Like Stars on Earth (Two Disc DVD + CD)
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Now this remarkable film is available on DVD in the US from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment with a special 3-disc set which includes a bonus DVD with special features and the original soundtrack for the film. Plus two postcards featuring the two award winning artwork from the film.
"Like Stars on Earth" revolves around an 8-year-old boy named Ishaan Awashthi (played by Darsheel Safary), a boy who is repeating his third-grade. A child who is imaginative and also creative but once he sees words or mathematical problems, they are backwards. But because of this, it affects his young life and teachers including his family look at him as disobedient and always causing problems.
Unfortunate for Ishaan, things continue to get worse and worse and it comes to the point that his parents, especially his father has had enough of his disobedience and sends him off to boarding school.
Young Ishaan doesn't understand why his parents did this and now a young boy without a family continues in boarding school and yet again, the teachers and students don't understand what his problem is. That is until a new art teacher named Ram Shankar Nikumbh arrives and having worked with children with disabilities, he is drawn to Ishaan because he is depressed and often scolded and feels the need to help him.Read more ›
He has trouble with reading and writing as letters seem dancing in front of his eyes. Everyone blames him for not concentrating and trying harder instead of even considering he may be suffering from dyslexia.
I am not going to say more about him because I do not want to spoil the story of this beautiful film.
The film is bilingual, Hindi and English. I am quite concerned that Amazon is listing English as the only language for this release. Surely there is enough room on a 3-DVD set for two tracks, the original and the English dub! That is an absolute must, a condition without which I have no intention of buying it.
Even though I do not speak Hindi, the use of the two languages intertwined so freely adds to the charm and beauty of this movie. I could follow the story quite well even if I did not understand the Hindi words. The acting and the cinematography were so good that understanding the Hindi words was not necessary.
Please, Disney, do not insult our intelligence by butchering this masterpiece!
I am getting to know this Amir Khan dude. WoW! freaking amazing work.
This ain't your typical bollywood fare...and neither is this a pseudo "intellectual" garbage from West Bengal. I mean, no offense.. I like those eye candy movies from Bollywood. But this was absolutely shockingly good.
Now, I am sitting here googling to find out who those players are... particularly the kid. I was endeared to this kid in about 2 minutes. Yup, it took me no more than 2 minutes to identify with him and take him in (Darsheel Safary as Ishaan Awasthi).
Though this movie tackles the subject of a dyslexic child, I personally feel that the message can apply to any child. Every child is different. It is important to understand every child differently and recognize his or her weakness and talent. That is so well picturized in this movie.
The movie goes on to show that there is so much pressure on the little children to do well in all aspects of life. That pressure can bury the child's own desire to do something different.
I would really recommend this movie for every parent. Not just parents but to everyone. This movie should be shown in all schools across India & abroad. As parents and teachers, it is important for us to help children by understanding them & not by pressuring them to perform well.
Great masterpiece by Aamir Khan. I'm a little disappointed that the movie is coming on DVD so late after the original was released last year (2008).
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A must see for parents, teachers, admin people. In fact a great movie for the whole family. Would love to have some guided questions for discussion.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hands down one of the best movies I have ever seen. I showed it to my students during the last week of school and a group of middle school students were cheering, crying and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah B
I absolutely loved this movie. My daughter loved it too. Made us both cry as it was so close to our experience with working with schools and daughter's LD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Lee
It's a billion times better than the overrated Hollywood films today. I just that more people would be able to watch this and be moved.Published 2 months ago by CliffBates
The best movie I have ever watched. Sparks every emotion: anger, sadness, pitty, with a dose of happy ending. A great family movie. No sex, no violence, no profanities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I hate this movie so much as it made me cry a river of tears. Aamir Khan's bold performance made the movie gripping/Published 4 months ago by Tammie H.
Beautiful movie and it makes me cry every time I watch it! Worth viewing a subtitled movie!!Published 4 months ago
A must watch for everyone! Eye opening! Moving! No heartstrings left untugged.Published 4 months ago by Jeremy Rivera