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The storyline revolves around Shivam (Emraan Hashmi), a heart broken and introvert atheist, gangster, and right-hand man of Malik (Ashutosh Rana), officially a businessman who runs a chain of hotels in Hong Kong. Shivam is given the responsibility of one of these hotels, which he bears capably and well, making it much more successful than Malik’s other hotels. Malik holds Shivam in the highest esteem due to Shivam’s loyalty, reliability, and business acumen, and treats him like an adored son whom he entrusts with almost everything – indeed, more so than his biological son, Ronnie. This is the cause of much jealousy on Ronnie’s part against Shivam, but due to Malik’s outspoken support for Shivam, Ronnie does not dare do openly oppose him. Shivam has a very close childhood friend, Kabir, who assists him with everything.

Malik’s brother, Rajan (Ashish Vidyarthi), and Rajan’s spoilt son Munna nurture a grudge against Shivam because of Shivam’s repeated conflicts with Munna. Munna is mainly responsible for the start of most of these conflicts; he time and again puts Shivam down as Malik’s slave, once by murdering an employee of Shivam’s hotel who resisted Munna in bed. When Shivam comes to investigate this incident, Munna taunts him, the dead girl, and dares him to tell Malik, resulting in Shivam lashing out against Munna and all his henchmen. This causes an escalation of the feud between Munna, his father Rajan, and Shivam.

One day, Malik asks Shivam to keep an eye on his young mistress Reema (Mrinalini Sharma), whom he suspects of having an affair with someone else, while he is away on a brief business trip. Reema is a young Pakistani girl, a devout Muslim, and a victim of sex trafficking, whom Malik had ‘bought’ in the Bangkok flesh market. If Reema is found cheating on Malik, Shivam is to inform him immediately.

In Shivam’s interactions with Reema, he recalls his lost love, Aliyah (Shriya Saran) in a series of flasbacks. Aliyah was a devout Muslim, who Shivam had met by chance in the marketplace one day. The duo eventually fell in love, but when her father saw them together, he wrathfully confronted them, reprimanding Aliyah physically in public for maintaining physical contact with her lover in a non-private place. He also exposed Shivam’s gangster background to a shocked Aliyah, leading to Shivam’s instantly offering her father his gun, saying that he was willing to let go of everything, start anew, and legitimately provide for Aliyah if he is allowed to be with her. Aliyah’s father recovers from his initial surprise quickly, and shoots at Shivam with the gun, who ducks to avoid the bullet. The bullet hits Aliyah instead, killing her and temporarily driving Shivam over the edge. A feeling of guilt and sorrow, at Aliyah having died because he tried to save his own life, remains with him hereafter. Aliyah’s father instantly commits suicide when he realizes what he has done.

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