Satya is an important film. A product of some of the best talents in Indian parallel cinema, Satya garnered widespread critical praise for its realistic portrayal of Mumbai organized crime and its unhurried elegiac storytelling, which enthralled audience members with its sheer brilliance. Following his unconventional debut hit with the score for Gulzar's 1996 Bollywood film Maachis, Vishal Bhardwaj delivered a score for Satya that perfectly complemented the two significant situational facets of the film -- the romantic existence of the film's protagonist and the central theme of the Mumbai underworld. On "Badalon Se," Bhupinder Singh sings Gulzar's poetic lyrics about the bewilderment of being in love. The addition of succinct acoustic guitar lines elevates its quixotic feel and adds to the overall melody that becomes instantly appreciated. "Goli Maar" is an ideal underworld song for its buoyant pace sprinkled with local dialects and a rustic feel. "Sapne Mein" and "Tu Mere Paas Bhi Hai" are again excellent works that complete this soundtrack and provide a comprehensive totality to the film itself. Satya is a consistent extension to Bhardwaj's work in Maachis in terms of compositional output and technical harmony. Though not a milestone that remained in the public consciousness across many years to follow, it definitely features unconventional music that's both mainstream and imaginative.
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AllMusic Review by Bhasker Gupta