Mumbai: "Satya", since its release on July 3, 1998, has garnered cult status as a gangster drama for its realistic depiction of the Indian underworld. It was an accident, says director Ram Gopal Varma, sharing the "truth" about what went behind the making of the "great film".

"Tomorrow is the 20th birthday of 'Satya'. It was an accident," Varma tweeted on Monday.

For those interested in "the truth behind 'Satya'", he shared a lengthy post, detailing the thoughts and experiences that led to the movie, co-written by Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap, and starring J. D. Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Shefali Shah and Saurabh among others.

"On the eve of 'Satya' completing 20 years, I looked back upon it and a ray of sunshine fell across my various fond memories of it and I started remembering the origins of its various aspects," Varma wrote.

"I am not trying to be modest when I say that its faults are solely mine and all its merits genuinely belong to others. I just swam blindly through the wonderful current of energies... and somehow accidentally managed to reach the shore of success... This is the actual truth of 'Satya'," Varma wrote.

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He recounted how when he first came to Bombay (now Mumbai) from Hyderabad to shoot "Rangeela", a train ride through the Dharavi slums -- introducing him to the dichotomy in the super rich and downright poor living side by side -- left an indelible mark in his mind. And every once in a while, in due course, he used to hear the word "underworld".

It was not until he was at the office of a producer, who got a call about a prominent person being shot dead by some gang, that it struck Varma to think about how "we always hear about these gangsters only when they either kill or when they die. But what do they do in between?"

"That was the first thought of mine which eventually resulted in 'Satya'," he said.

The idea was fuelled when he saw a newspaper with some arrested gangsters' photographs. (IANS)