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Kaala Patthar (1979)

 -  Action | Drama  -  9 August 1979 (India)
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Being branded a coward for abandoning his ship full of over 300 passengers. Captain Vijay Pal Singh, is discharged from duty, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents. Feeling ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Ravi Malhotra, Engineer
Rakhee Gulzar ...
Dr. Sudha Sen
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Vijay Pal Singh
Shatrughan Sinha ...
Mangal Singh
Neetu Singh ...
Channo, jewellery seller (as Neeto Singh)
Parveen Babi ...
Anita, Press Photographer
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 ...
Mrs. Singh (Vijay's mom)
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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Being branded a coward for abandoning his ship full of over 300 passengers. Captain Vijay Pal Singh, is discharged from duty, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents. Feeling guilty over his cowardice and with low self-esteem, he starts working as a coal miner to forget his past. But it still continues to hunt him, he welcome pain as a punishment. The owner of the mine is Dhanraj Puri, a carefree and irresponsible man whose mine is poorly equipped, with less than sufficient medical supplies, and no facilities for the miners and their families. Vijay trys to save every workers life in order to overcome his haunted past but to no avil. But one day water forced itself in one of the mining tunnels, endangering the lives of over 400 workers. Vijay along with some of his other colleagues put up a big fight to save each and every workers life. Which at last was successful and Vijay was able to overcome his troubled past. Written by gAvInDrA (brave_loverboy2004@hotmail.com)

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A Luta Pela Vida  »

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The opening of the song "Ek Raasta Hain Zindagi" is a re-working of the Dolly Parton song "Jolene", But the rest of the song is original. See more »

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References Baazi (1951) See more »

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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 (India) – See 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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