Kala Patthar (1979)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 56 mins

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After being branded a coward for abandoning his ship full of over 300 passengers. Captain Vijay Pal Singh, is discharged from duty, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents. Feeling guilty over his cowardice and with low self-esteem, he starts working as a coal miner to forget his past. But it still continues to haunt him, and he welcomes the pain of physical labour as punishment. The owner of the mine is Dhanraj Puri, a carefree and irresponsible man whose mine is poorly equipped, with less than sufficient medical supplies, and no facilities for the miners and their families. Vijay tries his best to help the workers out whenever possible, but with little or no resources, it is an uphill task. One day the unthinkable happens: water gets into one of the mining tunnels, endangering the lives of more than 400 workers. Vijay, along with some of his colleagues struggle valiantly to save as many lives as possible. Will Vijay finally succeed in defeating the demons of his past? Can the miners be saved?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Shashi Kapoor

Crew: Yash Chopra (Director), Raju Kaygee (Director of Photography), Rajesh Roshan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama

Release Dates: 24 Aug 1979 (India)

Hindi Name: कला पत्थर

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Did you know? The opening of the song "Ek Raasta Hain Zindagi" is a re-working of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. Read More
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as Vijay Pal Singh
as Dr. Sudha Sen
as Ravi Malhotra, Engineer
as Chief Navy Officer
as Rana
as Vikram's father
as Crippled hotel owner
as Shanker
as Jagga
as Raghunath's daughter
as Dhanraj Puri
as Vikram
as Dr Mathur
as Raghunath
as Dhanna
as Mangal Singh
as Mrs. Singh
as Navy officer
as Ram Singh
as Maneklal Saxena




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The film is inspired by the Chasnala mining disaster which took place on 27th December 1975 near Dhanbad, Jharkhand, killing 372 miners.

The filmmakers wanted to replace Rajesh Roshan as music director, but Lata Mangeshkar told them that if they did that, she wouldn't sing for them again.

The opening of the song "Ek Raasta Hain Zindagi" is a re-working of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.

When the movie opened in Leicester's Natraj cinema, England in 1979, Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor appeared on stage during the opening credits of the movie to surprise the movie audience. They were in the UK to promote the movie.