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 vehicles leaded down with bombs, Maria discovers that Tiger Menon, a powerful businessman from the Muslim area of Mahim, has been shifting funds in the Mumbai underworld in order to finance the bombings. Now, as the bombers shuttle quickly from one location to another with police hot on their trail, it's only a matter of time before the authorities learn the whole story.
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Kay Kay Menon
as DCP Rakesh Maria
Pavan Malhotra
as Tiger Memon
Aditya Srivastava
as Badshah Khan
Vijay Maurya
as Dawood Ibrahim
Kishore Kadam
as Dangle
Zakir Hussain
as Inspector Nand Kumar Chougale
Aditya Shrivastava
as Badshah Khan
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Critic Reviews for Black Friday

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Black Friday is a moving and exhausting work of angry humanism.

February 9, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

A fact-based procedural whose drama gets lost amid its analytical detail.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Top Critic

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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2007
Film Journal International

In the aftermath of 9/11, its assertion that religious terrorism is about more than simply faith is food for thought.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Black Friday

A definitive account of terrorism in India, not because it provides answers, but because for the first time, it lets the audience introspect on what the PROBLEM is.

Soham Gadre
Soham Gadre

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".

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

"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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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