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Black (2005) - Amitabh Bachchan - Rani Mukherjee - Bollywood - Indian Cinema - Hindi Film [DVD]

Amitabh Bachchan , Rani Mukherjee , Sanjay Leela Bhansali    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee
  • Directors: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Import, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Yash Raj Films
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081MWRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

I know now that there is God... He is not in the Holy Spirit we pray to... He isn't written about in religious texts... He is someone who is a part of our lives... Whom we live for... Because of whom we live...

Michelle McNally is "special" in more ways than one. She cannot see... nor hear... nor speak... She inhabits a world of infinite black... of a seamless, endless void where nothing reaches her and she reaches nothing. Her world is frightening in its complete remoteness. On the sheer will of her ferocious rage against destiny, Michelle struggles to stay afloat in the impenetrable whirlpool her life has become.

Into this devastating isolation enters a battle weary teacher, Debraj Sahai, life's wounded but arrogantly insolent warrior. With a single-minded obsession, Debraj takes up a challenge that is next to impossible - to lead this wild, uncontrollable child into the light of knowledge.

Thus begins a journey of two headstrong individuals. They will overcome what they seek is that moment of miracle - when the ray of knowledge will penetrate through the dense black of Michelle's life... Black is the cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl who saw what people with sight fail to see - a vision of her God. Michelle McNally saw what other lesser mortals could not. She saw her God... heard Him... and walked with Him... into the light...

About the Actor

Born under the Libran sun sign, Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his birthday on 11th October. He was born in 1942 in Allahabad, as Amitabh Harivansh Srivastav to Dr.Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. His father was a well known poet. Bachchan was his pen name. When Amitabh entered the film industry he replaced Srivastav with Bachchan. He was initially christened Inquilab but this was later changed to Amitabh that means limitless lustre , which is so apt. Ajitabh is his younger brother.

Bachchan studied in Allahabad at Jnana Pramodhini and Boys High School. He also put in a few years at Sherwood College in Nainital and Kirori Mal College. He holds a double degree in M.A. He married his co-star Jaya Bhaduri of the Guddi fame on 3rd June 1973 and they have two children Shweta and Abhishek. The latter is also an actor, married to Aishwarya Rai.

In 1969, Bachchan made his debut with "Saat Hindustani", which won him the National Film Award for Best Newcomer. After this came movies like "Reshma Aur Shera", "Parwana" and "Anand" in 1971. He made a huge impact with his performance in Hrishikesh Mukherjee s "Anand" alongside Rajesh Khanna as a despondent doctor, winning the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. In 1972 he appeared in movies like "Sanjog", "Bansi Birju", "Ek Nazar" and also narrated "Bawarchi".

1973 saw significant development in Bachchan's career when director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film "Zanjeer" as Inspector Vijay Khanna. In 1974, Bachchan made several guest appearances in films such as "Kunwara Baap" and "Dost", before playing a supporting role in the highest grossing film of that year, "Roti Kapda Aur Makaan". Released on 15 August 1975, was "Sholay", which became the highest grossing film of all time in India. Bachchan had now consolidated his position in the industry and from 1976 through to 1984 would receive an unprecedented number of Filmfare Best Actor Award Awards and nominations.

In 1984, Amitabh took a break from acting and briefly entered politics. In 1988, Bachchan returned to films, playing the title role in Shahenshah, which was a box office success due to the hype of Bachchan's comeback. In 2000, Indian Television audience stuck to the television at 9 when Amitabh Bachchan hosted 'Kaun Banega Crorepati?'!

Bachchan has won 3 National Awards, 7 Lifetime Achievement Awards and innumerable other awards and International Honors and Recognition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars black 7 Oct 2005
Black is an Indian version of the Helen Keller story of a deaf/blind child being helped through her disability by a very commited teacher.
Both Amitabh Bachchan as Debraj Sahai the teacher and Rani Muckherjee as Michelle McNally the deaf/blind young adult are excellent as was the child who played the young Michelle. The film is beautifully shot, very moving and inspirational. It shows what can be done when one person refuses to give upon another.
My only gripe is that the subtitles stop when you get to the added extras - us english speakers still like to know what the actor is saying when he's obviously waxing lyrical about his role in the film.
Other than that watch and enjoy you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Black' 30 Jun 2007
By Raj*Sid
Its a fantastic film ... One of the best of the last 10 years from Indian cinema. *****

Just want to add in regards to the last reviewer. This film has nothing to do with Yash Raj Films or Yash Chopra. Except for the fact they acquired the rights to release the movie on their dvd label of Yash Raj.

They had no creative input to 'Black' what so ever. 'Black was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali .. . The maker who gave us 'Khamoshi The Musical' - 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' & 'Devdas'

Yash Raj are more known for candyfloss love story films these days not meaningful cinema that transcends art and acting like 'Black'
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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
As a westerner who's tried a bit of Bollywood fare out of curiousity I have to say that this is entirely atypical, and transcends national boundaries. The film could have been made anywhere that humanity is valued. I suppose one Indian element is that it introduces us to the gorgeous landscapes and archetectural style of a region of what I believe is part of North Western India, whose name I have been told but now forget, that has a character that is entirely distinct from anything we presume to be typically 'Indian'.

Other than this secondary element it is a profoundly psychological story as we see an extraordinarily gifted teacher take a young child who is entirely deaf-dumb and blind, who begins as little more than a wild animal with an inner world that is totally 'Black'. We see the agonising struggle of the teacher, who is working against time, to bring home the significance of a single sign to this wild chaotic mind, that comes to be the first 'word' that the girl comprehends. The word is that for water and the moment of comprehension very movingly portrayed. From this first word we watch as her vocabulary expands and an intellect develops that, by the end of the film has blossomed into that of a university graduate.

Alongside the early beginnings of communication comes the battle of wills, agonising for the parents to watch, whereby the wild child is tamed and taught the very basics of human civility.

The film ends with a beautiful and moving twist where circumstances conspire to reverse the roles of teacher and pupil.

As someone who has read quite widely on the Philosophy of Mind I would observe that this film says more in a couple of hours about language, thought and communication, and in a far more moving way than any number of dry, dull texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and beautifully made 24 April 2014
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Extremely moving film, based loosely on the Helen Keller story, transplanted to India.

Stylistically, this is very much a Bollywood film. No songs , but ‘larger than life’ performances – which are still enthralling and rooted in real emotions. An operatic feel – that doesn’t undermine the story’s power. Exquisite, but highly expressionistic and stylized photography. In other words, it’s the correlative opposite of Arthur Penn’s gritty, ‘real’ “The Miracle Worker’, but it succeeds just as powerfully on it’s own terms.

Bollywood sometimes manages make movies the way that Hollywood did in the 1930s-1950s; they aren’t afraid of theatricality, but they use that quality just right, so it enhances instead of undermining the storytelling. The film may have been consciously pushing my buttons, but it all worked, making me weep more than once. And a number of images have haunted me since seeing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is no Bollywood film 11 Oct 2013
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No, this is grown up Indian cinema, something that stretches the brain. There are flaws in it, not least some moments of overacting, but the film tugs at the emotions in a satisfying, challenging way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films 1 Aug 2013
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so hard to get, but so glad i've now got it. Its such a moving portrayal. well worth a watch
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