Like Stars on Earth (2007)
"Taare Zameen Par" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Music  |  21 December 2007 (India)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sachet Engineer ...
Yohan Awasthi
Tisca Chopra ...
Nandkishore Awasthi
Lalitha Lajmi ...
Herself - Art Mela's Chief Guest
Girija Oak ...
Jabeen - Amir's Co-worker (as Girija)
Ravi Khanvilkar ...
Mr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
Pratima Kulkarni ...
Principal - St. Anthony's School
Meghna Malik ...
Victoria Teacher
Sonali Sachdev ...
Irene Teacher
Sanjay Dadich ...
Raaj Gopal Iyer ...
George Sir
Bugs Bhargava ...
Sen Sir


Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old 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 himself. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Music

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

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Like Stars on Earth  »

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Opening Weekend:

£66,204 (UK) (21 December 2007)


$1,204,660 (USA) (18 January 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amole Gupte was set to direct the film until he was replaced one week later with Aamir Khan who was not confident about Gupte's directing abilities. See more »


When Ram Shankar( Aamir Khan) ask Ishaan's father Mr Awasthi to read the name of the video game, he responds that he can not read because it is in Chinese. In reality it is in Japanese (Chinese does not have Furigana and Katakana). But it maybe possible that Mr Awasthi couldn't distinguish between Chinese and Japanese. See more »


Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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Referenced in 3 Idiots (2009) See more »


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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Undoubtedly the best Hindi movie of 2007
23 December 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Taare Zameen Par, you are missing out. The best Hindi movie of 2007 without doubt. Extremely sensitively handled, and flawlessly executed performances, especially by Darsheel Safary. This movie really hits you.

In a way, everyone can relate to it, especially if you have grown up in India where most children are classified as dumb or unintelligent if they "can't" become engineers or doctors. I went in with huge expectations, and this movie exceeded them.

Some reviews have complained about situations in the movie being too simple or repetitive in parts, but I have absolutely no problems with that. This is no thriller. You know what's going to happen, but you are looking forward to it too.

The songs might not be great hits, but they gel really well with the movie. They are beautifully worded, and capture the emotions of the characters perfectly.

When the end credits started rolling, most people started walking towards the exit, but even when they had almost stopped rolling, most of them were still standing near the exit, watching the images in the end credits.

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