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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajan Damodaran
Sachet Engineer ...
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 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


Every Child is Special


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$352,568, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,204,660, 20 January 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aamir Khan received special permission from Amitabh Bachchan to use Abhishek Bachchan's experiences in the film. The reference is made in terms of Abhishek being one of the most successful stars and how he came to star in the blockbuster Dhoom (2004), overcoming the dyslexia that he had during childhood. 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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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 »


Referenced in Wake Up Sid (2009) See more »


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
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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User Reviews

Simply Sensational
26 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

An excellent direction, beautiful narration and an emotional ending. This movie deserves the best of applause. The director has done an out of the world job. At no point in the movie does he overshadow the kid. The best thing I love about the movie is the facial expressions of Kid. This kid is a genius and has filled life into the role of a dyslexic. Movie is so perfect, doting mom, lovable brother and a strict dad. The manifestation of problems has been toned beautifully and the way the kid is helped to get out the problems is artistic. I hope I could vote more than 10 for this masterpiece. Missing this movie would be a blunder.

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