The film tells the story of Akbar who does not have a male heir. He then goes on a pilgrimage with his wife Jodhabai and the couple soon have a son. The maid who brings him this news, is given a ring by Akbar who tells her that she can have any wish of hers granted. Salim, Akbar's son, grows up to be spoilt and so is sent away by his father to war. When he returns he falls in love with Anarkali, who is the maid's daughter and a dancer. Akbar is against the union and wants the two to end their relationship. When neither relent, Salim challenges Akbar but is defeated and sentenced to death. However, Anarkali surrenders herself to save Salim's life.