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Taare Zameen Par – the movie January 14, 2008

Posted by madhavi mullagiri in Life, movie.
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Many films show hints of actors having rehearsed their roles. But this was one film where the action was natural, superfluous (and made eyes superfluous too!!), and could make the audience connect to some part of the film or the other. Excellent work by a debutante director, and a (child) actor

Love the movie – Taare Zameen Par – from the start – love the way the film portrays the urgency by the regular Indian middle class, the way the mom prepares for everyone to get to their office / schools, Ishaan (the kid, the protagonist) being punished (for being naughty) almost every day reminded me of my schoolmate, the absent notes, not getting the answer papers signed by parents are so much part of everyone’s childhood, and the 3*9=3 reminds me of Calvin (looks like it was inspired from Calvin and Hobbes … the spaceman spiff! the animation was great!), the mother where she sobs only on the way back and not breakdown in front of the kid, the reaction of the kid when reality dawns that he is now by himself, and that art book where he depicts his feeling of being gradually secluded by the family, the elder brother who doesn’t treat Ishaan as dumb but instead encourages the ‘streaks’ of brilliance, the portrayal of a practical and ill-equipped helpless but a concerned father, a teacher who comes from the school for disabled and conducts the art class in a manner that maybe the regular way he makes it interesting to his set of students at tulip school which is immediately accepted by the regular kids at Ishaan’s boarding school, how the human touch of the art teacher (because of his background and profession as a teacher at a school – tulip school – for children with special needs) contrasts with the rigid hindi/english/art teachers, the dilemmas of the principal, gradual progression of writing ‘8’ right, transition of the child from naughty and arrogant – low – shy to accept his recognition – were very heart rendering but all these were such believable scenes without making the audience feel there is anything cliche about it!!

The beauty with which so much was put fit so well into the movie taking the audience progressively along a naturally convincing set of screenplays through excellent direction and amazing characters (note: I hate to call any of those actors because they were living their roles) brought about a feeling of overflowing contentment watching a movie.

Hats off to the entire crew.

I was particularly touched when Ishaan curiously walks after handing over his painting to see what his drawing sir drew. And his expression on seeing his portrait and the silent dialogue his art teacher and he have at that very moment, for some reason, is so etched in my mind, that I feel touched even as I write it. Great direction!

Another scene in the movie, where the children of tulip school put up an event and perform a dance/drama and the satisfaction (Pride – is a better word) on their parents face took me back to a dance drama ‘Lion King’ by the Spastics Society of Karnataka where I had a chance to witness how, if guided well (in this case directed) one could see what they can achieve.

Just a matter of building confidence in these kids I suppose,

like the art teacher did in TZP!