A love tragedy featuring a policeman, Moti (Modak) and a prostitute, Kesar (Hublikar). Moti saves Kesar from a police raid on a brothel and they fall in love. Her reputation and sense of guilt resist his attempts to rehabilitate her. Moti’s respectable middle-class mother (Sundarabai) symbolizes all that Kesar would like to be, but she is arrested for murdering her evil uncle and refuses Moti’s offer to release her from prison.
It was a remake of the Marathi film Manoos (1939) and is regarded as a classic from the Prabhat Film Company.It was named by the Best Indian Film for 1939–40 by the Film Journalists Association of India.