Posted On Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 08:51:45 AM
Govind Nihalani’s 1980 cop film Ardh Satya that spawned a series of me-too ventures in the decades to follow, will finally have a sequel. The filmmaker confirmed the news and added, “What happened to Om Puri’s character of a cop after he killed the villain, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and surrendered to his superiors in the police force? That’s a question I want to answer.”
Nihalani had earlier made a film that was meant to be a follow up to Ardh Satya. “Dev starring Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan was in spirit a follow-up to Ardh Satya. But it wasn’t a formal sequel. Now it’s time to continue the story of the cop Anant Welankar forward,” he said.
Nihalani revealed that his good friend Manmohan Shetty, who had produced Ardh Satya, had been asking him to direct a sequel to the classic cop saga. “Quite honestly, I’ve run out of excuses for not doing so. Manmohan Shetty and I have spoken about it recently,” admitted the filmmaker.
Explaining how he would take the story forward, Nihalani added, “Given the changed socio-political circumstances, what happens to Anant Walenkar when he comes out of jail as an old man after serving his sentence for killing the goon Rama Shetty? That would be the story.”
Nihalani is confident about having his lead actor Om Puri in the sequel. “Om ko to pakad hi lenge,” he told Mirror.
As for the female lead, played by Smita Patil in the original, insiders reveal that Shabana Azmi may step in. Ironically, the two actresses fought a bitter media war during the 1980s. In fact the Smita-Shabana war extended to their directors. Ketan Mehta and Govind Nihalani who worked repeatedly with Smita and never with Shabana.
The Nihalani-Azmi feud was further fuelled by the filmmaker’s reaction to Shyam Benegal’s decision to sign on Shabana for Ankur and Nishant. Nihalani was quoted as saying that Benegal had signed a ‘rat’ for his film, alluding to Shabana’s infamous buck teeth.
But putting the past behind, Nihalani wouldn’t mind casting Shabana in the sequel to Ardh Satya. “It would be a wonderful homage from one brilliant actress to another. It would depend on whether Smita’s character has a prominent place in the sequel,” he told Mirror.