Kanta, a lovely village girl is deeply in love with Ramgulam, an honest and simple man. They decide to marry and live a blissful life.
Suddenly Ramgulam has to leave on a mission and Kanta feels that he is in danger. She leaves the village to look for him. Soon enough Ramgulam escapes from the clutches of his captors and returns to the village.
Kishan who happens to be a look alike of Ramgulam lives in Bombay and is involved with the underworld. He breaks the prison at the same time when Ramgulam is on his way looking for Kanta. Kishan and Ramgulam accidently meet and Kishan traps his look alike into the hands of the police.
In search of Ramgulam Kanta lands up in Bombay and spends a harrowing time as she continues to search for Ramgulam. Once she falls in the hands of Rangaswamy who tries to take advantage of her and she just about manages to escape. Eventually she bumps into Kishan and is thrilled to find him. Kishan too becomes obsessed with Kanta and although he initially struggles with the thought that he has put Kanta's man behind bars- his desire for Kanta takes over him he decides to keep her. He cheats his mentor Rangaswamy and is about to escape with an unsuspecting Kanta when Rangaswamy and his men catch up with him and Rangaswamy reveals to Kanta the true identity of Kishan. Kanta is stunned and tries to run away. Kishan captures her and expresses his love for her. He defies everyone and forces her to accept him. She says that she will die but will never accept him. Finally Kishan hatches a plan to leave Bombay but Rangaswamy bails out Ramgulam from the prison and he comes to claim Kanta. Rangaswamy has his own design and Kishan is mad for Kanta.
Bandish is the story of what finally happens to Kanta?
Whose love conquers and who makes the ultimate sacrifice?
[from the official press booklet]