Ratan (Pradeep Kumar) is a well-educated but unemployed man in love with Bimla (Nishi), the daughter of a very wealthy man. She begs him to elope with her after her father (Amar) fixes her marriage with someone else. Reluctantly he agrees on the condition that she come with him with none of the trappings—no jewelry, nothing—of her formerly wealthy life so that nobody will misunderstand his intentions.
They take a train to Bombay together, leaving Ratan’s ailing sister Babli in the care of faithful family retainer Shambhu Kaka (Radheshyam).
In the city, they find squalid housing and we are treated to a long sequence to pound home the message that if it weren’t for bad luck, job seeker Ratan would have no luck at all.