Black: Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. With Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor. The cathartic tale of a young woman who can’t see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.
“Sanjay Leeela Bhansaliu0026#39;s Black is definitely a good film. It is brilliantly scripted, made and executed, and it is also profound and complex. Many have called it a pretentious show, and indeed, thatu0026#39;s something very obvious and annoying. Iu0026#39;m sure Bhansali from the very outset had planned to get many awards, five-star reviews, and u0026quot;the-best-filmmaker-in-the-countryu0026quot; titles, but that said, nobody can completely begrudge him since this movie is as impressive and well-invested as it is ostentatious, and it deserves the hype. Letu0026#39;s start with saying that technically and visually Black is a treat. It boasts of fantastic sets and wonderful costumes, and the cinematography is incredibly good. All these, along with the superb background score, create a beautifully dark film. Having said that, this may be the exact reason why many viewers found it hard to relate to, and thatu0026#39;s something I can easily understand, particularly after having seen his best feature to date, Khamoshi: The Musical, in which everything was kept simple. Here thereu0026#39;s no simplicity: everything is lavish, big, grandiose – and thatu0026#39;s why itu0026#39;s often labelled pretentious. The film is emotional yet unsentimental, which is good, but then, one of its main flaws is the fact that more than once it resorts to emotional manipulation, trying to forcibly wring tears.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWell, one thing is sure and it is that you can always expect good acting in a SLB film, particularly when it has an Amitabh Bachchan. Bachchanu0026#39;s performance is out of this world. His character goes through many phases, and each time you feel heu0026#39;s sinking into it more and more, so much that no words can be found to describe it. Seeing an actor of his calibre still being there, and playing a part with such passion, intensity, emotion, anger and hunger, makes one believe that the sky is the limit. Along with Yuva, Hum Tum and Veer-Zaara, Black is a film that constructs Rani Mukherjeeu0026#39;s transformation from an average performer to a mature actress. She plays the character brilliantly. The scene which had her crying on the phone to her mom, is one of her career-best acts. Itu0026#39;s cruel that she is cast opposite Bachchan, as she canu0026#39;t take the whole credit to herself, and well, frankly speaking, in my view her role is not as powerful as his, as it is a technical part that requires extensive training rather than soul. Itu0026#39;s still a memorable performance, and in her case, if the sky is the limit, Black was probably the sky. Without taking anything from Mukherjee, I was more impressed and amazed by the far more superior performance of Ayesha Kapur, who played the young Michelle to perfection. Kapur is simply flawless in this role.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSanjay Leela Bhansali is a crafted filmmaker who knows his work and his goals very well. In spite of its flaws, Black remains artistic and it is overall a moving movie experience. The words hope, love, dedication and success always come to the mind while watching it. It might not be original, it may be extremely manipulative at points, but the effort that was put into it by the entire cast and crew is evident and appreciable. Black is definitely better than most of the films made in the Hindi film industry. Though for me too it is a mixed bag, I admit that the first time I saw it, I kept thinking of it after the show had ended and for quite some time. This is an achievement few films can achieve (for me), and hereu0026#39;s why my high rating.”