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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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Catherine 'Cathy' McNally
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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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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:

$733,094, 27 March 2005
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Snow was essential for the story, so for the first part of the shoot, the entire unit went to Simla in mid-January. It was cold but there was no sign of snow. Since the unit could not wait around, kilos of salt bags bought from the local market and snow making machines from Bombay helped complete that schedule. The shooting would be done early at 4 am. And when the locals emerged they'd be amazed to see so much snow; it looked so authentic that they would touch it to check whether it was real. Dogs would come and lick the salt. The day after the unit left Simla, it snowed heavily. See more »

Quotes

Debraj Sahai: The alphabets of the world start with A, B, C, D, E but yours start with B, L, A, C, K... Black.
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Connections

References The Miracle Worker (1962) See more »

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50 Steps
Composed by Monty Sharma
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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I changed my views about Hindi movies too...
12 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

For a long time I would watch Hindi / Tamil movies only when ironing. You don't care if you miss some parts - there is always gratuitous mandatory dances, fights and incidental humor.

Black stands out among the Hindi movies. The brilliant acting, dramatic tension, breathtaking views of the mansions in Simla and the story-telling technique blended to create a great experience. Agreed Amitab is a great actor. But Rani Mukerjee mounts a respectable challenge to him. Supporting actors were great too.

If Hindi movies are half as good as this, I would watch more.

I had a bonanza holiday break watching Black, Paheli and Mangal Pande. Looks like there is some real light at the end of the tunnel, after all! I am now a declared fan of Rani Mukerjee.


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