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 Post subject: Black Friday (2004)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:07 pm 

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Another sign of the current resurgence in Indian cinema's artistic standing is BLACK FRIDAY, lately arrived on DVD after some censorship problems back home delayed its wider release. Anurag Kashyap's retelling, based on a non-fiction book, of the Bombay bomb outrages of 1993 (in which 300 died), their background, their perpetrators and their aftermath is a outstanding, adult piece of film making, which at times recalls BATTLE OF ALGIERS. If only British cinema had come up with something similarly brave in respect of 7/7, instead of largely losing its way in gangster films and amiable comedies, we might have something to be proud of.

Presumably mirroring the episodic, back-and-forth structure of original, BLACK FRIDAY mixes original footage of the bombings (and the riots which triggered the instigators) together with meticulous reconstruction of events, while handling the interraction of a large, convincing cast with complete assurance. Location shooting (which includes a memorable foot chase through the slums) and cinematography are outstanding. Even-handed in its depiction of events, while never downplaying the terrible tragedy involved, Kahyap's film is so good that one wonders if most Western critics, who seem to have ignored it outright, have been asleep on the job. It certainly makes one keen to see his earlier crime fiction film PAANCH (2003) which has also attracted huge word of mouth anticipation, but which remains frustratingly unavailable. Going by this sample, the director is a major talent. Rush to see it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:29 am 

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I haven't seen this, but to be fair to British filmmakers, Black Friday did appear eleven years after the events it depicts. I remember comments of "too soon" when United 93 and World Trade Center appeared in cinemas five years after 9/11. We've only had two years since 7/7.

I don't doubt that 7/7 films will start appearing in due course - though they'll probably turn up on TV rather than cinemas, and Michael Winterbottom or Antonia Bird would be likely directors. Road to Guantanamo isn't Winterbottom's best film by any means, but you can't fault it for topical urgency.

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