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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ishaan Awasthi
... Ram Shankar Nikumbh
... Rajan Damodaran
Sachet Engineer ... Yohan Awasthi
... Maya Awasthi
... 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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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 ...

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Every Child is Special

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

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21 December 2007 (India)  »

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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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India's official submission to the Foreign-Language Film category of the 2009 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

While Ishaan's parents are driving home, after receiving his poor academic report, his mother laments "I teach him myself. All day it's 'Ishaan! Ishaan! Ishaan!'". But, when she says the third "Ishaan" word, her lips are closed. See more »

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Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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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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References Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »

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Jame Raho
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) and Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Vishal Dadlani
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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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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