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he film begins with the life of Bharti Rai (Nikhila Trikha), the daughter of chief minister Ramnath Rai (Darshan Jariwala). Influenced by leftist ideology, she rebels against her father and joins the rival party of leftist leader Bhaskar Sanyal (Naseeruddin Shah). Bharti develops an illicit relationship with Bhaskar on a rainy night, who, guilt-ridden over taking advantage of a young woman, leaves for parts unknown, having unwittingly gotten Bharti pregnant. Upon the child's birth, he is abandoned in a boat by Brij Gopal (Nana Patekar), Bharti's 'rakhi' brother and a loyal well-wisher of the Rai and Pratap family. This leaves her devastated. Bharti is later married to Chandra Pratap (Chetan Pandit), the younger brother of Bhanu Pratap (Jahangir Khan). Bhanu leads the Rashtrawadi political party. The story takes a turn when the state government collapses and Bhanu suffers a stroke. In the hospital, he hands over power to his br
other Chandra. Chandra's son, Prithviraj "Prithvi" Pratap (Arjun Rampal) tries to take advantage of his father's power and starts to impose his own decisions on the party, which results in a clash with his cousin, Veerendra Pratap (Manoj Bajpayee) who is already miffed by his father's decision of not handing over the power to him. Chandra also takes his son's side in a matter where Prithvi's suggestion is more promising, making Veerendra feel he's being sidelined. Prithvi rejects the nomination of a local leader Sooraj Kumar (Ajay Devgn), who is chosen by the common people, but Sooraj gets Veerendra's support. Unknown to all, Sooraj is Bharti's abandoned son, who was found and brought up by the Pratap family's driver, Ram Charittra as his own son. The younger son of Chandra, Samar Pratap (Ranbir Kapoor), returns from America and meets his childhood friend Indu (Katrina Kaif). Indu is in love with Samar and thinks he loves her too. When C
handra and Prithvi try to kick Veerendra out of his father's party, due to his growing insolence, he asks Sooraj for help. Sooraj ends up assassinating Chandra in his car, while he is returning from the airport after seeing off Samar who was returning to America. In an ensuing drama, Prithvi is arrested by police under the influence of Veerendra and put on trial for raping a party worker. Samar comes to the rescue and tricks Veerendra into dropping all charges upon his brother, promising that his brother will resign and that he will move with his family to the U.S. However, Samar does not keep his promise and he, with Prithvi, begins rallying public support. After that, Bhanu officially expels Prithvi, the latter splits from the Rashtrawadi party and contests elections under "Jana Shakti party", a new party with Gopal as his mentor and Samar as the executive. Meanwhile, Samar's American girlfriend Sarah (Sarah Thompson Kane) arrives in India to meet him. To raise f
unds for the new party, Samar shrewdly ensures Prithvi's marriage to Indu. Though Indu had always loved Samar, Samar only thought of Indu as a friend and loved Sara