As far back as he remembered, Madhav was bound to his elder brother Shanker by an intense brother love. Shanker moved to the city in search of employment and security, Madhav followed as his servant, friend, guardian. Indeed, it was Madhav who took upon himself the responsibility of finding his dear brother a suitable bride, and so his sister-in-law Kamala entered the household.
Fates ordained that Shanker be condemned to 15 years imprisonment on a charge of murder. Troubles never come alone, and all Madhav's love and efforts could not save his sister-in-law. Kamala passed away, leaving Madhav to look after his infant daughter. Moving to their village home, Madhav passed the years hopefully awaiting his brother's release and showering upon Asha all the love of a fond and devoted uncle.
SHankar was realsed, but did not return to his younger brother. Instead he married again, and inherited the rich zamindary of Mala's father. He began to live the easy existence of a landed gentleman, not free from the jealousies and quarrels which go with such a life.
After waiting in vain for his brother's return, the Fates again played a strange trick upon Madhav. Innocently he gave his niece in marriage to Madan, a young doctor, and son of Batuk Choubey, sworn enemy of Shanker. And so, when one evening, Madhav went to Batuk Choubey's village to meet Asha, he found himself entangled in a pitched fight between Choubey's men on one side and Shanker's on the other. Madhav rushed to Choubey's assistance, and was wounded to be carried off to the zamindar's house. Without knowing it was his own brother, Shanker ordered the man to be killed.
(From the official press booklet)