Satyam Shivam Sundaram (film)
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|Satyam Shivam Sundaram|
|Directed by||Raj Kapoor|
|Produced by||Raj Kapoor|
|Written by||Jainendra Jain|
|Narrated by||Raj Kapoor|
|Editing by||Raj Kapoor|
|Studio||R. K. Studios
|Distributed by||Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd.|
|Release dates||22 March 1978|
|Running time||172 min.|
Satyam Shivam Sundaram (The True, The Good and The Beautiful) is an Indian film made by Raj Kapoor. Satyam means Truth, Shivam can refer to either Lord Shiva or Eternal and Sundaram means Beauty. Lata Mangeshkar was the inspiration behind Raj Kapoor's Satyam Shivam Sundaram and he wanted to cast her in the movie, reveals Raj Kapoor's daughter Ritu Nanda in her latest book.
"I visualised the story of a man falling for a woman with an ordinary countenance but a golden voice and wanted to cast Lata Mangeshkar in the role", the book quotes Raj Kapoor as saying.
The story is set in a village where Roopa (Zeenat Aman) lives with her father, the village priest. As a young child, the right side of Roopa's face & neck were burned by a pot of boiling oil, leaving part of her face disfigured. Henceforth, Roopa keeps her right cheek hidden under the cover of her Sari. Despite the terrible accident, Roopa remains religious and goes to the village temple daily, singing hymns and devotional songs.
The protagonist Rajeev (Shashi Kapoor) is a dashing engineer who arrives in the village to oversee the operation of a major dam. He abhors anything that is ugly. He hears Roopa's religious singing and meets her, but somehow doesn't pay attention to her disfigured side, and falls in love with her. He then asks her father permission to marry her.
After the wedding, he discovers the truth, and thinks that he was cheated and forced to marry someone else, at which point he disowns Roopa and drives her out of the house. Roopa decides to meet him at night, using a veil to hide the charred side of her face. Rajeev spends his days hating his wife, and his nights loving his mistress, not knowing they are both the same woman - Roopa. During one of their nights together, they make love and Roopa gets pregnant. When Rajeev finds out that his wife is pregnant, he suspects her of infidelity and still refuses to believe this his "mistress" and wife are one and the same. In the movie's climax, a terrible storm ravages the village, breaking open the dam which Rajeev had come to build. In the swirling waters of the flood, Rajeev realises how shallow he had been, and saves Roopa from drowning.
- Shashi Kapoor - Rajeev
- Zeenat Aman - Roopa
- Padmini Kolhapure - Young Roopa
- Kanhaiyalal - Pandit Shyam Sunder
- A. K. Hangal - Bansi, Roopa's uncle
- Hari Shivdasani - Chief Engineer
- David - Bade Babu
- Leela Chitnis - Bade Babu's Wife
- Sheetal - Champa
- Tun Tun - Fat Lady
- Vishwa Mehra - Jai Singh
- Subroto Mahapatra - Shastry, Roopa's prospective father-in-law
- Javed Khan - Shastry's Son
|Satyam Shivam Sundaram|
|Studio album by Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Various recent music groups from both India and the United States, such as Thievery Corporation and Sheila Chandra, have re-done the theme song from the movie. Also, many variations of the song have been made (e.g. the original version is considered, in Indian music, a Bhajan, but Lata Mangeshkar has also made a bhangra-like version, a different style).
- Song "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" was listed at #6 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1977
- Song "Yashomati Maiya Se" was listed at #7 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1978
- Song "Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal" was listed at #24 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1978
Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood gave 9 stars stating, "Satyam Shivam Sundaram is still a soundtrack that shines more amidst L-P’s many melody accomplishments."
|"Satyam Shivam Sundaram"||Lata Mangeshkar||Pandit Narendra Sharma||5:05|
|"Bhor Bhaye Panghat Pe"||Lata Mangeshkar||Anand Bakshi||5:30|
|"Woh Aurat Hai Too Mehbooba"||Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar||Anand Bakshi||5:00|
|"Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal"||Mukesh||Anand Bakshi||5:50|
|"Saiyan Nikas Gaye"||Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupinder Singh||Vitalbhai Patel||4:45|
|"Suni Jo Unke Aane Ki Aahat"||Lata Mangeshkar||Pandit Narendra Sharma||3:20|
|"Satyam Shivam Sundaram"||Lata Mangeshkar||Pandit Narendra Sharma||6:15|
|"Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala"||Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey||Pandit Narendra Sharma||3:45|
|"Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala"||Lata Mangeshkar||Pandit Narendra Sharma||3:10|
|"Shree Radha Mohan Shyam Shobhan"||Manna Dey||Pandit Narendra Sharma||2:50|
|"Shri Radhamohan"||Lata Mangeshkar,Manna Dey||Pandit Narendra Sharma||2:55|
Awards and nominations
- Best Director - Raj Kapoor
- Best Actress - Zeenat Aman
- Best Lyricist - Pandit Narendra Sharma for the title song "Satyam Shivam Sundaram"
- Best Male Playback Singer - Mukesh for the song "Chanchal Sheetal"
- "SSS Music Review by Rakesh Budhu". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- Filmfare Award Nominees and Winner 1953-2005
- Satyam Shivam Sundaram at the Internet Movie Database
- Analysis and discussion of the movie at Let's talk about Bollywood