The path of love, they say, never runs smooth, especially a path which has its beginning in a prison.
'JOSHILA' is the saga of such a love which blossomed with shadow of prison walls, between a convict and a poetess-a love which could not reach consummation until it was tested by blood and fire and went through a series of hair-raising exciting adventures.
AMAR (DEV ANAND) a young man convicted to a long term of imprisonment for a murder he did not commit, but was pinned on him by the evidence of the very witness whose life and honour AMAR had tried to save. No body can understand the innocence in his eyes excepting.
SHALINI (HEMA MALINI) a beautiful young poetess, sweet and innocent as a flower, who meets the Joshila Amar in the grim shadows of the prison-walls. Shalini is amazed to learn about Amar's past and his innocence. Fate separates Amar from Shalini who when he comes out of jail. He goes straight home to his family, and is shocked to see their desperate condition Especially.
HIS MOTHER (SULOCHANA) who is leading a hard and struggling life, taking in stitching and sewing of clothes to make both ends meet; and
AMAR'S SISTER MANJU (PADMA KHANNA) who has been compelled to become a cabaret dancer in a night club Amar's blood boils to see their pitiable condition and he rushes for the first job he can get. His new BOSS (MAHINDER SANDHU) and his boss's wife is SAPNA (RAKHEE), a wealthy girl who had loved Amar in the past.... a love which was the victim of circumstances and destiny.
Seeing her, Amar goes away quietly, not willing to have his past raked up before this beautiful young woman again.
Seeking solace and forgetfulness in the night club, Amar meets.
MADAN LAL DOGRA (MADAN PURI) an old acquaintance from his days in jail. Dogra seems obviously wealthy now, and he promises to take Amar along on a strange assignment.
What is this mysterious assignment?
Impersonating Dogra, Amar reaches the huge mountain estate of THAKUR SAHIB (PRAN) a wealthy landowner who is condemned to a living-death in a wheel chair because a serious accident has made him cripple for life. Here, Amar meets MADHU THAKUR (BINDU) the voluptuous and intensely attractive young wife of the crippled Thakur Sahib. Madhu casts strange spells over Amar, and draws him irrestistably into the fascinating web of her charms. As Amar finds Madhu overwhelming him, he also meets KUNDAN (SUDHIR) her paramour who, along with Madhu, has woven a plot to murder Thakur Sahib.
And, as Amar is blackmailed and dragged into a foul murder plan to kill the man who has given him a new lease of life, our Joshila gets the biggest shock of his life.
He comes face to face with Shalini in this huge place, and he is trapped for his love of Shalini and fear for safety of his family. Amar has no other recourse but to obey the evil plan.
'JOSHILA' takes the audience on a veritable safari of scenic beauty, fiesta of songs and dances and a romance as fresh as a dew kissed bud of rose to reach its exciting climax.