Footmarks of a traveller

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Yesterday, I watched BLACK.

A movie inspired by the life of Helen Keller and her teacher, it is the story of a deaf and dumb girl, Michelle, who is very obstinate and lives in a world colored black. Then from somewhere, she gets a teacher who holds her hand and bridges for her, the gap between the recognition of a word and its meaning; gifts her, a word for every touch. Her fingers become her eyes.

Later the teacher gets affected by Alzheimer’s disease and disappears for 12 years only to be found again in front of Michelle’s home in the last stages of the disease. This story runs in the background.

Amitabh Bachchan has given yet another overwhelming performance. Acting is his forte. Acting comes as naturally to him as swimming to a fish or flying to a bird. The way he moves his head and rolls his eyes while enacting a person affected by Alzheimer’s disease, he clearly sets himself a class apart. He is the GOD of Bollywood. When people rated him the best and above Marlon Brando in BBC Best actor poll some years back, many were taken aback. He has more than justified himself for all awards and all recognitions time and again. It is difficult to find adjectives for Amitabh’s acting.

I am not sure if Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, Al Pacino, Russel Crowe or Tom Hanks could have done justice to the character of Devraj Sahai any better than Amitabh has done.

Rani Mukherji has also acted well. I think even Urmila could have played that role though not with an equal ease.

The young girl- playing the part of young Rani Mukherji, Ayesha Kapur is impressive and seems more talented than Rani. It was difficult to ascertain whether she is really deaf and blind or is she playing the role!

This is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best movie ever.

The best part is that this movie lasts only 1 hr 55 minutes and doesn’t contain any song or masala. A must watch.


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