Radha (Akhtar) works her fingers to the bone to pay off the villanious moneylender Sukhilala. She and husband Shamu (Arun) have three sons, and when she gets pregnant yet again Shamu removes himself from the scene and leaves her to battle against starvation and the advances of the villain. The two eldest son die, leaving Radha with the diligent son Ramu(Surendra) and her favourite, temperamental young son Birju(Lala Yakub) who goes astray and becomes a bandit chieftain, which causes the family to be ostracised by the village. Birju murders Sukhilala and attempts to abduct his childhood sweatheart, Tulsi(Brij Rani). Radha then kills her son Birju to save Tulsi's honor.