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Black (2005)

 -  Drama  -  4 February 2005 (USA)
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The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shernaz Patel ...
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 ...
Mrs. Nair
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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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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)

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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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Budget:

INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$125,342 (USA) (4 February 2005)

Gross:

$733,094 (USA) (25 March 2005)
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Unusually for a work by Bhansali, there are no songs featured in this film. So the background score became of paramount importance to the composer, Monty. To create more of an uplifting aura for the deaf-blind-mute character of Michelle McNally, he used pianos and strings, but kept the voices in the chorus at a low octave. For Debraj Sehai's character, a fighting spirit needed to be vocalized, so Monty used a little-known Middle Eastern instrument called a duduk. See more »

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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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References The Miracle Worker (1962) See more »

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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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