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Friday, December 30, 2005

Black in TIME Top 10 movies of 2005

TIME Magazine has come out with a list of Top 10 movies for 2005 and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black has made it to the list. What’s interesting to note is that the Europe editions and US editions of TIME have different lists even though the film critic picking the Top 10 is the same person. This probably has to do with the reader profile of the two editions. Black has been mentioned in the Europe edition.

This is an unofficial remake of the 1962 U.S. film The Miracle Worker, about the deaf-blind child Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, who penetrated the wall of dark silence to introduce Helen to the world of words. Bhansali, whose last film was the mega-soap opera Devdas, extends and reconfigures Keller's real-life inspirational story. Now the girl, an Anglo-Indian called Michelle McNally, pursues her education at a "normal" university. And her Annie Sullivan is a man — the man of Bollywood cinema, Amitabh Bachchan. As the plot ripens, and the grownup Michelle (Rani Mukherjee) emerges from the girl (Ayesha Kapoor), she must cope with both her teacher's ambitions for her and her emotions for him. This is an unusual film for India: no songs, a running time under 2 hrs. and most of the dialogue in English; yet it became a box office hit. It could also be a test for Western audiences unused to the fever pitch of Indian melodrama; they may need a warning label — Caution: Extreme Sentiment (May Be Contagious). Everyone else can dive right into the bathos and savor the brave, passionate performances of Amitabh, who harnesses gravity and humor to his magisterial machismo in what may be his greatest role, and the two Michelles, who revere and adore their teacher as the one man who matters. In so many Indian films the deepest searches are for romantic ecstasy and for reconciliation with the father figure. By addressing both these needs, Black is more than a noble weepie; it is the ultimate Bollywood love story.

4 Comments:

  • "unofficial remake"! LOL. surprised that they've referred to plagiarism in such nice words!!

    By Blogger Balaji, at 3:07 AM  

  • Heard a lot of hype about this movie. I saw 'Devdas' of this director. Could not stand the typical hindi movie overacting and contrived scenes. Switched off after 10 mins. They had the nerve to try for Oscar with that crap.

    By Anonymous Ravi, at 4:14 AM  

  • Hi there, thanks for the details...Never knew that Black was a remake of MIRACLE WORKER.!! Umm.!! Great film though..I loved watching it!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 5:54 AM  

  • Yes, I was searching through the US edition and could not find any mention of Black.The answer is here. IMO, Black deserves to be in the all time best 10 movies of Indian Cinema.

    By Blogger Srini, at 8:09 AM  

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