BHOPAL : A classic movie ‘Satyakam’ of 1969 was screened on Saturday at Tribal Museum under a series programme ‘Cine Aaswad’.

Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee the movie is based on a Bengali novel of the same name by Narayan Sanyal. After the success of Anupama (1966), Mukherjee got together the same team of actors: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, David (actor); dialogue writer: Rajinder Singh Bedi; lyricist: Kaifi Azmi and cameraman: Jaywant Pathare. The film was scored by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

It is considered to be Dharmendra’s finest acting performance of his career and one of the favourite films of director Mukherjee.  The movie won 1971 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Rajinder Singh Bedi. The movie also won National Film Award For Best Feature Film in Hindi.  The film was remade in Tamil as Punnagai (1971) by K Balachander.

The saga of the film begins in the final days of the British Raj in India. A cohort of engineering students graduate a few months before Independence. Satyapriya and Naren are among the graduate engineers. The principality of Bhawanigarh is run by a cruel and dissolute man, Vikram Singh who knows his days of absolute power are numbered. Satyapriya Acharya finds employment in Bhawanigarh, meets and marries Ranjana under peculiar circumstances. This creates huge issues in his family, in particular his grandfather who raised him. Orthodoxy of the teacher clan of the Acharyas precludes admission of Ranjana into the household. Satyapriya is the epitome of integrity, refuses to utter any untruth as a consequence of which he and his family face difficulties. It takes a death in the family to bring a reinterpretation of tradition and relationships.

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