Sadgati (transl. Salvation [or] Deliverance) is an 1981 Hindi television film directed by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story of same name by Munshi Premchand. Ray called this drama of a poor Dalit "a deeply angry film [...] not the anger of an exploding bomb but of a bow stretched taut and quivering."[1]

Directed bySatyajit Ray
Produced byDoordarshan
Written by
  • Amrit Rai
  • Satyajit Ray (Dialogue)
Screenplay bySatyajit Ray
Based onShort story Sadgati
by Premchand
StarringOm Puri
Smita Patil
Mohan Agashe
Gita Siddharth
Richa Mishra
Music bySatyajit Ray
CinematographySoumendu Roy
Edited byDulal Dutta
Release date
Running time
52 min


The film is a vicious indictment of the Indian caste system. When a poor and low caste village shoemender, Dukhiya(Om Puri) who lives with his wife Jhuria(Smita Patil), goes to the village Brahmin (Hindu priest) (Mohan Agashe) to get the date of his daughter's marriage fixed, the Brahmin in turn asks for labour without pay in exchange.The priest makes him sweep his house, cut logs of tree. Dukhi does all these work without eating food from the morning. The ensuing events turn the tables against the priest, who in the end has to forgo the lofty traditions, including that of untouchability, he held so dearly all his life as village priest.[2]



  1. ^ Ray, Satyajit. The Chess Players and Other Screenplays. London: Faber and Faber, 1989, p. 80. ISBN 0-571-14074-2
  2. ^ Overview New York Times.

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