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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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Yash Chopra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Pal Singh
Shashi Kapoor ... Ravi Malhotra, Engineer
Shatrughan Sinha ... Mangal Singh
Rakhee Gulzar ... Dr. Sudha Sen
Parveen Babi ... Anita, Press Photographer
Neetu Singh ... Channo, jewellery seller (as Neeto Singh)
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 Sudha Chopra ... Mrs. Singh (Vijay's mom)
Satyendra Kapoor ... Raghunath - Miner (as Satyen Kappoo)
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Storyline

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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Stone See more »

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Yash Raj Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A very good mohd rafi and usha mangeshkar song, mujhe pyar ka tofa dekar, was missing in the film. This was the last film poet sahir ludhianvi wrote songs for yash chopra film. See more »

Quotes

Ravi Malhotra, Engineer: All right. I' ll answer your questions, one at a time. Coal is mostly used in ovens. There are two types of coal. The first is black in color and the other is black, too. So they' re both alike. As for how it is made, you must have heard the saying, "Wood burns to coal; and coal to ashes...". Old people use it as a tooth-powder while teenagers write interesting graffiti on the walls and children use it to draw whiskers.
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Featured in Raees (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Rajesh Roshan
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Intriguing but problematic
17 November 2001 | by MuzikJunkySee 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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