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 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.
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.