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Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.



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Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Joy Fernandes


Credited cast:
Pavan Malhotra ...
Aditya Srivastava ...
Badshah Khan / Nasir Khan
Dibyendu Bhattacharya ...
Kishore Kadam ...
Inspector Bhaskar Dangle
Zakir Hussain ...
Inspector Nand Kumar Chougale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yakub Memon
Raj Arjun ...
Nasir Deklu
Ragesh Asthana ...
Sushovan Banerjee ...
Abhay Zarapkar
Shanawaz Qureshi
Sheikh Aziz
Uday Chandra ...
Old Neighbour at Al Hussaini
Raj Singh Chaudhary ...
Mushtaq tarani (as Raja Choudhary)


A dramatic presentation of the bomb blasts that rocked Bombay on March 12, 1993, displays the police investigation, amidst allegations of human rights violations, led by DCP Rakesh Maria, in tracking down the suspects, especially Bashir Khan. Bashir managed to elude authorities by re-locating to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and West Bengal, after finally being apprehended in Bombay. His confession and subsequent flashbacks showcases the apathy shown by authorities who refused to intervene during the destruction of the sacred Babri Masjid by Hindu Kar Sevaks, and the inability of the police to fulfill their mandate and protect the vulnerable, forcing many to flee to other locations. The subsequent aftermath that succeeded in irreversibly polarizing communities in Bombay; Pakistan's involvement in training and arms' supplies; the main alleged suspects, Dawood Ibrahim, and Mushtaq Memon, sought refuge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while Indian politicians made a cosmetic move to ... Written by rAjOo (

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The story of the Bombay bomb blasts


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Release Date:

9 February 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Черная Пятница  »

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Opening Weekend:

$25,000 (USA) (9 February 2007)


$34,000 (USA) (16 February 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


All the actors in the film had real names of the characters which they played from cops, politicians and bombers. See more »


When the car enters BSE building, in the background, you can see the billboard of HSBC Mutual Fund, which was not launched in India in 1993. It entered India in 2002. See more »


Rakesh Maria: Asgar Mukadam?
[Asgar murmurs an affirmation]
Rakesh Maria: Sit straight! Since when have you been working with Tiger Memon?
Asgar Mukadam: One year.
Rakesh Maria: What do you know about him?
Asgar Mukadam: Sir, I was merely a manager there.
Rakesh Maria: One year is long enough to become a hood from a manager.
Asgar Mukadam: Sir I only used to keep accounts.
Rakesh Maria: But you just said you were a manager! Look Asgar, I haven't eaten anything since morning... My head is hurting and I'm hungry... If you dont talk, I will make you do so! Tiger smuggles Silver, doesn't he? What else does he do...
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References Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) See more »


Arey Ruk Ja Re Bandey
Lyrics by Piyush Mishra
Composed by Indian Ocean
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Heartbreakingly True.
15 February 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is not only a film. It's a lesson. It's a message. It's cruelly true history. It's an initiative. It's an attempt. It's a bold step, forward. It's known yet untold bare truth. And after all it's a film.

No doubt the film opens old wounds, but only to find the root cause of it, only to find cure for them, only to make sure they are eradicated and never surface again. The film presents the hard facts about the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai (then Bombay). The film gives a new dimension to real life cinema, with real name, real incidents, and real people. The usage of actual news footage of the incidents make you believe whatever you are watching. It takes courage to take names of some of the biggest name in underworld and Indian politics as bluntly, and the filmmaker shows that courage. The story doesn't point finger on any particular person, group or community as the culprit for what is still Indian crime history's biggest tragedy. It tries to make a point how some clever minds make their business out of our religious sentiments, at the cost of lives of common men. Men who are common in every sense of it. The terror, the attacks, the explosions, the riots inhales not any particular community but the whole humanity.

Director churns out a stunning effort. Technically too the film is impeccable. The blast sequences couldn't have got any more realistic. Each actor performs his character to full honesty, but Badshah Khan and Tiger Memon stand out.

And before you jump to your own conclusion to decide the culprit(s), to decide the fate of them, the film concludes with the quote that says it all.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

A must watch.

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