Sanjay Leela Bhansali's masterpiece Black is finally available on OTT after nearly two decades of its release
Sanjay Leela Bhansali brought a beautiful and unforgettable story of a teacher and a student to the film Black (2005). Viewers caught up with the film's incredible performances by the lead actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji on television after its release in 2005, but it was not available on OTT until now. Yes, Black is finally streaming on Netflix, and the film dropped just a couple of days after the teaser for Bhansali's OTT debut, Heeramandi, came out.
In a poetic and concise manner, Bhansali depicted a realm shrouded in perpetual gloom where light miraculously finds its way. It's the aspirations of a teacher, and behold, the marvel of a student. The film shows courageous strides from darkness to light. The journey from night to day is a remarkable account of a mundane existence.
An eccentric tutor (Bachchan) turns around the life of a young woman (Rani) after she becomes prone to violent outbursts due to a childhood ailment that leaves her unable to see, hear, or communicate. As the film progresses, Rani's character Michelle, a deaf and blind woman, forms a bond with Debraj (Bachchan), an alcoholic teacher who later develops Alzheimer's disease.
Reviews for Black were mainly excellent, with critics complimenting the film's plot, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji in particular. The film was a three-time winner at the 53rd National Film Awards, taking home prizes for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Best Actor (Bachchan), and Best Costume Design (Sabyasachi Mukherjee).
About the film, it all started in the 1990s, when Bhansali met a number of physically handicapped children on set of Khamoshi: The Musical. The life and autobiography of campaigner Helen Keller, published in 1903 as The Story of My Life, served as the inspiration for the narrative.