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Hrishikesh Mukherjee's best films

August 28, 2006
Satyakam (1969)

Dharmendra was so delighted with the surge in his reputation after Anupama that he brought Hrishikesh, Sharmila and himself together again for his first home production, Satyakam. And Hrishida proved willing to go experimental and showcase a staunchly principled hero who refuses all bribes, temptations and compromises but eventually loses his life when pitted against the corrupt forces ranged against him.

Satyakam did not win Dharamendra any major award, but it remains his self-avowed best performance till date. He is palpably earnest in this biographical sketch of a man committed to the truth -- even when he has to pay a heavy price for it.

Hrishida shows Satyakam's vindication coming after his death. Satyakam's father (Ashok Kumar) overcomes his aversion for daughter-in-law Sharmila and makes her son, the product of a rape, light Dharmendra's funeral pyre. Thus, Satyakam's message of truth and morality is carried on -- he does not die in vain.

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