Me and My Muse

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

9 x 3 = 3

Taare Zameen Par drives home a strong message, making you empathize with the kid, compelling you to draw parallels with your life, making one realize that some of the renowned geniuses were once scoffed at, but the world had to bow down to their intellect later.

Sure, Taare Zameen Par boasts of a story that strikes a chord, but most importantly, it has been treated with such sensitivity and maturity that you’re left shell-shocked in amazement by the sheer impact it leaves at the end of this 18 reeler.

Taare Zameen Par heralds the birth of a topnotch storyteller — Aamir Khan. To choose a story that’s a far cry from the mundane stuff that’s being churned out like factory products, requires courage and conviction and to execute it with panache is a rarity.

Those who somewhere nursed a grudge that the camera follows Aamir in all his films, will chew their words once they watch Taare Zameen Par. Yes, Aamir has a key role to portray as an actor, but the camera captures the child’s emotions like never before in a Hindi film. Also, let’s also clear the myth about Taare Zameen Par being a kiddie film. It’s not! It’s about children. Note the difference!

In a nutshell, Taare Zameen Par serves as a wake up call for every parent or parent-to-be. Also, it heralds the arrival of a magnificent storyteller — Aamir Khan. At the end of the day, it’s not difficult to choose who’s better — Aamir, the actor or Aamir, the director. Taare Zameen Par is a triumph all the way from the director’s point of view.

Overall Taare Zameen Par is a film that has the rare beautiful combination of a wonderful script merged with a supremely confident screenplay. Moreover the brilliant execution and noteworthy performances enhance the film further. The film no doubt caters to a more mature audience; nonetheless the film should do well simply through sheer word of mouth and praise. At the box-office, Taare Zameen Par will definitely have its fair share of takers

Banner : Aamir Khan Productions; PVR Cinema
Release Date : December 21, 2007
Shooting Studios : Filmcity, Mehboob Studio
Producer/Director : Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan...... Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Tanay Chheda...... Rajan Damodaran
Darsheel Safary...... Ishaan Awasthi
Tisca Chopra...... Maya Awasthi / Mama
Sachet Engineer...... Yohaan Awasthi / Dada
Vipin Sharma...... Mr. Awasthi / Papa
Lalitha Lajmi
Ravi Khanwilkar...... Arts teacher
Bugs Bhargava...... English teacher
Shankar Sachdev...... Hindi teacher
M K Raina...... Principal of Boarding School
Pratima Kulkarni...... Principal of Bombay School

Singers : Shankar Mahadevan, Bugs Bhargava, Vivinenne Pocha, Raman Mahadevan, Shaan, Aamir Khan, Vishal Dadlani, Adnan Sami, Auriel Cordo, Ananya Wadkar, Shankar Sachdev, Raaj Gopal Iyer, Ravi Khanwilkar, Loy Mendonca
Lyricist : Prasoon Joshi
Music Director : Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca, Shailendra Barve
Cinematography : Setu
Choreography : Shiamak Davar
Editor : Deepa Bhatia
Sound : Nakul Kamte
Costume : Priyanjali Lahiri
Publicity Designs : Sukanya Ghosh
Story / Writer : Amol Gupte




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