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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.

Writers:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali (screenplay), Bhavani Iyer (English dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... Dr. Mehta (as Kenny Desai)
Arif Shah Arif Shah ... Marc Brugger
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)

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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

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Trivia

Sanjay Leela Bhansali got the idea of making the film during his debut film Khamoshi 1995.He was inspired by Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life and visited the Helen Keller Institute to do research. See more »

Quotes

Debraj Sahai: [after throwing water to Michelle's face] That should cool you down.
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Connections

Spoofed in Hotchpotch: Fun Unlimited (2006) See more »

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L.I.G.H.T.
Composed by Monty Sharma
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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awesome movie...one of a kind!
10 April 2005 | by tnkcoolSee all my reviews

My uncle gave up watching Hindi movies as he believed that there was no good Hindi movie after 'Anand'. He started watching bollywood movies again after watching 'Black'. Black is Hindi cinema at it's best. Obviously, Amitabh Bachchan plays the lead in it...who else can? While watching this movie, I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed myself. Amitabh Bachchan trying to show 'bullshit'in sign language and Rani Mukherjee trying to hit the person who bumped into her. Amitabh Bachchan, is inspiring. There's nothing to say about him...as he left me speechless. Rai Mukherjee's performance is by far her best. Watch this movie...it's the best you'll watch in ages!


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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