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Satya

Movie Review   by:rsastry    
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Introduction
During the 90s the organized crime in the India's business capital, Mumbai was at its peak and there were constant clashes between the police and the local dons. Ram Gopal Varma took advantage of this situation to come up with India's first researched movie on Organized Crime, Satya.

The Plot
Satya (J.D. Chakravarthy) is a youngster who comes to Mumbhai to earn a living. He does not seem to have any relatives or anyone left from his past. Due to a minor altercation with the police he gets jailed for something he did not do. In the jail he meets Bhiku Matre (Manoj Bajpai), who is an upcoming don in Mumbhai. Bhiku is impressed by the intensity of Satya and befriends him.

Already angry with the treatment of the police Satya finds solace in Bhiku's company and accepts his way of life. Once out of the jail, Satya joins Bhiku's gang. Soon he becomes his right hand and Bhiku emerges as the biggest don of Mumbhai. Bhiku's mentor Bhau though is not very happy with Bhiku's meteoric rise and after using him to win the elections gets him killed.

Satya avenges Bhiku's murder, by killing Bhau. But, by now, Police are hot on the heels of Satya's gang. Do the police manage to trap Satya? Does Satya manage to escape from police? Check out this movie for the details.

Critic's Viewpoint
Satya was a groundbreaking movie for more reasons than one. First of all the research into the underworld and their modus operandi was highlighted in gory details in the movie. The other point was the manner in which the police used fake encounters to get even with them was equally highlighted in the movie.

Ram Gopal Varma moved completely away from his glamorous Rangeela mode into a de-glamorized gory movie. Ramu's pet heroine Urmila also appears in the movie in a role which complete contrast to her glamorous one in Rangeela. Here she plays the girl next door with minimal or no makeup. She looks beautiful in her cameo role.

J.D. Chakravarthy excels in the title role of Satya. His eyes deliver such intensity and authenticity to the character that he just won the hearts of the movie goers. It was his first major role in a Bollywood movie and he did give his best performance in this role.

But, the movie belonged to Manoj Bajpai. As the emerging don, his colorful portrayal of the life of a don complete with mumbaiya style speech blew the audiences away. The best scenes were the homely bitter-sweet fights that he has with his wife played by Shefali Chayya. The timing of the two was so good that they looked a lovely pair. But, the moment a gun comes into Manoj's hand he is a transformed person!! For his performance he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor, Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor and Zee Cine Award for the Best Supporting Actor. This was probably the only time the three panels have given an award to the same person!!

For her efforts Shefali Chayya won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award. Ram Gopal Varma went on the lift the coveted Filmfare Critics Award for Best Feature Film.

The Music of Satya
The music for Satya was given by the young emerging music director Vishal Bhardwaj. Vishal had already won critical acclaim for his music of Maachis and expectations were high from him and he delivered in style.

The highlight of the album were three songs in absolutely different moods. The first was the wedding song Sapne mein milti hai kudi. The song is a perfect wedding song with melodious music, good lyrics and great dance to boot with. The song became a mega hit and ruled the countdowns for a long time.

The second song Goli maar bheje mein became the ultimate gang song!! It is sung by the gang members after a few rounds of beer and whisky. The song and the dance really caught the nations imagination and was one of the most repeated songs in the Discos all over India.

The third song was the highly melodious and soft Geela Geela Pani. The song is slow, melodious and quite hummable. Apart from these three songs, the rest of the songs in the album were average.

Overall the music album of Satya was a big hit.

Summary
All in all, India got the first glimpse of organized crime on the big screen with Satya.

I would give this gound breaking movie by Ram Gopal Varma a 5 star rating.

Meaning of the Title
Satya in hindi means "The Truth". Though in this movie it is used as the name of the hero.

PS: Taken from my review published earlier at www.epinions.com
Published: August 31, 2008   
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