“Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par”

Monday, March 17, 2008

Jaise Aankhon Ki Dibiya Mein Nindiya
Aur Nindiya Mein Meetha Sa Sapna
Aur Sapne Mein Mil Jaaye Farishta Sa Koi
Jaise Rangon Bhari Pichkari
Jaise Titliyan Phoolon Ki Kyari
Jaise Bina Matlab Ka Pyara Rishta Ho Koi

Yeh To Aasha Ki Lehar Hain
Yeh To Ummeed Ki Sehar Hain
Khusiyon Ki Nehar Hain

Over the weekend I finally got to watch the Hindi movie, Taare Zameen Par. It was directed by Aamir Khan and although he is in the movie….the protagonist is a little boy, Darsheel Safary. The storyline revolves around a boy whose world is full of imagination, colors and stories. However he is failing in school and is unable to comprehend simple instructions from teachers or peers. His family isn’t able to help him and decides to send him to boarding school. Still it seems no one is able to gage his problem and he starts to sink into depression. The new art teacher (Aamir Khan) realizes that the child is dyslexic and starts helping him cope with this learning disability and brings him back to life. Let me start off by saying…not many Hindi movies can move me like this movie has. Sure most movies portray the typical family melodrama or unrequited love etc. But Taare Zameen Par brings to light how fragile childhood can be…especially if the child does not have a strong support system, like a caring family. The movie also explains a learning disability like dyslexia. In an educationally competitive country like India where it seems that every kid is trying to rank #1 and thinking outside the box is not an option….its truly commendable that Aamir Khan decided to shed light on a much needed topic like dyslexia. I also noticed that although the movie is directed by Aamir Khan and he has a role in the movie…I loved that the focus was not on the big name star. It was all about the little kid who is a newcomer to Bollywood and he stole the screen :o) Aamir Khans direction was definitely phenomenal! Seriously this is a must see movie. Even if you are not really a Hindi movie fan...I really hope that you rent the movie (with subtitles if needed) and watch it!! In fact I made a copy of the DVD so Bhatji can watch it too. It’s a great family movie too…so feel free to watch it with the kids. Let me know what you thought of the movie or comment once you do watch it…which is soon I hope ;o)


Dhivya said...

tell u the comments once i watch the movie..nice post..

Maya said...

I absolutely loved the movie. Darsheel was a star and just stood out!!

Siri said...

Its absolutely a phenomenal and touching movie Anu.. I almost cried for many scenes where Inu was unable to do things..Lovely make.. Hatoff to Aamir!

Nice review Anu..

and also thanks for a sweet comment on my blog..:DD..


Kiriel du Papillon said...

Sounds like a movie worth tracking down!

(thanks for visiting my blog by the way - and don't stop trying to bake: we all burn things occasionally, we just dont display those dishes to our foodblogs!)


TBC said...

I saw TZP last month. It is such a well-made beautiful movie.

Meera said...

Loved that movie too. & Darsheel Safari has acted splendidly. Every character is so real.
Loved Aamir khan as a director too.

Cham said...

I gonna watch soon the movie and leave a comment what was my thoughts.

Cynthia said...

I am big fan of hindi movies and grew up on them though I have to admit that since moving to Barbados where the cultural and ethnic make-up is different from my birth country (Guyana), I have not been able to have access. I have, however started to see a lot more hindi films at the movie rental stores.

This sounds like a really good movie to watch and it seems like a welcome break from the typical story lines as you have suggested of: ...most movies portray the typical family melodrama or unrequited love etc. I think that stars and film makers have a duty (particularly because of their influence) to make movies that bring a variety of causes and issues to the fore. Thank you for bringing it to our attention through your blog.

Perception said...

I haven't watched a Hindi movie in quite some time, but your post certainly has got me interested in Taare Zaamen Par :)

Pooja said...

each word of your post justifies this movie. I saw it 2 times , and I too cried in many scenes. specially when that son Maa is playing . Second time i literally skipped that, coz we were among friends and i didn't wanted to show them my tears.
Kudos to Aamir Khan to make highly thoughtful movie like this. And I know this really happens to kids when they are not performing too well in just exams.

AnuZi said...

Dhivya, Please do so.

Maya, You are so right...Darsheel was the star. Glad you liked the movie too :o)

Siri, I didnt want to admit but the movie definitely made me tear up hehe. Girl, I meant every single word on your blog ;o)

Kiriel, Reading the many bakers blog...I am extremely motivated. I am going to start off small first. Will keep you posted when the experimentation starts.

TBC, Meera: Glad you guys liked the movie too. Wish a few of you bloggers lived around me so we could plan a hindi movie meet up ;o)

Cham: Please do. Oh and have some tissues ready ;o)

AnuZi said...

Cynthia, well said! I think Hindi movies like TZP are far and few between. Sadly India lacks the artistic talent to make meaningful movies that would become both, mass media success and an intellectual at the same time. I also hate that the Bollywood actors/actress's don't use their popularity to promote important causes mirroring Hollywood. Hopefully TZP's success will be a stepping stone for better hindi movies.
BTW have you considered netflix. They have Hindi movies in their queue. Definitely try the 2 weeks free deal :o)

AnuZi said...

Perception: Do watch it. I usually like hindi movies that aren't necessarily mainstream favorites...well of course not counting the old school 70's and 80's masala block busters hehe. but in recent times this TZP definitely is a must watch :o)

Pooja: aww I'm glad you liked it too. I wish my family had told me that I would tearing up like a lil girl hehe.

Vani said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! Yeah, I watched TZP and loved it! It was touching and I think it's a must-watch for all parents and teachers! The kid is a natural, isn't he? Nothing over the top and melodramatic - one of those rare Hindi movies that are realistic and well made!

AnuZi said...

Vani, I completely agree with you. A rare movie indeed :o) Glad you liked it.

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