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Like Stars on Earth (2007)

“Taare Zameen Par”.

Drama, Family |

Taare Zameen Par is a Indian Hindi-language drama film produced and directed by Aamir Khan. The film explores the life and imagination of Ishaan, an 8-year-old dyslexic child. Although he excels in art, his poor academic performance leads his parents to send him to a boarding school. Ishaan’s new art teacher suspects that he is dyslexic and helps him to overcome his disability. Darsheel Safary stars as 8-year-old Ishaan, and Khan plays his art teacher.

Creative director and writer Amole Gupte initially developed the idea with his wife Deepa Bhatia, who served as the film’s editor. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composed the film’s score, and Prasoon Joshi wrote the lyrics for many of the songs. Principal photography took place in Mumbai and in Panchgani’s New Era High School, and some of the school’s students make appearances.

Ishaan Awasthi is an 8 year-old boy who hates school and learning, as he finds all the subjects difficult and is frequently belittled and disliked by both his teachers and his classmates. His imagination, creativity and talent for art and painting are often disregarded or unnoticed. His father, Nandkishore Awasthi, is a successful executive who expects his children to excel, and his mother, Maya Awasthi, is a housewife frustrated by her inability to educate Ishaan. Ishaan’s elder brother, Yohaan Awasthi, is an exemplary student and athlete whose merits Ishaan is often ashamed of.

After receiving a particularly poor academic report, Ishaan’s parents sends him to a boarding school. There he rapidly sinks into a state of fear, anxiety and depression, despite being befriended by Rajan Damodharan, a physically disabled boy who is one of the top students in the class. Ishaan is anguished due to missing his parents, the boarding school teachers being even more abusive than the previous school’s, and starting to feel that he genuinely was a failure. Ishaan contemplates suicide, climbing up the fence in a terrace, but Rajan intervenes, saving him.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte (uncredited)

Writers: Amole Gupte

Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Sachet Engineer, Tanay Chheda, Girija Oak


Darsheel SafaryIshaan Awasthi
Aamir KhanRam Shankar Nikumbh
Tisca ChopraMaya Awasthi
Vipin SharmaNandkishore Awasthi
Sachet EngineerYohan Awasthi
Tanay ChhedaRajan Damodaran
Lalitha LajmiSelf – Art Mela’s Chief Guest
Girija OakJabeen – Amir’s Co-worker (as Girija)
Ravi KhanvilkarMr. Holkar (as Ravi Khanwelkar)
Pratima KulkarniPrincipal – St. Anthony’s School
Meghna MalikVictoria Teacher
Sonali SachdevIrene Teacher
Sanjay DadichMaadhoo
Raaj Gopal IyerGeorge Sir
Bugs BhargavaSen Sir
Shankar SachdevTiwari Sir
M.K. RainaPrincipal – Boarding School
GurkirtanHousemaster (as Gurkirtan Chauhan)
Gurdeepak KaurHousemaster’s Wife
Alorika ChatterjeeScience Teacher
Megha BengaliMrs. Karnik
Munireh GuhilotDorm Parent
Girish Kumar MenonRajan’s Father
VivekanandanTelephone Operator
Madhav DattLoo Bully
PrashantMusician at Mela
VitthalMusician at Mela
JadavMusician at Mela
Ramit GuptaRanjeet
Arnav ValchaKabir Johar
Brihan LambaArun Poddar
RickyMunoo Patel
Krishn GopinathSatyajit Bhatkar
AyaanIshaan Awasthi – 10 months
Veer MohanIshaan Awasthi – 2 yrs.
Aniket EngineerYoung Yohan Awasthi
Abhishek BachchanSelf
Raj Gopal IyerGeorge Sir
Sanjay Sinha

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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