(Released: Dec 25, 1981)
Slacker Kallu (Amitabh Bachchan)'s life gets turned around after his brother, Shamu (Kader Khan), loses his arms & job in a work-related accident. Kallu goes to the employer, Shahani (Amjad Khan), and begs him for some money for medical treatment, but Shahani refuses to do so. In desperation, Kallu breaks-in Shahani's house, and is arrested and sentenced for 9 months in jail. In jail Kallu learns various skills from hardened convicts (K N Singh, Dev Kumar, Heeralal), and comes out as Kaalia, a person who has only one purpose in life - to get even with Shahani - by hook or by crook. And this time Kaalia is not alone, he has support from his convict friends, and other underworld elements. But Kaalia had not counted on the tenancity of Jailer Raghuveer Singh (Pran), who is determined to clip Kaalia's criminal wings, before he takes flight.