Set in the time of the 1947 communal riots, Gadar is the story of Tara Singh (Sunny Deol), a Jatt truck driver, who falls in love with a Muslim girl, Sakeena (Amisha Patel), belonging to an aristocratic family. Tara helps Sakeena to evade a group of goons chasing her, and from here, a delicate bond develops between them, growing into love. They get married and have a son, and this is when Sakeena comes to know that her father, who she thought was dead, is alive and is the Mayor of Lahore. He arranges for his daughter to come and meet him in Pakistan. She heads to Pakistan alone, absolutely unaware of her father`s plans to distance her from her husband and son. It is now upon Tara to cross the border and get back his love.