Saleem a poet met Salma at a Mushaira held by Nawab Saheb. The two were stricken by the same Melody ... LOVE ... Their love grew quickly in their hearts - and climaxed in a quawwali at the tomb of two immortals a Prince and Salve Girl who was beheaded by the arrogant king. But the prince decided to commit suicide when he heard of his beloved's death. The father that night decided not only to leave the city, but their beloved country also because he had given a promise to his dying sister that Salma would be given in marriage only to her son, Anwar. So Salma is dragged by her father and when Saleem wants to stop their car, he is beaten and left unconscious on the road. When Saleem comes to his senses, he finds that they are all gone - and with them his love! He takes to a life of dissipation like Devdas, he visits the Kothas were one Phool Rani (Yogita Bali) welcomes him with open arms because he is her favourite poet and every night she entertains her guests to recite his gazals. Till one day he returns to his house to see his mother, Saleem at last agrees to marry SAHIRA. A few days after the marriage a letter from Pakistan arrives for Saleem. It is for Salma. She tells him that she is being forcibly married and asks and advises him also to find a suitable girl. One day Sahira goes to the Red Light area to find her husband and is not only insulted and maltreated by the ruffians but has also to receive the public rebukes of her husband. That makes Phool Rani taunt him, "Well done, Saleem Saheb. I never know how gallant you were till I saw slapping your legally-wedded wife. Please don't come again to my Kotha." Saleem comes home, Sahira faces him with a shocking proposition. Sahira takes out the marriage certificate. "I give it to you to tear it with your own hands. After that I will not make any claims upon you." But Saleem is now melting under the light of her selfless love. "I can't. It has not only the Qazi's stamp but also divine sanction. I can't tear it." So that becomes their first wedding night. Next morning a shock awaits Saleem. It is another letter from Salma in which she writes: "I have decided to return to India, and to you."