Bhaktawar (Danny Denzongpa) is a criminal who rules over the dockyard. He and the dockyard's union leader, Tiger (Amitabh Bachchan) are always at loggerheads with each other. During a confrontation between Tiger and Bhaktawar, Bhaktawar is reportedly killed and Tiger has to run for his life. Years later, Tiger surfaces as a bespectacled mild-mannered man, with two younger brothers (Rajnikant & Govinda). Soon the past catches up with Tiger (or Shekhar as he calls himself now).