Taare Zameen Par. Every child is special

by Heena Modi on August 1, 2008

Taare Zameen Par is a Hindi film. It was directed and produced by Aamir Khan. So what I hear you ask? Well, I would probably have said the same. I don’t watch many Hindi films unless they are ‘different’ i.e. not the typical love story focusing on heartbreak, issues with in laws etc.

This film is one of those that I would love to buy and share with as many people as possible. It’s inspirational, honest, enables reflection and realistically hopeful.

I am a teacher but before that I was just Heena. A student, a child, a learner, an earner (Saturday job). When I was growing up I was often very concerned about the way children and adults with special needs were misrepresented and misunderstood!

I had witnessed someone ‘different’ get on the bus and people move away from them or mock them, whilst others witnessed it or joined in.

This film goes a long way in terms of changing the perception of these ‘different, difficult, abnormal’ members of society.

It’s not such a big deal now as there’s more awareness about dyslexia. However, in this film, the child with special needs has dyslexia. He is misunderstood by everyone until one teacher makes all the difference!

Suraj has written: –

This movie highlighted the lack of support many children get from their parents. Children are so often afraid of just being themselves. They feel that they have to consistently live up to their parents’ expectations of how they should act, the aspirations they should hold, and who they should be.

For those of you who do not understand Hindi I am sure the DVD will have the option of turning subtitles on so please don’t let that stop you watching it?

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