Episode 241: The Importance of Satya

The gangster film and the city film are two genres that took a while to evolve in Bollywood. Uday Bhatia joins Amit Varma in episode 241 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya was a seminal moment, shaped by what came before it, and changing the course of Hindi cinema.

Also check out:
1. Satya — Ram Gopal Varma.
2. Bullets Over Bombay — Uday Bhatia.
3. Uday Bhatia’s TwitterBlog and author page at Mint Lounge.
4. Jai Arjun Singh Lost It at the Movies — Episode 230 of The Seen and the Unseen.
5. Greil MarcusLester BangsDavid Fricke and Peter Guralnick.
6. Lester Bangs on The Stooges.
7. Pauline Kael on Bonnie and Clyde.
8. Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age — Uday Bhatia.
9. Have You Seen?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films — David Thomson.
10. Risen From the Depths — Uday Bhatia on Neecha Nagar.
11. The First Picture Show — Uday Bhatia.
12. So Many Cinemas — BD Garga.
13. Jawaharlal Nehru : Rebel and Statesman — BR Nanda. (More easily available in this omnibus volume.)
14. My Friend Sancho — Amit Varma.
15. Haal-Chaal Theek Thaak Hai — Podcast co-hosted by Subrat Mohanty.
16. O Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar — Song from CID.
17. The vlogs of Devdutt DaniMohammad Salim Khan and Satya Saggar.

Films mentioned in this episode:
1. Early Indian crime films: KismetPocket MaarAwaara.
2. Early Indian noir by Navketan films and others:  BaaziCID,  Aar PaarKala Bazaar.
3. Some post-noir Bollywood: Teesri ManzilJohny Mera NaamBlackmailZanjeerDeewar.
4. Ardh Satya.
5. A selection from the 1980s: VidhaataKarzArjunTezaabParindaHathyaar.
6. Films showcasing Bombay or Bambaiyya: Taxi DriverAar PaarAakhri KhatBombay to GoaGharaonda, Guddi, Salaam Bombay and much of the work of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
7. Two key precursers: Is Raat Ki Subaah NahinBandit Queen.
8. Ram Gopal Varma’s key past films: RangeelaShivaDaudCompany.
9. Miscellaneous mentions: RaakhHaasilMunna Bhai MBBSGangs of WasseypurAankhon Dekhi.
9. Uday Bhatia’s recommendations: China Town27 DownArvind Desai Ki Ajeeb DastaanSehar.

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