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Every Child Is Special (Taare Zameen Par)

  • Sumo

It was during one of the Parent-Teacher Meetings last year that I first learned about the film Every Child Is Special. The administrator of the school played the film while we were having a snack. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish watching the film as it was getting late and we had to leave the school already.

I promised myself that I would borrow the media (I could not remember if it was in VCD or DVD) when I have the time to watch it but that time never happened until I almost forgot about it.

A fellow mother in the church shared with me about the film last Sunday. I grabbed the opportunity to borrow her copy so I could finally watch the entire film. With my husband and daughter, we watched the film last Sunday.

Every Child Is Special (Taare Zameen Par)Every Child Is Special is a Hindi film. This film is also referred to as Taare Zameen Par. The film is about an eight-year old boy, Ishaan Iwashti (ee-shan), who has dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder, which is unknown to his parents and teachers. Ishaan loves color and has a passion for drawing. He is very imaginative. But because he has a difficulty recognizing letters, he is not performing in school. His teachers thought he has an attitude and behavioral problem and just being lazy and naughty. Little did they realize that his brain has problem recognizing the letters, as he said to his teacher, “the letters are dancing” when he was asked to read. When his father thought that he has gone overboard and “his attitude” toward his study was no longer manageable, he was sent to a boarding school “to be disciplined“. Ishaan’s performance in school didn’t improve and his teacher’s treatment to him just added to his sorrow of being separated from his family. Because of this, he withdrew from the world even from his passion for drawing.

Every Child Is Special (Taare Zameen Par)It was the substitute teacher for Arts subject, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who was also a dyslexic when he was a child, discovered his disability. Nikumbh Sir, who also teaches at TULIPS, a school for special kids, helped Ishaan to regain his spirit. He extends extra hours to tutor Ishaan letter and sounds recognition on one-by-one basis. He devised tools to help Ishaan developed his fine motor skills. Nikumbh Sir did an extra mile to help Ishaan the best way he can but not until he presented Ishaan’s condition to his parent and the principal. And Nikumbh Sir succeeded in bringing out the best out of Ishaan.

Every Child Is Special is a great movie and I recommend it not only to teachers but to parents too. The movie presents so many lessons both for parents and teachers. This is a very touching story. I suggest that you bring a hanky or a tissue when you watch this film.



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33 thoughts on “Every Child Is Special (Taare Zameen Par)

  1. It sounds like the movie has a very important message. I wish they released movies from India here too. I think we’ll find that we can relate to many of their films.

  2. From what I’ve read in your post, I think that is a good movie to watch. Dyslexia is not very common in our country. Maybe it’s because our educators are very sensitive as well in the reading subject.

    I’d like to watch this movie nevertheless. 🙂

  3. I love these kinds of movie. Aside from the moral you get after sitting for more than 1 hour, you get to expand your horizon from such scenarios 🙂

  4. I’ve previously read another great review about this movie but have never gotten around to getting a copy of it.
    Just a thought, the best teachers really are the ones who see what’s special in each child.

  5. Sounds like a heartwarming movie. My two girls went to a grade school where inclusion policy is observed. Children with disabilities are included with the normal children giving them a chance to learn how to interact with one another effectively. Children with dyslexia, autism and ADHD share the same class with the normal ones and their progress is outstanding. The other kids care for them deeply too. No discrimination, definitely.

  6. “My Name is Khan” that’s the last Bollydwood movie I’ve seen. And super daming tissue naubos ko, hahaha! Visiting from CommEx 10/2.

  7. Hmmm…judging from all the comments here, this movie sounds intriguing and I suddenly have the urge to watch it. I hope I could get a copy and watch this with my kids. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’ve seen this movie. It is truly very moving. We have to really understand things first before making any judgment and see beyond failures.

  9. i love this movie. i love the message of this film. all parents and teachers should watch this! 🙂 im about to do a review of this film myself. 🙂

  10. This looks great to share to teachers and individuals as well, especially to parents. All kids are special and they all have different abilities and talents. I’m going to look for this film. Not sure if the guy on the poster is also the star of the “3 Idiots” which is a Hindi film as well that is really great.

  11. What a heartwarming story! Teachers should also be equipped to recognize if attitude or behavioral problems are caused by something else. Good thing people are more aware now of autism, ADHD etc.

  12. This looks like a heartwarming story. I wish there are more teachers like that who take the extra mile for students who need more than just the conventional way of learning.

  13. wow mukha ngang maganda! thanks for sharing mylene! 🙂 will tell my hubby to go find a copy… hehehe last hindi film we watched and totally loved was of that 3 engineering students… forgot the title though… but it was a great movie… no wonder bollywood gets to be recognized in some ways…:-)

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