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Kaala Patthar (1979)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 24 August 1979 (India)
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Inspired by a true mining tragedy the film is about people from all walks of life showing courage and character to fight the forces of nature.

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Yash Chopra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Pal Singh
Shashi Kapoor ... Ravi Malhotra, Engineer
Shatrughan Sinha ... Mangal Singh
Rakhee Gulzar ... Dr. Sudha Sen
Parveen Babi ... Anita, Press Photographer
Neetu Singh ... Channo, jewellery seller (as Neeto Singh)
Parikshat Sahni ... Jagga
Prem Chopra ... Dhanraj Puri, Owner of the Coal Mine
Romesh Sharma ... Vikram
Poonam Dhillon ... Raghunath's daughter
Manmohan Krishna ... Crippled hotel owner
Madan Puri ... Vikram's father
Iftekhar ... Mr. Singh (as Iftikhar)
Sudha Chopra Sudha Chopra ... Mrs. Singh (Vijay's mom)
Satyendra Kapoor ... Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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Storyline

Captain Vijay Pal Singh is branded a coward, disgraced, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents for abandoning his ship risking the lives of over 300 passengers. With guilt on his mind and low self-esteem Vijay takes up work as a miner in a coal mine owned by Dhanraj Puri. Puri is a self-senile man who thinks about himself, by endangering the lives of his workers to profit himself and with no benefits or medical facilities for them. Vijay attempts to get rid of his cowardice by saving the lives of his co-workers by the contended wrath of Puri. The same happens when water forces its way into one of the mining tunnel endangering the lives of hundreds of workers; this time Vijay hopes to make it big so that he can be able to put together his life again. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Stone See more »

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Production Co:

Yash Raj Films See more »
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Mono

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Color
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During the Kaala Patthar shooting, Shatrughan Sinha says Amitabh Bachchan kept a distance from him even though they were "great buddies" during their initial years in Bollywood. See more »

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Ravi Malhotra, Engineer: All right. I' ll answer your questions, one at a time. Coal is mostly used in ovens. There are two types of coal. The first is black in color and the other is black, too. So they' re both alike. As for how it is made, you must have heard the saying, "Wood burns to coal; and coal to ashes...". Old people use it as a tooth-powder while teenagers write interesting graffiti on the walls and children use it to draw whiskers.
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Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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era-defying movie
7 February 2007 | by abhilivesSee all my reviews

Amazing movie, and quite surprising that this is not one of the most highly regarded movies of its time.

The movie tells the story of a coal mine run by a greedy capitalist and the sufferings of the underpaid workers and the constant dangers they face in the depths of a coalmine. The script is extraordinarily strong, the romantic bits are kept at a minimum, and Amitabh Bachchan(AB)'s role of Vijay Pal Singh as the angry self-loathing hero fits like a T.

This is without doubt one of AB's best performances and his dialogues really fire up the movie. Salim-Javed have to be credited for the dialogues, after all they have provided ammo for AB all along with their scripts. Shashi Kapoor(SK) and Shatrughan Sinha(SS) fit into their roles perfectly, and overall the movie is not dominated by a single character.

This is all about the coal mine, and the risks and tragedies that the workers face every day. By the end of the movie, you almost feel like being one among the workers and demanding justice, alongside Vijay.

The screenplay and direction is fantastic. The opening scene with the titles is absolutely brilliant. The ghetto is very well done. The incidents between AB and SS are well portrayed, and very stylish. Characterization is top class. The background score is brilliant.

The bad? The music - i.e. the songs really break up the movie. None of the songs really make the grade and they only act as roadblocks to a free flowing movie. Most of the songs are pointless and not required.

The script really fits the era, the unrest, the anguish, really suits the time the movie was made. Then you put AB in an angry young man - role and all you need to do is wait for the money to roll in. This movie was MADE for the masses.

Amazingly that did not happen for this movie, it never reached the heights that it could have. We will never know why!! Overall... Brilliant. Don't miss it, est if you are an AB fan or a 70s movie buff.


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