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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 troublemaker, 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:
Darsheel Safary ...
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Tanay Chheda ...
Sachet Engineer ...
Yohan Awasthi
Tisca Chopra ...
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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 ...
Maadhoo
Raaj Gopal Iyer ...
George Sir
Bugs Bhargava ...
Sen Sir
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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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Every Child is Special

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£66,204 (UK) (21 December 2007)

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

Darsheel Safary, the child artiste of the film, had to face a lot of opposition from his school when he was shortlisted for the film. The fact that he would have to miss school for such a long period did not go down well with the school authorities. However, Aamir Khan insisted that only Darsheel play the character, so he came up with a solution to fix the problem. He personally assured the school authorities that Darsheel's studies wouldn't be hampered with. Aamir arranged for personal tuition for Darsheel all through the academic year so that he wouldn't miss his exams. He also funded his studies as well as his educational expenses. See more »

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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 »

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Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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Bheja Kam
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) and Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Bugs Bhargava, Shankar Sachdev, Raaj Gopal Iyer,
Ravi Khanvilkar, Loy Mendonsa, Amole Gupte, Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan and Ram Madhvani
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Oxygen to Revive the Soul
22 December 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A good film on children has always been much needed for Indian film-goers. And when in this moment of dearth one gets treated to a movie that simply touches the soul - needless to say - Taare Zameen Par

  • does just that.




Aamir Khan proves his mettle as a director. As an actor he is fabulous. The story captures a look at a middle class family who feel the younger kid (Darsheel Safary) is not a patch on the elder one who is a topper at class. The younger one is always struggling with his ABCs and spends more time out of his class rather than inside.

Its only when he is sent to boarding school with the hope that an iron fist will help him improve that he comes across art teacher (Aamir Khan) who correctly identities his problem of suffering from dyslexia and decides to unleash his creativity and make him an achiever.

To know more one should watch this movie since it has elements that everyone could relate towards while at school or boarding, and brings into focus the need for underprivileged and slow learning children to be given the chance to prove themselves with patience and love that would help them merge with mainstream education and become worthwhile contributors.

Brilliant job Aamir and your team for treating the subject with respect, honesty and flair. Darsheel Safary as the struggling kid has done total justice to his role and puts in a performance that will always be remembered.

The movie will make you cry, make you laugh, make you rejoice and come out feeling that there are some people out there who take Indian cinema several notches higher.


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