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Anurag Kashyap (written by)
Saurabh Shukla (written by)
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Release Date:
3 July 1998 (India) See more »
The other side of truth
A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not do... See more » | Full synopsis »
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CRIME NEVER PAYS See more (45 total) »


  (in credits order)
J.D. Chakravarthi ... Satya (as Chakravarty)
Urmila Matondkar ... Vidya
Paresh Rawal ... Commissoner. Amod Shukla

Manoj Bajpayee ... Bhiku Mhatre (as Manoj Bajpai)

Saurabh Shukla ... Kallu Mama
Govind Namdeo ... Bhau Thakurdas Jhawle (as Govind Namdev)
Makrand Deshpande ... Advocate Chandrakant Mule (as Makarand Deshpande)
Shefali Shetty ... Pyaari Mhatre (as Shefali Chhaya)
Raju Mavani ... Guru (as Raju Mawani)
Aditya Srivastava ... Inspector Khandilkar

Neeraj Vora ... Music Dir. Romu Saagar
Rajesh Joshi ... Bappu (as Late Rajesh Joshi)
Saabir ... Yeda
Snehal Dabi ... Chander Krishnakant (as Snehal)
Jeeva ... Jagga
Bener Jee ... Bhau's man
Jyotsna Karekar ... Vidya's mother
Utkarsh Mazumdar ... Vidya's father

Sanjay Mishra ... Vitthal Manjrekar
Jyoti Dogra ... Mrs. Amod Shukla
Rajeev Mehta ... Lawyer
G.P. Singh ... Producer

Sushant Singh ... Pakiya (as Sushant)
Manoj Pahwa ... Tabela Owner (as Manoj Pawa)
Anupam Shyam ... Mane
Akshay Mankad ... Bar owner
Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... Builder Malhotra
Ajit Mehra ... Minister
Arun Bali ... Home Sec'y
Vijay Maurya ... Kallumama's gang
Manoj Verma ... Kallumama's gang (as Manoj Varma)
Umesh ... Kallumama's gang (as Umesh Gadge)
Sumeet Sinha ... Kallumama's gang
Srivas Naidu ... Kallumama's gang
Ajai Rohilla ... Guru's gang (as Ajay Rohilla)
Pravin Patel ... Guru's gang
Rocky ... Guru's gang

Directed by
Ram Gopal Varma 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anurag Kashyap  written by
Saurabh Shukla  written by
Kona Venkat  dubbing dialogue: Telugu

