Black Friday (2007) – aren’t we there yet !

Well, just few days ago I was wondering why don’t our movies get appreciated globally ?
Is it to do something with the musical story format, or the huge gap between western and our films subject gets lost in interpretation?
Various arguments are put forward by the industry; Technical inferiority, lack of originality, etc… or are we still not there?

After watching Black Friday all those myths were collapsed. Three cheers for the director Anurag Kashyap for making it possible for the movie to see daylight.

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pawan Malhotra

Black Friday is a kind of movie which definitely deserves an Oscar. You couldn’t help to overlook the genius work of the director which are above the par than great directors of all times like Mani Rathnam, Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali or any other big time directors. It took me more than 24 hours for me to get out of that hangover and write a review.

The story and its depiction, though at times gets too rusty and might disturb some audience, comes near to the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Pathar Panchali. Based on true story of Bombay bomb blasts of 1993, Black Friday unfolds the true incidents of that unfaithful day. The movie progress in non linear fashion and is an adaptation of the book titled same by senior journalist S. Hussain Zaidi.

It not just highlights how those incidents occurred, but also tries to answer the most vital question ringing in many mumbaitians mind – WHY?

The movie gets as real as possible with some footage from the real incidents too, captured thorugh hidden lens. Even the major character names are kept intact based upon the real incident. Inspite of some real scenes, the movie doesn’t look like documentary. The stories follow in chapters like in the book. You never feel bored even for a single minute during whole movie.

All the actors have done brilliant job, even the standby crowds have given real expressions. Among the best, the outstanding ones are Kay Kay, who these days have lost into commercial miniscule bits. There are no typical Bollywood songs in the movie. The background music increases the powerful impact of the movie! The Cinematography (Natarajan Subramaniam) is top class.

Black Friday has got it all if you are looking for best of realistic cinema. Though it might not attain blockbuster status, but will be one of the tough contenders in 2008 Film Awards, even in Oscars.

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