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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 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 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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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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The Best Movie Ever
2 December 2004 | by xbharathSee all my reviews

The performance by Om Puri, Smita Patil, and Sadashiv Amrapurkar and the whole chemistry comes off nicely, along with the minimalist approach to story telling and direction by Govind Nihlani. The dialogues by Vijay Tendulkar is also great.

I have not seen another movie like this. It is one whole, each piece so nicely fit in the plot. You cannot not be impressed by this movie.

Amrish Puri comes off as the bossy husband and 'baap' of Om Puri. Om Puri is the young man caught between his sense of duty and his inability to fight the system. Sadhashiv as Rama Shetty gives just about the right touch to the movie with his smiling and soft speaking villain. The first meeting of Anand Velankar with Rama Shetty's at Sadhashiv's place is absoulely stunning. Smita Patil does not play a main role, but her part is also not distracting from the main plot.

And to add to this all Kafi Inamdar plays the role of a cop who has come to terms with the system and its workings. Saying right things in the right places and knowing how to keep himself away from trouble. He is also the 'guru' of Om Puri and helps him whenever he gets into trouble.

The movie not only brings to focus the difficulties faced by a police officer trying to do his duty but also the other side of brutalities in police custody. Om Puri captures hopelessness and the burning desire to break free in this exceptional performance in Ardh Satya.

A treat to all avid fans of Indian cinema.


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