Black (2005) Movie Review and Story

Black, a heart touching movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, unfolds the story of a blind girl, Michelle McNally (Rani Mukharji) who fell sick at the age of two only to push her to live in the dark, fraught and bizarre world.

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Directed by : Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Produced by : Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anshuman Swami

Screenplay by : Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhavani Iyer, Prakash Kapadia

Starring : Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen

Narrated by : Rani Mukerji

Music by : Monty Sharma

Cinematography : Ravi K. Chandran

Edited by : Bela Sehgal

Distributed by : SLB Films

Release dates : 4 February 2005

Black 2005 Movie Review and Story

Black (2005) a Brief Story

Within a blink of time all the happiness and dream of newly born baby (Michelle McNally-Rani Mukharji)’s parents were forcefully suffocated with the breathing halt news on her blindness and deafness. The circumstance was beckoning the imminent challenges not only for Michelle McNally’s parents( Mr. and Mrs. Michelle) but also for Debraj Sahai (Amithab) and Michelle McNally herself.

Debraj’s play with a glowing electric bulb within eye-shot, though recently his eyes were operated, reveals his desire for light rather than darkness. His appointment at Mr. Michelle’s house, as a teacher of Michelle McNally, gives him his lost hope back to further his life. He undertakes a challenge to teach a girl having three sense organs, which are enough for him to make her feel about her life and world.

Debraj’s initial way of teaching to Michelle McNally, who is helplessly imprisoned within her own self prison, polarizes the relation between him and Mr. Michelle who hands over a termination letter to him but Mr. Michelle’s 20 days business trip confirms Debraj’s stay there teaching the girl getting support from her mother. He contrives for 20 days teaching the girl, however, he procures nothing. Neither he could change her behavior nor could she realize the meaning of the words. Then and there he has to leave Michelle’s house after Mr. Michelle’s arrival at home but a ray of light appears on his forehead when Michelle McNally realizes the meaning of water rightly when he throws her in a rage into the fountain full of water. Now, Mr. Michelle asks Debraj to be her teacher.

As time passes, she gets admission at a university. But year after year, she fails the exam due to her poor typing skill and dependency on Devraj’s interpretation for her whole study. To eliminate her problem, on the one hand, the principal provides Devraj the Brail Book, on the other hand, symptom of Alzheimer’s disease appears in him at the same time.

The journey of a successful teacher and a student continues until she asks him to kiss her. He remains in dilemma either to kiss or not to. If he doesn’t, she will be avoided from the sense of being a woman forever, if he does there blooms a moral question of a teacher’s and a student’s relation. However, he kisses her and left her to meet only in hospital after so long time. Now, her only friend becomes the stick once that had been provided her by her teacher. Finally she meets her teacher whose memory has completely been lost due to Alzheimer’s disease. Even he forgets to speak. However Michelle McNally’s regular visit to hospital and incessant effort for bringing his memory back manifests with his utterance of a word W-A-T-E-R along with the realization of its surface meaning.

How I Perceive

There is no single word to pen down against the direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali who in fact internalizes the whole predicament of a physically challenged person like Michelle McNally and gives space enough for Debraj to undertake the challenge for teaching her. Neither have I loved to write any words that defame magnificent plot of The Movie nor have I dug up any words to mark against its dialogue. The story successfully wins anyone’s heart making us sometimes weep and sometimes laugh. The actor-actress has given full justice to the sentiment of the script and the characters there through their thunderstruck performance.

Amithab’s and Rani’s performance tethers the audiences without giving a blink of time to stray their mind out from the screen events. Expression of Amithab’s (Debraj) happiness, more than Michelle McNally’s own parents, at his successful story of teaching Rani(Michelle McNally) a word W-A-T-E-R indeed beckons flood of tears coincided with happiness even in the audiences’ eyes. His heartless treatment in the name of teaching civilization to helpless Rani, who is mercilessly dilapidated by heartless and cruel predicament, in fact arouses hatred to Amithab. His shout at Raini, a blind and deaf girl, in a heavy voice is really humorous.

Amithab’s unendurable bodily movement with shrink countenance full of tears and confusion on his own student’s demand of a kiss has left no loophole to write against his performance borrowing a word from a vocabulary paradigm. His erased mind with lolling head and shakily old body, which is compelled to sleep in hospital bed in chain, really crushes the audiences’ heart to pieces.

Rani’s valiant expression on an interview for her admission at a university overtly expresses her inner struggle for her blissful world and advocates for cowardly people that the world is not futile rather it’s a beautiful boon of the Almighty. Her heartfelt telephone conversation with her mother, though wordless, after her successive failures for achieving graduation degree, moves the audience with no negative comment on her performance but sorrow and humour roll together at a time hearing the conversation between a deaf and blind daughter and an ordinary mother.

Monty Sharma’s music helps to replicate characters’ “agonizing within” more precisely of Amithab and Rani. Sprinkling snow outside over the surface and their body seems to reflect their inner self that always seeks warmth and affection from the world. Rating and stars are supposed to be redundant for the movie like this. For movie connoisseurs BLACK really gives peculiar taste with ample ground to ponder upon each and every aspect of the movie. Overall the movie BLACK is an example of superb creation.

Awards and Nominations

⇒ Black won the Best Feature Film in Hindi Award and Amitabh Bachchan received Best Actor award at the 53rd National Film Awards.

⇒ Black made an all-time record at the Filmfare Awards by winning eleven awards, which include:

– Best Movie

– Best Director – Sanjay Leela Bhansali

– Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan

– Best Actress – Rani Mukerji

– Critics Award Best Movie – Sanjay Leela Bhansali

– Best Actor (Critics’ Choice) – Amitabh Bachchan

– Best Actress (Critics’ Choice) – Rani Mukerji

– Best Supporting Actress – Ayesha Kapur

– Best Editing – Bela Sehgal

– Best Cinematography – Ravi K. Chandran

– Best Background Score – Monty Sharma

This all about Black 2005 Movie Review and Story.