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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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teacher | deaf | mute | deaf blind | deaf mute | See more »

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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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INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$733,094 (USA) (25 March 2005)
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Rani Mukherjee wore dark-tinted contact lenses to cover up her famous green eyes. See more »

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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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References The Miracle Worker (1962) See more »

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Just Shifting Rooms
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 (United States) – 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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