Taare Zameen Par


 ‘Taare Zameen par’ hits the screen with lot of hype and expectations around it. Frankly, it supersedes them and stands out as one of the best ever made bollywood films of recent times. A movie about a child with Dyslexia is a new concept and the treatment that ‘Director’ Aamir Khan gives to it wonderful.  

Aamir, the long celebrated ‘Perfectionist’ of Bollywood, does stand up to the expectations as a Director – Actor and a producer. The movie starts with the child Ishaan (Darsheel Safary), and slowly educates the audience with the problems faced by him. It is not revealed at this stage to the audience about Dyslexia. When packed off to a boarding school and the child’s metamorphosis into an introvert from being an active kid, and the subsequent entry of the ‘Temporary’ art teacher in Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) is where the real problem of Dyslexia is revealed in good detail, with examples that sounds like the ‘Who’s Who List’. The rest of the movie is about the teachers efforts in making the child, his parents and the school faculty on how to deal with the kid.

First, kudos and praises for Aamir Khan, to have directed a masterpiece in his debut as a director. The actor Aamir too has every reason to smile for his splendid yet non-overshadowing portrayal of the teacher’s character. The child artiste Darsheel Safary is the real hero of the film, rightly depicted in the title credits with his name appearing before that of aamir. Darsheel does act naturally with all the innocence of an 8-9 year old.

The movie is captured in a very poetic way. The photography, the music by the very talented trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the story flow, everything is so poetic that it feels like traveling with a small kid with his own problems and a ‘Pied Piper’ to help him out. The music and the songs have also boldly created for the script and not for the audio sales. The title track ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and the tearful ‘Maa’, both rendered by Shankar Mahadevan do stand out.

Actors other than Darsheel and Aamir, to have been true to their roles, be it the mother or the always supporting elder brother, the characterization seems so non-bollywoodish. This is also one of the plus points to this film; being natural and realistic without the ‘Drama’ feeling.

As many have said, there are lots of scenes from the film that remains with you even when out of the cinema. Like, the ‘Ishaan’s Day out in the city alone’ scene, ‘Don’t send me to boarding, mein sab kuch seekhoonga’ scene, ‘Aamir explaining Ishaan’s problem to his parents’ scene and the final ‘Revealing of the two paintings’ scene. It was an emotional journey into the life of a kid with Dyslexia. Personally, this movie seems like the next best one after Anjali by Mani Ratnam.  The movie goes with a tagline ‘Every Child is Special’; so is this movie. A MUST WATCH FOR ALL, NO AGE BAR.

~ by Jayanthan Ravi on December 31, 2007.

2 Responses to “Taare Zameen Par”

  1. exactly.Must watch for all.There has been a wrong perception that this is for kids or the parents.

  2. Wow man… Just loved the way u have given the review… Too good da… I agree with u that its a must watch movie…
    Its a movie that should be a lesson to all of us that there are other things apart from studies that each child is gifted with… And its very much needed for every parents to understand that and act accordingly…
    Kudos for Aamir for a great movie like TZP…

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