Sharda (Sharmila Tagore) is in love with a young man who wants to marry her. Before the marriage could take place, some of his friends force themselves upon Sharda, leaving her pregnant. When her boyfriend does not show up, she decides to keep the child, names her Swati, re-locates to a small town in Southern India and finds employment as a nurse with Dr. Rajendra. Years later Swati (Meenakshi Sheshadri) has grown up to be an assertive young woman, who is not only outspoken but quite capable of physically defending herself, but her attitude alienates her and Sharda from the community in general. She befriends Ram Mohan, an activist, who is often in trouble with the police. With no one to look after her mother after she gets married, Swati asks Rajendra, now a widower, to marry Sharda, to which he agrees. The marriage takes place, and both move in to live a wealthy lifestyle with Rajendra and his daughter, Anandi(Madhuri Dixit). Rajendra and Sharda decide to find a suitable groom for Swati, but before that could happen Swati and Anandi have a confrontation, things escalate to such an extent that Sharda disowns Swati and she moves out, while Anandi's marriage is being arranged with Prasad Chiranjivi Gupta. But Sharda's troubles with Swati are far from over —as Swati will soon return into her life—with time with her long-last boyfriend, and Swati's biological father—turning Sharda's life upside down.
- Genre: Romantic
Swati is a 1986 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Kranthi Kumar. The film belongs to the art house cinematic genre, known in India as parallel cinema.
The film stars Meenakshi Sheshadri in the title role alongside an ensemble star cast consisting of Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Madhuri Dixit, Vinod Mehra, Akbar Khan and Sarika. Upon its release the film gained immense critical acclaim.