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Taare Zameen Pe - A wonderful movie

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Kamalji, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Kamalji

    Kamalji IL Hall of Fame

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    Taare Zameen Pe -Wonderful Movie


    This is not a movie review exactly.So please dont judge this piece in that sense.thank you.


    Yesterday, I went with my family, brother and bhabhi for this movie.Married daughter has come for a few days, and will again come after a year or so.What better to gift her, than a movie.I'm a cheapo ! Nope.I just see 2 or 3 movies a year , thats it,so its a big deal when i agree to go for a movie, and all the more so, when i propose to take them out for a movie.


    Brother areached early, and he bought the tickets.That made things more better, as to watch a movie for free, the enjoyment is all the more better.And i was zapped to say the least with the movie.I am not prone to tears, but this movie touched a chord, as it must have in those of you who have seen it.And for a first time director like Aamir Khan, hats off to him really.



    The boy was too good, and i feel those two teeth were justput on for the movie to make him look stupid.I loved the way they showed the initial reactions of the parents and the teachers, and how they later changed towards the boy.The teachers were too good too, and the drawing exhibition was too good, where the teachers are shown drawing as kids, and the total scenerio.And the last scene where the boy comes to hug Aamir,a drop just dropped from my eye, which i quickly wiped off.Macho old men dont cry, do they ?



    And about Aamir.He being the producer and director, and he comes at the interval is commendable.Normally the hero wants to be in each frame,and here the boss lets others hog the limelight.Hats off Aamir, for making my day.One of the best movies ever.



    The boy and his antics brought so many memories flooding back to this old man.The Gola, ah ! We used to get a Gola for 10 paise, outside our School where the fellow used to stand with his cart.First we used to tell him to put the red Sharbat, and after sucking it off, request him to put the yellow one, and the guy used to grumble good naturedly.



    We used to stay in Sion,Mumbai, but study in OLPS Chembur.Mom used to give us 25 paise everyday.7 paise one way bus ticket,so 14 paise gone.And 10 paise fpr the Gola. 1 paise used to be left over, which every 15 days , used to collect and go eat a sada Dosa for 15 paise in the Udipi restaurant.And my maths is good even today, bcs everyday i used to count, till it came to 15,and off i would run like a king to have my dosa.This was mid sixties and the Bus No was 7, i think it still runs now, but from Colaba to Chembur, maybe beyond.



    And that fellow making cycle from the sticky substance like glue, i dont know what they say , i forget the name.He used to have a big wodden log and on it wrapped was this sticky thing in stripes.He would make a cycle, or a plane, and itwas for 5 paise, and i would eat first the front wheel, then the second, then the handle.Still rember it, but not the name of it.



    In the movie the boy bunks school and goes roaming in the city.With me something else happened.I overspent on some eatables,and i was left with only 6 paise, 1 paise short.I was too ashamed to ask the teachers at the bus stop to lend me a paise.They used to travel with me, everyday on the same bus back home.A teacher asked me why i am not coming aboard the bus, and i mumbled i am waiting for someone.I was around 10 or so then.



    I was thinking what to do for a long time, and thought it better to walk from Chembur to Sion by foot, rather than asking a loan of 1 paise.I was very shy those days.And i started my walk at around 3 in the afternoon.Slowly and slowly i walked [passed Chembur Naka,Vijay talkies, Sindhi Colony, and up the Sion bridge.The strap of my bag broke, and i had to carry it in my hand, under the armpit.I must have looked quite a site.Around 6 in the evening maybe, i was on Sion Bridge, when Dad who was coming to pick me up,on being informed that i had not reached home, he saw me from the other side, in the cab.



    He was so upset he cried on seeing me,and i was releived to see him , to say the least.And he took me to Chandu Halwai, the sweets shop at Sion Circle, and i had a couple of Gulab Jamuns and something else, and i was pleased as punch.Mom and grannny had been crying, fearing the worst, and i was very much pampered that day.Next day, mom came to school and told the story to my teacher, and was promised that she would keep an eye onme and see to it that i boarded the bus with her.And she was a pretty one, i hazily recall,but this was the last of it ever.



    Seeing the teachers in the movie, i have written previously about them, and how good they were, rather most of them to all of us.I dont think there is that much commitment in them today , its all so commercial.Give tutions and make money, is the motto.



    The caning we too had, and small offence had it on the straight side of the palm,then the back of it, and worst was if we had to be caned on our backsides which used to hurt a lot.But that did us a world of good,and we learnt not to repeat those mistakes ever.Today u touch a child, and the parents take u to court.So who bothers, what students do,that is why u see the 9 th std kid gettinga gun and shooting his friend in school.Horrible scenerio.



    Sorry guys,i should not see a movie, otherwise i bore u with tales from my past, which are long gone and buried and should remain buried.these are the rambling of an old man , who can be excused.Thank you ladies and Gentlmen.


    KAMAL MAHTANI
     
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  2. Aarushi

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    Hi Kamalji,

    I loved your account of the movie..loved your 'ramblings' even more.. :)

    You write so well...I remembered some of my own childhood memories from your anecdotes...:) like the gola eating (we used to have an orange bar sometimes or churan or chikki)...falling asleep in the school bus while coming back home (all of 8 years old) and forgetting to get off at the home stop..so going all the way to the main bus terminus depot..woken up by an astonished bus driver and conductor there when they were cleaning the bus...and then escorted by them back to my home...:) mom crying and hugging me...brother being extra sweet for the next couple of days.. :)

    Thanks for bringing back so many memories... :cheers

    Regards,
    Aarushi
     
  3. Sashmitaa

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    Hello Sir,

    Nostalgic memories of the past. It has been rekindled by the movie I believe. Of course the movie is great. Those years the teachers taught with great patience and they had time to do that. But nowadays it is just opposite.

