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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
Govind Nihalani's Path-Breaking 1983 Cult-Classic 'Ardh Satya' is indeed A Landmark! A Hard-Hitting, Mind-Bending Cop-Drama, that offers a solid punch! Even the performances, are spell-binding.
'Ardh Satya' Synopsis: A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.
'Ardh Satya' left me astonished. As mentioned before, Its a Hard-Hitting, Mind-Bending Cop-Drama, that offers a solid punch! The Journey of its protagonist, Anant Velankar, played impeccably by Om Puri, is haunting, blunt & ruthless. His Journey, even cinematically, is unforgettable! Vijay Tendulkar 's Screenplay is Simply Outstanding. Govind Nihalani's Direction is Remarkable. Cinematography, Editing & Art Design, are good.
Performance-Wise: As mentioned before, Om Puri is impeccable in the lead role. He Won a National-Award for Best-Actor & Deserved To. Its a Hallmark Performance, that deserves an ovation. Smita Patil, like always, is fantastic. Amrish Puri is excellent. Sadashiv Amrapurkar is superb, while Shafi Inamdar delivers his careers finest performance. Ila Arun is terrific. Naseeruddin Shah is as usual.
On the whole, 'Ardh Satya' is A Landmark! Among Hindi Cinema's Best Films!
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