasaheb. He is a progressive lawyer with a son and a daughter of Neera's age. She refuses to consummate the union, claiming repeatedly that while suffering can be borne, injustice cannot. After facing many hurdles including an aunt (Vasishta), her mother-in-law, and a lascivious stepson Pandit/Jugal(Nene), her husband has a change of heart and magnanimously commits suicide, enjoining Neera to marry someone more suitable. The change occurs mainly through his widowed daughter Chitra/Sushila (Paranjpye, a noted social worker off screen) who provides a forcefully feminist movement in a speech to the young bride.