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Ardh Satya (1983)

A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director:

Govind Nihalani

Writers:

Dilip Chitre (poems), Vasant Dev (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... Sub-Inspector Anant Velankar
Smita Patil ... Jyotsna Gokhale
Amrish Puri ... Faujdar Velankar
Shafi Inamdar ... Inspector Hyder Ali
Achyut Potdar ... Inspector Patil
Sadashiv Amrapurkar ... Rama Shetty
Naseeruddin Shah ... Mike Lobo
Prabhakar Patankar Prabhakar Patankar
Rafique Mukadam Rafique Mukadam
Madhuri Purandare Madhuri Purandare
Shanta Gokhale Shanta Gokhale
Ila Arun ... Neha Vajpayee
Leela Jariwala Leela Jariwala
Arun Kakde Arun Kakde
Suresh Bhagwat ... Complainant
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Storyline

After having watched his cop father abuse his mother and compel him to become a Sub-Inspector with Maharashtra Police, Anant Velankar, who had wanted to complete his MBA, re-locates to live in Bombay. It is here he meets and falls in love with a Lecturer, Jyotsna Gokhale. Proud of his profession and hoping to make a change, he soon realizes that the police are manipulated by politicians like Rama Shetty to do their bidding. Frustrated, he turns his anger on suspects held in cells and beats them mercilessly. His frustrations arise after he is sidelined for a medal while apprehending a dacoit, and being counseled by Jyotsna to resign from this job. Things only get worse after he is humiliated by Rama Shetty, who is now campaigning to be a Municipal Councillor, as well his superior, Inspector Patil. He takes to alcohol, gets suspended and with a Delhi-contact gets reinstated. Things only get worse after he brutally assaults another suspect resulting in death. It is this news that will ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Marathi

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Half Truth See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Neo Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The entire film was shot as per the script written by Vijay Tendulkar. But during the climax, Govind Nihalani somehow had a different vision than the writer. But Vijay Tendulkar was too senior a person and Govind Nihalani did not want to let him down. So Govind Nihalani shot two ends for the film - one that was written by Vijay Tendulkar in the script and other that was his own vision. He showed both versions to the writer and finally Vijay Tendulkar gave Govind Nihalani consent to retain his own ending. See more »

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Quest for Manhood
19 January 2011 | by vogonifySee all my reviews

A man is given a choice. If he picks the easy option he gets to choose from two more. If he picks the tougher one there is a good chance he won't be given another. It is not just true of Anant Welankar, the young policeman in Govind Nihalani's Ardh Satya. The tougher choice looks brave and laudable, but it could quickly lead downhill. Developed from a poem by the same name, Ardh Satya is about the limbo marking the spot between cowardice and courage. It could either mean a compromise or a sign of intelligence. It is not either half-full or half-empty. It is both half-full and half-empty. On a scale of courage, this marks the middle between "impotence" and "manhood".

On one side is Impotence, and on the other is Manhood, and right in the middle, is the half-truth.

The sub-inspector played by Om Puri is much respected by his colleagues. They have all accepted their positions in the "potency scale" somewhere sliding to the negative. For every move this upstart of a cop makes towards the upkeep of his "manhood" – by ramming into the local goon's criminal activity or correcting eve-teasers – he is reminded of his eventual powerlessness. The system won't allow for his manhood because it is a secular place full of compromises. For Welankar, there is no half-truth. Rama Shetty (the goon) has to be put in jail. Thanks to everyone else, it cannot be done. It takes his naiveté to overlook the half-truth, the safe-house for everyone afraid of the full truth. For him, it is either one or the other. To fight this inner conflict he takes to the bottle, the universal succor he hopes will find him the middle of the scale. In turn, his drinking makes him more violent. He takes the system's cowardice as his own and stretches the limits of bravery. There is only trouble at the other end, but he pushes on, all the time answering the inner call to be a man. The memory of his father often beating his mother enrages him. Even that anger is more at himself than the father for he didn't stop him. All the while, the policeman opts for courage, but is forced to accept cowardice. Then he is given another choice. Then it goes again, the same way. Perhaps, there is no Ardh Satya and it is all just plain lies. But then, what's the point of the complete truth if it won't allow you another choice.


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