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An honest worker, by named Raj Kumar(Kapoor) is unable to pay his rent to his landlady Mrs. D'sa. He finds a money-filled wallet, which he returns to his owner, Ramnath. Ramnath is impressed by Raj's honesty and hires him as a receptionist. He falls in love with the maidservant, Asha. but isolates himself with the company when he finds out she is really Ramnath's daughter. He decides to take care of his landlady, but suddenly, Mrs.D'sa dies. It is revealed that she died through food poisoning. He is questioned and arrested, and the story takes on who really killed his landlady.
Sujata is a romance between a Brahmin young man, Adheer (Sunil Dutt) and an untouchable woman, Sujata (Nutan). The movie has Gandhi's fight against untouchability and the myth of Chandalika in Buddhism as its subtexts on the basis of which it tries to criticize the practice of untouchability in India.
Brahmin couple Upen and Charu bring up the orphaned Sujata. Although Upen is fond of the adoptive child, his wife Charu and mother can never fully embrace Sujata because she is an untouchable. They never fail to remind Sujata that she doesn't belong amongst Brahmins. One day, Upen's wife falls down the stairs and is rushed to the hospital. The doctors tell the family that in order to save Charu, they need blood of a rare group. Only Sujata's blood matches, and she willingly donates blood. When Upen's wife knows that her life was saved by Sujata, she realizes her mistakes and accepts her as her daughter. Sujata and Adheer are finally married. Sujata earned Nutan her second Filmfare award.
Kalyani is in a prison in pre-Independence India for committing a murder, and we learn the circumstances of her crime in flashback as she divulges it to the jailor. The film is set in Bengal in the 1930s, where Kalyani (Nutan) is the daughter of the postmaster of the village, who falls in love with a freedom fighter, Bikash (Ashok Kumar), who later leaves her in the village promising to come back but never does. The society treats them harshly. Broken by her father's misery and that of her own, Kalyani moves to the city. In the city she works as a caretaker of an obnoxious and mentally unstable woman, who turns out to be the wife of Bikash. Kalyani learns that her father came to the city looking for her and died in an accident. That prompts her to poison her lover's wife, identifying her as the cause of her miseries in a moment of insane rage.
Back from the flashback in the jail Deven (Dharmendra) the jail doctor falls in love with her. Kalyani is not ready for it and starts to stay away from him. The climatic song "Mere saajan hain us paar" expresses Kalyani's dilemma of having to choose between Bikash and Deven. Thus the character of Kalyani gets lifted from that of a woman who is a prisoner of destiny to one who defines her own freedom.
Saraswati is indifferently raised by his step mother and yet he grows up and becomes a compassionate person who has lofty ideas and decides to do without his personal happiness without informing his father, who fixes his marriage to Kumud an educated girl from a rich family. Saraswati decides to cancel the engagement and writes to Kumud to inform her. But soon she replies and the two keep on exchanging letters. Soon Saraswati decides to defy the customs and pays a visit to his fiancée. The two soon serenade and a short lived romance takes place and Saraswati returns home after promising Kumud and her family that he would return. However, on his return a family feud takes place and Saraswati writes to Kumud that he won't be able to marry her.
Her younger sister Tanuja, is also an actress. Tanuja's daughter Kajol is a highly acclaimed actor in Bollywood. In 1959, she married Lieutenant-Commander Rajnish Behl and gave birth to Monish Behl in 1963.
She started her career as actress as a fourteen-year-old in "Hamari Beti" in 1950. This film was produced by her mother, Shobhana. In 1952 she was the winner of Miss India. Her first big break Seema won her a Filmfare Award. She followed her success with a romantic comedy, Paying Guest, in which she co-starred with Dev Anand. In 1959 she starred in two hit films, Anari and Bimal Roy's Sujata. In the 1960s and 1970s she had many more successful films including Chhalia (1960), Bandini (1963), Saraswatichandra (1968), Devi (1970) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). In the 1980s she played elderly mother roles in blockbuster films such as Meri Jung (1985), Naam (1986) and Karma (1986).
On 21st February 1991, the Bollywood industry deeply mourned for the death of this legendary personality, who died at the age of 54, due to cancer!