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Black (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 February 2005 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Catherine 'Cathy' McNally
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 ...
Ms. Nair
Salome ...
Martha (as Salomi Roy Kapoor)
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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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

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Drama

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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Последняя надежда  »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 68,064,805 (India), 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,342, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$733,094, 27 March 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting of the movie ran into trouble in Scenic Hill Resort, with authorities refusing to allow shooting in the premises of a heritage building. Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) refused permission to shoot in the 120-year-old building as the arc lights could affect the vice regal lodge heritage structure. The building was home to British viceroys from 1886 until 1947, after which it became the summer home of the president of India and since 30 years houses the IIAS. See more »

Quotes

Debraj Sahai: That after spending thirty years in this school, I'm just an unseen unheard entity. When I saw the school for the last time, my students were waving to me in the wrong direction.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

A Ray Of Light
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 See 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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