Thursday, December 27, 2007

Taare Zameen Par - Stars Shine Down..

When I was in Std. II A, there was a guy who sat behind me. Jay Shah. He was tall, lanky, and had shaggy hair that fell all over his face. He lived five buildings away from me and traveled in the same bus. His Mom used to tell me all the time to sit with him more, spend my lunches with him and "influence" him.

He had failed in second grade twice.

His mom used to take my books to complete his classwork. He could never pay attention in class and was always more interested in random, arbit things. The teacher used to go crazy explaining sums and words and sentences to him. He could never recite the poetry. Never paint a picture complete. I thought of him as a friend in the beginning. I would try to explain things to him, finish his pictures, recite poetry to him. I gave up when he failed again. I moved to the next class. III A. He left school. I saw him on my street a few times. We would excitedly talk the first couple of times. Then, it was just a wave. And then we went our way. I heard he was shifted to a "Special School".

Since the first grade, there was another guy in my class. Very bright. Always sat in the first bench. Not a ranker, but intelligent. Slow, but smart. He had some physical handicap. But his mother pushed him. He graduated from school with the rest of us. Apparently, he went to science college, and graduated with a BSc. I do not know here he is, but I see him around in the Social Networking forums. He recently added me on all of those, and on GChat and more.

He looks like he is successful in whatever he is doing.

Taare Zameen Par is about one child a little more than that. A child with a serious learning disability, which no one seems to recognize and which the Indian Schooling system pegs down as mischief, naughtiness and arrogance combined with laziness and a lack of willingness to learn.
It talks about Inu, Ishaan Awasthi, his unchanneled, unbridled intelligence. But the teachers in his school, his father and even his mother to an extent do not see it. When they look at him all they see is a failure and a dumb child.

Aamir Khan, as Ram Nikumbh, his new art teacher sees his potential, and identifies with it, because he too was a dyslexic student, misunderstood by his parents as a kid. Nikumbh turns the boy's life around and shows everyone his potential.

Taare Zameen Par, is a must watch. It's a little slow in the beginning, but picks up lace once Aamir arrives (obviously). The boy, Darshan Zhaveri, I think, has a very few lines in the entire film. Maybe that's why he manages to pull out such a stellar job. Too many dialogues would have ruined his character. The mother, Tisca Chopra, and the elder son, were very believable and acted really well. The father was probably chosen to play this part because of his very fatherly, and ugly looks. Ishaan's friend Rajan was a characted well played too.

All in all, a colorful movie, with beautiful songs, lovely acting and a touching story. And a movie dedicated to Jay Shah, wherever he is. And the second guy's success.


Prasoon said...

Nice review especially because you could actually relate to it.

and yes, the movie is superb - no split thoughts about it. :)

Satish Kumar Mantha said...

i saw it just y'day. liked to see a different movie in a long time - it's like one of those english movies that we applaud for. could've been a li'l faster though, and hence shorter. songs hurt the movie, i thought, not necessary for such a deep-thought story. i don't know why movies have to be made 2.5-3 hrs all time!

Ravi said...

TaG HeueR said...

surprisingly..i saw this movie first day last show...had gone to see welcome but my friend insisted to see it...yes it was good...i cribbed bt while watching it in the theatre...but as the movie opinion changed..just 2 hours are required to change an opinion......

Anonymous said... coming here after ages and ages..wanted especially to wish u a happy new yr..ur number is always unavailable..nt to mention i get charged for it tho.;)
n i doubt tht u get my msgs coz u nvr leavin my msg final exams finally over..had gone to bk home a couple days bk..if possible cntct me coz i NEVER get thru ur number nw for sum reason..
by the way,i loved d movie..

Pragni~The Dream Catcher~ said...

prasoon - thanks!!

Pinks, tag - Agreed

Anu - I keep trying to call you. Even wrote you an email but it bounced back. I have no emails from you. My number has changed and I emailed that too, but you dint get it. Dunno how to reach you. Tried emailing you right now too. Dint work.. get in touch with me.. somehow.. take my number from sneha or something..