Satyakam (1969)

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Satyakam a movie with a veritable lesson on how to pull the viewer’s emotional strings is a 1969 Indian Hindi film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjeev Kumar, and Ashok Kumar.The music for this film is given by Laxmikant Pyarelal.It won 1971 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Rajinder Singh Bedi.

One of Dharmendra’s finest roles, he plays Satyapriya, an individual who values lofty ideals of truth above all else; his career, family and life itself. Satyapriya and his friend Naren finish engineering college, and set out on different career paths. Naren remains honest, but practical, and works hard to become successful. Satyakam remains in his world of idealism and resolute resistance to compromise, and struggles through every step.

Yet, not for a moment does he waver from adherence to truth. In his very first job, he works for a debauch prince (this was set in the pre-independence/ early independence era), who rapes Sharmila, and then the idealistic Dharmendra marries her. But though the supreme idealist, he is unable to accept Sharmila or her child completely, and even through his idealism, his completely human nature shines through.

This film was made in 1969. By this time, disillusionment with post-independence expectations had begun to take root. Unemployment, continual poverty and rampant corruption were severely undermining institutions all around. In a way, the film underlines a gradual disappearance of the followers of absolutism – whether in terms of truth, non-realist stances or practices of all kinds of discriminations.

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