A thought on ‘Taare Zameen Par’
Taare Zameen Par – Stars are on the earth [in english]
Well, this happened to be the very first movie i watched in a theatre after 3 months of my stay in bahrain. Although i was not really interested in going to a theatre, somehow today i thought let me accompany my friends. But atlast, had a very great satisfaction that i had watched a life time movie. I am sure you also would feel the same 🙂
Taare Zameen Par – initially i din’t have enough to think of except the great personality Aamir Khan as he has been really rocking nowadays in the way he portrays his thoughts. Just to name a few movies to prove his worth are Lagaan, Rang De Basanti etc.
I got to know the entire story line after seeing the one line caption in the title itself which says “Every child is special” :). Totally could picturise and imagine the theme and was really astonished the way the scenarios were portrayed. It was produced and directed by Aamir Khan. The main hero in the story is an 8 year old school going kid “Darsheel Safary” who really rocked and took over the entire show in his control. Awesome performance and he definitely deserves to get a bunch of applauses. Man, in the whole movie he would have just spoken a few words. Rest everything he expressed in his facial expressions which are sure enough to fetch him some awards! Great going master.. That was a wonderful experience watching you in the screen.
The movie starts off with an 8 year old boy who is marked as totally disobedient, disinterested towards reading and writing. You have enough fun when you visualize those situations as definitely every class has some sort of students. Though he has some special interests in painting it is left unnoticed when compared to all the mistakes. Because of all these he tends to become an introvert gradually and thats when he starts expressing all his feelings through just emotions. He does not even speak to his mom except a few places when he refuses to join the boarding school once his parents decide after hearing an “excellent” report from the teachers and principal of the school. As usual, his elder brother is a very good exception who is studious and stands first in all subjects along with his extra-curricular activities as well. This adds fuel to the fire naturally as the way parents tend to compare their children when they grow up.
Even after joining the boarding school, the same history repeats and he feels as if he is tortured literally and he started hating the entire world including his burning desire for drawing. There you get a break through our supreme master, a much awaited character in the movie our dear Aamir who enters as a temporary drawing master. A different kinda approach he has towards the students as the way he freely allows the kids to think out of the box and enjoys being with them as a good mate by all means.
As you would have expected by now (if at all you could :)) , he identifies this strange behavior and finds our the root cause and helps getting this little boy out of his difficulties after taking some pains in talking to their parents and colleagues. He also convinces the principal by saying the reason as the kinda disease “dyslexic” [a learning disability especially feeling difficult in identifying the alphabets] and also requesting him to offer only one chance as all that the little kid needs is a little more attention from the teachers. He tries out to bring out the kid’s potentials in all the possible ways.
All his efforts come true and the boy is really identified of his hidden potentials as the result of the drawing competition conducted by Aamir for all the people in the school including faculties. The principal declares that he really got a chance to live his own childhood life again and also able to see other’s childhood as well. A way to thank Aamir khan he announces that Aamir khan will be working permanently in this school while continuing his tenure in the present school [‘Tulip School‘ – for mentally retarded people]. He also declares that the prize winning drawing would be on the front page of the school year book. As expected, the prize goes to our little master. The boy initially feels a little shy and reluctant. His neighbours help the principal identifies Ishaan (the boy’s name in the movie) in the crowd. Not having enough patience to relish the moments when he gets the prize, Ishaan immediately runts to Aamir and hugs him and cries. 🙂 A masterpiece!
His parents come to school to take their kid for the vacation and they get to know about his talents and rewards. They feel very happy and overwhelmed as their worries are wiped off. They could see his son getting along with all the other children normally. The kid goes for a vacation along with his parents happily. The story ends there.
The noteworthy aspects of this movie are :
the overall theme
the little kid’s excellent acting
aamir khan’s character
all the songs
the way the kid’s creavity has been portrayed through which he intimates his separation from the family in his notebook that lets any1 get to know when they flip through the pages fastly – a kinda animation in which the younger son gradually gets away..
The boy’s entire family did well upto the mark. The songs were awesome and none of them seemed to be out of track. Every song had got a wonderful meaning and superb picturisation. In one song (last song), there is a line matching with the title, “Na Kho Jaayen Yeah Taare Zameen Par” [Let’s not lose these stars to earth”] – were fetching tears from the eyes whilst making us realize the importance of the childhood and its values irrespective of little difficulties and variance in efficiencies. 🙂
I would like to reinsist the thought as, “this is the movie which every student, parent and teacher has to watch without any fail“, as it has got a nice message to each of them. Don’t miss it. Of course, the grown up students and ex-teachers may get a chance to get their histories kindled. I got a chance to remember one of my mom’s students [named ‘Thendral’ if i am right] who taught me to write the number ‘8’ properly as the two circles i used to draw always fought with each other :P.
One interesting background information to share which i heard through my colleague in the interval is
"There were many children for audition but finally the crew managed to select 25 kids in the first round of elimination and then they made it upto 10 people after second and final round when they handed it over to Aamir Khan. He asked them to call the all 25 kids and he himself did a separate test and finalized this kid" it seems.
Note: If interested, kindly read the “Director’s Note” on the official website of the movie : http://www.taarezameenpar.com/. I would say, it is worth spending a minute on reading this to get to know the history behind this movie and the contribution by the people (Amole Gupte – the Creative Director of the movie who wrote the script and his wife Deepa Bhatia).
Great efforts and Hats Off to the entire team behind the scenes. You rock Aamir! This movie would definitely help and inspire the parents and teachers. I am sure about it. No doubt, it is yet another feather to your crown :). Best wishes to all your further endeavors too.
This happened to be my first ever review on a movie though my previous thoughts on some other movies dint get materialised. 🙂 Of course, this deserves for a nice movie which is a result of 7 years of research on the childhood! [“The Director’s Note” section from the official website of the movie].