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    Movie Review: BLACK

    Rating: *****
    Director  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
    Producer  Applause Entertainment & S L B films
    Cast  Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen, 
    Dhritiman Chaterji & Ayesha Kapoor.
    Reviewed by: Sangita Iyer	
    Black is Beautiful, Black is Love, Black is Astounding, Black is Courage, 
    Black is Kindness. Black is all that and more. Its a story of two 
    extraordinary lives. The film portrays an Anglo Indian family settled in 
    Simla who have two daughters, the eldest of whom, Michelle McNally 
    (Ayesha Kapoor/Rani Mukherji) is deaf and blind. Michelle has mood 
    swings, throws temper tantrums and gets violent at the slightest 
    frustration because she feels like there is no way of reaching out. 
    Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), a teacher for the deaf and blind, is 
    an eccentric and an alcoholic but he is dedicated to his profession and 
    is referred as a magician for his ability as a teacher. The principal of a 
    school in Dehradun and his friend, Ms. Nair sends him to the McNally 
    house to help Michelle. Despite several obstacles, he succeeds in 
    working his magic and does wonders for Michelle. He teaches her to 
    communicate with the world. He teaches her everything but one word 
    and that is IMPOSSIBLE. His dream of sending Michelle to a college 
    with the normal students becomes a reality one day. By then, Debraj 
    starts suffering from Alzheimers disease, which is the term used to 
    describe a dementing disorder marked by certain brain changes. He 
    starts experiencing problems of memory, particularly recent and short-
    term memory.
    He goes away for several years and when Michelle finds him one day 
    he has reached the advanced stage of the disease that had destroyed 
    his cognition, personality and the ability to function. The roles are now 
    reversed where Michelle takes it upon her to teach her teacher all that 
    he had once taught her. 
    Black is dedicated to the life of Helen Keller and the deaf and blind all 
    over the world. It reminds you of the Hollywood make The Miracle 
    Worker. Hats off to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for depicting the film with 
    such sensitivity. He has managed to expose the souls of the characters 
    in front of us & the entire experience is so spiritual and fascinating, it 
    touches your heart and unleashes a passion of never felt emotions. It 
    is poignant and depressing yet positive. 
    Each and every actor in the film has given a flawless performance. 
    Amitabh Bachchan is incredible and Rani Mukherji has given her finest 
    performance so far. Shernaz Patel, Dhritiman Chaterji & Nandana Sen 
    have done an impeccable job playing the roles of Michelles parents 
    and sister. Last but not the least, Ayesha Kapoor is mind blowing as 
    the young Michelle & manages to steal some vital scenes in the film. 
    The only imperfection, I believe was the 'Charlie Chaplin' walk by Rani 
    Mukherji. Was it so crucial to mimic that?
    Black, of course is a must see. It is in a category of its own because 
    with Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has taken  Indian Cinema to new 
    I give it *****
    Heres how I rate them:
    *		-	A bummer, skip this one.
    **		-	A popcorn movie, viewable but flawed.
    ***		-	A good movie, gives you your moneys worth.
    ****		-	A near perfection, highly recommendable.
    *****	-	A rarity! Knock your socks off kinda movie.

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