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Kaala Patthar (1979)

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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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Ravi Malhotra, Engineer
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Mangal Singh
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Dr. Sudha Sen
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Anita, Press Photographer
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Channo, jewellery seller (as Neeto Singh)
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Jagga
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Dhanraj Puri, Owner of the Coal Mine
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Vikram
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Raghunath's daughter
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Mr. Singh (as Iftikhar)
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Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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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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24 August 1979 (India)  »

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A Luta Pela Vida  »

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Ditector Ramesh Talwar shot the song ' bahome teri..' on shashi kapoor and parveen babi as yash chopra was shooting other scenes elsewhere. See more »

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References Baazi (1951) See more »

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Jaggaya Jaggaya
Performed by Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mohan & Pamela Chopra
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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Cowardice, self-disgust and redemption
22 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought it was an Indianized version of Lord Jim, which was itself based on the true story of the abandonment of a ship called PATNA! In Lord Jim too the protagonist lives with the fact of his own cowardice and eventually redeems himself by taking on ugly forces that prey on the poor and weak. Kaala Paththar had two other men in the story - and followed the usual 70s/80s cliché of the man with the criminal background having to die in the end. But it was also quite uncliched in having no overt romantic track between Shashi and Parveen Babi, and a very quiet connection between Amitabh and Rakhi. Rakhi never enunciated well in Hindi and it got worse in moments of agitation. Here she did not have to speak much and was OK. I always liked Neetu Singh and she was good in this one too. Shatru was never a favorite but he was quite restrained here IMO. For a film from the 70s, this was indeed quite a different one and I enjoyed it. Amitabh was excellent as the coward, then the slowly burning up with self-disgust man, and finally as the hero. The mine disaster was well shot and the dark and claustrophobic kind of picturization made is seem realistic. There were not really many songs to disrupt the narrative - another unique feature for a film of its time. Fr instance, no sad number with wailing violins as the hero sits and stares at the stars and broods over his past! I gave it 8/10.


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