I've always been a little suspicious of movies that get great reviews, and columns of praise in the newspapers. Most of the time, I find them a little, if not highly overrated. When 'Taare Zameen Par' released, I looked at the great reviews, and the columns of praise, and said skeptically to myself, "Is it really THIS good?" Well, there was only one way to find out, wasn't there? And so I went to watch the movie, prepared to find it overrated.
And I didn't find it overrated at all- I think the amount of praise heaped on the movie is completely deserved. I wasn't prepared for little Darsheel to pull at my heartstrings. I wasn't prepared to find tears running down my cheeks at Prasoon Joshi's lyrics of 'Maa'. And I wasn't prepared to find myself laughing and crying, feeling sad and sorry for Ishaan all at the same time. The movie is a complete rollercoaster of emotions. It deals with a sensitive subject, and has dealt with it in a truly sensitive way.
The movie has lovely cinematography. The focussing on faces- because it is faces that children mainly look at. Little things like a reflection in a puddle, a paint drop, a cotton-candy machine- all make up the world of a child. Aamir has outdone himself, while most other actors would have been trying to hog the limelight themselves, he has let the movie focus on Darsheel primarily, while playing a small but substantial role .
And what acting Darsheel has put in! It's marvelling at the amount of talent he shows- at the tender age of 9! The movie also seems to mock the Education System- its love for cramming information into children and ignoring individual capabilities or needs, and the complete lack of sympathy of most teachers.
'Taare Zameen Par' explores the world and perspectives of a child- fear of desertion by parents, being afraid of getting into trouble, bullying by older children, the stress of trying to live up to high standards of excellence, and last but definitely not the least- the fear of our own mother being too far away for comfort.
It's a brilliant movie. One that everyone should watch. Dealing subtly with the issue of special children and their unique needs, it makes you realise that the sub-title of the movie IS true- every child is special, you just need to tune in to their needs and potential to realize it.