Satta (film)

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Film poster
Directed byMadhur Bhandarkar
Produced byMetalight Productions Pvt Ltd.
Written byMadhur Bhandarkar
Manoj Tyagi
StarringRaveena Tandon
Sameer Dharmadhikari
Atul Kulkarni
Vipin Sharma
Music byRaju Singh
CinematographyMadhu Rao
Edited byDeepak Wirkud
Metalight Productions Pvt Ltd
Release date
  • 7 February 2003 (2003-02-07) (India)

Satta (English: Power) is a 2003 Indian political drama film co-written and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. It stars Raveena Tandon in the lead role and Atul Kulkarni, Govind Namdev and Sameer Dharmadhikari appear in the supporting roles.[1] The film narrates the story of a persecuted wife of an greedy politician who takes on his role after he lands up in jail because of murder charges.[2] Released on 7 February 2003, Satta received critical acclaim upon release and is considered one of the best performances of Tandon.[3][4] The film was released on the same day as Khushi, Baaz: A Bird in Danger and Kash Aap Hamare Hote.[5]


Anuradha Sehgal (Raveena Tandon) re-locates to Mumbai, finds employment, meets and weds Delhi's aspiring Chief Minister, Vivek Chauhan (Sameer Dharmadhikari). She soon finds out that Vivek is a womanizer and an alcoholic. She then faces physical abuse. Vivek is arrested for murder and is jailed. The Chauhan family persuade her to stand for elections in her husband's place, which she does. She then witnesses the nexus between the underworld, businessmen, corrupt policemen and politicians.



Satta opened to generally positive reviews. Deepa Gumaste of wrote: "Raveena Tandon has obviously landed the role of a lifetime and she makes the most of it. She portrays the firebrand Anuradha with the kind of passion you wouldn't have expected from the heroine who once danced to the tune of Tu cheez badi hai mast."[6] Taran Adarsh in his review wrote: "Raveena Tandon delivers a bravura performance. The actress takes giant strides as a performer, giving the right touches to her character. Here's a performance that's bound to be noticed."[7] Komal Nahta in a less favourable review wrote: "On the whole, Satta is a non-starter. Pretending to be an intellectual film, it would not even appeal to the intelligentsia because it offers nothing new."[8]


  1. ^ Rao, Kshama (3 February 2003). "'There were no Mera juice kidhar hai tantrums for Satta'". Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  2. ^ Saikia, Priyankee. "Top 10 Political Movies of Bollywood". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Bollywood beauties who've played politicians on screen". India TV. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. ^ Rishi, Tilak (2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 9781466939639.
  5. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (3 February 2003). "'Experiments can fail. But what the heck, I'm trying'". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  6. ^ Gumaste, Deepa (7 February 2003). "A woman never before seen in Bollywood". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  7. ^ Adarsh, Taran (8 February 2003). "Satta". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  8. ^ Nahta, Komal. "Satta - Review Continued". Sify. Retrieved 4 May 2016.

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