Earlier is not always the better. Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write or count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. In the movie “Taare Zameen Par”- an Indian drama film which has an extended title, “Every Child is special”, produced and directed by Aamir Khan, entails the emotional struggle of an eight year old child. It is a film about children and it is a film which celebrates the abilities of children. All the kids are special and wonderful. They are like stars on earth. This particular aspect gave birth to the title. The film explores the life and imagination of Ishaan, a dyslexic child whom portrayed by Darsheel Safary and the positive temporary art teacher portrayed by the director itself, Aamir Khan who helped Ishaan to overcome his inabilities and re-discover his lost confidence.
Ishaan Awasthi was a talented child; he can think outside the box and paint with such a passion and creativity. But he was not understood by his teachers, he was only thought of as a mischievous and a very naughty boy. He was often called an “idiot, duffer, lazy and crazy”, even his parents didn’t understand him and belittled him in some ways. They only thought that the boy was misbehaving in order for him to not to go to school. It is perhaps the structure of the normal expectations of the school system that triggered him along the way and might also be the reason why Ishaan goes AWOL one day after having been punished by being sent by the teacher to stand in the hallway.