Monday, December 24, 2007

Taare Zameen Par…

Dekho inhe yeh hain, oos ke boodien…
Patoon ke godh main, aasman main koodien…

Angdayee lein phir, karvat badal kar…
Nazuk se moti, hans de phisal kar…

There are movies that entertain us, there are movies that make us sad, there are movies that mirrors our society and then there are movies that can bring a change in that society. Taare Zameen Par is one such movie that can bring a positive change in our society and how we deal with kids. The movie takes you on a journey through the eyes and mind of Ishaan, an eight year old kid suffering from dyslexia. The movie is not about special need kids or dyslexia but it is about everyday kids and how they are conditioned in our society to succeed at every cost.

The movie takes ones attention from the first shot, shot of Ishaan trying to catch fish in his school pond. It tries to explore how a child’s mind works in our complex and competitive society. As Aamir’s character says in one scene from the movie “We are not raising kids these days but products in assembly lines.” The movie is not about kids who are able to cope with this competition and succeed but millions of other kids who are not able to compete in this fast-paced world and are termed as, losers, idiots and bevakoofs. Is losing such a bad thing? Is succeeding everything in our society? Maybe it is, because it’s a dog eats dog world. We have created a society for winners but there is no place for losers in our society.

The movie deals with all these questions in the most sensitive way. Aamir’s character, Raam Shankar Nikumbh, as a teacher who tries to understand children’s psyche is a masterpiece of work. Aamir as a Director never for a single shot lets his own character dominate the real hero of the movie, Ishaan. The best part of the movie is the simplicity with which it is shot. There is a certain laziness with which Aamir lets us into the mind of Ishaan.

There are number of stand out scenes in the movie but some unforgettable scenes like when Aamir discovers Ishaan’s dyslexia or how he explains it to Ishaan’s educated but unaware parents or how he explains to Ishaan’s Dad the meaning of khayal rakhna in a very subtle way or the climax art show with some hilarious and beautiful moments, will remain with me for a long time.

There is no doubt that this is one of the finest movies to have come out of India in recent memory. Aamir has used movie making to deliver a message that is not preachy. I am not sure if it will change anything in India or make people more aware about the problem of dyslexia but the movie still has the potential to make that change. It is not easy to change society or people’s mindset but actors like Aamir have the most powerful medium of movies to bring about the change. People don’t like changing when they are forced to or preached about and that makes this movie even more important.

As I was watching the title song of the movie, it reminded me of all the special needs kids that I have come across in my life and my only wish is that hopefully every one of them will come across a teacher like Raam Shankar Nikumbh who can change their lives for good.

Yeh toh hain sardi main, dhoop ke kirane...
Utare jo aangan ko sunhera sa karne...

nn ke andheron ko roshan sa kar dein...
Thiturthi hatheli ki rangat badal dein...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved the movie..and i loved your review. Its awesome n u have higlighted just the right points.. kudos to you n aamir :)

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see the film as I like Amir and of course kids ;)

9:48 PM  
Blogger Colors said...

Well said, Ricky..The movie is indeed one of the best to have been made in recent times. Aamir has done an amazing job as a director and Darsheel as an actor. The animation is a great way to let us into the kid's mind. Kudos to the entire team.

6:57 AM  
Blogger hope said...

Another review.. but mera mood nahi to read it :( will read it some other time..

Keep rocking Champ with your vadi vadi posts.. hehe!! as i guess its last of this year so wish you write many more a bit small posts in coming year :D


7:45 PM  
Blogger Jyoti said...

hey! nice m more eager to watch this movie!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I did the ABC tag too :)

3:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i saw it too... and loved it... the review is good... infact ur observations are good.... really good!

2:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i saw it too... and loved it... the review is good... infact ur observations are good.... really good!

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely reading your review...I also liked the movie very much....Here's wishing u and ur dear ones also a wonderful year ahead...May the beauty of this festive season,fill your life with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer and all the joy to light up your heart. And hope the dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a prosperous future!

2:40 AM  
Blogger Kevin Blight said...

I loved this movie for a completely different reason. Even though I'm not dyslexic, Ishaan's story is very similar to mine. I agreed with one of Aamir's dialogue, "Ishaan ko dekh kar mujhe apne app ko dikhai diya."
This movie is not only about dyslexic kids, but of every kids who were treated bad for being non-achievers in school :)
Nice review you wrote!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Reema said...

i read this the day u wrote it, cudnt get myself to comment earlier though.. :S

tzp is sheer brilliance! has its ups n downs, but to sum it up its a must watch.. a tear jerker.. n teaches lessons that all of us need to learn!

i personally know someone suffering from duslexia, n trying very hard to overcome it.. hence, i know how bad the taunts can be, n how much they can hurt.. :(

everyyone jus needs to watch it!!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet to see the film so I didn't read your review :P.

Came here to wish you Happy New Year.

:) J

2:57 AM  
Blogger Jyoti said...

Wish you a very happy new year too!
Looking forward to see my self in the list of your blog friends... ;)

8:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy new year Ricky jee!

10:16 PM  
Blogger Kevin Blight said...

Well, as for your comments in my blog, Emma is someone who I have accepted as my life-partner :)

5:31 AM  
Blogger Deepak said...

hmm nice... and m seen this movie... really it will be big hit... waise childhood ki yaad aa gayi.... specially boarding school ki....:)

Happy new year..:)

9:54 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

raingirl - Thank You but the movie was too good and so easy for me to review it.

anonymous - Do watch it. By the way, what's your name and do you blog?

colors - Thanks!! I agree with you completely. Yea, the animation was just right.

hope - Aapka mood bana nahin padhne ka review :P

Thank You jee, I know you love my vadi vadi post. Yes, I will be back in New Years ;)

4:55 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

Jyoti - Thanks!! Do watch it and tell me how you liked it :D

moonie - Thanks for taking the tag.

anks - I am glad you liked it too. Thanks!! (

Kalyan - Thanks!! I am glad you liked it too. Happy New Year to you and your family too. Thanks for the nice wish :-)

4:57 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

kevin blight - I think there was an Ishaan in ever one of us. I agree that the movie is not about dyslexic kids but about individuality of each kid. Thanks!!

reema - I know you read the review jee :-)

Yea, the movie was a great watch. I think we all have seen a kid like Ishaan or have been in similar situation. I am glad you loved it too.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

juneli - Do watch it, you will like it am sure. Happy New Year to you too :-)

jyoti - Happy New Year to you too. You are already in my list of friends :-)

anks - Happy New Year anks jee :D

kevin blight - Glad to read that :-)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

deepak - Yea, it reminded us all of our childhood, I guess :-)

Happy New Year to you too.

5:06 PM  

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