On this year's Children's Day, BollyCurry is here to
celebrate it with our readers by commemorating a movie that has touched
many hearts since it's release in 2007. This iconic film celebrated the
unique talents in all children, and showed fraternity and understanding
between children and adults - the fundamental goals of this day.
Taare Zameen Par
the story of a dyslexic child, Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary
). Due to
his condition, he is
unable to get the good grades that his father, a
career-orientated man (Vipin Sharma) expects. Ishaan's older brother,
Yohan is perfect in every way in the eyes of their father, being good in
school and sports. This makes Ishaan feel even more inferior. However,
his mother (Tisca Chopra
) loves Ishaan the way he is but is unsure of
what to do with him. What makes the entire situation even worse is his
learning disability is not diagnosed, so all the authority figures in
his life assume he is pretending to struggle to cause trouble.
receiving multiple complaints about Ishaan from neighbors and teachers,
his father decides to send him off to boarding school with the idea
that Ishaan needs a little discipline to bring him back on track.
Despite Ishaan protests, he is forced to leave his family to go to the
hostel. There, the teachers believe that Ishaan is a child with a low
intelligence and has no desire to study. This image and his unhappiness
at being forced to leave his home leads to Ishaan isolating himself from
the other children and getting further lonelier. There seems to be no
hope until a new art teacher comes along, Ram Shanker (Aamir Khan
with teaching at the school, Ram also teaches at a special school for
disabled children. His knowledge of special needs children helps
identify the underlying issue with Ishaan, that he has undiagnosed
dyslexia. Ram visits the family of Ishaan to speak to them about
dyslexia and assures the parents that the condition is no hindrance to
the child's ability to succeed in life. He proves his point by
mentioning certain dyslexic celebrities and also reveals his story of
being dyslexic as a child too. With the support of Ram Shanker and his
parents, Ishaan is able to rediscover the colors and joys of life.
film is very simple and straightforward. One of the most beautiful
scenes is when Mr. Awasthi, who feels a little guilty about his behavior
towards Ishaan and Ram, arrives at the school and explains to Ram that
he researched dyslexia on Google to find out what it is and how it
affects children in an effort to help Ishaan. Ram replies that children
do not need parents who become experts, they need parents that love
them, embrace them, encourage and support them through everything.
Taare Zameen Par
is a wonderful movie not only for the main message that there is
something special in all of us, but also for the many small
and beautiful scenes it contains. What is one of your favorite moments from the scene?
Editors: Jot D. & Gunia M.