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Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors:

Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte (uncredited)

Writers:

Amole Gupte (dialogue & screenplay), Amole Gupte (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darsheel Safary ... Ishaan Awasthi
Aamir Khan ... Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Tisca Chopra ... Maya Awasthi
Vipin Sharma ... Nandkishore Awasthi
Sachet Engineer Sachet Engineer ... Yohan Awasthi
Tanay Chheda ... Rajan Damodaran
Lalitha Lajmi Lalitha Lajmi ... Herself - Art Mela's Chief Guest
Girija Oak Girija Oak ... Jabeen - Amir's Co-worker (as Girija)
Ravi Khanvilkar Ravi Khanvilkar ... Mr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
Pratima Kulkarni Pratima Kulkarni ... Principal - St. Anthony's School
Meghna Malik ... Victoria Teacher
Sonali Sachdev Sonali Sachdev ... Irene Teacher
Sanjay Dadich Sanjay Dadich ... Maadhoo
Raaj Gopal Iyer Raaj Gopal Iyer ... George Sir
Bugs Bhargava Bugs Bhargava ... Sen Sir
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Storyline

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Child is Special

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Stars on Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Panchgani, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$352,568, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,897,373
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Production relied on stock footage for the brief scene of a bird feeding its babies. Khan carefully selected a clip to his liking, but learned three weeks before the film's release that the footage was not available in the proper format. With three days to replace it or else risk delaying the release, Khan made do with what he could find. He says that he "cringes" every time he sees it. See more »

Goofs

While Ishaan's parents are driving home, after receiving his poor academic report, his mother laments "I teach him myself. All day it's 'Ishaan! Ishaan! Ishaan!'". But, when she says the third "Ishaan" word, her lips are closed. See more »

Quotes

Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits rolls after few minutes of the film and consists of animated sequences (in order to portray the main character's imaginary world). See more »

Connections

References Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Taare Zameen Par
Lyrics by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) & Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique Cerejo & Vivienne Pocha
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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A splendid effort..
21 December 2007 | by obscure_realitySee all my reviews

First point: Taare Zameen Par is not a movie for children. Its also not a movie only about 'special' children. What it stands for and depicts stunningly is how the cruel world outside is stealing away our children's precious childhood. It is about how our parents are turning into monsters and imposing their own dreams and aspirations on their children which eventually destroys our children's confidence and can only create a generation of hate. Its about how each child needs attention and care and how we so lack those qualities in this life thats bounded by time.

Aamir Khan does a fabulous job both behind and in front of the camera. There are scenes in which just his facial expressions tugs at our hearts and moves us. That is truly the hallmark of a great actor. But then, Taare Zameen Par is not about Aamir. Its truly owned by Darsheel Safary. Right from the first scene to the very end he steals the show and our hearts with his endearing acting.

Taare Zameen Par is a biting criticism of the times we live in. But it also makes you smile, laugh, cry, nod in agreement and seethe with anger.. everything that a movie is supposed to do. It truly is a movie which everyone can relate to. Reminds you that movies are meant to make us think.. to provoke us and act as a mirror of our times. Taare Zameen Par does all this and much more. Watch it if you like watching meaningful movies.

  • Sreejith - dailyrium.wordpress.com


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