JD Chakravarthy in and as

JD Chakravarthy in and as “Satya”. (Source: artviewblog)

An Indian version of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas” is what the Ram Gopal Varma directed intense  gangland drama “Satya” essentially reflects. This masterpiece like Goodfellas basically talks about the gangster’s life. The only difference between the two movies being that while Satya captures the ethos of the Mumbai underworld, Goodfellas essentially represents the life of an American gangster. So to analyze as to why this movie directed by maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma has become such a cult classic over the years we will need a clinical dissection. The dissection is as follows

1. Concept of this movie

The brilliant Manoj Bajpayee as

The brilliant Manoj Bajpayee as “Bhiku Mhatare”. (Source: The Quint)

The basic concept of this brilliant movie is that, the life of gangster is quite similar in many ways to the life of any white collared worker. The main difference being that while a white collared worker does not have to deal with violence or eventual death (either by the cops or by rivals in the gang world) a gangster not only has to deal with it but, also accept it as brutal fact of his profession.

2. The Plot

The talented Saurabh Shukla as

The talented Saurabh Shukla as “Kallu Mama” (Source: SoundCloud)

The plot of this intense movie is based in the underworld, and revolves around a man called Satya (JD Chakravarthy)  who  enters the “City that never sleeps” i.e. Mumbai in search of  work. Due to certain unavoidable circumstances he eventually lands in jail where he befriends a notorious Mumbai gangster Bhiku Mhatre (Manoj Bajpayee) and becomes a gangster himself. The rest of the movie is based on this friendship, and the workings of the Mumbai underworld.

3. The Story/Screenplay

The story of this gritty tale based in the underworld begins with Satya (JD Chakravarthy) who arrives at Mumbai with the intention (like several other outsiders arriving in the city) to earn a decent living. Due to certain circumstances Satya lands up in jail, and strikes up a friendship with a dreaded underworld gangster Bhiku Mhatre (Manoj Bajpayee), and in turn joins the Mumbai underworld. Apart from becoming a gangster, Satya also happens to fall in love with a “girl-next-door” called Vidya (Urmila Matondkar). The rest of the movie then revolves around Satya, his friendship with Bhiku Mhatare, his love for Vidya , and above all it talks about the inner workings of the underworld that includes the unholy nexus that exists between politicians and builders with the underworld.

The screenplay which has been written by Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap is extremely real and gripping. The use of  a voice over (given by actor Aditya Shrivastava who plays the part of Inspector Khandilkar in this movie) has been extremely intelligently woven in, so as to take the story forward. In addition, the dialogues are extremely real, and quite aptly reflect the world, that the myriad of fascinating characters seen in this movie inhabit.

4. Moral of the Story

The biggest takeaway from the story of this brilliantly made film is that once a man decides to enter the “underworld” there is no way out i.e.  either he should be ready to be killed by the cops or be killed by the mob itself.

Also read, a tribute to actor Manoj Bajpai

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An Indian version of Martin Scorsese's 1990 film 'Goodfellas' is what the Ram Gopal Varma directed intense  gangland drama 'Satya' essentially reflects. This masterpiece like Goodfellas basically talks about the gangster's life. The only difference between the two movies being that while Satya captures the ethos of the Mumbai underworld,...