Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Black does open with a dedication to Hellen Keller and her institute for inspiring. But it does not say that it is based on her life or her autobiography.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali said this. “‘But it is not “The Miracle Worker”. It is the life of Helen Keller. Her life has a timeless quality. It can be expressed in any form – a play, a TV series, a film from India or Hollywood. If a director interprets Helen Keller’s life in his own way it does not mean he is copying another film on the subject. If a director makes a film on Gandhi it does not mean he is stealing incidents from Richard Attenborough’s film.” Link
The Miracle Worker was the screen adaptation of the stage play which was based on Hellen Keller’s autobiography. It was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two awards, Best Actress for Anne Bancroft and Best Supporting Actress for Patty Duke. Anyways it depends on what one wants to call this – adaptation/inspiration/homage/tribute/plagiarism.
Black has a scene where Amitabh disciplines Ayesha Kapoor. Here is the original scene from The Miracle Worker.
There is a scene from Black where she learns to say Water. Here is the original scene where she learns to say Water.
There is a scene where Amitabh says that he wants to take complete charge. Here is the original scene where Anne says that he wants to take complete charge.
There is a scene where they find out that she is blind and deaf. Here is the original scene where they find out that she is blind and deaf.
There is the scene where Shernaz Patel tells that she wants to talk like everyone else. Here is the original scene.