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Black Friday

Black Friday (2005)

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap explores the events following the March 2, 1993, bombings that ripped through Mumbai, India while simultaneously offering a cinematic study on just how such a tragedy can change a city in this adaptation of the book by author S. Hussain Zaidi. Mumbai has been decimated by a series of powerful bombs, and now top cop Rakesh Maria (Kay Kay Menon) is determined to apprehend the culprits responsible for plunging the city into chaos. Soon after discovering several more

Feb 9, 2007

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The underused Indian actor Kay Kay Menon is perfectly cast as a crisply correct detective keeping a tight lid on his seething anger in Black Friday, a rigorously naturalistic docudrama about a complex police investigation.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Black Friday is a moving and exhausting work of angry humanism.

February 9, 2007
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A fact-based procedural whose drama gets lost amid its analytical detail.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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A superb and devastating piece of cinema that with justification can be compared favorably to Gillo Pontocorvo's classic The Battle of Algiers in its dispassionate yet sweeping journalistic inquiry into cataclysmic social and political events.

February 5, 2007
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A potent reminder that Indian filmmaking isn't limited to Bollywood super-productions.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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In the aftermath of 9/11, its assertion that religious terrorism is about more than simply faith is food for thought.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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There's a lot of material covered in the film and its structure ... requires an audience to pay careful and close attention. But [director Anurag] Kashyap keeps the action moving and the overall movie turns out to be engrossing.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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I just could not get into this movie. I know this was a horrible event for the people of India, but this "docudrama" did not let me develop any emotion about the event, or the people involved. It is just an endless dialogue (3 hours) from the people who were supposedly involved. In this case, we need more "drama" than "docu".
November 26, 2011
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"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." -Mahatma Gandhi

Anurag Kashyap's gripping exposé on India's very real Hindu/Muslim conflict and the flawed philosophy of murder in the name of God. Gruesome and painstakingly detailed.
February 20, 2011
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