Bhupati, a wealthy man with a bent towards journalism in 19th century India, neglects Charulata, his wife to pursue politics.
Amal, his brother, comes for a visit and after a while Bhupati coaxes him to "bring out" Charulata’s artistic leaning. Amal does, but through their subtle interplay Charulata comes to feel deeply for Amal.
At one point Amal admits to charulata that a "woman’s mind can only be understood by men", but she ironically publishes a short story on her own and without his knowledge.
Amal finally realizes that Charulata is in love with him. So as not to injure his brother, Amal leaves unexpectedly. Bhupati however, catches Charulata crying over Amal and under the impact of this incredible spectacle rushes out of the house, unable to bear the sight of an unfaithful wife.