New age Indian Cinema for Children~Taare Zameen Per


Kudoz to Aamir Khan………..Kudoz to you!!! You genuinely deserve a standing ovation for the extraordinanry performance as Director ..as an actor you actually never had anything to do in front of that kid -Darsheel Safary (Ishan)…a gem has been found…The kid deserves Best Actor Award in National Awards category…….not a la Screen Awards Best Child Artist.He shows an entire gamut of emotions-laughter, angst, frustration, humilation,sparkle,separation, joy,solitude et al….

The entire movie kept me fixated…although the year 2007 did manage to have a movie dealing with the similar theme-Apna Aasman starring Anupam Kher and Shobhna. But somehow it couldn’t touch the heart like Taare…did. Its beautifu, pure and transparent. It shows the simplicity glorified in its finest sense.

I also somehow had problems like Ishan in my school days. I was always confused between ‘Lesser than greater sign < or >‘. I could never get it. I knew which number was greater but still don’t know why always put the other sign. Forget that till today I spell one letter backwards while typing like problme(thanks to Spell check you hardly see them here). Analysts say that this is a sign of getting Alzheimer’s disease in old age.

But I did face lot of problem back in school regards to my< or >. :)

The treatment of caning is another important aspect which gave me goosebumps.

The title track makes me move. Every word that comes out reminds me that truly-‘Child is the father of the nation.‘ Its simply beautiful, the words are carelessly comparable to every child. Little dreamy eyed angel full of hundreds of questions and with their own interesting answers, their long explanations, their long sequences of whys, their genius discoveries….

The Maa song is beautiful. It belongs to all of us-ain’t it? All kiddies, rebellious teengers, carefree college kids, messy working kids..to those hwo( I am leaving this otherwise who unattended to show I still make my spell mistakes) even have their own kids. We don’t show but we do love our Maa. After all she was indeed our first friend. Miss you Mummaa!

I feel it is brave on part of Aamir Khan to carefully select children as his theme for his very first directorial venture.

Rockford by Nagesh Kukunoor is another gem that falls into the same category.Few years back NDFC did produce few films for children but it also faded away like an old book under dust! NDFC lost its focus but its good to see a mainstream actor choose a subject very well avoided by film makers.

Film makers like Vishal Bhardwaj (Makdee, The Blue Umbrella) have made an earlier attempt and they deserve their fair share of accolades too.

Thank you makers….for enriching the film content for children and why only them for elder ones too. For reminiscing us of our old school day; for making us aware that we are not going to throw our children in the competition or rat race. we are not going to compare them with our relatives or neighbour’s kids and we are not going to make them believe they’re going to be future doctors, engineers, CAs or Managers. They will be what they want to be!

This movie should be straight away made Tax-free and be declared mandatory for all schools………..

Aamir-You did manage to make me teary eyed in the last few scenes……

Will wait for your next venture!!!

All the best! ) to you Aamir and all future film makers of multiplex movie or crossover trend who dare to think different and make something for children!