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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ saw the two greatest heroines – Madhuri Dixit & Aishwarya Rai, sharing the screen along with Sharukh Khan in a tale told ages back. No sooner one hears the name of the film Devdas, one remembers the magnificent music and elaborate sets and costumes to be seen to be believed. But much before Devdas, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had something different cooking in his mind. Though similar to his earlier Salman-Manisha-Nana Patekar starrer ‘Khamoshi’. He was planning ‘Black’. But this time around he wanted to make a film sans music. He believes that there is music even in silence. SLB’s latest offering ‘Black’ is a song-less film. If what is heard is to be believed ‘Black’ will create a new genre in Indian cinema. The promos are a proof enough that though there are no songs, masses are waiting for the release of Black to experience the art of making sensible film. It is evident that SLB is way ahead of any other director in the art of story telling.
‘Black’ features Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee in the key roles of a teacher and student respectively. Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji) born to an Anglo-Indian family, deaf-blind after an illness at the age of eighteen months, is a bright, intelligent girl who lives in a world of black silence with no way of reaching out. But destiny has plans for her, as two soul mates are about to meet.
This is the story about her teacher and herself, about their struggle to fight the impossible and turn miracles into reality.
Black is her unseen, unspoken, unheard world...
She knows 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 Mcnelly is ‘special’ in more ways than one. She cannot see... nor hear nor speak... She inhibits 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 (Amitabh Bachchan), life's wounded but arrogantly insolent warrior.
With a single mind 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 failures, obstacles, even ridicule as they tread the path less taken. 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 other lesser mortals could not.
She saw her God, heard Him and walked with Him into the light...