Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan) left the small village in India where he was born and raised to travel to the United States where he worked as part of the American space program. After the death of his parents he becomes nostalgic and a visit to Kaveri (Kishori Ballal), a woman who helped to raise him as a boy. While searching for Kaveri, Mohan becomes reacquainted with Gita (Gayatri Joshi), one of his friends from his school days who has stayed behind to serve the community as a teacher. Gita thinks little of Mohan's desire to bring Kaveri back to the United States with him but she also finds herself struck by the charm and intelligence of the adult Mohan and the two develop a strong infatuation. But many in the community have little regard for Mohan's accomplishments in the United States until he steps forward to help his old neighbors by revamping the village's antiquated electrical system.