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Taare Zameen Par

AAS 222 Movie Presentation
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Anoop Macharla

on 15 December 2013

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1.Intellectual substance
The main theme of this movie is that every child is special and every child is better in something in their own way.
This movie also talks about Dyslexia, a learning disability in children that affects reading, learning and writing. This disability doesn’t mean that a person is not intelligent or has below average intelligence.
The movie discusses an important topic that is prevalent in Indian (Desi) culture.
A very important lesson that we can learn from this movie is that we should have a open mind and it encourages us to think about our environment in a different perspective.

2.Aesthetic and cinematic appeal
The movie is not an average Bollywood “cliché” movie.
It rather focuses on a different and uncommon topic, Dyslexia.
The fact that the main character is a child makes it an even more appealing.
Most of the performances, especially by Darsheel Safary and Aamir Khan, are very convincing and emotional.
The story is a slow build up to an amazing climax, where the main character ends up with a happy ending.
The second half of the movie takes place in Panchgani, which is a beautiful hill station located in Satara, Maharashtra.
Apart from performances and locations, songs from the movie played a big role in this movie’s success.
Music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics were written by Prasoon Joshi, Shailendra Barve and Gupte.
There were 8 songs for this movie and every single one of them was amazingly performed and well situated throughout the movie.
Every single song helped convey the emotions and mood of that particular scene.
Songs like “Taare Zameen Par”, “Kholo Kholo” and “Jame Raho” contain very strong message in them and they each discusses a very important and relevant topic.

3. Emotional effect
The movie is filled with heartwarming and intense emotional scences.
After being sent to boarding school, we see a drastic change in Ishaan behavior and a sudden depression on him.
No one, even his family, understands his dilemma and his struggles in school.
One of the song, “Maa” is definitely one of the most emotional and tearful moment in the movie, when Ishaan is dropped at the boarding school by his family.
There is also a big and important scene between Ishaan’s parent and Ram, where Ram finally figures out that Ishaan suffers with Dylsexia.

Creative ResponseEvery Child is Special!
4. Critical acclaim
5.Depiction of Indianness
7. Commercial Success
Taare Zameen Par had a budget of 120 crores, or 1.8 million dollars. The film made 880.97 crores, 13 million dollars in the box office. After its worldwide release, there are conflicting reports of the movie gaining between 14 million dollars to as high as 21 million dollars.
AAS 222 Movie Project
Thank you for watching!

Anoop Macharla
Jasjit Singh
Virat Singh
Rameez Khatri

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Scene from the movie
The movie received much praise from the media. It also was nominated for and won many different awards.
Manish Gajjar from the BBC stated that the film "touches your heart and moves you deeply with its sterling performances. It is a film full of substance!”
Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN argued that the true power of the film lies in its "remarkable, rooted, rock-solid script which provides the landscape for such an emotionally engaging, heart-warming experience."
The film raised awareness of the issue of dyslexia, and helped this issue be more openly discussed among parents, schools, and government officials.
The film really helps accurately portray an concern that is not fully recognized in India. Some parents don’t understand why their children behave in a certain way and that it is not their fault. This film helps bring this subject into light and shows how the kids feel when they are treated in a wrong way.

National Film Awards (for year 2007)
Won: Best Film on Family Welfare
Won: Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Won: Best Male Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan: Maa[7]
2008 Filmfare Awards
Won:Best Movie- Aamir Khan (producer)
Won:Best Director - Aamir Khan
Won:Best Story - Amole Gupte
Won: Critics Award Best Performance - Darsheel Safary
Won: Best Lyricist - Prasoon Joshi[8]
2008 Zee Cine Awards
Won:Zee Cine Award for Best Director - Aamir Khan
Won:Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Director - Aamir Khan
Won:Zee Cine Award for Best Lyricist - Prasoon Joshi, Maa
Won:Zee Cine Award - Critics' Choice Best Actor - Darsheel Safary
Won:Most Promising Debut (Child Artiste) - Darsheel Safary
Won:Zee Cine Award for Best Story - Amole Gupte[9]
2008 Star Screen Awards (Screen Weekly Awards)
Won:Best Director - Aamir Khan (shared with Shimit Amin for Chak De India)
Won:Best Supporting Actor - Aamir Khan
Won:Best Child Artist - Darsheel Safary
Won:Best Story - Amole Gupte
Won:Best Dialogue - Amole Gupte
Won:Best Lyricist - Prasoon Joshi[11]

Ishaan’s father Nandkishore is depicted as the typical strict Indian dad who expects his kids to do extremely well in school and will not tolerate any misbehavior which causes him to send Ishaan to boarding school.
Ishaan’s mother Maya is the typical Indian mother who dotes on her son, despite his shortcomings. She realizes that Ishaan is different then most boys and knows that sending him to boarding school is wrong, but due to the patriarchal nature of the family she cannot go against her husband’s wishes.
Ishaan’s future is already predetermined by his family. They want him to excel in all aspects of school and do not understand his passion for art and painting. They don’t recognize his potential for it and simply expect him to do better through hitting him and sending him to boarding school where he will be under constant watch by teachers.
The teachers in Ishaan’s school also do not recognize his special needs, until Ram comes along. This is similar to how in India the teachers expect all children to keep up in pace with everyone else regardless of their mental capabilities.
Also the kids in Ishaan’s school are hit by the teachers. This is a common happening in India, but it is unheard of in America. If it were to happen lawsuits would be filed and schools would be shut down, which shows how culturally different the two countries are and shows how India believes in a rigid and strict educational system, which cannot be healthy for all students.
Like in any Hindi movie, the main character (Ishaan) goes on an inner journey during a song and tries to find himself. The best example in this movie is the song “Mera Jahan.”Ishaan explores the city and tries to find beauty and art in the smallest things, such as dripping paint or a child eating a colorful ice cream. He finds joy in these things and depicts them in his paintings.
Ishaan’ story is heart-breaking and this story being depicted in an Indian movie makes it even more sad and emotional. The director uses the use of songs such as “Maa” and the imagery in the song to further move the audience towards crying. The scene when Ishaan being torn away from his mother is very powerful and scenes similar to this have been used in many Indian movies, but the effect has remained the same.

Summary
Taare Zameen Par takes a turn from the usual Bollywood film format. Instead of featuring a love story, and many action scenes, Taare Zameen Par is a more heartwarming film. The beginning of the film causes the audience to feel horrible for young and misunderstood Ishaan. His parents constantly push him to do better in school, and eventually send him to boarding school, not knowing that their child has dyslexia. The most heart-wrenching scene in the movie is when he grows depressed at the boarding school and the song “Maa” is playing. The film takes a turn and becomes very heartwarming once Aamir Khan’s character Mr.Nikumbh shows Ishaan’s father that he is wrong, by making him try to read Japanese and then showing him Ishaan’s new and improved grades, causing his father to run away in shame. The greatest scene, and most heartwarming is when Ishaan wins the art competition. The scene shows how Ishaan has been able to progress academically, and socially.
Children are like stars on Earth,
In their own little world, away form hate and dirt,
They have no concept of envy or hate,
Their life has no problem and its simply great,

Always keep them in good care,
Every kid has a talent that is rare,
They are unique and priceless gem,
Never let go and lose hope in them,

They have pure heart and mind
They are the future of mankind
It takes time for a kid to realize its potential
Because every single child is special!

What is Dyslexia?
Awards won!
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