Based on a story by noted author Mahashweta Devi about a musician-turned-ventriloquist, Johnny (Mithun Chakraborty), who is a member of an itinerant troupe. The troupe's leader presents Johnny with the star of the show, the ventriloquist's dummy Urvashi whose name signifies the seductress and eternal child-woman.
Johnny returns to Bombay where, thanks to the doll, wins fame and fortune. But the doll seems to take on a life of her own when he is on stage with her. She begins to dominate Johnny's life, driving a wedge between him and his childhood sweetheart.
When communal riots break out in the city, Johnny turns to Urvashi to learn the source behind the unrest. The doll is destroyed and in its place a living doll appears.