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."[2]

Directed bySatyajit Ray
Written by
  • Amrit Rai
  • Satyajit Ray (Dialogue)
Screenplay bySatyajit Ray
Based onShort story Sadgati
by Premchand
Produced byDoordarshan
StarringOm Puri
Smita Patil
Mohan Agashe
Gita Siddharth
Richa Mishra
CinematographySoumendu Roy
Edited byDulal Dutta
Music bySatyajit Ray
Release date
Running time
52 min[1]


The film is a vicious indictment of the Indian system. When a poor and low-village cobbler, Dukhiya (Om Puri), who lives with his wife Jhuria (Smita Patil), goes to the village Brahmin (Mohan Agashe) to fix the date of his daughter's marriage, the Brahmin asks for unpaid labour in exchange. The cobbler is made to sweep the house and cut wood for him. Dukhi does all of these work without having eaten since morning. The ensuing events turn the tables against the priest, who in the end has to forgo the lofty traditions, including that of untouchability, that he has held so dearly all his life.[3]



  1. ^ Satyajit Ray (2 April 2013). Satyajit Ray on Cinema. Columbia University Press. pp. 158–. ISBN 978-0-231-53547-2.
  2. ^ Ray, Satyajit. The Chess Players and Other Screenplays. London: Faber and Faber, 1989, p. 80. ISBN 0-571-14074-2
  3. ^ Overview New York Times.

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