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Satta (2003)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  7 February 2003 (India)
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Delhi-based, liberal-thinking, politician-hating Anuradha Sehgal re-locates to Mumbai, finds employment, meets and weds the state's aspiring Chief Minister, Vivek Chauhan. She soon finds ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raveena Tandon ...
Anuradha S. Sehgal / Anuradha V. Chauhan
Atul Kulkarni ...
Yashwant Vardhe
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Mahendra Chauhan (as Sri Vallabh Vyas)
Govind Namdeo ...
Liyaqat Ali Beig
Manoj Joshi ...
Inspector Uddhav Pawar
Latesh Shah ...
Latesh Bhai
Hemendra Bhatia ...
Anna Saheb Joshi
Sameer Dharmadhikari ...
Vivek M. Chauhan
Amardeep Jha
Suchitra Pillai-Malik
Abhay Bhargav
Abhijit Lahiri
Ajai Rohilla ...
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Manoj Mishra
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Nirika Subodh Sehgal (as Anju Mahendroo)
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Delhi-based, liberal-thinking, politician-hating Anuradha Sehgal re-locates to Mumbai, finds employment, meets and weds the state's aspiring Chief Minister, Vivek Chauhan. She soon finds out that the Chauhan family is two-faced, while Vivek himself is a womanizer and an alcoholic; her movements will be restricted, and she will be physically abused. Things dramatically change when Vivek is arrested for murder and lodged in a cell. The Chauhans persuade her to stand for elections in Vivek's place, which she does. It is here she will witness the nexus between the underworld, businessmen, corrupt policemen and politicians, and that her life is not only in danger outside, but she may be burnt alive by her conservative in-laws who suspect her of having a widely publicized affair with Yeshwant Vardhe. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Politics is tricky business
5 July 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Bhandarkar tells the story of a career focused Anuradha, who's life initially revolves around her friends and work. She has a close bond with her mother. Having no interest in politics, she unexpectedly gets involved with politician Vivek and they eventually get married. From here life has something else planned for Anuradha and she gets heavily involved in something she had never been interested in.

Bhandarkar tells his story in a coherent fashion that keeps the viewers engaged. However, there are some exaggerated (and clichéd) moments which could have easily been toned down. Anuradha's in-laws are caricatures. I also did not like how he used the Jessica Lal murder-case as a side-subplot. Does Bhandarkar have a thing for item numbers? Sorry, but I don't think such garbage is necessary for this kind of film. The songs are nice but they do tend to distract.

Now to the performances. Atul Kulkarni is very good. Newcomer Sameer Dharmadikari is alright (he does ham in some scenes). However, 'Satta' belongs to Raveena Tandon all the way. After Daman, she finally gets another full fledged role to prove that she's an actress of substance. She breathes into Anuradha as she becomes her on screen. Though this is somewhat of a departure from her glamorous image, she still looks great and at the same time looks the part. Hats off to her for her wonderful performance.

What you'll get from watching 'Satta' is the compelling story of a woman, who used to be ignorant towards politics until circumstances force her to make important choices. Through it all she maintains her dignity and stands strong. In addition to that there's the fantastic performance by Ms. Tandon.


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