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Black (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 February 2005 (USA)
The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ayesha Kapoor ...
Young Michelle McNally (as Ayesha Kapur)
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Paul McNally (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Sillo Mahava ...
Mrs. Gomes (as Silloo Mahava)
Chippy Gangjee ...
Principal Fernandes (as Chippy Ganjee)
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Ms. Nair
Salome ...
Martha (as Salomi Roy Kapoor)
Kenny Desai ...
Dr. Mehta
Arif Shah ...
Marc Brugger
Bomie E. Dotiwala ...
Mr. Brugger (as Bomi Dotiwala)
Jeroo Shroff ...
Mrs. Brugger
Bomi Kapadia ...
Trustee 1
Kamal Adib ...
Trustee 2
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Storyline

Based in Simla, the McNallys are an Anglo-Indian family consisting of Paul and his wife, Catherine. Both are full of joy when Catherine gives birth to a baby girl, Michelle, but their joy is short-lived when they are told that Michellle cannot see nor hear. Both attempt to bring up Michelle in their own protective way, as a result Michelle is not exposed to the real world, and becomes increasingly violent and volatile. Things only get worse when Catherine gives birth to Sara, and Paul considers admitting Michelle in an asylum. It is here that Debraj Sahai enters their lives. Through his eager involvement, Michelle blossoms, grows, gives up her violence, even gets admitted in school with normal children. The years pass by, Michelle does not succeed in getting her graduation, and it is time for Debraj to bid adieu as he is having his own health problems. 12 years later, at the age of 40, Michelle does succeed in graduating in Arts, and it is shortly thereafter she will be re-united with... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An unending darkness... A world of shadows... A ray of light that found its way... A teacher's dream... A student's miracle... A valiant journey... From ignorance to knowledge... From darkness to light... An extraordinary story of an ordinary life

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Drama

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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Последняя надежда  »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 22,775 (Australia) (6 February 2005)

Gross:

$733,094 (USA) (27 March 2005)
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Trivia

While the movie is supposedly set in Simla, and has an undefined time period, the time period is variable, and can be measured in part by the presence of Charlie Chaplin movies, which are being presented in the background. These movies include The Kid (1921) and The Gold Rush (1925), and while we do not know when they were released in India, they give us a general time period, although this might not fully explain the extravagant European setting of the area, even though the British Raj was still in force. See more »

Quotes

Michelle McNally: I know now that there is God... He is not in the Holy Spirit we pray to... He isn't written about in religious texts... He is someone who is a part of our lives... Whom we live for... Because of whom we live...
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Connections

Remade as Benim Dünyam (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Michelle's First Day At School
Composed by Monty Sharma
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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7 March 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in first week of its release itself and i liked movie too much ,much more than any Hindi movie till date but i didn't want to compare it with any other Hindi movie. SOme ppl are arguing that this movie is crap or similar words for it but i couldn't find any suitable explanation for saying the movie is not gud enough to be a part of one of the best movies ever. The concept,acting,direction and screenplay was superb. This is one of the few movies which got potential to bind u emotionally with the movie . THe best part was SLB tried something very diff and took huge risk by doing something which was never done before. No songs and very apt music which runs throughout the movie. I do agree that this movie certainly deserves an Oscar and i do agree that it was totally framed for it as the length of the movie, most of the dialogs in English,total British background, Cristian characters but i guess this can bring golden era to bollywood which is already contributing maximum no. of movies(even more than Hollywood) by providing some excellent works. Good work SLB


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