(Certified: Dec 28, 1969)
Circa British Rule in India, Satyapriya Archarya (Dharmendra) lives a modest yet noble lifestyle with his grandfather, Satyasharan (Ashok Kumar). His mother passed away while he was very young, and his dad became a celibate and went off on a pilgrimage, never to return. Satyapriya studies Engineering, and becomes a close friend of fellow-collegian, Narendra Sharma (Sanjeev Kumar). India gains independence, both friends successfully obtain degrees, part ways, and Satyapriya gets employed by the United Paper Mill. Satyapriya soon finds out that his employers want him to forge papers to obtain Government funds, and he resigns in protest. He also finds out that a partner of the paper mill, Kunver Vikram Singh (Manmohan) of Bhawanigarh, had sexually molested a young woman, Ranjana (Sharmila Tagore), the daughter of a prostitute, and he marries her, earning the wrath of Satyasharan, who refuses to have to do anything with him. Shortly thereafter Ranjana then gives birth to Kabul (Sarika). Satyakam doesn't believe that honesty is best policy because it shouldn't be a policy but a duty. However, in a world of corruption, where progress relies on lies, there seems to be no place for someone like Satyapriya and this even takes a toll on his relationship with his wife and best friend.