Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ardh Satya (1982)


Classic movies, art movies, experimental movies or whatever............ these movies somehow reflect humans, or they are somewhere around us, representing us. So, I love them. I don't need to wonder after I watched them. Partial reality plus fiction, which I cannot bear. Just letting them be of a genre would obviously mean something somehow, I believe. I love animated movies. I do enjoy watching super-character movies, but, mixed spices spoil my taste.

And, Ardh Satya (अर्ध सत्य), made in 1982, respected my feeling. Starring the legendary performer Om Puri, Smita Patil and several others (like Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah in short and significant roles), the story (theme) is nothing extra and unusual. But the way the things are shown is different- not mainstream type. "I am not your wife"- Anant Velankar (Om Puri) shouts at his old father, played by Amrish Puri, who tries to force him to accept to marry the girl of his acquaintance. Anant has been forced by his father to become a cop leaving all his studies and dreams behind. He always saw his father beating his mother without reasons. He no more feels like acting in his arrogant orders, which he has respected till today.

Ardh Satya is the story of a sub-inspector, Anant Velankar, who wants to do his duty being just and honest. But the corrupt police-politics-bureaucrat nexus always forbids him from doing his duty properly. He feels like a no-man at all. Rama Shetty (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) is a local powerful gangster, who has his influence up to the CM. He is never charged for his guilts because of his power and influence. Velankar not able to sue him in the lockup starts getting drunkard during and after his duties. He fights hard for the profession and other receives the medal for it. He has a close chemistry with a college girl Jyotsna Gokhale (Smita Patil) with whom he shares all his feelings and frustrations. He, in his frustrations, derogates himself killing a suspect.

Velankar is suspended from his duty now. The issue is about to move the whole nation and civil societies. Velankar doesn't want this to happen against him. A police officer suggests him to take helps of Rama Shetty to solve the crisis. He makes it to Shetty but is offered to be his man in counter. He kills Shetty to defense his pride and dignity. He surrenders to the police.

The story of just and disobliging policemen and their behavior has been presented very well. Everything go as they had to go. Everyone performs matched with their bests and likes. The movie ends in the best way it had to.

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