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Satyakam (1969)

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The tale begins in the final days of the British Raj in India. A cohort of engineering students graduate a few months before Independence. Satyapriya and Naren are among the graduate ... See full summary »

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Satyasharan 'Dadji' Acharya
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Satyapriya 'Sath' Acharya
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Ranjana
Rabi Ghosh ...
Anantho Chatterjee (as Robi Ghosh)
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Narendra 'Naren' Sharma
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Rustom (as David)
D.K. Sapru ...
Diwan Bajridhar Talwar (as Sapru)
Tarun Bose ...
Mr. Ladia
Rajan Haksar ...
Shyam Sunder (Manager Director) (as Rajen Haksar)
Manmohan ...
Kunver Vikram Singh
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Kabul S. Archarya (as Baby Sarika)
Paul Mahendra ...
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Harbhajan's mother (as Deena Pathak)
Dev Kishan
Uma Dutt ...
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The tale begins in the final days of the British Raj in India. A cohort of engineering students graduate a few months before Independence. Satyapriya and Naren are among the graduate engineers. The principality of Bhawanigarh is run by a cruel and dissolute man, Vikram Singh who knows his days of absolute power are numbered. Satyapriya Acharya finds employment in Bhawanigarh, meets and marries Ranjana under peculiar circumstances. This creates huge issues in his family, in particular his grandfather who raised him. Orthodoxy of the teacher clan of the Acharyas precludes admission of Ranjana into the household. Satyapriya is the epitome of integrity, refuses to utter any untruth as a consequence of which he and his family face difficulties. It takes a death in the family to bring a reinterpretation of tradition and relationships. Written by MG Gopalan

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As good as it gets
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is movie making at its best, perhaps one of the finest Indian movies of all times, but surprisingly relatively unacknowledged and unknown even amongst movie lovers. Hrishikesh Mukherjee has done what he does best, evoking minimalistic everyday emotions throughout the movie, no overkill or overload of emotional jargon no overacting. Sharmila Tagore is supereb as usual, Sanjeev Kumar as good as ever, Ashok Kumar does justice to his small role, but the surprise package is Dharmendra he has out done all of them and by a mile, I never knew Dharmendra had done such excellent work in the past, upon more research have found some other good work by him in Jevan Mrtityu & Anupama, its a shame he got stuck in B grade work later on in his carrier much like the immensely talented Mithun(mrigya). Overall this movie is A+++ by all standards a must see for movie lovers, a masterpiece by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.


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