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Satya (1998)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 July 1998 (India)
An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Satya (as Chakravarty)
... Vidya
... Commissoner. Amod Shukla
... Bhiku Mhatre (as Manoj Bajpai)
... Kallu Mama
... Bhau Thakurdas Jhawle (as Govind Namdev)
... Advocate Chandrakant Mule (as Makarand Deshpande)
... Pyaari Mhatre (as Shefali Chhaya)
Raju Mavani ... Guru (as Raju Mawani)
... Inspector Khandilkar
... Music Dir. Romu Saagar
Rajesh Joshi ... Bappu (as Late Rajesh Joshi)
Saabir ... Yeda
... Chander Krishnakant (as Snehal)
Jeeva ... Jagga
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A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not do, the once-honest young man meets an underworld boss, Bhiku Mhatre (Manoj Bajpai) in jail and joins his gang. He lives in a poor neighborhood, where he meets, Vidya (Urmila Matondkar), who lives next door. She is not aware of his underworld connections. Satya slowly rises up the ranks of his gang, and becomes the most influential person. Satya is torn between his girlfriend and his gangster life. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Earlier, Manoj Bajpayee was to play the role of Satya. However, as the roles were developed and became clear,director ram gopal verma realised that Bhiku Mhatre needed a strong character with good command over hindi. Hence, Manoj Bajpayee was asked to potray Bhiku Mhatre. See more »

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Just after the interval there are newspaper clippings shown, one of which says "Guru Narayan Gunned Down, Gang Rivalary Suspected". The spelling of the word 'rivalry' is misspelled here. See more »

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Bhiku Mhatre: Who is the king of Mumbai? Bhiku Mhatre...
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Rivals and outdoes "The Godfather"
12 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've been newly introduced to Indian film, so I'm no expert. But clearly it is more than just Bollywood. Viewing "Satya," after previously seeing another film by Ram Gopal Varma, "Company," I would have to say that Varma is one of the greatest filmmakers now working. With these two movies that are deft, unsentimental, and at the same time not hard-boiled, he seems to add something unique to the gangster genre: the emotionally rounded portrait of the gangster, the gangster inside-out.

Unlike American gangster movies of the 30s, which "Satya" and "Company" remind me of somewhat, Varma's movies are more philosophically ambitious and do something more difficult: they manage to be moral without moralizing. And differently than Coppola's "Godfather" trilogy, where people seem born into a life of crime, Varma shows them becoming criminals and the results of the choices they've made.

I should also say, from the point of view of entertainment, Varma's films are riveting and earn every second of their "Bollywood" length. They do not have unnecessary "filler." Even the de riguer musical numbers "work" and have arrangements and choreography you could imagine on a hip New York stage.

If it hasn't already happened, Varma is ready to be discovered by the festival circuit. I myself am ordering everything I can find by him on DVD and can't wait to check out his other work. Films like "Satya" and "Company" are surely not a fluke.


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