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Black What a feeling, what a voice, what a sense! It looks at the
certain aspects of the Indian cinema and shows the sensitive area of
our society that we had never tried to see before. Black is the film we
have all waited for and yet again, Sanjay Leela Bansali meets our high
expectations with such a classic.
Black is the invigorating story of a girl who cannot communicate through her God-given senses however she is able to touch her God the person she saw, heard and walked with into the brightness of her life. It is a film based on a deaf, dumb and blind girl, Michelle McNally, who has had no expectations from the living hell she had been going through for years until she had been touched by a stranger. The stranger is Mr Debraj Dahai who teaches young Michelle how to behave, communicate and get on with her life almost on her own. This isn't a story focusing on the "living hell", it is a story looking closely at the feelings of Miss McNally. It looks intimately at the joyful moments of the disheartened little girl.
The roles have been played very well by all the artistes. You can feel a character living in every one of them. Ayesha Kapur (Young Michelle) has done a magnificent job in her debut and she definitely has a long way to go in her career. She truly was the best portrayed part of this classic. Amitabh Bachchan has shown a fantastic part of his acting career through this which we had never seen before. This has to be the best performance of his legendary career. Rani Mukerji with fewer expectations has surpassed them by portraying Michelle McNally in such a sensational manner that no other actresses could have played that role better than this. She definitely is not the girl next door who is always happy and charming. We see a completely different, new and improved Miss Mukherji who has a long way to go in serious roles like this one. A very special mention to the supporting cast: Shernaz Patel (Mrs Catherine McNally), Dhritiman Chaterji (Mr Paul McNally) and Nandana Sen (Miss Sara McNally) who have done an amazing job to support the lead characters.
The director has completely stunned the audience with such a masterpiece never seen before. Sanjay Leela Bansali has to be the best and the most versatile director out there who has done a completely outstanding job with such a storyline. No-one else can do such a unique film like this. Mr Bansali has shown to the world what the real cinema is. The background score, cinematography and the sets play a special part in this success.
This might not be a very good movie in terms of commercialism, but this isn't what we should care about. It might not do very well within the finance area but this surely is a must-watch for those who admire the real cinema.
Emotions, sensations and feelings That's all what Black is about! Yet again, another must-watch by the most exceptional director, who sure deserves to be applauded for this piece of art.
Rating: 5/5 Could there be a better rating than 5 out of 5? Faizan Qureshi BollySpice.com
I have to admit, I walked into the theater with a lot of expectations..
seeing critics give it four stars out of five in all the national
dailies. After the first half an hour I found, I was forcing my self to
like the film... which is not a good sign. The film dripped with over
acting.. by every character.. especially Mr. Amitabh and the small girl
playing the young 'Michelle'. The young 'Michelle' was Deaf and blind..
but for some reason, her performance in the film.. and her look was the
same as the young possessed girl in 'The Exorcist'!! She looked scary,
violent, possessed.. straight out of a horror movie. There was
absolutely no sympathy raised from the audience.. even when her teacher
hurt her at times. The teacher (Played by Amitabh) was reeking with
over acting. By the second half you get sick of hearing him shouting
repeatedly.. non stop.
The film as a whole is no departure from SLB's usual film making style at all. It is high at grandeur and production. It is but another 'Devdas' in Grey... he has also borrowed a lot from his previous film 'Khamoshi'.. where there were emotional speeches given by the deaf and dumb 'Nana Patekar' translated by 'Manisha'.. here there are two speeches by 'Michelle' translated once by her mother.. the second time by her teacher. The film features a 'Triumph' of Michelle, when she graduates.. but the director has failed at giving us, the audience.. that feeling of a moment of triumph. The period of the film and the location of the story seems impossible with the high grandeur and long overcoats, etc., thus discrediting any reality in the film. The scene where Michelles father walks into the room (with big paintings, etc) where the new born lay to give news on her being blind and deaf.. the scene looked straight out of the also melodramatic Tim Burtons 'Batman 2' where there was a similar situation.
The film features two parts.. 1) where Amitabh teaches Michelle.. which is portrayed entirely in black.. 2) where Michelle teaches amitabh.. where everything is portrayed in white. This was a totally unnecessary direction to take which looked completely pretentious and contrived.
On the good points of the film.. the last half an hour was very good. A definite tear jerker (though contrived). Editing was slick.. pace was excellent. Camera work, sound editing, etc was excellent.
About the background score.. I guess using the same 16 bars of music.. at every emotional scene.. weather happy, sad, triumphant, etc.. does not make any sense.
