Cold-hearted and manipulative Kamla has fallen in love with a poor man and marries him and has a child named Santosh. She soon realizes that life is not fun living in poverty, and abandons her child and husband, and returns back to her father and his wealth. She re-marries millionaire Kailashpathi, and has a child named Kundan from him. Years pass by, Kundan and Santosh have both grown up. Kundan is the owner of the mill with his mom, while Santosh is a struggling mill worker, and a union worker. A confrontation ensues between the mill and the workers, and Kamla is able to negotiate a settlement and get the workers back to work, but fails to keep the promise. Santosh opposes this, and she sets her goons and Kundan against him. Santosh is abducted and held prisoner by Kamla and Kundan, and the only way he can be released is when he compromises with them.
Did You Know?
The starcast gave bulk dates and began shooting the film in the late 70's. Then Manoj Kumar launched Kranti and he found it hard to concentrate on Santosh. Despite having bulk dates from the stars, the shooting kept coming to a halt due to Manoj shooting for Kranti. Manoj promised the director once Kranti was completed, he would finish Santosh in 9 months. Balbir Wadhawan waited. But Kranti took 3 years to complete. Balbir waited as the dates of all the stars went to waste. They went on to sign other films. Interest rates on the borrowed finance was mounting. Once Kranti released,Balbir once again attempted to start the film, but Hema Malini got pregnant. Balbir had to wait another year. Once she was ready to shoot the film, the films financer G.N. Shah died. Then national politics crept into the films making. The scheduled caste agitation in Gujarat posed a threat to the very subject of the film. Many of the producer's friends advised hum to edit out the "untouchable caste" portion. But he reasoned it wouldve ruined his entire script. But Balbir did not want to start his carerer in a wrong note. So he decided to rework on the script. That is when the film was launched with a new script. The film once again faced delay. Manoj Kumar fell very ill. Balbir once again had to wait to start his film. Then Manoj Kumar's parents expired and he needed more time off. Balbir had to wait once again. Then Madan Puri passed away and had to find a replacement and reshoot. Finally 11 years later the film hit screens in 1989. See more