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Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 9 February 2007 (India)
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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.

Director:

Anurag Kashyap

Writers:

Anurag Kashyap (screenplay), Hussain Zaidi (book) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kay Kay Menon ... DCP Rakesh Maria
Pavan Malhotra ... Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon
Aditya Srivastav ... Badshah Khan / Nasir Khan
Dibyendu Bhattacharya ... Yeda Yakub
Kishore Kadam ... Inspector Bhaskar Dangle
Gajraj Rao ... Dawood Phanse
Zakir Hussain ... Inspector Nand Kumar Chougale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Somesh Agarwal Somesh Agarwal ... Abdul Rashid
Akhilesh Tripathi Akhilesh Tripathi ... Raju
Imtiaz Ali ... Yakub Memon
Raj Arjun ... Nasir Deklu
Ragesh Asthana Ragesh Asthana ... Mohammad Dossa
Sushovan Banerjee Sushovan Banerjee ... Abhay Zarapkar
Asif Basra ... Shanawaz Qureshi
Aditya Bhattacharya Aditya Bhattacharya ... Sheikh Aziz
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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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The story of the Bombay bomb blasts

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | History

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Trivia

It was Anurag's assistant Aparna who discovered Nawazuddin's potential as a actor. After Nawazuddin did his interrogation scene, Aparna Malhotra told Anurag that Nawazuddin had the most beautiful eyes she ever saw. Anurag was shocked. He never noticed it. He then went and sat down next to Nawazuddin and observed him carefully. It was then he realized that Nawazuddin had something special about him. See more »

Goofs

In the shots showing Dubai almost all the cars visible on the road are post 2000 models i.e. the Mazda 6, the Toyota Corrola but the movie is based in 1993. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

17 seconds' worth of cockfighting scenes had to be deleted from the UK version. UK law does not allow any film footage of actual animal cruelty that was deliberately orchestrated by the film-makers. See more »

Connections

References Amar, Akbar and Anthony (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Arey Ruk Ja Re Bandey
Lyrics by Piyush Mishra
Composed by Indian Ocean
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A Haunting Friday
18 July 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Black Friday' is horrifyingly raw. It's overwhelmingly dark. It's frighteningly real. It's daringly gritty and graphic. Anurag Kashyap's film is one of the most skillfully executed movies of recent times. A great screenplay, strong light effects, the use of color, the direction, the performances, the background score work together very effectively. The cinematography, whether the shaky camera, the zooming or the closeup shots, works brilliantly. 'Black Friday' is slick (but not so much as to take away from the realness). Actors Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Shrivastava and Pavan Malhotra do an excellent job in the acting department.

Based on Hussain Zaidi's book of the same title, 'Black Friday' revolves around the investigation of the infamous Bombay blasts (after which Bombay became Mumbai) in the early 90s. The movie opens with a 'boom' and from then on the intricate investigation proceeds. As the trial was still in process, Kashyap had to wait years before his movie could finally release in 2007. The director deserves credit for bravely making a film on such a serious and risky subject.

However, it does have the documentary feel. Kashyap breaks the film into chapters and this gave the feeling that one was watching a documentary series. The pace isn't steady because the film does drag at certain points.

'Black Friday' is a brave well-made film and it is one that should be watched. Not everyone might like it but on some level they may appreciate it.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000, 11 February 2007

Gross USA:

$35,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,610,897
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (Asian) | (TV cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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