Naiyya is a remake of a very successful Oriya/Odia movie Sesha Shrabana directed by Mr.Prashanta Nanda starring himself and Maheswata Roy in lead. Naiyya a Hindi Movie released in 1979 directed by Prashanta Nanda and starring Mr.Prashanta Nanda himself and Zarina Wahab in lead.
Lakhipur is a small community along the river banks of the holy river Ganges, where Sonu lives with his ailing mother. One day he rescues a woman named Geeta and brings her home with him. He and his mom look after her while she recuperates and finds out that she comes from a wealthy family.
When she gets better, he takes her home, only to find out that she is no longer welcome there by her paternal uncle and his wife, Ramkali, leaving him with no alternative but to take her home with. His mom would like Geeta to get married to Sonu, but before she could arrange this, she passes away, leaving Sonu and Geeta to live together – and being shunned by the entire community – who would like Geeta to leave.
Sonu then starts to find a suitable groom for her, and does find one when a doctor comes to their community to treat victims of the plague, the doctor agrees to marry Geeta, but on the day of the marriage – does not show up. A distraught Sonu must now find why the doctor did not fulfill his promise – in the midst of the community threatening to boycott him and possibly burning his brand new boat.
The film also has a very melodious song “O Goriya re”