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  • Actors: Tanay Chheda, Tisca Chopra, Aamir Khan, M.K. Raina, Darsheel Safary
  • Directors: Aamir Khan
  • Producers: Aamir Khan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NN415S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ishaa Ishaan is an 8 year old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in a world of adults much more interested in things like homework, grades and neatness. Ishaa just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to be disciplined. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaa has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. A new art teacher infects the students with joy and optimism and breaks all the rules of how things are done by asking them to think, dream and imagine. All the children respond with enthusiasm except Ishaa. The teacher soon realizes that Ishaa is unhappy and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaa find himself.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Miss S. Kidd on 7 Jan. 2010
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Taare Zameen Par is honestly one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. I have watched this about five times in Hindi. I only know english and didn't understand a word, but the film has such a wonderful meaning, despite the different language the meaning is the same. I am Dyslexic and struggled through school not being regongnised, all i wanted to do like Ishaan was draw, paint and create, and i was fasinated by the colours and things around me. When i look at Ishaan i see myself. It wasn't until an art teacher believed in me that i learnt i wasn't stupid and began to believe in myself. This film has a great meaning to me. I am overjoyed that it is now available to by in uk. I bought it as soon as i knew. An amazing film
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mistressfraser on 16 Oct. 2011
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There are rules in Bollywood cinema. You must have a gripping love story - this movie hasn't (at least not the usual romance). Kids in a leading role usually don't work. This movie doesn''t care.

The hero is Ishan, a little boy, a dreamer and gifted artist. But he also has a huge problem; he suffers from dyslexia, and no one recognizes it. His parents have no idea why he's unable to properly get through the third grade of primary school. His exercise books are full of red marks, and he's also unable to master mathematics (which probably means that he's suffering from dyscalculia, too), opposite to his brother who's the unrivaled school hero of the family. When Ishan skips an entire school day and makes said brother write a fake excuse, his stern father has enough; he hauls the kid off to a boarding school where the authorities are expected to finally teach him discipline.

Ishan - separated from those he loves and still left alone with his problems - slips into a deep depression. His teachers are about to give up on him when one day an arts teacher takes over for a moved colleague... a fresh breeze in the tight routine of the school. Ram Shankar Nikumbh - said stand-in teacher - is alarmed by Ishan's silence and palpable despair. He takes a thorough look into Ishan's exercise books and immediately feels like looking into a mirror: as a kid, he was dyslexic himself, and of course he decides to help the boy.

The film was produced and directed by Aamir Khan (one of the most impressive actors in India cinema), and he also plays the role of "Nikumbh Sir", the innovative and devoted arts teacher. He is courageous enough to leave the entire first half of "Like Stars On Earth" entirely to the boy who plays Ishan (unbelievably moving and talented: Darsheel Safary).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By POPs on 9 May 2010
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What a brilliant film.
I purchased this film for my grandaughter after reading international reviews about the kids in the film.
Now its favourite for the whole family. I have purchased more of the film for my family friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 17 Aug. 2010
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A truly amazing gift for every child and parent, it does not matter if you are black, white, Indian or Chinese, this brilliant story should be watched by anyone who plays a part in the development of a child.
A beautiful story that will get all your senses and emotions involved and judging by the extras on this dvd, the cast and crew deserve major credit for putting together a spellbinding film which must have been extremely difficult to execute, as the majority of children in this film were non actors.

The story revolves around eight year old Ishaan who enjoys using his imagination, and the type of creativity that demanding, stressed and pushy parents of the 21st century just would not understand. They put his behaviour down to mischievousness and being slow and therefore send him to a boarding school, where he meets a teacher that helps him reach his true potential and whilst doing that he educates the parents on how to nurture and love a gifted child like Ishaan.

How this film did not win an Oscar is beyond me, especially when a film like Slumdog Millionaire managed to scoop 8 Oscars. I can only think that it is because it had a British director and star in it, which is a real shame, as this film has the potential to educate the masses, not just fans of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Well done to Aamir Khan and to the star of the future: Darsheel Safary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chandrasegaram on 7 April 2010
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I really loved this movie, This movie shows how a good teacher can change a students life who is suffering from Dyslexia syndrome. I will recommend this movie to any parents who push their children to study what they want rather than what their child particularly wanted to do in their life. Also this movie in English language as well which is huge benefit.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H Raz on 19 Dec. 2009
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"Taare zameen par" (Stars on Earth) tells the story of a wonderfully imaginative, creative, sweet boy whose undetected dyslexia leaves him suffering the wrath of hostile parents and teachers, leaving him on the brink of complete psychological breakdown. It is only when a sensitive temporary art teacher enters his life that his tormented life is effectively saved. Without giving too much away, this film is made with great depth and sensitivity and it shines a light on an all-too-familiar trait of Indian society (and of others, of course) and challenges the obsession which parents might have of forcing children to a mould of their own making in the obsessive pursuit of "success" while completely ignoring the individual and unique character, abilities and needs of their child. Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, it is hard to imagine anyone not liking this film - excellent!
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