Ardh Satya (1983)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 10 mins

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Nihalani followed his Aakrosh (1980) with this variation on Siegel’s Dirty Harry (1971). The son of a brutally violent cop (A. Puri), Anant Welankar (O. Puri) is a sub-inspector in the Bombay police. Wanting to arrest the big gangster and powerful politician Rama Shetty (Amrapurkar), Welankar is constantly frustrated and vents his anger on less prominent targets, to the distress of his humane girlfriend Jyotsna (Patil). Although the example of the ex-cop Lobo (Shah), now an alcoholic wretch, is pointed out to him, Welankar cannot control his temper and he eventually kills a petty thief. Forced to ask Shetty for protection, he kills him instead and surrenders to the police. The fast- paced film, with almost continuous action interspersed with tightly framed close-ups of the lead character, was very successful and spawned numerous cop-on-rampage movies sharing none of this one’s serious intent. Its best-known remake is K. Vijayan’s Kaval (Tamil, 1985).
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Cast: Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Smita Patil

Crew: Govind Nihalani (Director), Govind Nihalani (Director of Photography), Ajit Verman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 19 Aug 1983 (India)

Hindi Name: अर्ध सत्य

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Did you know? Amitabh Bachchan was initially offered the lead role but he declined. Read More
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The entire film was shot as per the script written by Vijay Tendulkar. But during the climax, Govind Nihalani somehow had a different vision than the writer. But Vijay Tendulkar was too senior a person and Govind Nihalani did not want to let him down. So Govind Nihalani shot two ends for the film - one that was written by Vijay Tendulkar in the script and other that was his own vision. He showed both versions to the writer and finally Vijay Tendulkar gave Govind Nihalani consent to retain his own ending.

Amitabh Bachchan was initially offered the lead role but he declined.