TAARE ZAMEEN PAR
â€˜Impossible is nothingâ€™- is one of the several messages that Taare Zameen Par delivers to the audience. All that is needed is understanding, compassion, dedication and aâ€™ little help from my friendsâ€™.
The movie revolves around an 8 year old boy Ishaan Awasthi ( Darsheel Safary- whose superlative acting deserves special praise), who is more artistically inclined than being involved in the three basic Râ€™s of Reading. â€˜Riting and â€˜Rithmetic. Aamir, in his directorial debut, has gone to immense pains to depict the minutiae of Ishaanâ€™s world and to examine every single detail of the childâ€™s thought pattern and his relationship with his teachers and parents. Fed up with his disability of being unable to cope with his incomprehension of the three Râ€™s, Ishaanâ€™s parents pack him off to boarding school to discipline him, where once again the teachers fail to realize his challenges and his schoolmates ridicule him except for one, a physically challenged boy but extremely good at studies, who becomes his best friend.
A substitute art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) dressed as a pixie and playing the flute bursts onto the scene at the boarding school entertaining the students with the song â€œBum Bum Bholeâ€ choreographed by the colossus Shiamak Davar. This non-conformist teacher, who calls all his students â€œdostonâ€ (friends), quickly diagnoses Ishaanâ€™s deficiency and with kindness, patience and perseverance helps him overcome his disabilities, concentrate on his strengths, and bring out the best in him. The final moments of the movie devoted to manifesting how the child regains his confidence is extremely compelling and highly emotional.
How the movie illustrates the remarkable mother â€“son bonding, the strict father-son relationship, and the adulation Ishaan feels for his elder brother, Dada, who excels in his studies, is all very masterfully done. The movie will have teachers, parents and children drawing parallels from their own lives. Aamir Khan has brought out the best from all the actors in the film, but what is noteworthy is the exemplary performance from Darsheel, whose look alone speaks a thousand words. Aamir, who is producer, director and also acts in this movie, has definitely carved himself a special niche in the annals of Indian cinema with this heart wrenching and emotional movie on a very socially relevant issue.
This entertaining, enlightening and penetrating nonâ€“conventional chef dâ€™oeuvre is a must see for all parents, teachers and students the world over!