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Kaala Patthar (1979)

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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 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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9 August 1979 (India)  »

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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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Muje Pyar Ka Tohfa deke
Performed by Usha Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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A brilliant concept that works well in bits...
11 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film has an amazingly ambitious story for its time. a story about poorly treated coal mine workers and a deeply powerfull hero destined to a life of pain and suffering for his mistakes in his past. this film boasts some powerfull performances from Amithab Bachan and Shatrugan sinha. Rakhee plays the soulful doctor destined to help the unfortunate wherever they may be thus on of the most famous lines in bollywood history when Rakhee is trying help The injured Amithab. "please why dont you try uderstand" "Pain is my destiny doctor and I can't avoid it!" Shashi kapoor plays the Dashing young romantic engineer together with Parveen Bhabi the news reporter who plays his girlfriend in the film. The story works well on a whole though technically the film leaves a lot to be desired. Though the scenes in the coal mines are well done. The rest is a bit shoddy in places, but some brilliant acting is what takes this film beyond its rather dull appearance. This film comes with a soulful soundtrack that really works well and some fantastic songs to be rememderd forever... they just don't make stories like this anymore.....shame really


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