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Black (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 February 2005 (USA)
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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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Sanjay Leela Bhansali (screenplay), Bhavani Iyer (English dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Întuneric See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 68,064,805 (India), 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,342, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$754,819, 31 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,944,118
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sanjay Leela Bhasali narrated script to Amitabh Bachchan on sets of Khakee 2004.While he was shooting in Nashik. See more »

Quotes

Debraj Sahai: That after spending thirty years in this school, I'm just an unseen unheard entity. When I saw the school for the last time, my students were waving to me in the wrong direction.
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Referenced in Comedy Circus: Imagination Special (2013) See more »

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The First Touch
Composed by Monty Sharma
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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Great Movie! Good Solid Direction! Awesome Performances!!!
9 February 2005 | by tumharabaapSee all my reviews

Here's very briefly what the movie is about:

It is the story of Helen Keller & Anne Mansfield Sullivan, suitably modified though, to nicely fit into the Bollywood mould.

That however should not take anything away from the three main highlights of the film:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Direction, Rani Mukherjee's execution of a difficult role, & Mr. Amitabh Bachchan!!!

Bhansali is best at stories highlighting human struggle. And with this adaptation he comes up trumps once again. He also proves that if you have a great story & just one great actor in a meaty role, you have a hit on your hands. Strange how the so called moguls of Hindi cinema cannot see that!

Rani Mukherjee's performance as the Indian Helen Keller (Michelle) is very commendable. It is just her misfortune that she was pitted against Amitabh Bachchan in the BEST Role (Devraj Sahay) of his life!!!

Mr. Bachchan tends to dwarf everyone. To all those who doubt that he is the GREATEST Actor this country has produced, go watch Black. You will return transformed for life! From the moment he comes on screen, he mesmerizes you. And he holds you till the last frame of the movie. He gives you goose bumps with his performance. And to think that the effort doesn't even show...

Now if only other film makers would give him roles worthy of his calibre as an actor, we could well have our first Best Actor Oscar ever. No kidding. Go see the film!

And Oh! I almost forgot. The little girl who plays the young Michelle is the best child actor this author ever seen! And that includes the Macaulay Culkins & Haley Joel Osments of the world!

Trust me! Go see the film!


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