Noorag Kashyap’s masterpiece Black Friday released 14 years ago on this day. Starring Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pawan Malhotra, Kishore Kadam and Zakir Hussain in pivotal roles, Anurag’s film traces the events that led to the 1993 March 12 serial bombings in Mumbai, and the subsequent investigation. Happened too. A total of 12 explosions took place around Mumbai (then called Bombay), in which 257 people lost their lives.
But, 14 years after its release on Black Friday, it is still considered one of Anurag’s best works till date. Perhaps because the one thread that has remained timeless in the film is that of religious intolerance that leads to terrorism.
On the 14th anniversary of Black Friday, here are some things you probably didn’t know about the film:
Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday is based on journalist Hussain Zaidi’s book Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blast. Hussain Zaidi’s book was first released in 2002 and was later reissued in 2008. The book narrates the events that led to the deadly blasts in Mumbai and is headed by Investigating Officer Rakesh Maria (played by KK Menon).
Team. It also talks about the people who were caught in connection with the blasts during the process. The original names of these characters have been retained in the film.
Black Friday was initially scheduled to be released in 2004. Anurag Kashyap’s film premiered in 2004 at the Locarno International Film Festival and in the same year, it was to hit the screens in India. However, the Bombay High Court had issued a stay order on the release of the film.
The film was allowed to release in theaters after almost 3 years only after the TADA court delivered its judgment in the 1993 blasts case in 2007. “It has been a difficult journey and it seems that something has finally unblocked. I don’t think the delay in release will have any bearing on the impact of the film. It is a timeless film, promoting terrorism with a universal theme of religious intolerance, said Anurag Kashyap after getting cleared for release on Black Friday.
According to reports, Naseeruddin Shah was approached for the role of underworld don Tiger Memon in Black Friday. However, the actor reportedly turned down the offer as he was not comfortable playing the role of a Muslim terrorist. The role of Tiger Memon was later played by Pawan Malhotra.
The scene where a group of police officers are chasing an accused of an explosion in the bustling streets of Mumbai is considered to be one of the longest chase scenes in Bollywood. This scene is of seven minutes. This sequence has been shot in the slum area of Mumbai.