    Enjoyed your childhood pranks

    Lakshmi
     
  4. puni88

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    Hello,
    I remember that I was very bad with languages (writing and reading).
    I picked up my first languange kannada only @ 8th grade (even though my father was a kannada lecturer).
    I used to get scoldings from my parents.
    But today, they are proud of what I am today.
    One thing I changed myself with this movie is 'I should not put more pressure on my kids for their studies'.

    ~Punitha
     
  5. Meeta

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    Hi Kamalji.......
    Though I have not got the DVD's for the movie yet, but had seen the promos and it was really heart touching.......now got some idea about the movie from ur descriptive narration.......
    And it reminded me abt my school days too.........I had never got a chance to eat golas but I had enough of those bicycle like sticky substances and Bombay Malai (A pink coloured substance like Son papdi but attached to a stick).
    Like Arushi said, I most of the time used to sleep in the bus while returning home and my brother will woke me up at our stop...
    While going to school, invariably I used to do my unfinished homework and study for the morning tests........
    Again, we have really many good teachers but I still remember two of our Biology madams.....they were really very nice persons and always helped students out of the way in all aspects.......studies.....career decisions......personality development.......
    But the funniest thing is that I never liked my PT classes on every Saturday morning as I never wanted to look messy on the beginning of the day........so I always searched for excuses to go to the class........
    I still remember all my frds who used to finish off my tiffin during our Chemistry class as our teacher for Chemistry was kind of nuts.........
    And remember the gossip during launch hour.......Oh who is looking hot and who is sweet.......who has soft feelings for whom..........I swear.......I was not too naughty but everybody used to come to meand tell me the hot happenings and finally asking for my Homework/practical or something elase....... it was fun to talk abt them along with studies...........
    Oh....My........God........I can write unlimited stuffs on my school and college days.......
    Let me stop here............and wait for other's inputs......
    Regards.
     
  6. Kamalji

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    Aarushi,


    Thank u for yr kind words.Even yr memories of yr childhood is so nice and lovely.This movie i suppose has brought about memories in everyone.Thanks and regards.kamal
     
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    Lakshmi,

    Yes teachers then were different, and they had values.these days u know how it is.And htanks for yr kind comments.Regards.kamal


    Puni,

    That iw wonderful thing u said, that u will not put pressure on yr child.Same is the case here.I have two daqughters and i have never ever pressurised them in anything. i want them to flower,to study, have fun, watch TV,have friends, and not all the time studying, for some exam or the other.

    Thanks and regards.kamal


    Meeta,

    Your chemistry class story , and yur childhood stories are so good , u can write a nice blog on that.And it will be a superhit on indus, i swear.

    Im glad my blog brought out the hidden happy memories in u and in the other ladies out here.God bless u, and may u always remain as happy as a child.Regards.kamal
     
  8. Ria2006

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    Wow!

    KamalJi

    Hats off to you.. :hatsoff What an emotional memoir.. I loved reading it. It just reminded me of my school days. Though I am half your age. I had comfortable childhood, but not a lavish one. And I cannt thank God enough to make it that way..

    I have seen that with luxury comes a sense of disregard. You just dont learn to value it if you havent seen scarcity. Your one paise story is just so great.. I can imagine how self-respecting you would be as a kid.

    Amazing.. Keep your rambling on.. it makes very inetersting read.

    About Movie, I am yet to see it. But I bet ony Amir khan movie, I am big fan of his since Qayamat days. And I think this actor just keeps growing better.
     
  9. Kamla

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    Dear Kamalji,

    I got lucky today! Seeing the title, I let it pass as I thought it is another movie review. I knew Taare..was a good movie and so... It was a pure pleasure to read your take on the movie and where it took you!

    Reading your thoughts was a pleasure trip indeed. You have brought out the innocence of a child and the carefree school days with great aplomb. It is like a cool fresh breeze on a hot day... I sometimes do feel that today's little ones are missing out on all the little innocent pleasures. In India atleast, looks like the tiny tots get to work hard in the Kindergarten itself. So many tuitions and extra curriculars, I wonder if they really get a chance to play in the fresh air.

    You, with 10years, could walk happily all that long way home...(ok, not quite happily!). Today, it would be unthinkable. Why walk, I wonder if any kids can play outside freely. In the US , no kid can play outside in the garden by him/herself without a parent keeping a watchful eye. Sad.

    Well, your essay was surely a tara IL pe!

    L, Kamla
     
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    dear kamalji,

    wonderful redemption really those days were greatdays, i must agree here ur title, would had just let me go away, as many are writing about this movie and i got to see it too, patience is missing in teachers nowadays, students were less in those days hardly 20 in a class now they are 70 in a class how the teacher can handle poor thing. the syllabus is even more higher, and target to be reached and so many things have been pressurized. the other side of the teaching i got to see because of my daughter who was an ex maths with Bishops in bangalore.. she behaved loving caring and different and very popular because of that..

    lucky for me my school convent was very much near to my place so every day walking listening to rafi sahab' hindi numbers, and winter school special class was another venture, clouds came down on the street and nothing visible and walking through them with music behind used to be dream walk, wonderful days and the mist dropping on the nose and yes my princi was a very encouraging lady, they built our personality well with pride, so as we pass out of schools, we considered ourselves more ladies than woman.. in her description woman are those who fight near the tap but ladies don't do that, her instructions were very clear never go shopping with uniform..

    thanks for bringing back those memories of another day..sunkan
     

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