Ram Gopal Varma might have lost his relevance in present-day Bollywood but one cannot deny that he gave the Indian cinema some applause-worthy films to cherish. To name a few, Sarkar, Rangeela, Bhoot and Company are RGV’s most memorable works. One of his finest works includes Satya.
Satya was released back in 1998. It’s been 21 years and one can still find people dancing on Sapne mein milti hai during weddings. Well, of course, the movie is a lot more than just a song. This film was a path-breaking work of cinema back in the days and is still considered an epitome when it comes to the genre of crime and justice. Satya, as its name means, is the sad truth about the underworld and gangster culture in the city of Mumbai. RGV initially wanted it to be just an action thriller but when he ended up meeting some actual criminals he changed the narrative to a more realistic and eye-opening way. The screenplay is written by none other than Anurag Kashyap and versatile Saurabh Shukla. This film was a career-changing venture for Kashyap as well as actor Manoj Bajpeye who then emerged as one of the finest actors of Bollywood.
Satya focuses on a simple fact that crime never pays no matter how hard you try. The film narrates the story of a simple man Satya, who comes to Mumbai in search of a livelihood and gets deviated onto the path of crime. His rise in power under the local gangster Kallu Mama and his growing friendship with Bhikhu Mahatre played by Bajpeye turns his life upside down. He gets deep into the underworld and gets absorbed in his new life full of power. He eventually falls for a neighbourhood girl named Vidya played by Urmilla Matondkar. He becomes the target of police and when tries to escape justice ends up being shot dead right in front of Vidya.
This film showcases some outstanding performances by Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh and Shefali Shah. The film was both a critical and commercial success and went on to receive many awards. Satya does not just showcase crime and underworld but very subtly portrays the perspective of an innocent man turned criminal, the way he suffers and how a few power-hungry people can ruin so many lives at once. If you haven’t watched Satya, then it’s the perfect time to experience this masterpiece.