Kudos to Aamir Khan for proving us wrong by showing us a fantastic peek into the perplexing, magical mind of a youngster who has no idea why befuddled grown-ups are hell-bent on destroying everything wonderful, innocent, free, and full…All because they believe there is no facade (profit) in it.
The plot of this film is ostensibly about children with special needs, and the narrative revolves around a dyslexic youngster’s struggle to fit in, adapt, and succeed in an “ordinary” world where competition is required.
Where it is tolerable to rap eight-year-old knuckles and administer verbal abuse and physical assault as a form of discipline if a kid fails to do his homework, forgets to do his work, or gives an incorrect copybook answer. The film’s narrative is framed by the canvas, which is so sensitive, comprehensive, and significant that it embraces all children in its ambit. Taare Zameen Par becomes a tale of every youngster who is robbed of his or her childhood by uncaring parents and instructors who think their role is to produce race-winning rats for the rat race rather than Einsteins, Edisons, Agatha Christies, and Leonardo Da Vincis.
Ishaan (Darsheel) is an upbeat youngster with a fertile imagination that can see fish fluttering through the air but does not understand the difference between B and D. When asked to solve his three times table, he takes up his pencil and imagines a celestial war among planets in which planet 3 collides with planet 6 and smashes it into little pieces on the firmament of his brain.
Naturally, the answer to 3 x 6 is three for our brilliant little mathematician. But that’s between you and me. His parents send him to a boarding school where he faces abuse and erosion of self-esteem in an attempt to fit in. It takes an unusual art instructor (Aamir Khan) to rouse him out of his isolation and unleash a whole new energy force that blinds the drab world with its colors and configurations.
The plot is straightforward and appeals to everyone in the audience, despite the predictable conclusion that emphasizes your feelings. But what elevates this film is its simplicity, sensitivity, and acting performances. There’s no denying that there’s a non-filmic script with no one to blame…even adults are victims of stupidity. There’s also an excellent performance from young Darsheel who trapezes between lively and lost with great agility on the other hand.
Aamir Khan, the actor-filmmaker who makes his debut as a modest director, ties it all together with both tears and smiles, lows and highs. He’s almost as methodical in his acting. Yes, the second part becomes a bit monotonous; the story could use some tight editing, and the lonely youngster’s suffering may be a touch too drawn out. Nonetheless, the film never fails to tug at your heartstrings.
We recommend that all schools and parents view this film.
Cast Leads: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra
Director: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte
Producer: Aamir Khan
Written by: Amole Gupte
Music: Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Director Of Photography: Piyush Shah, P.S. Vinod