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Like Stars on Earth (2007)

Taare Zameen Par (original title)
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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.

Directors:

Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte (uncredited)

Writers:

Amole Gupte (dialogue & screenplay), Amole Gupte (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darsheel Safary ... Ishaan Awasthi
Aamir Khan ... Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Tisca Chopra ... Maya Awasthi
Vipin Sharma ... Nandkishore Awasthi
Sachet Engineer Sachet Engineer ... Yohan Awasthi
Tanay Chheda ... Rajan Damodaran
Lalitha Lajmi Lalitha Lajmi ... Herself - Art Mela's Chief Guest
Girija Oak Girija Oak ... Jabeen - Amir's Co-worker (as Girija)
Ravi Khanvilkar Ravi Khanvilkar ... Mr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
Pratima Kulkarni Pratima Kulkarni ... Principal - St. Anthony's School
Meghna Malik ... Victoria Teacher
Sonali Sachdev Sonali Sachdev ... Irene Teacher
Sanjay Dadich Sanjay Dadich ... Maadhoo
Raaj Gopal Iyer Raaj Gopal Iyer ... George Sir
Bugs Bhargava Bugs Bhargava ... Sen Sir
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Every Child is Special

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Stars on Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Panchgani, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$352,568, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,897,373
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

New Era High School served as Ishaan's boarding school. The change of setting was a "breath of fresh air" for the production crew, who moved from Ishaan's small house in Mysore Colony, Chembur to the "vast, beautiful environs" of Panchgani. See more »

Goofs

When Yohaan opens the door to get the newspaper and milk on Sunday, he has his knapsack slung on his right shoulder. Immediately after this, he goes to Ishaan's door and says, "Inu, Papa aa gaye." His bag can be seen slinging from his left shoulder at this time. However, again when Ishaan is sitting with his father and Yohaan leaves, his bag is again seen slinging from his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Ram Shankar Nikumbh: On Solomon Islands when the natives want a part of the forest for cultivation they don't cut the trees. They simply gather around the tree and shout abuses to their heart's content. They curse it. In a matter of days the tree withers and shrivels. It dies on its own.
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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 »

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Referenced in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Kholo Kholo
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) and Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Raman Mahadevan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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a special film for the special child in all of us
21 December 2007 | by satyanshu_singhSee all my reviews

for a mainstream Hindi film, the following is rare: 1. a film for children2. the only star of the film getting a limited screen space 3. high quality animation4. choosing undertones over melodrama, 5. no regular masala stuff 6. strong message that can actually change lives of people 7. conviction and honesty of the makers palpable in every frame 8. and in spite of all this, the movie offering complete, healthy entertainment...

the only problem with the audience is that although we keep shouting on the extreme want of quality cinema, meaningful cinema, when a good film actually comes, we tend to find more flaws in it than appreciating it. Are we insecure of accepting somebodies honesty and creative genius?

Sure, Taare Zameen Par has moments that could have been better, but shouldn't we just try to overlook those and once, for all, applaud the effort the makers have put...

and believe me it is not difficult... for there are innumerable other moments that leave you spellbound, a wet film over your eyes, a strange pain down your throat, a mild ache at your heart, but a pure smile on your lips... there are times you wish you were a kid...

may be it takes a child to love simple tales told with honesty and warmth... may be we grown ups have lost that quality we all once had... but Taare Zameen Par should touch a chord somewhere in every one's heart... we all have been after all, at least for some beautiful part of our lives, special. the film is dedicated to that special child in all of us...

P.S- no one can hate it...at least i would like to think that way


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