Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pathbreaking masterpiece ‘Black’ has completed 16 years today. It released on 4th February, 2005.

Bhansali, who is known for bringing larger-than-life cinema to life, directed this National Award winning film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji in the lead. Not only was it quite ahead of its time but also became a cult classic, winning over 11 Filmfare and three National Awards.

Rani Mukerji took a huge risk by playing a deaf and a blind girl at the peak of her career but the gamble paid off as her role, alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan went on to become a milestone in her career. At a time when women-oriented films were few and far between, the sheer willpower of Michelle McNally’s character, played by Rani , redefined human emotions in a way never seen before in Hindi cinema.

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The critically acclaimed dark drama remains a one of its kind films in SLB’s genre of filmmaking. With its audiences not just back home in India, but globally, Black holds an impressive 8.2 rating on IMDB.

– Ronak Kotecha