Black Friday (2004)

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A film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.


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  • Vijay Maurya in Black Friday (2004)
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  • Anurag Kashyap at an event for Black Friday (2004)
  • Vijay Maurya in Black Friday (2004)
  • Arindam Mitra at an event for Black Friday (2004)
  • Aditya Srivastav and Kay Kay Menon in Black Friday (2004)

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1 February 2009 | bluefoxniner
10
| Wow...
It saddens me that posters on this thread have the need to brand this as a 'bollywood' movie. the brilliance that is ' black Friday' is so far,far,far removed and so many million times better than any of the dross that conventional ' bollywood' could ever even HOPE to produce makes 'bollywood' a throughly inappropriate branding for ' black Friday'.

for me, 'black Friday' is paving the way for what Indian cinema *should* be doing more of....that is, challenging it's audience and offering some intellectual stimulation.

I realise that the Indian cinema public's demand is overwhelmingly for ' boy meets girl, boys long lost brother/best friend also loves the same girl, they have a fight, then they realise they are brothers and engage in a 30 minute dance recital', type of bullshit, but Indians are becoming more sophisticated and I for one cannot wait for the more serious and discerning productions to come from India that truly challenges the mind and senses.

'Black Friday' in this regards represents a HUGE turning point for Indian cinema.

don't miss it..it's a must see movie on so many levels.

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Aaj Anurag ke paas bangla hai (a duplex to be precise), gadi hai (a recently bought Mahindra XUV, his first car, which his brother Abhinav Kashyap teases him about - 'Class nahi hai tere paas,' he chides) aur biwi bhi hai. But mention his tales of epic struggle and he says, "Who doesn't struggle? People just love these stories. Those were the fun days. And those are the experiences that I borrow from now. If Paanch (the first movie he made in 2000, but which didn't get any backers and still remains unreleased) had been released, I wouldn't have been half of what I am today." He then started work on Gulal, completed the script in 2002 and the film in 2008, but nobody wanted to distribute it. He finally got it released only after the success of Dev D in 2009. For seven years, he struggled to get his 'stuck' films released. Alongside Gulal, Kashyap worked on Black Friday, which too got mired in legal hassles and released only in 2007, after being blocked for two years. It was his first release, but the third film he had directed. "People believed I was jinxed. I had to sit on Shani pujas only to give people around me some peace, even though I didn't believe in any of it," he recalls without a trace of residual hurt. When Black Friday released, it got tremendous critical acclaim. That was when people in the industry started warming up to him. Dev D became a critical and commercial success. It still remains a cult classic for the Kashyap fan club. This was the film that made India sit up and take notice of this director who could give an old tale of love and loss a gritty touch - his Dev was a b*****d, and no one was supposed to feel sad for him. Then there was the over-indulgent No Smoking, which left most people wondering what they'd just seen, and the not-so-great That Girl in Yellow Boots. Eventually he released Gulal in 2009. The film earned rave reviews. Critics called it 'compelling.' 'Trust Anurag to give something different' and 'courageous,' they said. He'd had his revenge.


Quotes

Badshah Khan: I want to go to Dubai!
Bashir Khan: But how'll you go without your Passsport?
Badshah Khan: Why? Anwar has everbody's Passports. Am I right Anwar? You have everybody's Passports, right?
Anwar Theba: I dont have anybody's Passport!
Badshah Khan: What? When we came back from Islamabad, you had kept ...
Anwar Theba: Mind ...


Goofs

In the shots showing Dubai almost all the cars visible on the road are post 2000 models i.e. the Mazda 6, the Toyota Corrola but the movie is based in 1993.


Alternate Versions

17 seconds' worth of cockfighting scenes had to be deleted from the UK version. UK law does not allow any film footage of actual animal cruelty that was deliberately orchestrated by the film-makers.


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Arey Ruk Ja Re Bandey
Lyrics by
Piyush Mishra
Composed by Indian Ocean

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | History

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000 11 February 2007

Gross USA:

$35,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,610,897

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