film is composed of four stories about women who each belong
to different strata of society.
first, The Prostitute,
is about a young prostitute who gives up her profession to
start a new life with a kind and caring worker who has the
low menial job of carrying loads on his head. In her fierce
determination to eke out a decent living, she takes on a job
herself that demands hard physical labour. The couple see
themselves as husband and wife and nurse dreams of building
up a future together free from the hazards of living on the
streets. However, they find themselves helpless before the
law of the land to prove that they are husband and wife.
second story, The Virgin,
is centred round a farm worker who is forced by her father
getting bed-ridden to take on the responsibility of running
her household at a very early age. In time, the fact that
she was getting past the age of marriage became a constant
worry for the parents as they could not find a suitable match
for her. Then a friendly neighbour brings a proposal which
appears to be suitable. The wedding is conducted with the
usual fanfare and she is taken to the bridegroom’s house.
There the man behaves strangely as he keeps evading any conversation
or physical contact with her. After a couple of days, the
man makes the customary visit to the in-laws and leaves her
behind. As days pass stories spread that she has been abandoned
by him because of her infidelity. The scandals grow and a
worried father picks up a quarrel with the neighbour who had
brought the proposal. The girl who had been silent all the
while intervenes and announces that there was no relationship
between her and the man.
third story, The Housewife,
is about a childless housewife. Having come to terms with
the situation, she lives a fairly contented life with her
husband who works in town. As the husband leaves home for
his work-place early in the morning and returns late in the
night, she is alone most of the time. One morning, she is
visited by a senior classmate of hers on one of his infrequent
visits to his mother living in the neighbourhood. They reminiscence
over past days. The worldly-wise man finds in her an innocent
woman who is distraught over her childlessness. He thinks
she is vulnerable .
last one, The Spinster,
is about an upper middleclass girl who is obliged to bear
the brunt of all the moral norms of her society. Her widowed
mother runs the house with four children to look after - a
boy and three girls. A marriage proposal for her which is
almost finalized fizzles out when the groom suddenly prefers
her younger sister. The mother agrees to it as it is seen
as a good alliance for the family. Years pass on and no proposal
works out for the daughter. Even her elder brother, having
waited long, decides to get married. In due course, a suitable
match is also found for the youngest sister. Then her mother
passes away, forcing the daughter to move in with her younger
married sister. Even this does not work as her sister cannot
put up with another woman she sees as her rival in the house.
That takes her back home. She is alone, refusing to live with
either her brother or the youngest sister. She has now resolved
to face the world by herself.