The third and final instalment of Ray's 'Apu Trilogy'. Now an adult, Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) hopes to become a writer, but his lack of finances force him to abandon his university studies. He meets an old friend Pulu (Shapan Mukerji) and together they travel to the wedding of Pulu's cousin, Aparna (Sharmila Tagore). When the bridegroom turns out to be insane and the wedding is cancelled, Apu agrees to marry Aparna to save her from ridicule. They return to his Calcutta apartment to start a new life and Apu comes to love his wife, but his happiness is soon shattered by a tragic turn of events.