Geek Film Review Vol. 4 No. 1: Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)

An art of a film. A heart-warming narration of a boy’s universe, filled with vibrant colors.

For 8-year-old Ishaan Awasthi, letters and numbers dance while planets talk. He is in a different universe than most children. When he was sent to boarding school because of his academic failure, he was devastated. Can a new art teacher save him and reveal to the world this child’s extraordinary talent?

“Taare Zameen Par” tells the story of a child with dyslexia. Through Ishaan, the writers were able to show the life and struggles of someone with this kind of condition amid a competitive world. The dyslexia part was portrayed with conviction and was, according to experts, accurate on most parts. The film is 164 minutes long but is engaging from start to finish. There’s originality and rawness on its script though it tends to veer away from reality to make some scenes light. The actors, especially Darsheel Safary who played Ishaan, were superb.

Geek Rate

helios-256Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars).  There’s a part when the art teacher was telling a story about a boy who had difficulty reading and writing. Ishaan, thinking that he was the one his teacher was talking about, was trembling. The teacher then named the boy as Albert Einstein. Later, when he talked to Ishaan he revealed that had the same problem too as a child. That was the scene that makes this film memorable. “Taare Zameen Par” tells the importance of understanding a child amid the hardships children with dyslexia, or any similar condition, face.

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