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Black Friday (2004)

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

Director:

Anurag Kashyap

Writers:

Anurag Kashyap (screenplay), Hussain Zaidi (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kay Kay Menon ... DCP Rakesh Maria
Pavan Malhotra ... Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon
Aditya Srivastava ... Badshah Khan / Nasir Khan
Dibyendu Bhattacharya Dibyendu Bhattacharya ... Yeda Yakub
Kishore Kadam ... Inspector Bhaskar Dangle
Gajraj Rao ... Dawood Phanse
Zakir Hussain Zakir Hussain ... Inspector Nand Kumar Chougale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Somesh Agarwal Somesh Agarwal
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 ... Sheikh Aziz
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Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of the Bombay bomb blasts

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Черная Пятница See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000, 11 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,000, 18 February 2007
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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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Trivia

Irrfan was signed for a important role but opted out. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Arey Ruk Ja Re Bandey
Lyrics by Piyush Mishra
Composed by Indian Ocean
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are rukh jah re bandhe
23 February 2007 | by SparrowmaniacSee all my reviews

Mind blowing. Astounding. Astonishing. Superb. Enthralled. I could go on and put in all adjectives from the dictionary and even then I would still feel I need to say more. 1000 words isn't enough to write a review on Black Friday. Anurag Kashyap's foray into Bollywood was marred by the judiciary for more than 2 years, but finally the wait ended a few days back. And we were given the privilege to see the true potential of Indian film making. The topic was sensitive. Highly sensitive, one of the most tragic events in the last 3 decades in Indian history, an event which made Don Dawood Ibrahim as the #1 wanted man in India.

Right from the beginning, the interrogation sequence where the prisoner confesses,"Sir, bombs are about to explode in the city sir" Right from that word till the last scene where Tiger Memon says,"Mumbai mein dhamaka macha dega hum." you are glued to your seat, wondering what will the director make you see next ? The casting for the movie was in my opinion perfect. One may criticize that Kay Kay Memon was underused, but in my opinion, he was just perfect. He wasn't given much screen appearance but whatever time he had, he brought everyone to their feet. His dialogs brought the entire theater applauding. Aditya Srivastava and Pawan Malhotra were equally good, if not better. Pawan Malhotra's portrayal of the underworld don Tiger Memon was just superb. Same goes for Aditya Srivastava's portrayal of Badshah Khan, the terrorist who turned as a police witness. His struggle to escape the country, from the clutches of Mumbai police was just marvelously portrayed. A person helplessly running around the country, lack of money, being chased around by an unknown force. And when mentioning the casting one cannot but ignore Vijay Maurya as the feared Dawood Ibrahim. He was given about a couple of minutes at maximum of screen presence but even in that minute period he brought a shiver up your spines.

Black Friday is also a very good technical movie. The special effects used are pretty advanced and are at par with Hollywood. The script although adapted is superb. Every expression, dialog will make you feel for the characters in the movie.

Just remember this isn't a movie about Hindus or Muslims. At first you feel for all the people getting killed by the blasts, but later when the riots are shown, then you feel for the Muslims as well. But this ain't a movie for any of the religious sentiments. Its about the society as a whole in those few years in Mumbai. This is the type of movie that India should send to Oscars and other film festivals/awards. The world should be made known that we can make movies that will claim fame and bring India to the global picture.

10/10 !!!


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