Movie Review: Taare Zameen Par (2007)

1.5 Stars (out of 4)

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Eight-year-old Ishaan is punished for his poor performance in school, until a caring art teacher realizes that the boy is dyslexic. Aamir Khan, who plays the teacher, uses his directorial debut to criticize the Indian educational system’s treatment of special needs students. Taare Zameen Par is overly long and treads no new ground for anyone who has even a passing familiarity with learning disabilities. But Khan at least does a credible job of showing the world as seen through Ishaan’s eyes.

No Rating (violence, language); 164 minutes; The movie’s title translates to “Like Stars on Earth”

This review originally appeared in The Naperville Sun on December 27, 2007

*I expand upon the above capsule review in this 2011 post about Peepli Live‘s failed Oscar bid.

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    1. Kathy

      I stand by my original review, Yogesh. While I appreciate Aamir Khan’s desire to educate the Indian public on social issues, “Taare Zameen Par” seemed more like a made-for-TV movie than a theatrical release. I liked when the story focused on Ishaan and the way he sees the world, but I thought Khan’s teacher character was patronizing. A noble goal, but a disappointing movie.

      1. Yogesh Pandey

        hmm.. i see, i asked because generally everybody(Critics & Fans) likes it very much. I liked it for the song(Maa) which expressed mom-child relation beautifully… Anyway,Take care of your finger 🙂

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