Based on muslim Tahzeeb(culture) of bygone Nawab era, the movie was released on 30 January 1971, because of Mahatma Gandhi, to show the value of education in Muslims, wherein Shabana the heroine is able to save herself, and her family, by getting a respectable job as a tutor.
The young and handsome Yusuf (Rajesh Khanna) is the son of a wealthy businessman named Nawab Safdarjung (Iftekhar) who is physically handicapped and uses a wheelchair. Yusuf’s nephew’s tutor leaves his job. Yusuf arranges a new tutor, Shabana (Leena Chandavarkar), for his nephew. Shabana comes to live with them along with her grandmother. He also appoints Khairuddin (Pradeep Kumar) to take care of his father. However, Khairuddin has arrived only with the intention of killing Nawab Safdarjung.Shabana and Yusuf develop feelings for each other and soon fall in love. Nawab Safdarjung and Shabana’s grandmother are happy with Yusuf and Shabana’ relationship and they start arranging for their marriage. Just before their wedding, it is revealed that Shabana is the daughter of a courtesan named Najma.