Sadgati means "The Deliverance". This film is directed by world renowned filmmaker, Satyajit Ray. Sadgati is a movie of 52 minutes and was released in India in the year 1982. It is a colored movie with Hindi subtitles. Sadgati is one of those Hindi movies that showcase the plight of the poor farmers of India. It is a movie about a peasant who belongs to the Untouchable caste. He implements some odd jobs for a rich landowner who is an influential man. In the process, he dies due to excessive undernourishment.
Sadgati belongs to the category of Bollywood tragic movies. The movie was produced by Doordarshan, Government of India (Indian National Television). The screenplay and direction was done by Satyajit Ray. The film, Sadgati is based on the short story `Sadgati` by Munshi Premchand. Sadgati is one of the Bollywood films edited by Mr. Dulal Dutta. The cinematography has been done by Soumendu Roy. The music of this film has also been composed by Satyajit Ray.
Cast of Sadgati
- Dukhi Chamar: Om Puri
- Jhuria, Dukhi`s wife: Smita Patil
- Dhania, Dukhi`s daughter: Richa Mishra
- Ghashiram, the Brahmin: Mohan Agashe
- Lakshmi, Ghashiram`s wife Gita Siddharth
Story of Sadgati
The movie Sadgati focuses on the life of untouchables in a typical Indian village. The story of Sadgati revolves around an untouchable named Dukhi. Dukhi is an out-caste played by Om Puri. In Sadgati, he approaches the village Brahmin and requests him to set an auspicious date for his daughter`s wedding. The Brahmin played by Mohan Aghashe decides to do that and in return asks Dukhi to be his slave for household chores.
Dukhi accepts the proposal immediately and though he was weak and ailing due to a recent fever, he begins with cleaning the Brahman`s house and stable. When he is asked to chop a huge block of wood, Dukhi does the work in scorching sun. As he was hungry and malnourished for several days, he dies while conducting the strenuous job.
After that, the corpse of Dukhi is shown lying close to the road used by the Brahmins. In Sadgati, the untouchables did not touch the body of Dukhi for fear of police investigation. The others did not touch it because Dukhi was an out-caste. However, late in the evening, when no one is looking, the Brahmin is seen tying a noose around the ankle of the dead body and taking it out of the city limits.
Sadgati has received a number of awards for excellence in Hindi cinema. It received the Special Jury Award, New Delhi in the year 1981.
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