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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)
Kenneth Desai Kenneth Desai ... Dr. Mehta (as Kenny Desai)
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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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:

INR180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,343, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$754,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,266,341
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ranbir Kapoor played body double to Amitabh Bachchan during the opening credits while shooting the fountain scene. See more »

Quotes

Michelle McNally: For me every drop of water is an ocean.
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Remade as My World (2013) See more »

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Haan Maine Chukar Dekha Hai
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Monty Sharma
Performed by Gayatri Iyer
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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Why don't people like it?
10 June 2006 | by mamamia123098See all my reviews

Who cares if it's like Miracle Worker....it's still such a beautiful movie. And believe me, it's different and if you stupid, idiotic people can't remember, the movie was made in Helen Keller's honor and they spent a whole day at her institution. And the only it has in common to Miracle Worker is a Deaf and blind girl. The description of the blackness she sees and how in the end she helps Amitabh learn to remember is original.

Black Shows darkness in a frightening, confusing, frustrating place, a whirlwind of emotion and anger. Michelle lives in a time where little can be done for her. Anger rots inside her for the frustration she feels for not seeing her sister's face or hear her mother's voice. She's a prisoner. She feels excluded. For hours upon hours she tries to scream but nothing comes out...just distorted noises that she can't even hear. Black is a living hell...until she meets Amitabh bachan's character....her brings light into Michelle's terrifying world.

Rani Mukerji is fantastic and she is NOT annoying because you dumb haters just don't see the depth. And she was't just acting like she thought a deaf, mute,and blind person would. They actually spent a day at the institution. Though it strays from the typical musical/love story/gangster-beats-up-hero-but-he-doesn't-care-hes-bloody and/or is dying Indian movie( i think those movies are bull crap), its beautiful! Give it a chance! You'll really learn something!


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