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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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Amitabh Bachchan was against Shatrughan Sinha (his once old friend) doing the film. See more »

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References Baazi (1951) See more »

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Performed by Lata Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi
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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