Shekhar the eldest son of a wealthy widower, with 3 younger siblings meets Sharada at a nature cure clinic. Sharada and Shekhar fall in love but Shekhar has to go abroad on business. Before going, he makes Sharada promise that she will wait for him.
Meanwhile, unaware that it is Shekhar's house Sharada, goes there occasionally to look after his younger siblings whom she dotes on. Shekhar's plane crashes and his father feeling helpless marries Sharada, for the sake of his younger children, unaware of the relationship between Shekhar and Sharada.
Shekhar survives the crash and returns only to get devastated on seeing that his sweet heart has become his stepmother. He starts drinking in despair, but ultimately reconciles accepting Sharada as his mother and marrying Chanchal (Shyama). But happiness continues to evade him as Chanchal, starts suspecting the relationship between Sharada and Shekhar, causing Shekhar to leave home.
Will Shekhar come back? Will there be place in his life and heart for his wife and newfound mother?
Sharada was L.V. Prasad's debut into Hindi films and a rare coming together of Indian cinema's two legends Raj Kapoor and L.V. Prasad. It was also one of the few films starring Meena Kumari opposite Raj Kapoor. L.V. Prasad was nominated for Best Director in the Filmfare Awards while Shyama and Raj Mehra won as Best Supporting Actors.