Taare Zameen Par (2007)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 45 mins

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This offbeat, exuberant and enlightening saga revolves around the life of Ishaan Awasthi, 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. Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. He gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, and 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 not happy being at school, and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Darsheel Safary

Crew: Aamir Khan (Director), Satyajit Pande (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 21 Dec 2007 (India)

Tagline: Every child is special

Hindi Name: तारे जमीं पर

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Did you know? The house where Ram (Aamir Khan) places Ishaan's scratch-built boat/airplane model on his side table next to his own parents' photo is Aamir Khan's actual house in Panchgani. The actor bought some land there to develop. Read More
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as Ram Shankar Nikumbh
as Himself
as Ishaan Awasthi
as Science Teacher
as Young Yohan Awasthi
as Kabir Johar
as Arun Poddar
as Sen Sir
as Jabeen - Amir's Co-worker
as Rajan's Father
as Housemaster's Wife
as Housemaster
as Satyajit Bhatkar
as Herself - Art Mela's Chief Guest
as Principal - Boarding School
as Loo Bully
as Mrs. Karnik
as Victoria Teacher
as Dorm Parent
as Principal - St. Anthony's School
as George Sir
as Ranjeet
as Mr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
as Yohan Awasthi
as Maadhoo
Supporting Actor
as Tiwari Sir
as Irene Teacher
as Rajan Damodaran
as Maya Awasthi
as Ishaan Awasthi - 2 yrs.
as Nandkishore Awasthi
as Telephone Operator

Direction

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 535
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Tracklist
Taglines:
Every child is special
Goofs:
Character Error
When Rajan and Ishaan are talking in the corridors, Rajan says he lives in the staff quarters as opposed to in the normal student dorm. Later on, Ram asks Rajan where Ishaan is, and Rajan says he saw him leave the student dorm early. If Rajan lived in the staff quarters, he wouldn't know this.

Continuity
During the scene in which Ram goes to visit Ishaan's parents, he is stopped at a bus station and sees a kid serving tea, a man with a black shirt walks behind him. The shot cuts to Ram and then back to the kid serving tea doing something different, but that same-black shirted man is walking behind him.

Continuity
When Yohaan opens the door to get the newspaper and milk on Sunday, he has his knapsack slung on his right shoulder. Immediately after this, he goes to Ishaan's door and says, "Inu, Papa aa gaye." His bag can be seen slinging from his left shoulder at this time. However, again when Ishaan is sitting with his father and Yohaan leaves, his bag is again seen slinging from his right shoulder.

Continuity
During the song "Jame Raho," which portrays the busy and mechanical life of the family, Maya is shown ironing a striped short for Nandkishore. Next cut, he is shown actually wearing a plain shirt instead of the just hurriedly ironed shirt.
Trivia:
Amole Gupte, the creative director, created most of the paintings credited to Ishaan.

Salman Khan is credited with suggesting the movie's title to Aamir Khan when they both met at a party.

The house where Ram (Aamir Khan) places Ishaan's scratch-built boat/airplane model on his side table next to his own parents' photo is Aamir Khan's actual house in Panchgani. The actor bought some land there to develop.

India's official submission to the Foreign-Language Film category of the 2009 Academy Awards.

Aamir Khan did not direct the entire film. Ram Madhvani (who directed the Boman Irani Hinglish starrer Let's Talk) directed the song "Bheja Kum," which was shot in a school in Panchgani. This is duly credited at the beginning of the end credits of the movie.

Darsheel Safary, the child artiste of the film, had to face a lot of opposition from his school when he was shortlisted for the film. The fact that he would have to miss school for such a long period did not go down well with the school authorities. However, Aamir Khan insisted that only Darsheel play the character, so he came up with a solution to fix the problem. He personally assured the school authorities that Darsheel's studies wouldn't be hampered with. Aamir arranged for personal tuition for Darsheel all through the academic year so that he wouldn't miss his exams. He also funded his studies as well as his educational expenses.

Legendary auteur Guru Dutt's younger sister and 'Kalpana Lajmi''s mother, 75-year-old Lalitha Lajmi, made her acting debut with this film. Lalitha, who is a noted painter and teacher, appears in a cameo role in which she plays herself. She shot it in November 2006 at Panchgani. She is seen as a chief guest who hands out a prize to the protagonist Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary).

Claymation was used in the opening credits for three minutes and for all the important parts of Ishaan's life. A lot of transitions that take place, such as water changing into a spaceship, a fish changing into a jellyfish, and so on were created by Dhimant Vyas, who had done the storyboards for the movie Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.

Aamir Khan received special permission from Amitabh Bachchan to use Abhishek Bachchan's experiences in the film. The reference is made in terms of Abhishek being one of the most successful stars and how he came to star in the blockbuster Dhoom, overcoming the dyslexia that he had during childhood.

Darsheel Safary, the 11-year-old star of the film, is a part of Shiamak Davar's dance troupe. During one of the classes, he saw a poster that read, "Hunting for a naughty kid. If you're selected, you will get a chance to act with Aamir Khan." He thought that it would be great if he was able the film. During the same class, Amole Gupte spotted him and asked him to go for an audition. Eventually, he got selected.

Darsheel Safary got an XBox 360 as a birthday gift from Aamir Khan on 9th March 2007.

The name Nikumbh, given to Aamir's character, was the name of Amole Gupte's (the creative director and the writer of this film) art teacher, the late Shri R. S. Nikumbh, who was also the principal of the Hansraj Morarji Public School.

Noted artist Samir Mondal made three paintings for Aamir Khan for this film and did not charge anything for them. His works normally sell in the range of Rs. 100,000 to 700,000, depending on the size of the painting.

Deepa Bhatia stated in an interview with The Hindu that her original inspiration was not dyslexia but rather the childhood of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, who performed poorly in school. Her goal was thus to explore the story of "a child who did not fit into the school stream." She referenced a specific moment in Kurosawa's biography where he began to excel after meeting an attentive art teacher, and noted that this scene "became the inspiration for how a teacher could transform the life of a student."