Every once in a while you are taken aback by a movie. It is a rare experience, especially coming from Bollywood. Bollywood and kitsch go hand in hand. Bollywood fans love it for it’s larger then life characters and the color, dance and music explosions. When walking into a cinema theater, that is what you expect.
Aamir Khan’s “Taare zameen par” (stars on the ground) is a different experience altogether. The movie is one of the best ones to come out of the Bollywood factory.
I was totally mesmerized by the sheer honesty of the masterpiece. Those little and ingenious moments captured wonderfully on the camera. Aamir Khan has outdone himself with his directorial debut. Never before have you travelled into the world of a child this special. Darsheel Safary, the boy playing Ishaan in the movie is absolutely brilliant. So brilliant that equally brilliant Khan had no qualms about putting Safary’s name first in the credits of the movie. This boy deserves all the best actor awards, if not an Oscar!
The only thing that worries me is the length of the movie. It is 170 minutes long! I am saddened by the fact that this might effect the viewing of the movie for foreign audiences. That would be a huge shame!
There were several occasions in the movie where i cried my heart out. (Not strange actually, i am a crier). But what was a first timer for me was my husband shedding some tears himself during the movie. (He NEVER cries). The song “Taare zameen par” made every one in the cinema-hall emotional as did several other gut-wrenching moments.
I obviously do not know Mr Khan personally, but my respect for him has increased manifold. Can you imagine, a superstar who can make whatever movie he wants, chooses to work his heart out for a movie with a message? Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan are polls apart. “Om shanti om” and “Taare zameen par” prove my point!