When the clich was used, Anurag Kashyap came a long way from helping Ram Gopal Varma. The journey did not go smoothly but after seeing Anurag’s work and his way of thinking, he could not have it any other way. Punch, directed by him, never saw the light of day, and then came the 2004 controversial film Made on Black Friday, 1993 Bombay bomb blasts. This created a sensation again, and as Kashyap himself revealed in an interview with Film Companion, he received the announcement that the movie had been banned after arriving at the venue of the grand premiere in Eros.
Wearing his best suit, Anurag received the worst news of his life. By self-acceptance, Anurag Kashyap did not leave the suit for a month. “Punch has already been banned. Gulal was stopped after the first schedule. I just went to my room and started drinking. And I stayed in my suite for a month,” said Anurag Kashyap.
With this kind of heavy duty backstory, Black Friday is considered one of the best films of today Anurag’s careerBut, Hindi cinema too. I remember in an interview with director Shujit Sirkar Anupama Chopra about how he wanted to make a political film in his lifetime, about a ‘proper political film’. Anurag Kashyap did this work 15 years ago and paid the price for it for three years. Yes, Black Friday is three years ahead of its widespread release in the country.
A decade and a half later, it is safe to say that there is traditionally nothing about Black Friday. Kashyap broke boundaries, pushing the metaphorical envelope back and forth on screen while doing this crime-procedural drama. First, dances like Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim and wanted criminals appear on celluloid (underestimated Pawan Malhotra and Vijay Maurya played superbly respectively). And then we took the names of our then politicians Balasaheb Thackeray and LK Advani who had those roles. And it’s not funny, either. Timer Memon plotted how to blow up the buildings of these politicians and damage the beating heart in India, its financial center, as Memon says in the movie. It takes courage to call an object by its name, and these days it is impossible to imagine exactly what is going on with social media trials and strict censorship.
Based on the book Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by Hussain Zaidi, the film has been praised for its excellent performances, honesty towards its script and guerrilla filming style. The famous, long chase sequence comes to mind when tired but courageous officers try to locate the suspect. Running on pipes, walking through narrow congested alleys, tracking performance at all times; Following all these details with precision is not an easy task. But Kashyap and his team did it, and on a very low budget! In fact, it was this chase sequence that inspired British filmmaker Danny Boyle to have his own chase scene around Dharavi in his Slumdog Millionaire film. Natarajan Subramaniam is a shout out for his excellent camera work.
Black Friday, runs for 2.5 hours, sometimes tired of its details. But it is so detailed, it is so different. The makers wanted a sense of reality, and not just some run-of-the-mill gangster drama. Its dialogues are brilliant. The police custody scene starring Aditya Srivastava and KK Menon is a perfect example of the balance of realism and glamorous entertainment. And it is also in large parts with the talent of the actors. The same lines may have been taught about the division of religion, boasting that someone else was speaking. But with these actors, the lines evoked the right emotion in the audience.
These elements of filmmaking are Black Friday — a cult classic. If you do not see it, experience the rush on Netflix.