Vijay (Guru Dutt) is a passionate poet whose radical work about the rich and poor divide is not taken seriously by his family members. Despite tireless efforts, he fails to find a publisher, until he meets his ex-girlfriend who's married to one. But life's not fair to Vijay, who is soon robbed of his craft, thrown into a mental asylum, disowned by his family and fooled time and again. He finds a genuine and devoted reader in a courtesan who tries to help him. Will Vijay get credit for his work now that the nation seems to lap it up? Will the audience recognise the real poet?
Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker, Rehman, Kum Kum, Shyama, Leela Mishra, Mehmood, Tun Tun, Maya Dass, Moni Chatterjee, Rajendar