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Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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.

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

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Every Child is Special

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

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (India)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£66,204 (UK) (23 December 2007)

Gross:

$1,204,660 (USA) (20 January 2008)
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Trivia

Amole Gupte brought his original script to his friend Aamir Khan and asked him to produce & star in the film, with Gupte as the director. However, after filming began Khan wasn't happy with Gupte's direction, returned the script to him and suggested he find another star & producer.

Gupte replied that he still wanted Aamir to star & produce, and that they should find another director. After spending time trying to find a suitable director they became concerned that their child actor, Darsheel Safary, would age too much for the film. Gupte then suggested that Khan direct, and Khan agreed, making this the first film he has ever directed. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits rolls after few minutes of the film and consists of animated sequences (in order to portray the main character's imaginary world). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) 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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Simply Sensational
26 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent direction, beautiful narration and an emotional ending. This movie deserves the best of applause. The director has done an out of the world job. At no point in the movie does he overshadow the kid. The best thing I love about the movie is the facial expressions of Kid. This kid is a genius and has filled life into the role of a dyslexic. Movie is so perfect, doting mom, lovable brother and a strict dad. The manifestation of problems has been toned beautifully and the way the kid is helped to get out the problems is artistic. I hope I could vote more than 10 for this masterpiece. Missing this movie would be a blunder.


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