This fast-paced family drama is based on the concept of karma and the ultimate consequence of bad deeds.
Viren Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), is an underworld don who rules over India. His son Abhir (Sushant Singh) is spoilt and believes he can do anything due to his father's power.
When Viren's enemy Khan (Kader Khan) attacks Abhir, Viren demands revenge. Viren receives full proof information that Khan will be hidden at an local cinema theater on an particular date.
The plot then moves onto the life of a simple cook, Shekhar Bhatia (Akshay Kumar) who is married to Dr. Kavita (Bhumika Chawla). Shekhar lives with his parents, wife and his younger brother Aryan (Aryeman Ramsay).
When Aryan runs away from home, Shekhar searches the whole city to find him. During his search, he witnesses Viren attacking the cinema theater in which Khan is hidden, and decides to help the innocent people in the cinema.
Whilst helping the innocent, Shekhar finds Khan's nephew fatally wounded and tries to take him to the hospital. Viren witnesses this and mistakenly shoots Shekhar instead of Khan's nephew. Soon enough, Viren realizes his mistake and brutally murders Khan's nephew and flees the theater. Wounded Shekhar tries to return home however is accidentally hit by Viren's car, leading to his death.
Aryan returns home and realizes Shekhar has been murdered. Together, Aryan and his group of friends form a gang and kidnap Viren's family including Abhir. However, Abhir escapes and reaches to his father. Since the police decide to help Viren, Aryan's plan fails. Aryan tries not to do harm to any of his family member as he knows how precious they are, though Viren's wife suddenly dies of suffercation. Viren believes Aryan is responsible for this, and takes his whole gang, and starts a huge war with Aryan and his gang.
The war breaks out, and Khan enters. As Viren murders Khan, he realizes that his son Abhir was part of Khan's gang all along. Abhir tries to shoot his father Viren, but Aryan rescues Viren and kills Abhir. He leaves the scene, and as Viren demands Aryan to kill him now, Aryan ends the film on a note on karma, and explains his punishment is not death, but life as he has nothing to live for.
In the end, Aryan becomes a cook like his late brother and him and his friends start to work in the same canteen Shekhar used to work in.
The movie marks the debut of producer Keshu's son Aryamen.
Akshay Kumar was a real life cook before he entered into movies, his real life occupation will be portrayed in the movie.
Newcomer "Koel Mallick" was signed as the female lead opposite Aryeman, however after completing a days shooting the filmmakers decided to remove her role entirely.
When Virendra goes back to his old home and is having flashbacks he remembers a old picture that was on the wall. This is a younger Amitabh Bachchan but the baby he is kissing is Abishek Bachchan when he was born.
Amitabh Bachchan found himself in legal trouble, before the release of the film. What sparked off the controversy is the publicity hoarding which shows Amitabh Bachchan smoking a cigar. The National Organization for Tobacco Eradication has accused the star of violating the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act. These hoardings are along the national highway in Panaji. Such hoardings are banned under Goa Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act. The star has been accused of promoting the habit of smoking.
Akshay Kumar surname in the film "Bhatia" is his real life surname. His real name is Rajeev Bhatia.
Due to Amitabhs ill health he was unable to dub for the film. This made the producers hire Sudesh Bhosle ( Amitabhs duplicate voice) to dub his voice in the film.
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