On Tuesday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan celebrated 42 years of filmmaker Yashchopra’s 1979 classic “Kaala Patthar”. He also remembered how, just as in the movie, he worked in coal mines prior to joining the industry.
Salim-Javed’s drama was based on the 1975 Chasnala mine disaster that killed 375 miners. It was followed by flooding.
The film starred Bachchan as an ex Navy Captain who worked in mines. Shatrughan Sinha was his co-worker Mangal (an escaped convict) and Shashi Kapoor, the engineer in charge in the mines.
Bachchan posted a collage of the film to Instagram.
“Kaala patthar,” a film starring the 78-year old actor, was special because it featured many parallels to his real life, such as working in the mines at Asansol and Dhanbad.
“42 years of ‘Kala Patthar . It’s been a while, and there are so many incidents in this film from my personal experiences working in the Coal Dept of my Calcutta Company. This was my first job prior to joining the movies… actually working at the coal mines in Dhanbad & Asansol.” he wrote.
Rakhee and Parveen Babi, Neetu Sing, Prem Chopra, Mac Mohan were also part of “Kaala Patthar”.
It received critical acclaim for its performances. The film is also remembered for chartbusters such as “Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi” and “Baahon Mein Teri” composed by Rajesh Roshan, with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi.
After blockbusters such as “Deewaar” (1975), “Kabhie Kabhie”, and “Trishul” (1978), “Kaala Patthar”, was the fourth collaboration between Chopra, Bachchan and Kapoor.