Black Friday


Anurag Kashyap‘s Black Friday is a commendable achievment. The film, an introspection on the 1993 Bombay blasts which left around 300 dead is as unbiased as one can get. Reviewed rapturously well at various international frestivals, this was something I’d been looking forward to for sometime.

The film was completed in 2004 and premiered at Locarno but took over 2 years to get released in India. Reason being that the perpetrators of the crime (those named in the film) asked for a stay saying that public opinion would get biased. I find it amazing that they still justify their actions like that. Flawed as our judicial system is, the film didn’t get released till early this year.

You would expect people to flock to see this film but instead, nobody bothered. Reason: there wasn’t enough entertainment or that it felt too much like a documentary.

It’s sad that such efforts go in vain. Black Friday is one of those films that actually manages to ask questions and state facts as they are.  Technically brilliant (though there are a few noticeable flaws like the 2003 model Toyota Corolla etc…), well acted and thoroughly researched, this is perhaps one of the best efforts of Indian Cinema that also manages to work well as a documentary.

In case you didn’t know, Tiger Memon and his underworld associates who orchestrated the conspiracy are yet to be caught.


5 Responses to “Black Friday”

  1. Its not just the case of Black Friday.. Even a film like “Parzania” which simply tells a story of a Parsi couple losing their child during the madness has been prevented from being screened in parts of the country. Dude, all this has got nnothing to do with the reasons dished out by the government. It all boils down to some jackass politicians finding the comments disturbing enough to accept it being showed to the common public.

  2. In the case of Parzania and Fanaa, it was politicians I agree. But for Black Friday, jailed criinals actuallly had a say in the issue…sickening!

  3. Heh heh… I’d watched it long before back home. That too on the television. Piracy isn’t all that bad! 😉

  4. @indisch
    Same here. I watched it when I was in Bhubaneswar.
    I didn’t know back then that it hasn’t been officially released.

    I am not really sure whether the “banning the movie” on the request of the convicts was wrong or not; but then thing otherwise.
    What about a case where the convict is NOT guilty.
    Wouldn’t the movie bias the views of the common public?
    So the law is, in my opinion, okay.

    …but hey! Wait a sec!
    Who would get biased? Nobody watches these movies.
    ::Working class is busy the whole week earning; and then busy the weekend spending at INOXes/IMAXes…Multiplexes. They don’t have time to DEVELOP views on these issues.
    ::Poorer class likes to see their superstars in Armanis, buying helicopters (KKKG) and dancing (any bollywood multi-starrer).
    ::Media as we all know is priceless. They don’t get time from Rakhi Sawant’s ***** (wildcards), Abh-Ash Marriage.
    So…. What the HECK!

  5. I share your views about the film. I was living in Mumbai when the blasts took place and have gone through the trauma. Few comments on the film:

    – the film courageously departs from all the established Bollywood norms and courageously portrays Kashyap’s signature dictatorial style
    – Sanjay Dutt’s involvement would have been a “spicy” addition to the script, however Kashyap’s surgical razor’s sharp focus kept it out as irrelevant
    – Making such a high-impact film, yet be impartial, is an achievement in itself. Nowhere does it cast a judgmental vote on any kind of moral ground.

    There are couple of Kashyap’s interviews if you want to read more about the man who apparently owns the largest personal DVD collection in India:

    Cheers, and let’s pray for a safer world in the future!

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