According to me.. this film had been 'Designed for awards'. The fact is that SLB is going to have to learn 'How not to make films that look like his style!'
A good Hindi film.. but is it of international standards.. not even close.
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"Black is the answer to all Hollywood's misgivings till date"
"Bhansali's Black is comparable to any of contemporary cinema's
Now time for some truth .. Hear it from the horse's mouth . Ladies and Gentlemen: presenting before you the man himself Feel blessed, feel honored . The final word on the most confusingly reviewed and misinterpreted movie of all times .yes you are bang right, we are talking about the much raved about, famously pronounced as "The sole deserving candidate for the academy awards", a masterpiece of art, creation beyond comparison or even explanation, a movie so huge you feel like disappearing in thin air when it rolls, and wish you could run away from those pretentious pricks applauding in the dark asylum amidst an alarming vacuum of misconception and misinterpretation, and may be catch something subtle at home, for a change, far from the maddening crowds, who rejoice at every howl, who jump at every brawl .. Take me away, O lords of my destiny, if this is BLACK, I prefer WHITE! This is easily the most misconceived movies of all times, at least in the Indian celluloid history. The minute the movie rolled, and I saw a schizophrenic Amitabh, I knew what was coming, and guess what, I was RIGHT! The protagonist, the small girl looks like an Indian impersonation of the two girls from The Ring and The Exorcist, with due apologies and respect to Verbinski and Friedkin, respectively, who keeps howling all the time as if she has just come back from watching Black. She looks like she went to see Sixth Sense and missed THE scene. Agreed that it was supposed to be a DARK movie, agreed that they were supposed to garner sympathy and tears for its hollering monologue sessions, and agreed that as human beings you do tend to get swept away in the stream of emotions so basic to our survival, but tell me one thing. Where were the emotions?! All I found was noisy confrontations all through the tiring 95 minutes (well if the actual movie is longer, I would kiss the guy who gave me an edited DVD!) in first few minutes of the movie, I thought it will take me a while to get attuned to the dark, unexpressed emotions, but when it didn't affect me a penny, I started getting worried about my reaction time and nerve impulses' functioning. But they were not to be blamed, may be I have seen way too many movies by now that such blown-up sagas of pathos don't influence me any longer even in the minutest possible way. The movie did have some inspiring aspects, like the sets, the camera, the lights, but let me add just one thing, they all were looking way too Victorian to fit the depicted time period in the movie! Amidst all this mumbo-jumbo of Black making it to the Oscars, I have some thousand thirty inhibitions about the remote possibility of that being true. The movie attempts a daring depiction and storyline of disabled people, which is a very commendable step to start with. They have even tried showing the constricted views of the world towards the chances of their betterment to a certain successful extent. But if the moviemakers had embarked upon such a noble task of diverting the attention of the hackneyed audience, who have become used to the song and dance routine much too often now, may be they should have worked a little more into understanding as to what their world is all about, beyond the stereotypical BLACK that they keep hammering from pillar to post. I understand that Black substantiates their concept and symbolizes a world devoid of all things colorful and lively, but couldn't they leave a few things to the intelligent audience's imagination, an assumption that they sure must have made while spending such obscene amounts(read a fifteen crores INR!). A few things like the much-publicized KISS between the lead actors, which truly I was imagining all the time waiting for it! This could have been a rare creation by Mumbai cinema, considering the oodles of moolah they waste on lavish sets and costumes, which make no sense whatsoever. All the movie relies on is gaining sympathy on characters oozing with self-pity and pretence. Way to go, Bollywood, you don't get Oscars by stuffing things like Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, amnesia and the works. Remember, someone said, Keep It Simple, Stupid!
Black is a real good movie. Rani was excellent, I have never seen any better acting performance. Amitabh was also good, but cant say it was his best acting performance. All the characters played there part in the movie quite nicely. First half of the movie is pretty normal. It had good performances of Amitabh and Ayesha (who played the child role of Michelle Mcnally). But second half is awesome which is fully dominated by Rani Mukherjee. Her performance is undoubtedly the best. Credits should also be given to director Sanjay Leela Bansali. It was also a directorial beauty. After Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devedas it is another block buster. In one line BLACK is the best Hindi movie i have ever seen.
A tale of courage... Probably the best movie I have ever seen.
I have seen the film 2 days ago and all my senses are so filled with Black.
The true story of a girl whose senses are trapped in the tomb of silence and darkness as she is hit by a disease at the age of 2.
