I saw Taare Zameen Par(तारे जमीन पर) today with the rest of my family. My mom’d booked the tickets and I didn’t want to go to be honest, but you know how it is — spend time with the family, that sort of thing. Man am I glad I went along because this has to be the best Hindi film I’ve seen. It was a film, not one of those entertainment shows that have all those silly song and dance routines involving people teleporting to fields of flowers and crap like that.
The acting was so natural, especially the little kid‘s, it was almost like watching little bits of life. Now that I think of it, every single thing about how the actors played their roles was natural and real, and you wouldn’t have noticed it all then. The soundtrack was beautiful, it fitted in perfectly with the atmosphere and kept the tension going through the intense bits and stuff like that. I’ve been told the cinematography in Indian films is really good, but this was some neat stuff and combined with the music it was super. It all came together really well.
I’ve got to give it to the guy. I hated Mangal Pandey: The Rising, and I thought Rang De Basanti was contrived, but the job he’s done this time is wonderful. He chose a nice film to do and didn’t try hogging the limelight or anything letting Darsheel Safary do his thing. It’s also very cool that he chose to make a film on dyslexia and children who are a bit different, talking about how things we take for granted are hard for them. Frankly, I find these films far more interesting than the standard Indian stuff.
It’s about a little boy who has dyslexia, and some really brilliant imagination. There’s shades of Calvin to his personality — the vivid imagination, the lack of interest in school work, the interest in exploring. Unfortunately for him his father is the demanding type and wants him to emulate his elder brother who ranks first in nearly everything and is a very good tennis player besides being a really nice elder brother. There’s this nice sequence in the beginning of the film which shows the contrast between Ishaan Awasthi and the rest of his family. As time goes by he plays truant from school, flunks his papers and is in line to being expelled. This is when his father decides that it’s time to take some severe action.