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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,897,373
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene of Ishaan collecting fish outside his school was shot on location and at Film City. Shots focusing on Ishaan took place at the former, while those involving the gutter terrarium were filmed at a water tank at the latter. The tank's water often became murky because the mud would rise to the top, forcing production to constantly empty and refill it. Due to this hindrance, the scene took eight hours to film. 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 »

Quotes

Ram Shankar Nikumbh: On Solomon Islands when the natives want a part of the forest for cultivation they don't cut the trees. They simply gather around the tree and shout abuses to their heart's content. They curse it. In a matter of days the tree withers and shrivels. It dies on its own.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, a montage of children is shown. See more »

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Referenced in Wake Up Sid (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jame Raho
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankar), Ehsaan Noorani (as Ehsaan) and Loy Mendonsa (as Loy)
Performed by Vishal Dadlani
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Undoubtedly the best Hindi movie of 2007
23 December 2007 | by kaustubh-2See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Taare Zameen Par, you are missing out. The best Hindi movie of 2007 without doubt. Extremely sensitively handled, and flawlessly executed performances, especially by Darsheel Safary. This movie really hits you.

In a way, everyone can relate to it, especially if you have grown up in India where most children are classified as dumb or unintelligent if they "can't" become engineers or doctors. I went in with huge expectations, and this movie exceeded them.

Some reviews have complained about situations in the movie being too simple or repetitive in parts, but I have absolutely no problems with that. This is no thriller. You know what's going to happen, but you are looking forward to it too.

The songs might not be great hits, but they gel really well with the movie. They are beautifully worded, and capture the emotions of the characters perfectly.

When the end credits started rolling, most people started walking towards the exit, but even when they had almost stopped rolling, most of them were still standing near the exit, watching the images in the end credits.


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