Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth- 2008)


Last night, the whole family watched Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par (which is actually my second time). This was the second Aamir Khan- starred Indian movie we viewed, the first being Three Idiots. It's a story of friendship, school life and living up for your dreams. Despite 3 Idiot's three-hour running time, we enjoyed the story as well as the song-and-dance routines interspersed with every important scene. My favorite was the All is Well song sung by the whole studentry all around the campus (even inside the shower areas, hahaha). And may I add that I have a crush on Aamir (he's already 40 and he's married, IDC). Hahaha. 

Anyway, off to Taare.

Taare Zameen Par, Like Stars on Earth in English, is released on 2008 and is produced and directed by famous Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. The story revolves around an eight year-old boy named Ishaan Awasthi who finds the whole idea of studying tedious. He has difficulty reading letters, spelling words and solving math problems. His father believes such as an attitude problem so against his wife's approval, he sent Ishaan to a boy's boarding school, away from the whole family. Ishaan finds it hard to adjust in his new environment-- he still flunks exams and his handwriting still wouldn't improve. Because of loneliness, Ishaan loses the motivation to paint (painting is his hobby, the only field where he excels). When temporary Art Teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh observed his lack of participation in class activities, he takes interest in him, eventually discovering he has dyslexia. Seeing Ishaan's paintings after visiting his parents to tell them of his dyslexia, Nikumbh made every effort to teach him math, language and spelling. Their journey towards learning would then take its course throughout the rest of the movie. Finally, there's somebody who took the cudgels of responsibility and extra care to a special boy like Ishaan.

Ishaan's Painting
The movie's storyline is simple and easy to understand. However, the way it was portrayed by the actors, especially Ishaan, tugs one's heartstrings. There's a balance between the funny scenes of Ishaan fooling around and scenes where one couldn't help but shed a tear. Ishaan is a very likeable character, he is special and vulnerable, very much like every child around us. When the whole family watched it, my mother remembered how she struggled teaching my youngest brother. He finds reading and writing too tiresome; he even told Mama "tinatamad siya." Although he was not a dyslexic, still the effort to encourage a child to learn is really hardwork; what more for those parents who do not even understand their child sees the letters in their books "dancing"?

The movie also tackles themes on student competition, comparisons between a better sibling and a weaker one and being good on various fields of expertise. In the movie, Ishaan's elder brother Yohan is good at almost every subject. He is even a varsity tennis player and a member of their school's drama club. While Yohan is a nice brother to Ishaan, his teachers would still compare him and make him see how excellent his brother is (as if he's a low-lying life form). 

Ram Nikumbh's Painting
However, the bigger picture that the movie's trying to paint is how a parent's coercion for their children to excel affects their perspectives. I believe it can be both positive and negative. Parents can encourage their children to study because really it is for their future. They have every right to tell their children how important an education is and even motivate them to get better grades. But using derogatory language or shouting at children, telling them they're idiots or duffers or whatever is way below the belt. Ishaan's father in the movie does some of that. He thinks that Ishaan's dyslexia is just an attitude problem. To be fair, he never knew about it in the first place, until Nikumbh tells them, which is quite forgivable. But when he belittled Ishaan's artistic skills and told his teacher that it wouldn't get him anywhere in the real world is harsh in a sense. I believe that parents should be their child's support group-- they should encourage their children in every field of expertise they choose-- be it art, music, math or even cooking and baking. I mean they can make exceptions like drugs or other vices, but really that's discernible so never mind.  

The movie teaches parents to accept their children because no matter how extraordinary or lowly they are, they're still special in their own ways. They're God's gifts so they must be taken care of. In the absence of his parents' TLC, Ishaan finds love from his art teacher, Nikumbh, who took every effort to make him feel better. 

In the end, I think the movie was able to accomplish its goal. The audience would be able to feel the movie's fun and warmth at the same time. Also, the musical scores and cinematic shots are nice (I really dunno how to review a movie's technicalities. Hahaha). It's really a must-watch. 

