Kaala Patthar

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Kaala Patthar
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Salim-Javed
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Rakhee Gulzar
Shatrughan Sinha
Neetu Singh
Parveen Babi
Parikshat Sahni
Prem Chopra
Poonam Dhillon
Mac Mohan
Music by Songs:
Rajesh Roshan
Background Score:
Salil Chowdhury
Cinematography Kay Gee
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Trimurti Films
Release date
August 24, 1979[1]
Running time
171 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 1.2 crore (equivalent to 22 crore or US$3.4 million in 2016)
Box office 1.6 crore (equivalent to 29 crore or US$4.5 million in 2016)

Kaala Patthar (Hindi: काला पत्थर, English: Black Stone) is a 1979 Bollywood 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.[2] It was nominated for Filmfare awards.[3] 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.[4]



All lyrics written by Sahir Ludhianvi; all music composed by Rajesh Roshan.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ek Rasta Hai Zindagi" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 5:20
2. "Bahon Mein Teri" Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 4:15
3. "Meri Dooron Se Aye Baarat" 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 Pyar Ka Tohfa Dekar" Mohammad Rafi, Usha Mangeshkar 5:15

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