23 years of Satya: Manoj Bajpayee’s film was shelved after three days of filming

In 1998, Manoj Bajpayee proclaimed he was the King of Mumbai as Ram Gopal Varma’s iconic film Satya hit theaters on July 3. upstairs.

In a previous interview, Bajpayee revealed that the creators of Satya were facing a financial crisis and the film was put on hold three days after filming. He said no one knew the reason as it was “between Ramu and the previous presenter”.

“But that was around the time that Gulshan Kumar was shot and the movie was shelved. Then Bharat Shah entered the scene and prepared to present the film. Until the filming resumed – it took another 10 to 15 days – we thought the film was on hold and our career was back to zero. It was a difficult time. But Ramu was there, making sure that happened, ”Bajpayee told PTI.


manoj bajpayee satya Manoj Bajpayee, actor JD Chakravarthy and Shefali Shah in Satya. (Express archive photo)

However, even after the film was ready, releasing it was another challenge. Satya’s distributors demanded a few songs in the movie because back then it was mandatory to have song and dance sequences in Bollywood dramas.

“Distributors started demanding songs because back then making a movie without songs was difficult. So Anurag (Kashyap) and I lobbied for Vishal Bhardwaj, then Gulzar sir came on board. We shot the songs later, ”Bajpayee recalls. He also revealed that the song “Goli maar” was shot in six hours on the last day of filming with beer dripping on the floor.

To succeed in his role as Bhiku Mhatre, Bajpayee adopted the ways of the people around him. He took the accent of his cook, who is from Kolhapur, and the idea for the printed shirts came from local henchmen in his hometown. The actor himself bought his costumes with a budget of Rs 25,000 which was granted to him by the production team. His hard work paid off well as he won the National Supporting Actor Award for the film.


satya movie JD Chakravarthy and Urmila Matondkar in Satya. (Express archive photo)

Besides Bajpayee, Satya has put many newcomers including Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla on the map. The film starred JD Chakravarthy in the lead role and Urmila Matondkar played the lead female role.

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