8 Movies Based on the Blind

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.

Black (2005)
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film revolves around a blind and deaf girl (Rani Mukherji), and how her teacher (Amitabh Bachchan) helps her embrace the darkness.

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.

Blindsight (2006)
This documentary follows six blind teenagers on their journey to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri mountain in the shadow of Mount Everest. Truly remarkable.

Ray (2004)
This musical biographical film spans across 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, played by Jamie Foxx.

Don't Breathe (2016)
This brilliant horror film focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man's house while breaking into it.

Aankhen (2002)
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.

Fanaa (2006)
Directed by Kunal Kohli, the film stars Aamir Khan as a tourist guide who falls in love with a blind Kashmiri girl, played by Kajol.