A film inspired by the life of Subir Banirjee who played the boy Apu in "Pather Panchali", the first of the Apu Trilogy. and did not make another film. His life has some uncanny resemblances to Apu's adulthood.
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, Sarbojaya, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar's elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them.