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‘Kala Patthar’, Big B remembers association with coal mines

Remembering Yash Chopra’s 1979 film ‘Kala Patthar’, Amitabh Bachchan shared a poster of the iconic movie on Instagram and informed that he had worked in the coal department of a company based in Kolkata.

Amitabh said his first job was before he got his break in films. In the caption to the picture, Big B exclaimed: “42 years of KALA PATTHAR .. !!! phew !!!”

Amitabh’s famous line in the movie – “My pain is my destiny and I can’t avoid it” – is counted among Hindi cinema’s unforgettable. ‘Kala Patthar’ was believed to be inspired by the coal mine disaster that claimed 375 lives at Chasnala near Dhanbad (Jharkhand’s coal district in India) on 27th December 1975.

Apart from Amitabh Bachchan, the movie’s star cast also included Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhee, Parveen Babi, and Neetu Singh.

Writing on Instagram, the Big B said: “Been a while … and so many incidents in the film from my personal experiences when I worked in the Coal Dept of my Calcutta Company, my first job before joining the movies … actually working in the coal mines in Dhanbad and Asansol.”

The movie narrates the story of Vijay Singh, a disgraced former navy officer who had been branded a coward and had chosen to work at a coal mine out of guilt. When the mine gets flooded, Vijay is among the coal miners who get trapped.

The Big B awaits the release of his upcoming movie ‘Chehre’, a thriller, also starring Krystle D’Souza, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Annu Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, and Raghubir Yadav.

The movie, which is waiting for a 27th August theatrical release, has Amitabh playing a lawyer and Emraan, a business tycoon.

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