Inder Saxena (Amitabh Bachchan) is a rich businessman, disillusioned with women courtesy a cruel
A miscalculated move and a terrible misunderstanding between Rama and her old father, played by Shreeram Lagoo, leads to terrible results for the girl. She is forced to leave her home and fend for herself. Rescued from the clutches of death by a kind stranger (Asrani's supporting role is refreshing) she has to hide her identity for no fault of hers. Redemption comes towards the end though but after a lot of hardships and sadness. But every incident is tied together so intricately by the writer, Bimal Dutta, that you cannot abandon these characters midway without knowing the denouement.
Mukherjee's tales are simple and they resonate with everyday values and sentiments. That is why probably even in the way the characters look, it reminds you of people you witness around you every day. For instance, Rama is your girl next door. She is the daughter of a poor retired teacher and her mannerisms and clothes bear testimony to that. Her hopes and aspirations are not lofty and hence maybe, when she sees this handsome man approaching her earnestly she falls into the love trap, little realising that he might be taking advantage of her gullibility. In the song, Sawan ke jhoole, a stunning piece of work by RD Burman and Lata Mangeshkar, you can see she is in the throes of love. And you also have a sense of foreboding that her hopes will be soon dashed. But when the blinds are lifted, there is nothing that will make her brook nonsense. She goes away to make a mark through her talent. She doesn't mince words when rebuking the two men who spoiled her life. But here is a woman in love who also doesn't hold too strong a grudge when she learns that her lover has indeed become a better man.
Prashant's character is a tad weak here. I keep wondering why he doesn't profess his love before Rama despite knowing that she likes and respects him. If you love someone you got to tell her. And then, he commits the mistake of mistrusting her and foolishly taking her father to Inder's house where Rama goes there for a clandestine meeting. I would say he is as much to be blamed for the misunderstanding as Inder. Even when he knew that Inder was loquacious and misleading why didn't he warm Rama from the beginning. What kind of man would enter into a bet with his wicked friend if he harbours love for the girl whom that friend is eyeing. That was totally weak. It's only fair that Prashant doesn't get the girl in the end because he did nothing to deserve her. He never swept her away with his passion, a prerequisite of a lover. He kept being a mute spectator.