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Satyakam: An Acting Par Excellence By Dharmendra..

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#1 Oct 25, 2010
Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s illustrious career is filled with masterpieces, however strangely enough his least talked about film is his best film to date-SATYAKAM. Released much before his touching dramas ANANDS (1971), NAMAK HARAM (1973), ABHIMAAN (1973), MILLI (1975) or his rib-tickling comedies CHUPKE CHUPKE (1975), GOLMAAL (1979) SATYAKAM is a film whose theme is still very much relevant today.

Narayan Sanyal’s flawless story revolves around Satyapriya Acharya(Dharmendra) who is a man that believes that honesty is the only policy. The start of the movie is set before Independence and a heartened, youthful and vibrant Satya believes that once the country is Independent a new India will be born that will eradicate poverty, the vast dividing line between the rich and poor will diminish and the people of the country will find worthy jobs. Satya’s graduation and the country’s Independence coincide and he steps in to his first job full of hope and aspirations. He’s ready to do his job with complete honesty however he slowly realizes the India he dreamed of, and the India that he’s living in are drastically different, and the dividing line between them is furthering rather than narrowing. However Satya refuses to budge, which results in him not lasting in a position for very long. His resentment and anger towards any form of corruption is intolerable and he makes it his personal mission not do budge until wrongs are righted, which in turn means he clashes with pretty much everyone.

The story takes a twist when his best friend (Sanjeev Kumar) from high-school ends up being his manager. The two shared the two hopes and ideals in college, but while Satya hasn’t let go of his ideals, his friend has compromised with his surrounding and accepted the reality of the nation. Instead of standing up against the corruption that happens around him and supporting Satya, he ends up clashing with him which causes a rift between the two friends.


#2 Oct 25, 2010
This is without a doubt one of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s broadest stories to date, rather than focussing on the intricate lives of characters and their interactions as he’s done in many of his later films, SATYAKAM is a film that captures a moment in time, a snapshot in history and symbolizes the plight of a nation through an honest man.

The screenplay by Bimal Dutta is stunning as the movie flows at an immaculate pace.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee encompasses all his favourite themes in this film right from the examination of a relationship between man and wife (Dharmendra/Sharmila) and friendship(Dharmendra/Sanjeev) . Those who thought ANAND and MILLI were Hrishida’s first attempts at dealing with cancer will be surprised that SATYAKAM was the first time that he toyed with the disease on-screen. These are all scenes he later examined in finer details in later films, but here he rolls them all in to one on a much larger canvas to absolute perfection.

The performances are the backbone of the movie.
If ever anyone had any doubts about Dharmendra’s acting abilities, all they have to do is watch SATYAKAM. That Dharmendra never won a Award in his life is grossly unfair, that Dharmendra didn’t win a Best Actor trophy for SATYAKAM is a crime. This is a flawless performance which reminds the viewer what a terrific actor and Brilliant is. He slips in to the part of Satya with such sincerity that we instantly relate to him at once.


#3 Oct 25, 2010
As society changes with time, the effects it has on Satya’s character (Dharmendra) have been performed with amazing precision, and he captures the transformation of Satyapriya with astonishing results. He matches off against a powerhouse like Sanjeev Kumar and often overshadows him which speaks says enough.

SATYAKAM Is an untouchable masterpiece that should belong in every serious Hindi film-lovers collection. It’s a priceless film that’s stood the test of time remarkably well and one that will never fade and most importantly, it featured an Acting par Excellence from Dharampaaji..and to top it all, what can you say about this pathbreaking dialogue delivery that says "Main cynic ho gaya hoon, ya duniya badal gayi hai (either I have become a cynic or the world has changed)..

Dharmendra is simply a Master of the Art..

Warrington, UK

#4 Jan 29, 2011
Excellent movie.

Romford, UK

#5 Jan 29, 2011

Karachi, Pakistan

#6 Feb 8, 2011
brilliant performance of Dharmendra.

excellent film of great director hrishida.

Karachi, Pakistan

#7 Feb 8, 2011
he could got filmfare award for that if Ashok kumar;s Ashirwaad would not release same year another excellent movie dirested by hrishida.
Rajinder singh

Delhi, India

#8 Dec 25, 2011
This would be best ever movie of dharmendra & hrishida hats off.
sabir hussain

Mumbai, India

#9 Jan 25, 2012
best work of dharmji.
Pankaj Maheshwari jaipur

New Delhi, India

#10 Sep 10, 2012
Satykam is the wonderful picture. This the best movie of Dharam ji. Very powerful acting in this film.

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