Based on classic Soviet literature, or the Henry Koster-Danny Kaye version (1949) of Gogols play. The journalist Kapur (Dev Anand) comes to a village run by corrupt politicians led by the village tehsildar (Kanhaiyalal). They mistake him for a government inspector and treat him like a VIP. The expose of rural politics is intercut with a love story between Kapur and the tehsildar's sister Bimala (Suraiya). How Kapur goes on to fight against all corrupt officers and how he wins Bimala is portrayed in bit comical way.