Varma's film Satya has been referred to as a modern masterpiece and "perhaps" one of the best films of the 1990s. Film critic Rajeev Masand has labeled it (along with its sequel Company) one of the "most influential movies of the past ten years." The film marked the introduction of a new genre of film making, a variation of film noir that has been called Mumbai noir, of which he is the acknowledged master.
British director Danny Boyle has cited Satya as an inspiration for his 2008 Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Satya's "slick, often mesmerizing" portrayal of the Mumbai underworld, which included gritty and realistic "brutality and urban violence," directly influenced the portrayal of the Mumbai underworld in Slumdog Millionaire.
Satya has spawned countless imitations in Bollywood, some by Varma himself, but all are considered largely inferior.
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