5 out of 5 stars

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth- 2008)


Last night, the whole family watched Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par (which is actually my second time). This was the second Aamir Khan- starred Indian movie we viewed, the first being Three Idiots. It's a story of friendship, school life and living up for your dreams. Despite 3 Idiot's three-hour running time, we enjoyed the story as well as the song-and-dance routines interspersed with every important scene. My favorite was the All is Well song sung by the whole studentry all around the campus (even inside the shower areas, hahaha). And may I add that I have a crush on Aamir (he's already 40 and he's married, IDC). Hahaha. 

Anyway, off to Taare.

Taare Zameen Par, Like Stars on Earth in English, is released on 2008 and is produced and directed by famous Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. The story revolves around an eight year-old boy named Ishaan Awasthi who finds the whole idea of studying tedious. He has difficulty reading letters, spelling words and solving math problems. His father believes such as an attitude problem so against his wife's approval, he sent Ishaan to a boy's boarding school, away from the whole family. Ishaan finds it hard to adjust in his new environment-- he still flunks exams and his handwriting still wouldn't improve. Because of loneliness, Ishaan loses the motivation to paint (painting is his hobby, the only field where he excels). When temporary Art Teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh observed his lack of participation in class activities, he takes interest in him, eventually discovering he has dyslexia. Seeing Ishaan's paintings after visiting his parents to tell them of his dyslexia, Nikumbh made every effort to teach him math, language and spelling. Their journey towards learning would then take its course throughout the rest of the movie. Finally, there's somebody who took the cudgels of responsibility and extra care to a special boy like Ishaan.

Ishaan's Painting
The movie's storyline is simple and easy to understand. However, the way it was portrayed by the actors, especially Ishaan, tugs one's heartstrings. There's a balance between the funny scenes of Ishaan fooling around and scenes where one couldn't help but shed a tear. Ishaan is a very likeable character, he is special and vulnerable, very much like every child around us. When the whole family watched it, my mother remembered how she struggled teaching my youngest brother. He finds reading and writing too tiresome; he even told Mama "tinatamad siya." Although he was not a dyslexic, still the effort to encourage a child to learn is really hardwork; what more for those parents who do not even understand their child sees the letters in their books "dancing"?

The movie also tackles themes on student competition, comparisons between a better sibling and a weaker one and being good on various fields of expertise. In the movie, Ishaan's elder brother Yohan is good at almost every subject. He is even a varsity tennis player and a member of their school's drama club. While Yohan is a nice brother to Ishaan, his teachers would still compare him and make him see how excellent his brother is (as if he's a low-lying life form). 

Ram Nikumbh's Painting
However, the bigger picture that the movie's trying to paint is how a parent's coercion for their children to excel affects their perspectives. I believe it can be both positive and negative. Parents can encourage their children to study because really it is for their future. They have every right to tell their children how important an education is and even motivate them to get better grades. But using derogatory language or shouting at children, telling them they're idiots or duffers or whatever is way below the belt. Ishaan's father in the movie does some of that. He thinks that Ishaan's dyslexia is just an attitude problem. To be fair, he never knew about it in the first place, until Nikumbh tells them, which is quite forgivable. But when he belittled Ishaan's artistic skills and told his teacher that it wouldn't get him anywhere in the real world is harsh in a sense. I believe that parents should be their child's support group-- they should encourage their children in every field of expertise they choose-- be it art, music, math or even cooking and baking. I mean they can make exceptions like drugs or other vices, but really that's discernible so never mind.  

The movie teaches parents to accept their children because no matter how extraordinary or lowly they are, they're still special in their own ways. They're God's gifts so they must be taken care of. In the absence of his parents' TLC, Ishaan finds love from his art teacher, Nikumbh, who took every effort to make him feel better. 

In the end, I think the movie was able to accomplish its goal. The audience would be able to feel the movie's fun and warmth at the same time. Also, the musical scores and cinematic shots are nice (I really dunno how to review a movie's technicalities. Hahaha). It's really a must-watch. 

5 out of 5 stars

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