Like star on earth (Taare Zameen Par)

Went to the library last Friday, was having an odd slash bad day. Decided to go home and be hermit but with a movie to watch. Came across this Indian movie called ‘Like a star on Earth (Taare Zameen Par) on the shelf. I watched it and it brightened my day. I’m always looking for new perspectives in life and education.  It’s produced and directed by Aamir Khan. If he’s name sounds familiar is because he was in the movie ‘3 idiots’ which I have mentioned about in a previous post. Also, he’s a well know Bollywood actor.

Story description on back of dvd.
Eight year old Ishann’s world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Adults are more interested in things like homework and marks. And Ishaan just can’t seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to boarding school to be “be disciplined.” New art teacher, Nikumbh, soon realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.

I like Zainab Lakhani comment on the movie.
 The message behind the movie is clear; do not dismiss a person because they are not performing at the same level as everyone else. Look for the underlying cause and work with it. Dismissal of Ishaan could have caused him to become much worse and he might have ended up being a drop-out. However, with a little dedication and some individual attention, he was able to thrive and his above average intelligence showed. He also was able to express himself through his paintings which were very mature for his age. Sometimes what a person can offer to the world is not mainstream or one of the major interest areas such as science or mathematics. Encouragement should be given where children excel, though it may be art or another area which isn’t so lucrative.

It can get a little mellow dramatic but over all it was enjoyable and I found the whole entire movie on youtube when I was looking for the trailer. So enjoy! The title sequence is awesome. I love stop motion.