Kaala Patthar (Black Stone or Coal, in this instance) is an action/drama film produced and directed by Bollywood heavyweight Yash Chopra. The movie is based on the Chasnala mining disaster in 1975 where an explosion in the Indian mine led to the mine flooding, killing 372 miners in the catastrophe.
The movie however did average at the box office throughout India; it was the urban numbers that kept the movie from becoming a box office flop. Despite eight Filmfare nominations, it failed to win a single award.
The music however fared rather well with the masses. The scores are by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Sahir. The first song of the album, “Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi” opens with the first line of the famous Dolly Parton song, “Jolene” but this is where the similarity ends. No idea why Rajesh Roshan inserted that into the opening score; if anyone out there does know the reason, please enlighten me because it is so bizarre! I honestly do not mind all the songs in the album except for “Mujhe Pyar Ka Tohfa Deke”. I just think Usha Khanna’s voice did nothing for the song and therefore I can’t bring myself to like the song aesthetically or intrinsically. My favourites from this album are “Meri Dooron Se Aayee Baraat”, “Jaggaya Jaggaya” and “Dhoom Mache Dhoom”.
|Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi, M - Dhoom Mache Dhoom - www.Songs. .mp3|
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Note: If you haven’t already noticed, I am very partial to Mahendra Kapoor’s and Shailendra Singh’s voices. I believe that these singers have both been severally under-rated when it comes to their voices abilities.
My verdict: Three star plus.
Kaala Patthar 1979: The Original Soundtrack
1. Ek Rasta Hai Zindagi – Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Chorus
2. Meri Dooron Se Aayee Baraat – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus
3. Jaggaya Jaggaya – Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mahan and Pamela Chopra
1. Dhoom Mache Dhoom – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor and S.K. Mahan and Chorus
2. Bahoon Mein Teri – Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi
3. Mujhe Pyar Ka Tohfa Deke – Usha Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi