It is the story of two youths Mohan and Anokhay Lal residing in Bombay. Mohan, despite his father's millions and the crazy love of a mother for her only son, felt miserable and wretched because his care-free existance meant an open
clash with the strict attitude of his disciplinarian father who wanted to make a man out of him. He felt jealous of the poverty-ridden life of Anokhay because there was no one to question his way of life. Orphan Anokhay felt unhappy because of his overwhelming poverty, because of the constant insecurity in life. He wished, he too had a rich father like Mohan's.
They longed to change place with each other and finbally fate brought them an opportunity. Mohan's father, having failed in all his efforts to reform his only son, decided to send him to Ootacumund, to an old friend of his : Captain Daya Rama Jung Bahadur, a retired jailor. Mohan took Anokhay with him to his new destination. On reaching there, instead of going to the jailor's house, Mohan took a suite in a hotel and hit him. So, Anokhay could pose as Mohan.
It would give Anokhay the comfort and security of a rich home life for which he had longed and Mohan would get the freedom he had hankered after. Anokhay went to the jailor's with high hopes but found that it was less of a home and more of a jail. The jailor started taming this paper-tiger, thinking him to be the wild animal that was the son of his friend, and ordered him not to stir out of the house.
Amidst all this torture the one thing that made Anokhay stick on this life was the love of the jailor's daughter Malti. Left penniless and friendless, Mohan managed to escape from the clutches of the hotel manager, who would have got him skinned otherwise for the non-payment of the hotel bill. He met a beautiful and lively young girl, Meena, in a
bus. And what happened after that makes the basis of a colossal story full of romance, drama and rib-tickling comedy.