Kaala Patthar (Hindi: काला पत्थर, English: Black Stone) is a 1979 Indian Bollywood disaster drama film, based on the Chasnala mining disaster. It was produced and directed by Yash Chopra, with a screenplay written by Salim-Javed. This film is the fourth collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and director Yash Chopra after the hugely successful Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978). However, this film did average business at the box office. It was nominated for 8 Filmfare awards. While Rajesh Roshan composed songs for the lyrics penned by Sahir, the background score was composed by Salil Chowdhary.
|Directed by||Yash Chopra|
|Produced by||Yash Chopra|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Budget||₹1.2 crore (equivalent to ₹22 crore or US$3.1 million in 2017)|
|Box office||₹1.6 crore (equivalent to ₹29 crore or US$4.1 million in 2017)|
The Film is regarded a Cult Classic, and ahead of its time. The film is an underrated classic directed by Yash Chopra with a stunning performance from Amitabh Bachchan, who has little dialogue, but conveys his conflict through his expressions.
Vijay Pal Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is a disgraced Merchant Navy captain who is branded a coward, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents for abandoning his ship and risking the lives of over 300 passengers. Feeling guilty over his cowardice, he starts working as a coal miner to forget his past. He meets and becomes friends with Ravi (Shashi Kapoor), an engineer in charge of the mines. He also makes an enemy in another co-worker named Mangal (Shatrughan Sinha) who is an escaped Daku working in the mines to avoid the police. Vijay's past comes to haunt him every time he tries to get some sleep. He sees Mangal causing trouble for the coal miners, Vijay tries to defend the miners against Mangal, there are a couple of fights between them and then one day Mangal is injured in an incident and Vijay carries him to Dr. Sudha's surgery and gives his own blood to save Mangal's life, they eventually become friends. The one person who supports Vijay is Dr. Sudha Sen (Raakhee Gulzar), who tries to make Vijay face up to his past and move on. Ravi and Mangal also get involved in their own romances with Anita (Parveen Babi) and Channo (Neetu Singh), respectively.
Seth Dhanraj (Prem Chopra) is a greedy boss who makes life difficult for the coal miners by giving them poor equipment, less than sufficient medical supplies and lack of facilities, Vijay, Ravi, and Mangal come together to fight for justice against Dhanraj. When water floods the mines endangering the lives of hundreds of workers trapped underground, will Ravi, Vijay, and Mangal succeed in saving the miners?
Yes, they do. Ravi gets his leg injured and Mangal dies.
- Direction – Yash Chopra
- Writer – Salim-Javed
- Production – Yash Chopra
- Production Company – Yash Raj Films
- Cinematography – Kay Gee
- Music Direction – Rajesh Roshan
- Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi
- Playback – Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Pamela Chopra, S.K. Mohan, Usha Mangeshkar
|1.||"Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar||5:20|
|2.||"Baahon Mein Teri"||Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar||4:15|
|3.||"Meri Dooron Se Aye Baaraat"||Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus||3:20|
|4.||"Jagaya Jagaya"||Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mohan, Pamela Chopra||6:55|
|5.||"Dhoom Mache Dhoom"||Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mohan||7:40|
|6.||"Mujhe Pyaar Ka Tohfa Dekar"||Mohammad Rafi, Usha Mangeshkar||5:15|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1980 Filmfare Award Nominations
- Best Film
- Best Director - Yash Chopra
- Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
- Best Actress - Raakhee
- Best Supporting Actor - Shatrughan Sinha
- Best Supporting Actress - Neetu Singh
- Best Story - Salim-Javed
- Best Music Director - Rajesh Roshan
- Best Male Playback Singer - Kishore Kumar for the song "Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi"