Shalini (Mumtaz) is the eldest daughter of Ram Shastri (A K Hangal), a stubborn priest whose rigid principles keep his family of eight children in poverty. Shalini becomes the sole breadwinner of the family by taking up a job. The family quickly begin to rely upon Shalini’s wage. When the financial demands of her family increase, Shalini finds herself driven into a life of prostitution through a series of circumstances beyond her control. Will her family accept Shalini after knowing her secret?