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Like Stars on Earth (2007)

Taare Zameen Par (original title)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors:

Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte (uncredited)

Writers:

Amole Gupte (dialogue & screenplay), Amole Gupte (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darsheel Safary ... Ishaan Awasthi
Aamir Khan ... Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Tisca Chopra ... Maya Awasthi
Vipin Sharma ... Nandkishore Awasthi
Sachet Engineer Sachet Engineer ... Yohan Awasthi
Tanay Chheda ... Rajan Damodaran
Lalitha Lajmi Lalitha Lajmi ... Herself - Art Mela's Chief Guest
Girija Oak Girija Oak ... Jabeen - Amir's Co-worker (as Girija)
Ravi Khanvilkar Ravi Khanvilkar ... Mr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
Pratima Kulkarni Pratima Kulkarni ... Principal - St. Anthony's School
Meghna Malik ... Victoria Teacher
Sonali Sachdev Sonali Sachdev ... Irene Teacher
Sanjay Dadich Sanjay Dadich ... Maadhoo
Raaj Gopal Iyer Raaj Gopal Iyer ... George Sir
Bugs Bhargava Bugs Bhargava ... Sen Sir
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Storyline

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child 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. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Child is Special

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Stars on Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Panchgani, Maharashtra, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$352,568, 23 December 2007

Gross USA:

$1,223,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,897,373
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Production relied on stock footage for the brief scene of a bird feeding its babies. Khan carefully selected a clip to his liking, but learned three weeks before the film's release that the footage was not available in the proper format. With three days to replace it or else risk delaying the release, Khan made do with what he could find. He says that he "cringes" every time he sees it. See more »

Goofs

While Ishaan's parents are driving home, after receiving his poor academic report, his mother laments "I teach him myself. All day it's 'Ishaan! Ishaan! Ishaan!'". But, when she says the third "Ishaan" word, her lips are closed. See more »

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Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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Throughout the end credits, a montage of children is shown. See more »

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Referenced in Nil Battey Sannata (2015) See more »

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Maa
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) and Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Oxygen to Revive the Soul
22 December 2007 | by danzsSee all my reviews

A good film on children has always been much needed for Indian film-goers. And when in this moment of dearth one gets treated to a movie that simply touches the soul - needless to say - Taare Zameen Par - does just that.

Aamir Khan proves his mettle as a director. As an actor he is fabulous. The story captures a look at a middle class family who feel the younger kid (Darsheel Safary) is not a patch on the elder one who is a topper at class. The younger one is always struggling with his ABCs and spends more time out of his class rather than inside.

Its only when he is sent to boarding school with the hope that an iron fist will help him improve that he comes across art teacher (Aamir Khan) who correctly identities his problem of suffering from dyslexia and decides to unleash his creativity and make him an achiever.

To know more one should watch this movie since it has elements that everyone could relate towards while at school or boarding, and brings into focus the need for underprivileged and slow learning children to be given the chance to prove themselves with patience and love that would help them merge with mainstream education and become worthwhile contributors.

Brilliant job Aamir and your team for treating the subject with respect, honesty and flair. Darsheel Safary as the struggling kid has done total justice to his role and puts in a performance that will always be remembered.

The movie will make you cry, make you laugh, make you rejoice and come out feeling that there are some people out there who take Indian cinema several notches higher.


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