Dhanraj Singh spent years in prison for killing the man responsible for his sister's suicide. His family, and the family of the murdered man, are deadly enemies. Dhanraj's son, Raj (Aamir Khan), falls deeply in love with Rashmi (Juhi Chawla), the daughter of the rival Rajput patriarch, after seeing her at her birthday party in her house, which he sneaks into. Rashmi does not know that Raj is Dhanraj's son, and returns his affection after he rescues and saves her from a group of scoundrels. Then all is revealed, and the two families try to tear the lovers apart. Rashmi is going to be forced into an arranged marriage. The lovers elope and have a brief interval of happiness before retribution strikes.
The lovers stay in a deserted fort. Eventually Rashmi's father hires a henchman to kill Raj, but he kills Rashmi instead. Raj is devastated and commits suicide with a dagger gifted by Rashmi.