who was I and how i was
I didn't remember it
After entering it there was only dangerous nearness
between me and the circle and i wasn't aware of it.
After getting out of the circle
I would become free for sure,
but there wont be a change in the structure itself
whether i die or kill
This will never be decided
- Dilip Chitre's poem in Ardh Satya
A Film by Govind Nihalani
Hindi with English sub titles
25th May 2008 ; 5.45 pm
The mother of all cop movies ever produced in
Ardh Satya or 'Half Truth' tells the story of Ananth Welankar (Om Puri), who is thrust into the Indian Police Force against his will by his domineering father (Amrish Puri, who plays his career-best role of Mogambo). The story centres around the rising angst he feels inside owing to his principled heart being stifled on a daily basis at the workplace, choked in the vice-like grip of the police-politician nexus, and the increasing impotence he feels with the events that shape his career amidst this degrading chaos.
Smitha Patil plays Jyotsna, a college lecturer and Om Puri's lady friend, whom he considers his island of calm amidst the raging hurricane inside his head. The movie is the ultimate tribute to the fiery dynamics between Om Puri and Amrish Puri as the explosive son and the domineering father.
It happened to be the unwitting second classic in the trilogy of cop sagas that Govind Nihalani explored, starting with Aakrosh in 1980, Ardh Satya in 1982 and Drohkaal in 1994.
Vijay Tendulkar wrote the screenplay based on the Marathi short story Surya by D.A. Panavalkar. Ardha Satya won the 1983 Filmare Awards for Best Movie, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Best Screenplay and Best Story. In 1984, Om Puri got the National Best Actor Award for his leading role in the movie.
The poems of Dilip Chitre, that in the movie are the work of Om Puri's lady friend Jyothsna that help the disturbed man find his identity and final solace, run through the movie as the central theme. They are literary gems that don't appear too often in the commercial staple fare of Indian cinema.
Govind Nihalani is one of Indian cinema's foremost directors.He was born on 19 August 1940 in
His first directorial venture was Aakrosh starring Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, the late Smita Patil and the late Amrish Puri. This was based on a real story which was converted into a filmscript by the eminent Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar and it made a huge impact on audiences all over
With Aakrosh (1980), Nihalani joined the ranks of serious filmmakers in