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Bollywood film in Time's Top 10
The film met a mixed response in India (Pic courtesy: Yash Raj Films)
Bollywood film Black has been selected as one of the top films of 2005 in a listing by American Time magazine.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Black is about a relationship between a deaf-blind child and her teacher.

"Black is more than a noble weepie; it is the ultimate Bollywood love story," Time magazine said of the film.

Other films which made the magazine's top list for the year included Ingmar Bergman's Saraband and Werner Herzog's The White Diamond and Grizzly Man.

Time magazine described Black as "an unofficial remake" of the 1962 American film The Miracle Worker, about the deaf-blind child Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.


"This is an unusual film for India: no songs, a running time under 2 hours and most of the dialogue in English; yet it became a box office hit," critic Richard Corliss said of the film.

"It could also be a test for Western audiences unused to the fever pitch of Indian melodrama; they may need a warning label - Caution: Extreme Sentiment (May Be Contagious)."

The White Diamond and Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
The Squid And The Whale (Noah Baumbach)
Cache (Michael Hanekefact)
Black (Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
Citizen Dog (Wisit Sasanatieng)
The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles)
Once You're Born... (Marco Tullio Giordanafact)
Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Nick Park and Steve Box)
Memoirs Of A Geisha (Rob Marshall)

Black's maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali told an Indian website that the selection was a "a great victory for Indian cinema, and all my cast and crew".

"Black is about the love between a girl and her teacher. They teach each other the dignity of living. To call Black a love story is a true compliment," he said.

The film starred superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the teacher, and actress Rani Mukherjee as the deaf-blind student.

The film met a mixed response in India with some critics finding it high-pitched and exaggerated.

Bhansali also made Devdas, a $10mn extravaganza with lavish sets and expensive designer costumes, which released in 2002 and swept a number of Indian movie awards.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most prolific in the world, India's film industry, also known as Bollywood, produces nearly 800 movies a year.

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