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.
Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Pal Singh
Shashi Kapoor as Ravi Malhotra
Shatrughan Sinha as Mangal Singh
Raakhee Gulzar as Dr. Sudha Sen
Neetu Singh as Channo
Parveen Babi as Anita
Prem Chopra as Dhanraj Puri
Parikshat Sahni as Jagga
Sanjeev Kumar as Dr. Mathur
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.
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
All lyrics written by Sahir Ludhianvi; all music composed by Rajesh Roshan.
Awards and nominations
1980 Filmfare Award Nominations
Best Director - Yash Chopra
Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
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"