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Ardh Satya (1983)

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


Govind Nihalani


Dilip Chitre (poems), Vasant Dev (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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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Crime | Drama

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Om Puri, his first film in main lead and also Shafi Inamder and Sadashiv Amrapurkar.are introduced in this film and all of them became successful in commercial film. See more »

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27 June 2005 | by AsphyxiodSee all my reviews

"Ardh Satya" is one of the finest film ever made in Indian Cinema. Directed by the great director Govind Nihalani, this one is the most successful Hard Hitting Parallel Cinema which also turned out to be a Commercial Success. Even today, Ardh Satya is an inspiration for all leading directors of India.

The film tells the Real-life Scenario of Mumbai Police of the 70s. Unlike any Police of other cities in India, Mumbai Police encompasses a Different system altogether. Govind Nihalani creates a very practical Outlay with real life approach of Mumbai Police Environment.

Amongst various Police officers & colleagues, the film describes the story of Anand Velankar, a young hot-blooded Cop coming from a poor family. His father is a harsh Police Constable. Anand himself suffers from his father's ideologies & incidences of his father's Atrocities on his mother. Anand's approach towards immediate action against crime, is an inert craving for his own Job satisfaction. The film is here revolved in a Plot wherein Anand's constant efforts against crime are trampled by his seniors.This leads to frustrations, as he cannot achieve the desired Job-satisfaction. Resulting from the frustrations, his anger is expressed in excessive violence in the remand rooms & bars, also turning him to an alcoholic.

The Spirit within him is still alive, as he constantly fights the system. He is aware of the system of the Metro, where the Police & Politicians are a inertly associated by far end. His compromise towards unethical practice is negative. Finally he gets suspended.

The Direction is a master piece & thoroughly hard core. One of the best memorable scenes is when Anand breaks in the Underworld gangster Rama Shetty's house to arrest him, followed by short conversation which is fantastic. At many scenes, the film has Hair-raising moments.

The Practical approach of Script is a major Punch. Alcoholism, Corruption, Political Influence, Courage, Deceptions all are integral part of Mumbai police even today. Those aspects are dealt brilliantly.

Finally, the films belongs to the One man show, Om Puri portraying Anand Velankar traversing through all his emotions absolutely brilliantly.

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18 November 1983 (India) See more »

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