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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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Anita, Press Photographer
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Channo, jewellery seller (as Neeto Singh)
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Dhanraj Puri, Owner of the Coal Mine
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Vikram
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Raghunath's daughter
Manmohan Krishna ...
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Vikram's father
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Mr. Singh (as Iftikhar)
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Mrs. Singh (Vijay's mom)
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Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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When disaster strikes - three men stand up to fight for justice for the coal miners who risk their lives as part and parcel of their existence. Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) a disgraced ex-naval officer has been court-martialed and dismissed from the Navy. Vijay is now working at the coal mine. He welcomes every sign of danger and adversity in an attempt to combat the demons within and pay for an act of cowardliness as the captain of a sinking ship. Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) is an engineer in charge of the doomed project. He tries to alert the management on the impending disaster but in vain. Ravi and Vijay join forces in order to save lives of their fellow workers and fight the establishment. Mangal (Shatrughan Sinha) is an escaped convict who finds shelter from the hands of the law at the coal mine. A boisterous and an egoistic man, who finds that there is a compassionate human being buried within him and ends up joining the quest for justice. KAALA PATTHAR is Inspired by a true mining ... Written by Official Source

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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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Mangal Singh: My little boy! I've been breaking locks since you were a kid.
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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 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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