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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
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Crippled hotel owner
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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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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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A Luta Pela Vida  »

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This film is the fourth collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and director Yash Chopra after the hugely successful Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978). See more »

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Dr. Mathur (Special Appearance): It was exactly with this intention that I had come here, Dr. Sudha Sen. I wanted to restore good health to those sick. I wanted to treat the patients. But how could l? We have corpses brought into this hospital, not patients. Corpses, which are not completely dead yet. There are no medicines, no equipment and no facilities. I'm sorry, doctor, but you won't be able to achieve anything here.
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References Baazi (1951) See more »

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Dhoom Mache Dhoom
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor, & S.K. Mohan
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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Intriguing but problematic
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

An ambitious film that suffers, unfortunately, from what might be the worst cinematography in the history of film. Even an American special effects team could not save the film from somtimes sloppy editing and shoddy camera work. However, the film is worth seeing for the issues it brings up regarding worker/management relations. A good story and great acting soften the blow of the weak cinematography. Yash Chopra is a very good director, but this film makes him seem like a hack.


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