Black Friday

Synopsis: A dramatic presentation of the bomb blasts that rocked Bombay on March 12, 1993, displays the police investigation, amidst allegations of human rights violations, led by DCP Rakesh Maria, in tracking down the suspects, especially Bashir Khan. Bashir managed to elude authorities by re-locating to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and West Bengal, after finally being apprehended in Bombay. His confession and subsequent flashbacks showcases the apathy shown by authorities who refused to intervene during the destruction of the sacred Babri Masjid by Hindu Kar Sevaks, and the inability of the police to fulfill their mandate and protect the vulnerable, forcing many to flee to other locations. The subsequent aftermath that succeeded in irreversibly polarizing communities in Bombay; Pakistan's involvement in training and arms' supplies; the main alleged suspects, Dawood Ibrahim, and Mushtaq Memon, sought refuge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while Indian politicians made a cosmetic move to re-
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Anurag Kashyap
Production: Passport
  2 nominations.
143 min

It's the truth, sir.

- Truth, really?

It was just me in the riots.

Not my brothers. Let them go.

Believe me, it was only me... I'm

not lying sir. I'm not lying sir.

Lock him up.

Please let my brothers go... they

haven't done anything.

Sir I have information. - What?

I have information.

The city is about to be bombed.

Tell me. What? I'm telling the truth.

- Bombs. Mantralaya, Stock Exchange...

...Sena Bhavan, they

want to blow them all up.

That's bull sh*t. Who will blow up

Mantralaya, Sena Bhavan?

I'm not lying. No, it's the truth.

They're using RDX.

We smuggled it in. You

know Tiger bhai...?


- Tiger Memon.

Who's that? Sir Tiger...

- Yes, who is he?

He sent us for training...

They showed how to

make bombs and...

...throw grenades, pull

the pin and throw.

We learnt it all.

Now the Stock Exchange, Mantralaya,

they're going to blow the city up.

Stock Exchange, Mantralaya,

Sena Bhavan...

Blown up by an army

of pricks like you?

I'm not making this up.

Look at yourself, you little runt.

Mantralaya, Stock Exchange,

they'll blow them up?

You think it's a piece of cake?

You think it's a piece of cake?

Shut up.

Say another word, and I'll throw

your whole family into jail...

You can rot together forever.

You think we're morons?

Lock him up!

"Oh my Khwaja..."

"There is a carnival today..."

"At the home of the Khwaja..."

"He is blessed..."

"He is blessed..."

"Salutations to Mohammed..."

"It is my Maula's wedding...

You know Gullu sold us out...

But I swear that's not

going to stop us.

The police think they

still have time.

Like Napoleon we'll be done

and gone before they know it.

On Friday, the 12th, the

17th day of Ramadan...

The day the Prophet fought the

holy war and won, that day.


What's this?

- T-shirts

You sell T-shirts too? - Of course.

Tomorrow's Saturday. The

Stock Exchange is closed.

So I sell T-shirts. Come Monday,

it's back to sandwiches.

What is it? Yes, tell me.


O Ramesh, Ramesh, I'm

going to take a leak.

Hey move! The rest of you

clear out of here.

Ask the police to clear the area.

Hey clear away everyone from

here. Clear everyone.

Move back! Come on!

Just check him out!

Sir... Century Bazaar is

Completely destroyed.

There's glass shattered

over two kilometres...

You checked all the cars in the

area? - We didn't find a thing sir.

The jeep, there wasn't much left...

Seems at least 80 kilos

of RDX was used here...

And another 50 at

the Stock Exchange.

Control, come in!

Yeah Sawant speaking.

Crime asks Bomb squad to proceed

to Worli... Siemens factory...

Suspicious Maruti Van... over...

Car bombs used at Stock Exchange,

Plaza Cinema, Air India building

Scooter bombs in the market areas

Bombs were also planted in the

rooms of three major hotels...

We have the names of

the three guests.

The death toll has crossed 300...

1600 injured are being treated

in the city's hospitals.

Brother Is this scooter yours?


- Yes sir?

Whose scooter is that?

- I don't know, sir.

Did you hear about the

Bombay blasts on BBC?

Who do you think did it?

You said, the Muslims have bled,

you wanted to take revenge.

We are talking.

We'll call you. You go.

So, what did you do?

Those blasts that was me.

I got the boys together.

I. I put my money in it.

I got the others in as well.

The whole plan...

You were still planning your trip...

And I'd already reached the moon.

You won't get away.

What do you mean?

- The police...

...found a Maruti van at Worli

It was filled with weapons...

