The movie tells the story of Raj Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan), his wife Pooja (Hema Malini) and their four sons Ajay (Aman Verma), Sanjay (Samir Soni), Rohit (Saahil Chadda), and Karan (Nasir Khan). Raj and Pooja have provided their children with everything they wanted, often at the cost of Raj and Pooja's own requirements. The Malhotras also have an adopted son Alok (Salman Khan), who is in love with Arpita (Mahima Chaudhary) (both in special appearances). Alok was an orphan and Raj had provided him with money and education. Now a successful man, Alok worships Raj because of all his help.
Raj has a flourishing job as an ICICI employee, but once he retires, he and Pooja decide to live with their kids to get their love. One problem--their kids don't want them. This is where the story takes a sharp turn; the children decide to split the parents up and for 6 months they will live with two of the four sons and for the next 6 months they will live with their third and fourth sons. The story shows how the aged parents endure this separation as well as horrible treatment from their children after all they have done for them in the past. Saddened by the treatment he has received from his children and their families, Malhotra publishes a book called Baghban for which he wins a cash award and gains popularity. It is now that the children come back to their parents, asking for their forgiveness, when they really want their money. But Raj ignores them and lives with Pooja, Alok and Arpita, while disowning the rest of his sons.
The film also stars Paresh Rawal and Lillette Dubey in powerful supporting roles who are with the couple in testing times.
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