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Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par – a masterpiece

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on January 1, 2008

THE DIRECTORIAL debut of Aamir Khan has sent waves around Bollywood providing an answer to ‘can actors be good directors?’Well they truly can, this is what Aamir has proved, setting an example for the whole industry with Taare Zameen Par. The movie has not only received high critical appreciation, it is also one of the best movies of 2007, an otherwise not a very successful year for Bollywood.
Known for doing films once a year, Aamir has shown why does he do so by going deep into the subject of the script and then coming out with award winning movies. Aamir has brilliantly portrayed the mysterious, magical child who suffers from dyslexia.
The movie has beautifully shown the inner world of the curious child, whose world is beyond books. It also brings out how insensitive parents can get their children become involved in the rat race to be among the top rankers in this world, where competition is the norm and regimentation the principle.
But Taare Zameen Par is so vast and meaningful in its script that the film not only depicts the life of a single child but takes all those children into its ambit who struggle in this world to survive and who want to explore but their curiosity is killed because of the same old theoretical way to teach children. One cannot judge that Aamir is better as an actor or as a director.
The story is straightforward and instantaneously gels with each grown-up person and kid in the theatre. Even as the high point is unsurprising and plays closely on your sentiment, but what pushes the film is its very plain, and sensitive storyline and the acting. The script is not traditional, which has some bad characters. It is the depiction of Ishaan (Darsheel), who trapezes between problems of dyslexia and his wonderful world of imagination. And holding it all together is Aamir Khan, who delivers a spell bounding performance as a teacher.
Despite all the praises, the movie does get repetitive in the second half where the scripts needs a bit of taut editing, the trauma of the lonely child seems a shade too prolonged and the treatment simplistic but the overall mesmerising effect nullifies the so called negatives of the film, because of which the film never stops tugging at our heartstrings.

With movies like these, Bollywood has a taken a giant leap and has proved to make meaningful cinema, which is so widely appreciated by all. I strongly recommend compulsory screening of this movie for all students, teachers and parents.

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