Ardh Satya

Ardh Satya (Hindi: अर्द्ध सत्य, arddh satya; translated: Half Truth) is a Hindi film directed by Govind Nihalani from the year 1983.


Anant Velankar takes his profession very seriously as a police officer and adheres strictly to the rules. His father was a sincere police officer.

During his work Anant comes with the corrupt methods of work of his colleagues in touch: It seems that Rama Shetty, a well-known politician, is implicated in a murder. After Anant has also provided evidence he wants to arrest Rama. But Anant is powerless and is located in a dilemma: on the one hand, require some corrupt policemen for the release of Rama, on the other hand, Anant would only fulfill the duties of his profession.

He is constantly frustrated and leaves, to the annoyance of his girlfriend Jyothna, his anger at other off. Although he knows the example of the alcohol wreck hang down ex-cop Lobo, Anant proposes in a frustrating moment a prisoner petty criminals to death and then is suspended. But Anant can not and will not accept the suspension and turns to Rama - a tough decision when Anants future between truth and falsehood is. During the conversation itself Anant feels not understood and strangled Rama. He then leaves the building and to the police.


The film is based on a short story by SD Panwalkar. He stands in the tradition of the New Indian Cinema and combines with Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah leading representatives of this film movement.


Filmfare Award 1984

  • Filmfare Award / Best Film of Manmohan Shetty and Pradeep Uppoor
  • Filmfare Award / Best Director at Govind Nihalani
  • Filmfare Award / Best Screenplay for Vijay Tendulkar
  • Filmfare Award / Best Story on S. D. Panwalkar
  • Filmfare Award / Best Supporting Actor at Sadashiv Amrapurkar

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1984 )

  • Best Actor at Om Puri; shared with Agustín González for Bicicletas son para el verano, Las

National Film Award (1984 )

  • National Film Award / Best Actor at Om Puri