Standing there and reaching out just to grab tit bits of nothingness in her tiny little hands as she grows up.
Understanding water, then objects, then love, light and music through the hands of a teacher.
All she knows of the world is felt through touch.... completing the picture in her mind with memories of god.
It is in these abysses that she finds hell then parades.
This movie has so many levels.
If you want me to explain the movie in one word then I would say
Just too good..I think this movie has potential to go and
win the Oscar award also
Very good acting by Amitabh Bacchan and Rani
Mukharji. In fact that small girl (Younger version of Rani) was also
Nothing artificial in the movie
all natural emotional
Let me move on to the story
Nah, I am not gonna write more
than 3 lines
The movie is about how teacher taught a deaf & dumb girl the way to live life, the way to behave, the way to understand things and how that student tries to teach the same to her teacher The movie is not meant for everyone the movie is not going to make you laugh the movie is not going to make you dance but this movie may make you cry Mark my words, very emotional movie, with superb acting by great actors and of course great direction and script..
I hope this movies reaches Oscar and comes back with the award Deep
This movie is going to rewrite the history of Indian Cinema.5 yrs from now this movie will be called an all time Classic.The plus points of the movie are towering performances by all artists including the legendary Amitabh Bachchan.Hats off to the director Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali for portraying human emotions in a poetic way.Even after watching the movie,the visuals are fresh in your mind.The cinematography by Ravi K Chandran makes you feel you were present along with those characters while the story gets unfolded on the screen.This movie might sweep all awards next yr and might win lot of accolades in all film festivals.The most touching moment which I witnessed in Mumbai after watching the movie was everybody giving a standing ovation.I have never seen something like this in my life.
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Good movie With Good Star Cast...excellent Performance by Big B...And
in plain words Rani is Supeb...
Black focuses on a part of life that every human has to go through. A dark phase of despair that every human has to overcome*
Black is based on a real life character, a legend so to speak in Sanjay's words.
The budget is 15 crore. The story of Black is set in Shimla and the cold snowy weather will be shown on screen to its full affect. The film 'BLACK' seems to be set in the Winter early last century Other shooting spots are Kufri, the Ridge, a 120-year-old building, Mall and other surrounding places of this erstwhile capital of the British Raj. A large cross has been constructed on the set at the hotel where the mahurat was shot. There is a Christian angle to the story and the Church of the Ridge, has also been apart of the shoot. BLACK was to be shot in both English and Hindi but now it seems only Hindi version will be released initially. With "Black" Hindi cinema has turned a corner. And it will never be the same again.
Veering passionately away from the norm - creating an entirely new definition of entertainment and giving us a work of art that transcends every given qualification of the motion-picture experience - Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a work that freezes all superlatives.
From the opening when the blind-and-deaf Michelle (Rani Mukherjee) runs into her old blind and dying teacher Debraj (Amitabh Bachchan), "Black" clamps its emotional tentacles around our heart and refuses to release us until its last dying breath exhales on screen, permeating the film's fragrant and irradiant aura with fumes that we have never smelt before.
"Black" unleashes a fury of never-felt emotions. Master-creator that he is, Bhansali peels away layers and layers of passionate pain. The characters stand stark naked on camera, their souls exposed for us to see. We can't turn away. Bhansali doesn't give us that choice.
It takes a while to come to terms with the awesome and overpowering emotions of Bhansali's world. Getting a fix on Michelle's world isn't easy.
What is this twilight zone of resplendent suffering where every hurt is felt like a whiplash? Indeed the quality of cinematography by Ravi Chandran and the background music by Monty is so steeped in the ethos of anxious yearnings, we feel the characters' hearts are forever on the verge of bursting open.
We first enter little Michelle's pitch-black world with Debraj. The relationship that grows between the impossibly difficult little girl (debutante Ayesha Kapoor, playing Rani as a child) and the equally difficult teacher is underscored by an immense and acute irony.
As Debraj makes Michelle 'see' into the light through her blindness, he goes blind and finally loses his mind. In the best most heart-wrenching moments of the film, Michelle rattles the chains that are put on her guru to prevent him from causing himself bodily harm.
That frenzied chain rattling becomes symbolic of everything that Bhansali's incredibly grand cinema attempts to do. The darkest most inexpressible thoughts acquire shape in Bhansali's tortured and yet incredibly beautiful realm of self-expression.
Credit for giving shape to his vision goes in no small measure to Bhansali's technicians who miraculously find just the right voice for the director's anguished feelings.
