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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
Manmohan Krishna ...
Crippled hotel owner
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Vikram's father
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Mr. Singh (as Iftikhar)
Sudha Chopra ...
Mrs. Singh (Vijay's mom)
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Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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Storyline

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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24 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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Bahoon Mein Teri
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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Intriguing but problematic
17 November 2001 | by (NYC) – 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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