This patriotic drama revolves around the trials in the life of a freedom fighter, Master Dinanth (Amitabh Bachchan), and struggles and sacrifices he and his family are forced to make, due to his unswerving ethics and love for the country.
After India won independence in 1947, the country began to fall into corruption and discriminatory social practices between castes and economic strata. Masterji finds a prime example in Thakur Pratab Singh (Amjad Khan). He finds out about Thakur Pratab Singh's illegal activities such as smuggling of weapons and ammunition and gets him arrested.
In revenge for putting him in prison, Pratab Singh gets Masterji's wife, Bharati (Sharmila Tagore) and daughter, Priti (Parveen Babi) kidnapped. Thakur also provokes an attack on Masterji's home by the local villagers who accuse Dinanath of betraying his country and he is forced to flee his home with his young son Raju.
Presuming his wife and daughter to be dead, Masterji and Raju settle down in a slum called Bharat Nagar, which is divided in 4 sections with a don in each one of different backgrounds: Punjabi (Shammi Kapoor), Madrasi (Premnath). Bengali (Uttam Kumar) and Muslim (Parikshat Sahni). All of them love their own section, but nobody thinks of themselves as Indian, except Masterji. Masterji sets out trying to bring peace between the four dons. Will he succeed in creating harmony and peace in the slum?
Growing up in this violent and crime-infested environment, how will Raju turn out as an adult? Will circumstances emerge for Raju to come face to face with his family's past and Thakur Pratab Singh once more? What will Masterji learn about Raju and the life of his wife and daughter?
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