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Apna Asmaan (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 September 2007 (India)
In order to make their autistic child a genius, a couple injects a drug into his body, only to face drastic consequences later.

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Ravi Kumar
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Ravi and Padmini share a strained relationship due to their teenage son Buddhi's intellectual handicap. Buddhi, a mildly autistic slow learner displays his flair for art but his parents, with their middle-class insecurities, neither recognize nor encourage his talent. Driven by Padmini's social insecurities and Ravi's guilt for dropping Buddhi as a baby, the parents chase an unreal dream of seeing their son as a normal good student who, like others, must become an engineer or a doctor. While Dr Sen, the neurologist, tries hard to make Padmini accept the reality, Ravi's accidental meeting with Dr Sathya - the maverick scientist, leads him to the experimental "Brain Booster" that can make Buddhi a genius. The magic drug has a side effect - Amnesia, which Ravi thinks is a blessing since Buddhi has no good memories to talk about. Initially, Ravi hesitates to administer the drug but one night, in an inebriated state, he is sufficiently provoked by Padmini to inject Buddhi with the Brain ... Written by Rajeev Roy

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How far would you go to make your child a genius?

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Debutant director Kaushik Roy developed the idea in 1999 from his own autistic son Orko Roy. Roy stated that accepting autism in present time is critical. See more »

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Apna Big Mess
26 December 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Apna Asmaan' tries to deal with an interesting concept but turns out to be a big mess due to the uneven screenplay which emerges as somewhat pretentious and uninteresting. However, I would like to give credit to director Kaushik for choosing an interesting subject and making the film somewhat watchable. It does have some good moments and two very talented actors: Irfan Khan and Shobana.

However, this is far from Irfan's best work and yet he does well with his role but it's not as good as what he did in 'Deadline Sirf 24 Ghante'. Shobana is impressive and an actress like her deserves more. Dhruv really has a problem with delivering his lines and his loud at times. Rajat Kapoor is wasted.

The film starts off interestingly as it deals with the parents' struggle with their autistic son. Then at the interval portion, it takes a turn when the father injects the 'Brain Booster' into the son and things change. There's hardly any explanation for the drastic change in his behaviour. The doctor (Rajat Kapoor) later suspects that his limbic brain must be damaged but there's hardly a brain scan done on Buddhi to confirm anything. Also, quite conveniently the 'evil' doctor is easily found. Why is it a wrong thing to have your child go to a 'special' school where these children are taught skills and guidance to live? One can understand why parents are embarrassed but there is no need to be. All this issues are brought up but either dealt with in a half-baked manner or not at all. Oh there are just too many flaws in the story....

The film would have worked if it stayed with the initial focus which was the family's struggle with autism. It could have been carried out as a means to somewhat educate and to deal with the disorder and tell a compelling story. But now it is dealt with only in a superficial way. 'Apna Asmaan' tries to convey that it is more important to be a good human being than among the most intelligent of mankind but the storytelling is just poor and it somewhat gives a misguided message regarding autism (a misunderstood disorder in India).


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