If I was to describe Taare Zameen Par in one line I’d say – A movie that takes you back to your childhood days and makes you question society’s insistence on being the best.
Aamir Khan’s directorial debut Taare, is the story of a dyslexic boy struggling for his identity. Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) is a misfit in a world enamored by grades, ranks and trophies. Labeled a loser by his teachers, friends and classmates; he finds no sympathy and understanding at home. Taare highlights not only the child’s struggle but also the subtle ways in which parents burden a child with their expectations; sometimes killing their inherent talents.
Taare evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and takes you back to your childhood days – vibrant colors, paper planes, pranks, homework and weird teachers in school. Aamir shows tremendous potential as a director in his debut movie. He beautifully captures the world from Ishaan’s eyes. Although in the scene where Ishaan is attempting the maths quiz is highly reminiscent of Calvin’s (Calving and Hobbes) spaceman spiff stunts.
Music of the movie is average with a few good songs – Title song, Maa and Mera Jahaan.
All the actors have performed realistically. The teachers, with their weird peculiarities, make the viewer laugh. Darsheel gives a brilliant performance and is almost as perfect as Aamir’s.
Overall a great movie and must watch. It might just make some parents realize that they are not merely raising a child but shaping someone’s personality.