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Directed by Ram Gopal Varma

India 1988 171 mins.

Satya, the surprise breakout hit of 1998, has been critically lauded for its realistic depiction of gang violence in Mumbai, and was eventually credited as having ushered in the genre of Mumbai noir. A mysterious young man named Satya (J.D. Chakravarthy) becomes embroiled in a gangland turf war, and quickly finds himself in over his head as he struggles to keep his violent life of crime secret from the object of his affections (Urmila Matondkar.) Varma skillfully paints a complex portrait of the criminal underworld in which every character exists not in black and white, but in unsettling shades of gray. “Rejoice. India’s answer to Quentin Tarantino is here. . .Ram Gopal Varma belts it out straight, like a prize-boxer delivering a knockout punch.”—Filmfare Magazine.

Rights provided by Bharat Shah Group of Companies, Mumbai, India.

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