Bullets Over Bombay
Satya and the Hindi Film Gangster
by Uday Bhatia
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Pub Date 03 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
In 1998, Satya opened to widespread critical acclaim. At a time when Bollywood was still rediscovering romance, Ram Gopal Varma's film dared to imagine the ordinary life of a Mumbai gangster. It kicked off a new wave of Hindi gangster films that depicted a vital, gritty side of Mumbai, rarely shown in mainstream cinema until then.More than two decades later, it has become an iconic film. When it was released, the regular moviegoer would have been hard-pressed to recognise more than a couple of names in the film's credits. Today, it reads like an honour roll - Anurag Kashyap, Manoj Bajpayee, Vishal Bhardwaj, Saurabh Shukla.Speaking to the people who made Satya a landmark film, Uday Bhatia tells the incredible story of how it all came together, how it drew from the gangster and street film traditions, and why it went on to become a modern classic.
This book took me right back to my formative years. It was as if I was back there on the sets, watching Ramu with his magic wand and a band of outsiders. A lot of nostalgia and a whole lot of perspective' - ANURAG KASHYAP
Square Post: 'An enchanting and detailed look at the making of one of the finest movies of Indian cinema. A must-read for all fans of Satya' - VISHAL BHARDWAJ
Square Post: 'A passionate and riveting making-of chronicle of the film that paved the way for so many of us. A must for every Satya lover and student of cinema' - SRIRAM RAGHAVAN