This poignant drama
revolves around an eight-year-old Ishaan, who is unaware that he is dyslexic.
constantly being told off by his parents and teachers for his lack of interest
in his studies.
up and unable to cope with Ishaan's erratic behaviour and attitude, his parents
send him to a boarding school to be 'disciplined'.
life is no better in his new environment, Ishaan tries to overcome the trauma
of family separation and, in so doing, fails to concentrate in his studies.
life changes for the better when Ram Nikumbh (Aamir), a temporary relief teacher
with 'special needs experience' enters his life.
Nikumbh's help and guidance, Ishaan is able to regain his self-confidence and
overcome a disability which his parents were unaware of.
director Aamir Khan not only depicts Ishaan's dyslexia with sensitivity, but also
takes an emotional look at life as a child being ridiculed by an ignorant world.
focuses on many memorable, tear-jerking moments, keeping you focused throughout
the film - what a great achievement for a debut director!
scene, in which Ishaan is taken to the boarding school against his wishes, particularly
touches your emotions. He makes a flip-booklet depicting a family with one child
going away as the pages turn. This is a brilliant example of one of many great
and touching moments in the film.
scenes show yet again, the talents of an upcoming director like Khan, who concentrates
on the actual theme rather than style and gloss, unlike many contemporary Hindi
Darsheel Safary is the real star of the film and there is no doubt about that.
credit equally goes to director Khan for extracting the right emotions from this
child actor whether it is frustration, loneliness, hurt or rejection experienced
Sharma effectively portrays Ishaan's strict, short-tempered father who finds it
difficult to accept the fact his child is suffering from dyslexia when Nikumbh
reveals the truth.
Tisca Chopra plays the confused but caring mum of Ishaan with sincerity.
minor point to note about the film is the fact that Nikumbh himself confesses
of suffering from dyslexia, giving you the impression that only the ones who have
been through this medical condition can sympathise with other sufferers.
in reality this is not the case because there are many schools who specialise
in dyslexia. There are also medical professionals who monitor children suffering
from the same from an early age with compassion and care giving full support to
the whole, Taare Zameen Par (meaning stars on earth) touches your heart and moves
you deeply with its sterling performances. A film full of substance!
by Manish Gajjar