Black (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 5 mins

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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?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji

Crew: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Director), Ravi K Chandran (Director of Photography), Monty Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 04 Feb 2005 (India)

Hindi Name: ब्लैक

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Did you know? Kareena Kapoor was signed for the lead role but was dropped because of tension with the Bachchan family. Read More
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as Debraj Sahai
as Michelle McNally
Special Appearance
Special Appearance
Supporting Actor
as Young Michelle McNally
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Principal Fernandes
as Paul McNally
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Mrs. Nair
as Sara McNally
Supporting Actress
as Catherine 'Cathy' McNally
as Mrs. Gomes
Supporting Actor


Production Company
Executive Producer
Line Producer
Associate Producer
Production Manager




Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Assistant Cameraman
Camera Assistant


Music Director
Music Label
Playback Singer


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Location Sound Recordist
Audio Assistant
Assistant Sound Re-recording Mixer


Art Director
Production Designer


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Marketing and Public Relations

Public Relations Officer


Stunt Coordinator Assistant


Special Thanks

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Dolby SR, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
Movie Connection(s):
Spoofed in: Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (Hindi)
Referenced in: Golmaal Returns (Hindi)
Referenced in: I Hate Luv Storys (Hindi)
The film is inspired by the American movie The Miracle Worker (1962).

Since it wasn't snowing in Shimla on the day of shooting, kilos of salt bags bought from the local market and snow making machines from Bombay were used to complete the schedule. The day after the unit left Simla, it snowed heavily.

Rani Mukherjee wears dark-tinted contact lenses in the film to cover up her famous green eyes.

Kareena Kapoor was signed for the lead role but was dropped because of tension with the Bachchan family.