From the very beginning you witness an evil streak in Seema. When she instigates her mother to force the poor tenants to cough up their rents, you know that soon she will soon make this a huge issue. Here is her mother who is the owner of this property but such is her soft temperament that she doesn't seem to summon up enough toughness to extract the rents from her tenants. In fact, whenever they are in trouble she goes all out to help them with money. So, naturally the tenants love and respect her very much.
Though initially Seema sees this behaviour of her mother as merely irritating, when it gets too much she starts being harsh and unreasonable. And to some extent, cruel. Then when she suspects her lover of having an affair with Radha, the young wife of Murari (David), the crippled old man, she storms into the scene demanding Murari to vacate the room if he cannot pay his rents. Seema is impatient, unreasonable and impulsive for sure. But then, she never lies about her affections for Rajan (Shashi Kapoor), whom she loves so very much. And, she leaves no stone unturned to let him know that no matter what she loves him dearly.
This naivete of Seema's is misused by Bihari (Pran). He gulls her to get an entry into the chawl and makes her believe that these poor tenants are mere slackers who are better off outside the property and that he would help her to rid the place of these 'parasites'. He convinces her that she too would live a comfortable life, full of riches, if she follows his advices. And being the gullible youngster that she is, Seema tows Bihari's line.
In a film like this you obviously know that things will turn out to be happy towards the end. And here too it is no different. But the activities throughout are extremely engaging. For instance, the exchanges between the landlady (Lalita Pawar) and her tenants are heartwarming. She is a strict woman with a heart of gold. And Pawar can never go wrong with that. David isn't given much scope. Same with Nana Palsikar.
Shashi Kapoor plays Rajan, the shoe seller, who comes to live in the chawl and becoming one of the family here. Kapoor is not just good looking but he is very natural with his expressions. But, there are times when he looks too good for Faryal. For Kapoor is sweet and has a boyish charm. Sometimes that looks a little out-of-place when Faryal is around. She does look very mature before him. Even though she has a tinkling voice that she infuses with a lot of mellowness, you cannot discard that she has this screaming sexuality about her. The charm she unfurled in her later films!!