The film begins in a printing press where we see the process of a newspaper being printed. We also see the happiness on a news reporter’s face when he picks up the freshly-printed newspaper ‘Jagriti’ and finds his report in it. Without the consent of his editor, the reporter Jiten has published a piece of news on the illegal coal mines which are a threat to hundreds of workers. The media house’s shareholders bring this up with the Managing Director Amita Sinha and request her to fire him. When she calls him in and asks him to not publish any report without the editor’s approval, he says that that this is an important piece of news which must be published. He adds that the mines are a threat to many lives and that it’s the responsibility of the journalists to uphold the truth. He goes on to say that he won’t betray his conscience and quits the job. His friend Chunnilal, who’s usually drunk, is not amused at Jiten’s idealism and asks him to be realistic.
One day Jiten spots a girl Sunita trying to jump off a train because she thinks that she has failed the university exams. Jiten steps in and stops her. He carries her on his back and they get shelter in a nearby area where they are thought to be a married couple and are locked inside a room. This is the night that they fall in love with each other. Jiten doesn’t know that she’s Amita’s sister and Sunita is unaware of his association with the newspaper.
Jiten’s fears about the coal mines come true and Amita is troubled by pangs of conscience. She calls upon him and says that the newspaper needs him and that he should join back as the editor. He’s also given a free hand to publish whatever news he finds important.
Soon Amita finds herself falling for Jiten. Both the sisters are unaware of each other’s feelings for him and continue desiring him. One day Amita finally stumbles on the truth and decides to step back. Later when Sunita comes to know of her sister’s feelings, she resolves to sacrifice her love and marry an old friend Vikram. Anita tries to convince her not to commit such a big mistake, and the stress starts taking a toll on her.