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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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Amitabh Bachchan received the greatest compliment for the film from his childhood idol Dilip Kumar which was like a dream come true. See more »

Quotes

Michelle McNally: For me every drop of water is an ocean.
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Connections

Referenced in Golmaal Returns (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

W.A.T.E.R.
Composed by Monty Sharma
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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I never comment on IMDb, but in this case, I'll make an exception
22 February 2007 | by Andrew_PSee all my reviews

When the credits started rolling on this movie, my wife and I looked at each other and both spontaneously said "That was one of the best movies I have ever seen". Sure, it was inspired by "The Miracle Worker", with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, bit visually it knocks it for six.

Awesome awesome cinematography. Let me say that again. Awesome awesome cinematography. Nearly EVERY shot is a wonder!

Amitabh Bhachchan's acting is his best ever (at least for western audiences), and beats most recent performances from Hollywood.

I don't consider this film a remake, but even if you do, you still need to see it.


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