Dharmendra plays a reformed criminal who helps a one armed retired army man protect a village from the dacoits. Asha Parekh played Dharmendra's love interest. As a bandit, Vinod Khanna's role gave him visibility and made him a star.
The film is particularly noted for a rural setting, and it became a super hit, taking second place at the box office for 1971. It is also said to have many elements that inspired one of the box office champs of all time, Sholay(1975).
The climax fights are still remembered for the realism and are very convincing although a single man is fighting a horde of bandits.