Black (Hindi: ब्लॅक) is a Hindi and Indian English film released in 2005 and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The first half of the film was based on Arthur Penn’s The Miracle Worker (1962).Time Magazine (Europe) selected the film as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe. The movie was positioned at number five. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.The story of Black is based on the true life story of Helen Keller. Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji) who loses her eyesight and hearing a few months after birth and exists in a black world where she is isolated in the darkness of her own existence, trapped by her inability to see, hear and express.
She grows up becoming more and more frustrated by the black and dark world around her, making her a violent, uncontrollable eight-year old. Her parents, Paul and Catherine, are at their wits’ end trying to control her, until one day the light shines through the end of the tunnel.
Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan) enters their lives, an elderly alcoholic teacher for the deaf and blind, Debraj sees himself as a magician and is a disillusioned eccentric man. He takes it upon himself to bring young Michelle into the light.
He has harsh ways, he locks himself and Michelle in an empty room to teach her how to express herself, what things mean, what they are known as, and slowly she learns.
BLACK is the inspiring story of how Michelle transforms her life with Debraj Sahai’s help – who she lovingly calls ‘Tea cha’ (teacher) and tries to achieve graduation in a regular university.
Unlike other movies, Black only has one song called Mausam Ki Adla Badi Mein, performed by Kunal Ganjawala’s wife, Gayatri Ganjawala.