Produced by
P. Som Shekar .... executive producer
Ram Gopal Varma .... producer
Original Music by
Vishal Bhardwaj 
Sandeep Chowta 
Cinematography by
Gerard Hooper 
Mazhar Kamran 
Film Editing by
Apurva Asrani  (as Apurva)
Art Direction by
Costume Design by
Shaahid Amir (Shaahid Amir)
Makeup Department
Prasad .... assistant makeup artist
Srinu .... assistant makeup artist
Suresh .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Avinash .... production manager
Satyendra Dave .... production manager
Raja R. .... production manager: Madras (as Raja.R)
Chandra Sekhar .... production manager: Madras
Sameer A. Shaikh .... production manager (as Sameer A. Sheikh)
Siraj .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Taufiq Ahmed .... chief assistant director
A.K. Feroz .... assistant director
Padnva Lokhande .... assistant director
Dev Nair .... assistant director
Aditi Rao .... assistant director
Shukla Barnali Ray .... assistant director (as Barnali Ray Shukla)
Sound Department
Sujit Agrawal .... avid operator
Ajit .... sound engineer
Sona Choudhary .... sound recordist (as Sona Chowdhary)
Baylon Fonseca .... DTS mix engineer
Karthik .... sound engineer
G. Siva Kumar .... adr recordist
Geeta M.G. .... sound engineer (as Geetha)
Salmon .... sound engineer
Satish .... sound engineer (as Sathish)
Sethu .... sound effects
Karnail Singh .... sound engineer (as Karnal Singh Shiva)
H. Sridhar .... sound designer (as Sridhar)
Special Effects by
S.A. Azim .... opticals (as Azeem)
Agnelo D'Souza .... special effects assistant
M.A. Hafeez .... opticals (as Hafeez)
D. Sathyanarayana .... opticals (as Satyanarayana)
Allan Amin .... stunt action director (as Amin Ghani)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bheem .... spot boy
Feroz .... spot boy
Gopal .... lighting assistant
Joshi .... spot boy
Krishna .... crane operator
Mohan .... spot boy
Reamesh Rahate .... grateful thanks: Shakha PramukhB.I.T. Chawl, Agripada
Raju .... spot boy
Nitin Rao .... Steadicam operator
Rathod .... grateful thanks: Senior Inspector Of Agripada Police Station
Surekha Raut .... grateful thanks: Municipal Counciller, Agripada
Shamsher .... spot boy
Sree Vas .... still photographer
Vidyadhar .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Krishna .... costume chief
Editorial Department
P.G. Prabhu .... color consultant (as Prabhu)
Tirupathi Reddy .... assistant editor
Suresh .... assistant editor
Tushar .... assistant editor
Venkatesh .... assistant editor
Music Department
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Hariharan .... playback singer (as Hari Haran)
Lata Mangeshkar .... playback singer (as Lathamangeshkar)
Mano .... playback singer
Bhupendra Singh .... playback singer (as Bhupinder)
K.J. Singh .... song mix engineer
Suresh Wadkar .... playback singer
Transportation Department
Ashok .... driver
Ganesh .... driver
Nagaraj .... driver: Madras (as Nagarajan)
Rais .... driver
Vinay .... driver
Other crew
Ashok .... junior artists supplier
Babu .... set
Bhaskar .... office staff
Dilip .... heroine staff
Ahmed Khan .... choreographer
Kishore .... heroine staff
Laxman .... publicity designer: Aeley
Rahul Nanda .... publicity designer
Nasir .... set
A.R. Nazeer .... office assistant
Nilesh .... set
Prthvi .... accountant: Hyderabad
Raju .... set
Prasad Raju .... accountant: Hyderabad
Ranga .... hero staff
Rashida .... heroine staff
Ratnam .... hero staff
Sambu .... office assistant
Santosh .... office staff
Bharat S. Shah .... presenter (as Bharat Shah)
Srinu .... office assistant: Hyderabad
R.R. Venkat Rao .... chief production controller
Venu .... hero staff
Ajit Dewani .... grateful thanks
Satish Nandgaonkar .... grateful thanks: TOI

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Truth" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Japan:170 min
Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Mahima Chaudhary was signed for the lead role, but later was dropped and replaced by Urmila.See more »
Miscellaneous: Just after the interval there are newspaper clippings shown, one of which says "Guru Narayan Gunned Down, Gang Rivalary Suspected". The spelling of the word 'rivalry' is misspelled here.See more »
Bhiku Mhatre:Who is the king of Mumbai? Bhiku Mhatre...See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Author: milind from Bombay, India

Ramgopal Varma's hard hitting film on the Bombay Underworld. This movie is a classic from scene one to the climax. When you see this movie you will see history in the making. A hard hitting story of a person from nowhere , Satya. How he joins the underworld gang led by bhiku mhatre. This movie gives one message hard "CRIME NEVER PAYS".The scene where chander(snehal dabi) tells a joke, the scene where bhiku mhatre satya vidya and pyaari go for a dinner, the scene where yedda scares the music director romu sagar, the theatre scene, the climax, all these scenes will go down in the history of indian cinema as classic scenes. Urmila Matondkar as Satya's Girlfriend and Shefali Chaaya as bhiku mhatre's wife are excellent. J.D.Chakravarthi is brilliant as Satya. Manoj Bajpai gives an excellent and award winning performance as bhiku mhatre.He has managed to make the character of bhiku mhatre an immortal one like late amjad khan did for gabbar singh. Govind Namdeo is brilliant as Bhau. Co-script writer saurabh shukla is superb as kallu mama.It is so nice to see that first time writers saurabh shukla & anurag kashyap wrote such a brilliant script. A special mention must be made of the best cameo since rajesh khanna's cameo in andaz, by paresh raawal as commissioner of police.Satya was supposed to be made as a songless film but co-producer Bharat Shah felt that no distributor will buy the film and it will be too tense. Music director Vishal Bharadwaj and lyricist Gulzar were roped in to provide the music for this film and they did a brilliant work. The song "Sapne Main milti hai" and "kallu mamma" are too good. This is one of the very few brilliant movies of the 90's.

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