World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was originally initiated by the Sight First Campaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000. Easily our most vital and dominant sense, 70% of all sensory receptors in the body are in our eyes and nearly half of the brain's cerebral cortex is involved in visual aspects.
Being blind is obviously unfortunate, but many blind people have overcome their shortcoming, making them real winners. Today, on World Sight Day, we list eight movies featuring blindness. While some are inspirational, some seem impossible, they all are one thing for sure – utterly emotional. Don't hold back the waterworks.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
This film tells the story of a student who takes a job as an assistant to a retired colonel, who is blind. The colonel is played by Al Pacino who won an Academy Award for the Best Actor for his performance.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Author/activist/lecturer Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The film is a biography on her, depicting how her teacher Anne Sullivan breaks through the isolation. A miracle worker indeed.
Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film stars Amitabh Bachchan who leads a trio of blind men (Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal) to rob a bank. Quite the engaging heist thriller.