Set against the pristine and picturesque backdrop of Simla, the McNallys are an Anglo-Indian family consisting of Paul and his wife, Catherine. Both are joyous and jubilant when Catherine gives birth to a baby girl, Michelle, but their joy is short-lived when they are told that Michellle cannot see nor hear.
Both attempt to bring up Michelle in their own protective way without knowing how to deal with her limitations. As a result, Michelle is not exposed to the real world, and becomes increasingly violent and volatile. Things only get worse when Catherine gives birth to Sara, and Paul considers admitting Michelle in an asylum.
It is here that Debraj Sahai enters their lives. Through his eager involvement, Michelle blossoms, grows, gives up her violence, even gets admitted in school with normal children.
The years pass by, but Michelle does not succeed in getting her graduation, and it is time for Debraj to bid adieu as he is having his own health problems. 12 years later, at the age of 40, Michelle does succeed in graduating in Arts, and it is shortly thereafter she will be re-united with her teacher.
However, he is no longer longer the same brilliant and passionate eccentric, but a frail older male, who cannot even remember speech, leave alone the intricacies of language he used to teach. Can Michelle bring light back into his 'black and blank' life?
Did you know?
Snow was essential for the story, so for the first part of the shoot, the entire unit went to Simla in mid-January. It was cold but there was no sign of snow. Since the unit could not wait around, kilos of salt bags bought from the local market and snow making machines from Bombay helped complete that schedule. The shooting would be done early at 4 am. And when the locals emerged they'd be amazed to see so much snow; it looked so authentic that they would touch it to check whether it was real. Dogs would come and lick the salt. The day after the unit left Simla, it snowed heavily. Read More