Kaala Patthar

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Kaala Patthar
Directed by Yash Chopra
Written by Salim–Javed
Based on Chasnala mining disaster
Produced by Yash Chopra
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Shatrughan Sinha
Parveen Babi
Neetu Singh
Prem Chopra
Mac Mohan
CinematographyKay Gee
Music bySongs:
Rajesh Roshan
Salil Chowdhury
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Trimurti Films
Release date
  • 9 August 1979 (1979-08-09)
Running time
171 mins
Box officeest. ₹6 crore
(est. ₹135 crores as of 2020)

Kaala Patthar (transl.Black Stone) is a 1979 Indian Hindi-language action drama film produced and directed by Yash Chopra, with a screenplay written by Salim–Javed. The film was based on the Chasnala mining disaster, and is the fourth collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and director Yash Chopra, which succeeded the films Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978).


In spite of the film only doing average business at the box office, [2] the film was critically acclaimed, and received several Filmfare Award nominations. [3] It attained cult status, and is considered a classic in Hindi cinema. Amitabh Bachchan was much appreciated for his portrayal of ex-Navy captain now working in mines, in order to forget his past. However, Shatrughan Sinha walked away with all the applause.


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 convict 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. Water floods the mines, endangering the lives of hundreds of workers trapped underground. Ravi, Vijay, and Mangal succeed in saving the miners, although Ravi injures his leg and Mangal dies.


Amitabh Bachchan Vijay Pal SinghEx-Merchant Navy captain / Coal Miner WorkerCoal Mines Staff and Workers
Shashi Kapoor Ravi MalhotraCoal Mine Engineer
Rakhee Gulzar Sudha Sen
Sanjeev Kumar MathurDoctorsGuest Appearance
Shatrughan Sinha Mangal SinghRan-away Prisoner who later joins as Coal Mine Worker
Parveen Babi AnitaPress reporter/ Photographer
Neetu Singh ChannoJewellery Seller/Mangal's Lover
Prem Chopra Dhanraj PuriOwner of Coal Mines
Parikshit Sahni JaggaTruck Driver
Yunus Parvez Maneklal SaxenaChief Engineer
Manmohan Krishna Crippled Dhaba Owner
Vikas Anand Ram SinghSupervisor at Coal Mines
Mac Mohan RanaCoal mines Workers
Sharat Saxena Dhanna
Mohan Sherry Shankar
Satyendra Kapoor Raghunath
Gita Siddharth Mrs RaghunathRaghunath's Wife
Poonam Dhillon Raghunath's Daughter
Romesh Sharma Vikram
Madan Puri Vikram's Dad
Iftekhar Mr. SinghRetd Army PersonParents of Vijay Pal Singh
Sudha Chopra Mrs Singh
Suresh Oberoi Naval OfficersGuest and Special Appearances
Gautam Sarin
BholaGyanCanteen man
Jagdish Raj Police Inspector


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

1."Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 5:20
2."Baahon Mein Teri" Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar4:15
3."Meri Dooron Se Aye Baaraat"Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus3:20
4."Jagaya Jagaya" Mahendra Kapoor, S. K. Mohan, Pamela Chopra 6:55
5."Dhoom Mache Dhoom"Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mohan7:40
6."Mujhe Pyaar Ka Tohfa Dekar"Mohammad Rafi, Usha Mangeshkar 5:15

Awards and nominations

The film received 7 Filmfare Award nominations at the 27th Filmfare Awards held in 1980, of which it won neither one in any category. Neetu Singh was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, which was her first and only Filmfare nomination.

27th Filmfare Awards


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