A special word for Bela Sehgal's editing. Incredible as it may sound, she gives to this tale of dark visions and deafening silences the same tempo of time-on-the-run as Bhansali's "Devdas". As the narrative follows Michelle's progression from darkness to light, we move along in a choked and suffocated numbness, as though life in all its darkest shades had suddenly opened up in front of our eyes.
The film actually belongs to Amitabh Bachchan. It's impossible to imagine any actor playing Debraj, the tutor of manic proportions raging into the darkness like a Shakespearean tragic-hero.
To say this is Bachchan's finest ever isn't enough. For, what he has done with his character in "Black" is to endow Indian cinema with a flavour of flamboyant excellence, unparalleled by anything we've seen any actor from any part of the world do or say...I say 'say' because the way Bachchan has used that well-known baritone has to be heard to be believed. Dropping his voice to a whisper he raises it again to challenge destiny, and toast immortality.
Rani Mukherjee as the blind and deaf protagonist looks and acts as though she was born specially to do what she has to in "Black". Bhansali is no stranger to performing magical tricks with his performers. But what he has done with Rani is immortalise her, entomb her in a shimmering shrine of glorious revelations. Michelle's unseeing eyes become the window to the actress' untapped potential. Under Bhansali's direction, Mukherjee opens the petals of her histrionics to give one of the most nuanced performances by a female actor.
Every actor big or small creates an impression of imperishable excellence. Shernaz Patel as Michelle's agonised mother and Nandana Sen as the jealous but kind sister, are just flawless. But the little girl playing the young Michelle steals many a critical scene from the players. Besides its many other unheard-of virtues, "Black" gives us an extraordinary little actress in Ayesha Kapoor.
There are innumerable moments of the purest, most classical cinema in "Black". Moments such as the ones where Michelle expresses sexual yearning or when the old and dying Debraj breaks into a jig with Michelle, tear a hole in our guts.
"Black" isn't a film that we can categorise or classify. It creates a new genre, which can tentatively be called Pain-Sublime. Rays of light pierce the black darkness of the protagonist's life and permeate into our lives to bathe us in a feeling of rapturous contentment rarely experienced in cinema before.
This movie may be about color (or the lack of it), but to me and I am sure to many others who have watched it, this movie is a statement of the fact that Indian cinema can produce more than the banal stuff it churns out everyday. "Black" is about expression, a tale that would make you smile and cry at the same time. Bhansali has done a masterly job and combined with flawless acting by all members of the cast(Big B at his best), this movie is one of the best to come out of the industry in years. If this movie does not get Bollywood an Oscar, I can assure you that no other movie would. At least not for another ten years. "Black" is way ahead of its time.
Movies like BLACK come once in a decade and may be 3-4 such movies come
over a century. Its really a masterpiece of a genius, which stands tall
among the mediocre films of bollywood.
I haven't seen many of Satyajit Ray, Gurudatta or Bimal Roy works, who are called the greatest of greats in bollywood. But I am sure that with this movie SLB deserves a place equal to them.
This movie, I think is very different from the all other SLB movies. Its like "Mera Name Joker" of RajKapoor. A movie very different from his earlier movies (except may be Khamoshi), at the same time containing that very special signature of SLB.
OK coming to movie... I don't know much about the technical details like screenplay or cinematography and things like that... but in a pure layman's language... The story was very touching... The scenes and picturization were too good.. the absence of colors (not exactly) and th e powerful use of shades of white, black and gray makes every scene wonderful.
The acting of all the actors were superb. The acting of Ayesha Kapoor(young Mitchell) and the Rani Mukherjee(mature Mitchell) is very enchanting. I always knew that Rani is a good actress but this time her acting was far superior from all of her earlier works. She was like living the character of Mitchell in herself.
Amitabh as usual has done gr8 but this time his role as an teacher (Devraj) is very very different and challenging, I don't think anybody else could have equaled his performance. Anyway I found him a little overacting in the later part where he acts an Alzheimer patient and also the make up of Amitabh for this part sucks.
There are some scenes in the movie which I can't forget. Like the one where young Mitchell learns the meaning of words.
The speech what Rani makes when sister is getting engaged and also when finally she completes her graduation.
I don't expect this movie to be financially successful and I guess even Bhansali didn't make this to make money. I have never seen the blind and deaf people so closely before this movie. This movie shows us that they are also humans and they too have feelings. Its indeed a very brave effort from the director. Great work Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
I think this movie is made totally from 'Dil Se'. So just watch it, if you like listening to your heart.
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