Taare Zameen Par – a delightful movie about a young boy’s struggle with dyslexia and the teacher who turned his world around.
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 rule of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiam, 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 himself.
Taare Zameen Par Movie Review [by the DFNZ team]
A symphony of emotions are felt as you watch this delightful and entertaining movie - the story line and characters of which resembles perfectly the common experience of dyslexia in NZ.
The fact that the story is set in India adds yet another colourful layer and adds further demand on the audience to confront the realities of this often hidden and misunderstood learning difference.
Although subtitled there is a solid thread of english that along with the skillful cinematography allows even those that hold disdain for "reading as they watch" to enjoy this magical movie.
You'll need tissues for sure to catch the tears that flow from the pain, sadness, hope, and the joy that this movie evokes. Its a rollercoaster for sure, but one that doesn't have you stepping off where you got on.
Rating: 5 Gems [stars can't describe this movie for those connected to dyslexia in NZ]
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