Gopal Chandra Nai, the young son of the village barber, is extremely sharp-witted. His astute nature and logical reasoning soon turn the staunch village Brahmins against him because he challenges their religious knowledge and practices. Enraged by his insolence, the Brahmins decide to ostracise Gopal and his family. Gopal’s father, Panchanan, unable to withstand the rejection, falls ill and dies as Gopal cannot arrange for his treatment.
After his father’s death the village Brahmins force Gopal’s mother to take her life, in order to seize his property. While Gopal’s older brother, Harihar, is allowed to live with his aunt (father’s sister), the village Brahmins hold Gopal captive and ask him to sell himself in order to clear his father’s debt. Thus, the burden of false debt falls on young Gopal. He has to survive against the village Brahmins through the strength of his wit and the words of his uncle, Pitambar, keep him going during the struggle.
After a series of events, Gopal meets Prince Krishnachandra. The prince does not smile or play and his father, King Raghuram, is worried that the enemies within his family might take away the throne from the prince, citing his ill temper. During this time, Gopal takes of King Raghuram’s challenge and is successful in making Krishnachandra laugh. Krishnachnadra also announces that he would only laugh if Gopal remains by his side. Hence, starts the friendship of Gopal Bhar and Prince Krishnachandra.
Inspite of facing difficulties at every step, will Gopal be able to save himself and Krishnachandra from all, through his wit?