Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Awesome Taare Zameen Par

“Raj, you look like that kid-Darsheel”, said my roomie. I was little taken back. Do I consider it as a compliment or something else?

It is interesting though I resemble a bit like Darsheel, but I am sure I can never deliver a performance oriented role as Darsheel has done in TZP. Pheew! What a breathtaking performance from this kid and equally too from the other starcast in Aamir Khan’s maiden directorial venture Taare Zaamen Par.

It is also amazing to find that Aamir' sincerity of movie making etches out his actingship. Aamir could have done another hero oriented role after RDB and FANNA, but instead he chose to do TZP. Why?

I was trying to get this answer when I was safely couching in the Chennai theatre with a friend, and when I left the theatre I am happy to announce that it did satiate my queries.

I am not going to tell you the story as most of you by now have watched or read it from any other websites. I will narrate a quick 8 point summary of why TZP is the best movie in the year 2007-08.

1)Bollywood has a history of quickly tagging any non-masala movie as an "Art cinema". Sometimes it results in youngsters like me staying away from the movie. But sometimes when you watch the movie if your favorite actor is there, you think you could have missed out something. Trust me, I am not being biased here.

I admit TZP is not an out and out masala movie (though it has its share of gaana bajana), but it makes you sit and wonder. A question: why a kid is pushed always and not allowed to make his or her own choices is very much prudent here.

2)Darsheel undoubtedly is a great hero material. His performance is better than most other child actors in Bollywood. Forget child actors he is brilliant than most of these Salman Khan or Aftab. But you might say. Well he had a strong role. So what he had to perform? I can only think of the character Anjali in Mani Ratnam’s classic ANJALI that was laced with so much brilliance.

3)Let’s admit one thing here- Direction is not a piece of cake. Add it to the direction of kids and you know you have a mammoth task.

Aamir though he had shot few scenes in GHULAM must have few butterflies in his stomach when he started shooting. But like an ace director he brought out the anguish, smiles, emphatic, dreams and mostly important he connected with the audience. Mani Ratnam’s ANJALI was too off a kid who is also physically challenged and at the same time you could feel the sheer determination.

4)The script is so beautifully written. Dialogues are fresh and not smell of any superficiality.

5)Some of the scenes that stand out and made my childhood memories sink in are Darsheel play to his parents for nursing his dreams.

As a kid I know quite a few parents who force their kids to take up an Engineering or Medical career just for their status and name. Do they even realize what the kid capable of doing is? If they understood a kid psyche, I am sure they are going to be surprised by his or her latent quality.

6)Music is top-notch and Prasoon Joshi deserves all the applause for the lyrics.

7)I perceive the movie to do very well- especially in the multiplexes and overseas. It would make a major difference if this time we see TZP competing instead of EKLAVYA or PAHELI in Oscars. I am sure we won't be again a nation of duplicating errors. Please!

8)Like LAGAAN the climax opens up another interesting phase in the film. I believe it is where the movie actually takes a sharp turn of critics opining it as ‘thik-thak’ movie to a 'classic' one. The crew seems to understand the audience pulse pretty well.

I have seen quite a few movies that had children as the central character namely- baby Anjali in ANJALI, Jugal Hansraj in MASOOM and you expect them to learn as the time progresses. But when you see such a flawless execution of actingship, all you could do is stand up and applause the entire team. Watch it! I give it a five star *****

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