By Su (13 Feb 2009)
The story of Black is partly based on the true life story of Helen Keller. The film begins with Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji), a blind, deaf and mute woman, visiting her former teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), who now suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in a hospital. The film then flashbacks to the past to her childhood.
Michelle was a girl who lost her eyesight and hearing a few months after birth and exists in a black world where she is isolated in the darkness of her own existence, trapped by her inability to see, hear and express. She grows up becoming more and more frustrated by the black and dark world around her, making her a violent, uncontrollable eight-year old child. Her parents, Paul and Catherine, are at their wits' end trying to control her, until one day the light shines through the end of the tunnel.
Debraj Sahai enters their lives, an elderly alcoholic teacher for the deaf and blind, Debraj sees himself as a magician and is a disillusioned eccentric man. He takes it upon himself to bring young Michelle into the light. He uses harsh methods, although always for Michelle's long-term benefit. Over the years, through good times and tough times, Michelle becomes more relaxed and becomes almost completely not aggressive. After many years with Debraj, Michelle changes her life completely in those years. One day Debraj leaves Michelle to her regret. Eventually she finds him again though this time it is he who needs her help. The story ends with Michelle attempting to cure Debraj.