"ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN" is the story of love and romance which overshadows the grim miseries of life. It is the story of hate and anger which lead to separation and violence.
It is the story of 'Bharat' (Manoj Kumar) who is a V. I. P., when he is corrupt and is down-trodden when pious-a modern-unemployed-literate youth lost in the stampede of struggle, strife, tragedy, dejection and betrayal.
It is the story of 'Sheetal'' (Zeenat Aman) a glamour struck, riches aspiring girl in love with 'Bharat' - of her illusions and her disillusions - of her aspirations and disappointments - of her future and her past.
It is the story of Tulsi (Moushumi Chatterji) a poor labour girl raped by society-nursing the child of 'Roti Kapada Aur Makaan' and in love with 'Bharat'.
It is the story of 'Vijay (Amitabh Buchchan) a rebel youth, crippled by war but resolute in his convictions.
It is the story of happy-go-lucky 'Harnam Singh' (Prem Nath) and his struggle.
It is the story of criminals 'Nekiram' (Madan Puri) and 'Gopal' (Kuljeet) who can barter their honour and even their Nation for lust, power and money.
It is also the story of an affectionate Mother (Kamini Kaushal), duty bound Brother (Dheeraj Kumar) and a rebel Sister (Meena T.) and many others.
"ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN" is the story of longings and loves, needs and romance, cries and affections, violence and emotions, tortures and Solace hurt and melody.
It is the love story of a man and a land both named Bharat.
(From the official press booklet)