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Satyakam (1969)

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Circa British Rule in India, Satyapriya Archarya lives a modest yet noble lifestyle with his grandfather, Satyasharan. His mother passed away while he was very young, and his dad became a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ...
Satyasharan 'Dadji' Acharya
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Satyapriya 'Sath' Acharya
Sharmila Tagore ...
Ranjana
Robi Ghosh ...
Anantho Chatterjee
Sanjeev Kumar ...
Narendra 'Naren' Sharma
David Abraham ...
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
Sarika ...
Kabul S. Archarya (as Baby Sarika)
Paul Mahendra ...
(as Pal Mahinder)
Dina Pathak ...
Harbhajan's mother (as Deena Pathak)
Dev Kishan
Uma Dutt ...
Chief Engineer
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Circa British Rule in India, Satyapriya Archarya lives a modest yet noble lifestyle with his grandfather, Satyasharan. His mother passed away while he was very young, and his dad became a celibate and went off on a pilgrimage, never to return. Satyapriya studies Engineering, and becomes a close friend of fellow-collegian, Narendra Sharma. India gains independence, both friends successfully obtain degrees, part ways, and Satyapriya gets employed by the United Paper Mill. He soon finds out that his employers want him to forge papers to obtain Government funds, and he resigns in protest. He also finds out that a partner of the paper mill, Kunver Vikram Singh of Bhawanigarh, had sexually molested a young woman, Ranjana, the daughter of a prostitute, and he marries her, earning the wrath of Satyasharan, who refuses to have to do anything with him. Shortly thereafter Ranjana then gives birth to Kabul. Always refusing to adapt to bribery and corruption, Satyapriya moves from town to town and... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
Music by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar, Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma
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In search of Truth. A Masterpiece.
15 November 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Satyapriya grows up on lofty and noble ideals. His blemish-less heart pursues the difficult and rocky path of Truth. His nobility is further accentuated by the presence of his best friend, the good and sincere Naren who adopts an attitude of compromising on Truth when it cannot be accommodated.

The greatness and brilliance of the movie comes from a daring attempt to derive a message from a story of defeats rather than successes and in doing so it succeeds. Satya is defeated on all accounts in life. He is unable to make peace with life and save himself from falling into helplessness against the corrupt society and ultimately turning cynical. On the other hand, Naren though successful in life is defeated as he accepts the compromise of Truth that his profession forces on him. He is defeated when his good intention to support a helpless Ranjhana is challenged by his family. Satya's grandfather Satyasharan who shaped the character of Satya is defeated when he compromises on Truth and lies to save his good name and stature.

The narrative brilliantly unfolds the defeat one faces in both the paths, the one of ardent pursuit of Truth and the other of compromise when Truth conflicts self-interest. It nudges the viewer to delve deeper into the real nature of an Absolute Truth that is beyond the duality of noble Ideals and their compromise. It pleads one to find this path that Satya longed for but never succeeded. Most striking is Hrishikesh Mukherjee's uncompromising narrative and the audacity to tell the story of utter defeat with life of all the main characters. Through this he opens a search for a higher, undiscovered meaning of Truth and the pursuit of such an existence. In the stark story of defeats he brilliantly succeeds in producing an effect exactly as he intends to.


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