Director Yash Chopra
Release date August 9, 1979 (India)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
|Release date 24 August 1979 (1979-08-24) (India)|
Writer Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
Music director Rajesh Roshan, Sahir Ludhianvi, Salil Chowdhury
Songs Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi
Cast Amitabh Bachchan (Vijay Pal Singh), Shashi Kapoor (Ravi Malhotra), Shatrughan Sinha (Mangal Singh), Raakhee Gulzar (Dr Sudha Sen), Parveen Babi (Anita)
Kaala Patthar (Hindi: काला पत्थर, English: Black Stone) is a 1979 Indian Hindi disaster drama film based on the Chasnala mining disaster. It was produced and directed by Yash Chopra. The screenplay was 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 Filmfare awards. While Rajesh Roshan composed songs for the lyrics penned by Sahir, the background score was composed by Salil Chowdhary.
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 risking the lives of over 300 passengers. Feeling guilty over his cowardice and with low self-esteem, 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 mine. He also makes an enemy in another co-worker named Mangal (Shatrughan Sinha) who is an escaped criminal working in the mine to avoid the police. Vijay's past comes to haunt him as he sees Mangal causing trouble for the coal miners and angry over his cowardice over what happened when he was in the navy, Vijay tries to defend the miners against Mangal. Ravi eventually gets Vijay and Mangal to be friends after circumstances surrounding the mine force Mangal to change himself. The one person who supports Vijay him in his life 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.
When Seth Dhanraj (Prem Chopra) 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 including Mangal's.
During the Kaala Patthar shooting, Sinha says Bachchan kept a distance from him even though they were "great buddies" during their initial years in Bollywood.
All lyrics written by Sahir Ludhianvi; all music composed by Rajesh Roshan.
Awards and nominations
ReferencesKaala Patthar Wikipedia
Kaala Patthar IMDb Kaala Patthar themoviedb.org