Gangs of Wasseypur story begins in post colonial India and Shahid Khan (jaideep) loots the money of the British but later on, he becomes an outcast and works at a colliery owned by Ramadhir Singh. The story takes a turn when a revolt of sorts emerges between Shahid Khan and Ramadhir Singh and that passes on to generations. In comes Sardar Khan (manoj), son of Shahid Khan who vows to become the most powerful in the Wasseypur area and restore the honour of his father. True to his word, he tends to stand up as one. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.