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  • by Anurag Kashyap
  • India
  • 161.0 mins
  • Festival: 2004
  • Section: Concorso internazionale

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Black Friday explores and dissects the terrorist attacks which shook Mumbai in 1993, by retracing the Indian police investigation. Anurag Kashyap fictionalises the reality of a well- country and a city known for tolerance but which finally imploded from the religious tensions that began with the confrontations between the Muslim and Hindu communities, between December 1992 and January 1993. He depicts the suffering of the Muslim minority during the riots, an ordeal that led the leaders of the underground Islamic movements to meet in Dubai, to decide on retaliatory action. The film begins on March 9, 1993, when a man goes to a police station in Mumbai to make a declaration: there is a conspiracy to make a series of attacks on the city’s main strategic locations. The police ignore this warning. Three days later, Mumbai is torn apart in a series of explosions whose victims number around 300 people. The city is immediately put under curfew. The Indian government mandates the Srikrishna commission to investigate the possible connections between the riots and these murderous attacks. It concludes that «the former were a determining factor in the latter» and that «these explosions were a reaction to the events that happened in Ayodhya and Mumbai between December 1992 and January 1993.» Eleven years after the facts, Black Friday unravels the infernal spiral that led to this murderous madness and dissects the cyclical nature of acts of violence. With no concession to sentimentality, the director highlights India’s uncertain future, whilst keeping as his watchword Gandhi’s phrase: «An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.»

Production Year: 2004

Production country: India

Runtime: 161.0 mins


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Director: Anurag Kashyap

Screenplay: Anurag Kashyap

Cinematography: N. Nataraja Subramanian

Music: Indian Ocean

Sound: Sanjay Maurya, Kunal Sharma

Editing: Aarti Bajaj

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