Taare Zameen Par (Hindi: तारे जमीन पर, English translation: Stars on Earth) directed by debutant director Aamir Khan. The film was written by creative director and writer Amole Gupte. It stars Aamir Khan in the main lead who plays the teacher to a dyslexic child played by Darsheel Safary. Also produced by Aamir, the film will have music by the trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi. A major part of the film was recently shot near the New Era High School in Panchgani. The film was released worldwide on December 21, 2007.
Aamir Khan Productions had first approached music maestro and long time favourite, A.R.Rehman, for the score of the movie, however it was eventually given to Shankar Ehsaan Loy due to reasons unknown. The title of the movie was reportedly given by scriptwriter Saleem Khan, when he and Aamir met at party held at Salman's residence. The title was immediately finalised by Aamir Khan Productions and credited to Saleem Khan. Salman Khan is credited as one of the many for an "inspirational factor to Taare...", in the beginning of the film.
Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class.
When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to ‘be disciplined’. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family.
One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of ‘how things are done’ by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. He meets his parents and comes to know about Ishaan's problems of dyslexia and his wonderful world of imagination. He sets out to help Ishaan at any cost. Finally his dreams comes true when Ishaan stands out as an Art Scholar and also passes out his annual exams in school. At last Ishaan thanks his teacher Ram for helping him out to create his own world.
Darsheel Safary as Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi
Ishaan is 8 years old. He loves colours, fish, shiny things, dogs, golas, spaceships and kites. He loves to draw and paint and be a bindaas boy. He does not want to go to boarding school.Finally it was revealed that he is dyslexic.
Vipin Sharma as Nandkishore Awasthi
Nandkishore Awasthi is Ishaan’s father. He gets very angry when Ishaan’s teachers from school complain. Nandkishore is of the view that only Boarding school can teach discipline to Ishaan. He simply opposes the fact that his son is dyslexic. He thinks that his son is lazy and does not do the work of his own will.
Tisca Chopra as Maya Awasthi
Maya is Ishaan’s mother. She makes good food and looks after Ishaan when he gets hurt. She is very sad that Ishaan has to go to boarding school but she thinks it will be for the best.
Sachet Engineer as Yohaan Awasthi
Yohaan is Ishaan’s Dada (elder brother). Dada is a very good student and also plays tennis and cricket. He also looks after Ishaan and loves him.
Aamir Khan as Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Nikumbh sir doesn't scold Ishaan like the other teachers. He sports a very nice smile and he likes colours and fish and dogs and painting too. He comes to know about Ishaan's dyslexic nature and comes to help him. He is also said to be dyslexic in childhood.
Tanay Chheda as Rajan Damodaran
Rajan is Ishaan’s best friend. He is very smart and intelligent and a good student and always knows the answers to all the questions. He always tries to be helpful to Ishaan.
The soundtrack of the film was released on November 5, 2007.Composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the film's music was well received. Joginder Tuteja from Indiafm.com gave the music 3 ½ out of 5 stars saying, "Aamir Khan, Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and Prasoon Joshi make a zero compromise album which stays honest to the film's theme and bring in as much variety as one possibly can in the music for a film belonging to a genre different from regular romance, action or drama.Taare Zameen Par boasts of a soundtrack that stays true to the film's spirit and promises to thoroughly involve a viewer while the music is on in theaters."
The song listing is as follows.
Song Singer(s) Lyrics
Bum Bum Bole Shaan & Aamir Khan Prasoon Joshi
Ishaan'S - Theme Instrumental
Jame Raho Vishal Dadlani Prasoon Joshi
Kholo Kholo Raman Mahadevan Prasoon Joshi
Maa Shankar Mahadevan Prasoon Joshi
Mera Jahan Adnan Sami, Auriel Cordo & Ananya Wadkar Prasoon Joshi
Taare Zameen Par Shankar Mahadevan, Bugs Bhargava & Vivinenne Pocha Prasoon Joshi
Taare Zameen Par may prove to be the best movie of 2007. It has received an overwhelming critical response. Initial box office reports are low, but popularity rapidly spreading through word-of-mouth. Aamir posted in his official website, that PVR owners have informed him that it may well be the biggest grosser of the year. Child actor Darsheel Safary has acted marvelously and is the protagonist.
Indiafm has awarded the movie 4 out of 5 reels saying "TAARE ZAMEEN PAR isn't one of those films that merely entertains, but also enlightens." and "On the whole, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR is an outstanding work of cinema. To miss it would be sacrilege. It has everything it takes to win awards and box-office rewards!"
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