Black Review

Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and now Black. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has cast his magic on Indian cinema yet again. With every frame shot to perfection and his characters portrayed leaving you spellbound, Black takes you away from conventional Bollywood movies.

Black is a story of darkness in the life of Michelle McNelly (Ayesha Kapur/Rani Mukherjee), blind and deaf her world is totally dark and she has no meaning of life, that is until she meets her teacher and mentor Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan). Sahai, who has dedicated his life in teaching blind and deaf children how to communicate with the rest of the world, takes it upon himself to remove the blackness from Michelle’s life. From this point begins the journey between two people. Sahai teaches Michelle how to sign, and how to live a civilised and dignified life not knowing that his own life is to take an unfortunate direction in which Michelle will play a big part.

With a tight script and screenplay Black has everything you wouldn’t expect from a common Bollywood movie. There are no song and dance sequences, no comic acts thrown in and no macho fight scenes, however there are scenes especially those of Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogue, which will leave you with a giggle and a smile on your face. Black will definitely be a success with an international audience, however may not run as well in India as it won’t please the masses who are after Bollywood glamour.

This film belongs to Amitabh Bhachchan and Rani Mukherjee, who will definitely be walking away with award after award. Amitabh Bachchan has one more hit to add to his list. Rani Mukherjee has delivered her best performance to date and will definitely find Black a turning point in her career. Black is of Oscar standards and it would be of no surprise if it is in the list of nominations for Best International Film.

Overall Black will leave you feeling touched, mesmerised and with a lump in your throat having taken you on an emotional roller coaster. A must watch for all.

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