...and they tracked down the owner.

Something wrong?

Watchman! - Yes sir.

- Whose scooter is that?

I don't know...

- You've asked all the residents?

No... - This is no place

to park a scooter.

Ask everyone.

Sir, it might explode

if you open it.

So the moment I saw the

scooter there...

I knew something was wrong.

It doesn't belong to

anyone in the area.

Sir, Shut all the shops.

We'll have to evacuate the area.

The moment I saw the scooter

I knew something...

Thank you. Please leave now.

It's dangerous here.

When did you realise...?

The moment I saw the scooter...

I knew something was wrong.

I immediately asked my watchman.

I asked the neighbours...


Why didn't it explode?

When it was assembled... RDX must

have gotten into the detonator...

It blocked the movement

of the striker...

Whoever made it wasn't

being very careful.

Dangle, get me details

on the scooter.


Get me something to eat.

I want to speak to Dangle

We're working on it, but I

Don't think it was stolen.

I sent Kambli to track

down the registration.

And the Maruti van...?

It's registered in the name of

one Rubina Suleiman Memon...

Resident of Al Husseini building,

Durgah Road, Mahim.

You know the Memons?

Fifth floor. - Come on.

Every one's gone away somewhere...?

They've not been here for a while.

Mushtaq bhai was here till

Day before. - Mushtaq bhai?

Mushtaq, Tiger.

Tiger Memon. A well known smuggler

with a long record...

Who's Rubina?

- Suleiman bhai's wife

Who is Suleiman bhai?

- Suleiman bhai lives here

What does he do?

- I don't know

He's Mushtaq bhai's older

brother... they're all in business.

Did they own a Maruti van?

They had two three cars.

- Did they file a report?

Report? Can't say... they had several

cars. - Any of them reported missing?

I don't know. Mushtaq

bhai was a very busy man.

All kinds of people have been coming

and going the last ten-fifteen days

Rubina was saying that they

were going home soon.


- Dubai.

Here in Mahim, Dubai's

home for most of us.

Break the door.

- What happened?

Nothing. Go.

Patil, break the door.

Shinde, open it.

Patil. - Coming sir.

- Take a look inside

Check the lockers and shelves

Look under the sofa

Hathgowda. - Yes sir? - Telephone

diary, check-book. Keep it carefully.

What's this?

Didn't I ask for something to eat?

I got you something sir, but

by then we were all leaving

Did you eat?

- No.

There's more. Tell everyone

to get some.

Scooter keys

Where's that scooter?

- Matunga Police Station

Go and try it. See if it fits.

There was a manager,

he came by often

A manager?

- Yes.

What's his name?

Where does he stay?

What happened? Sir, it's time to

break our fast. Do join us.

Sir, Dangle sir's back.

That telephone diary has some Dubai

and Islamabad numbers... mostly...

Is Maria sir aware?

Yes Dangle? - Sir, It's

the same scooter's key.

That manager. What's his name?

Asghar Muqadam.

- Look for the rascal.

Yes. - Sit straight.

How long have you been

working for Tiger?

One year

What do you know about him?

- I was only his manager sir

One year is a long time. Long

enough to learn enough.

I only kept accounts - You just

said you were his manager. - Yes.

Look, I haven't eaten

since the morning...

My head hurts, I'm hungry.

So if you don't cooperate,

I'll have to make you.

He smuggled silver and what else?

How much do you earn?

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Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap (born 10 September 1972), is an Indian film director, writer, editor, producer and actor known for his works in Hindi cinema, He is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards. For his contributions to film, the Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013. After writing a television serial, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya (1998), and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which never had a theatrical release due to censorship issues. He then went on to direct Black Friday (2007), a film based on the book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. Its release was held up for two years by the Central Board of Film Certification because of the pending verdict of the case at that time, but was released in 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. Kashyap's followup, No Smoking (2007) met with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office. His next venture Dev.D (2009), a modern adaptation of Devdas was a critical and commercial success; followed by the political drama Gulaal (2009), and the thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). His prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Kashyap subsequently co-produced the critically acclaimed drama The Lunchbox, and the biographical drama Shahid (both 2013), the former earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language nomination. His next films were the anthology Bombay Talkies (2013), and the drama Ugly (2014). In 2016, Kashyap directed Raman Raghav 2.0, a film based on the serial killer Raman Raghav. His next film was the sports drama Mukkabaaz, which was released in 2018. Apart from filmmaking, Kashyap serves as the Member of board of the Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. He is the founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films and Phantom Films, with partnership from directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena. more…

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