A True Star

Aamir Khan is a genius!!! I don’t think he can be described in any other way. He should not be clubbed in the elite group with Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shahruh Khan. He is so much more. He will eventually have his name etched along Latha Mangeshkar, Raj Kapoor and Satyajith Ray.

From the cute faced acting in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak to the brilliant directing in Taare Zameen Par, Aamir Khan has always excelled. The fact I like about him is that he is extremely choosy. And to be choosy, you have to be really good and you need to know that you are that good. For the most part, he has picked the right scripts and right movies. His topic selection is varied, colorful and intense. It is quite hard not to accept the park roaming romantic hero roles all the time and be successful in bollywood.

I watched Taare Zameen Par recently. What amazed me was the depth and intensity in the movie. The kid Darsheel has certainly done a tremendous job. But, Aamir Khan gets a lot of credit for making the kid do such a fantastic job. A fine story line and a real problem has been portrayed with so much sensitivity. Of course, Shankar Mahadevan‘s rendition of the song ‘Maa’ is above the World.

The only thing in the movie which was far from truth was Aamir Khan’s clothes. Which school teacher in India wears torn and worn low-rise jeans showing off his underwear band and shakes his bum every other minute? I thought that was the staple diet of IT folks in California!!!

And, I don’t think I have mentioned this before. Aamir Khan is a close relative of mine. He is my cousin’s wife’s cousin’s second cousin’s husband. To put it simply, my brother-in-law. Or easier, my older brother. Oh well, we have so many things in common!!! 🙂

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11 Comments on “A True Star”


  1. This movie is an excellent work. It conveys so much more than those shots. Amir has definitly brought an issue into public eyes; I hope everyone sees and understands it. I recently read a comment somewhere that the movie doesn’t give practical solution to the problem, he only ends the movie with an artistic, non-realistic, fancy ending. I don’t agree with that. There are so many solutions, so many different ways that learning disability can be addressed, it is not very practical to give them in a movie. What is given there, an artistic outlet to the bottled up feelings of the child, to bring out what he is good at, is one of the solutions.

    Every parent, parent-to-be, and every teacher MUST watch this movie, and understand that every child is not perfect and all children are not the same.

  2. neela Says:

    Movies can highlight problems…atleast make the society aware of them.
    Solutions will bloom out if a person wills it..
    TZP is made well…there is always scope for improvement..

  3. Vijay Says:

    DS: Wow.. Aamir Khan is a relative? Excellent… I am not too much into Hindi songs but the song “Maa” really really struck a cord… What I liked about the movie was its simplicity and the absence of typical stereotypes (like the school bully at boarding school, the villian who hates the father etc)…. 🙂

  4. Srik Says:

    Even though the movie is good, I dont think we should brand Aamir Khan as a legend! He is good, but not great…

    I bet Sanjay Dutt has more variety. 🙂

    On the other hand, though, maa song is sung brilliantly, the movie version at least must have had a child render its voice for this superb song, feel of it would be better. Intense…? Could have been more to be called legendary!

    Aamir Khan is just a thinking actor, now a director. I thought he was your cousin(Dodappa’s son), rather!! 😀 😛

  5. Vijay Says:

    Which school teacher in India wears torn and worn low-rise jeans showing off his underwear band and shakes his bum every other minute?

    The new fangled international schools have “cool” teachers…

  6. Veena Says:

    When I saw the title , I thought you wrote about Darsheel 🙂

    Well, ya read lot of reviews on TZP and interesting thing is it has attracted people like Vijay who hardly watch movies.. !

  7. Shiv Says:

    DS,
    Aamir is definitely a unique actor..
    Not only about his choosy roles, even sometimes with his looks, doesnt he remind of Tom Hanks 🙂

    Relative..hmnnnn…

  8. Aram Says:

    Wow… Aamir Khan is a relative? Excellent. . . . .

    The latest Theory of Relative-ity gives another revelation – that we all, including Aamir, DS, Aram, etc., etc., might well be close relatives descended from the mighty Genghis Khan.

    According to an international team of geneticists, about 1 in 12 men in Asia–and therefore 1 in 200 men worldwide–carry a form of the Y chromosome that originated in Mongolia nearly 1,000 years ago. Today’s unusual prevalence of this chromosomal variant is most likely the result of Genghis Khan’s military success,. . . . . (from: Genghis Khan’s legacy? The Mongol warlord may have left his imprint on the world’s DNA.

    see http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_6_163/ai_97997816)

    Shall we start calling each other “Salah,” then?

  9. Aram Says:

    Now that you have opened the can of genes in you and Aamir Khan, let me see if
    your “Vamshavruksha” and MY family tree are the same as that of S.L. Bhyrappa.

    And, since you revel in Mathematics and I have a layman’s interest in recreational maths, let us indulge in a bit of procreational arithmetic; I quote from a popular author whose name is quite well-known to most of us.

    “If my parents hadn’t bonded just when they did, I wouldn’t be here. And if their parents hadn’t bonded.. I wouldn’t be here either. And if their parents, and their parents before them, and so on, obviously and indefinitely, I wouldn’t be here. Push backwards through time and these ancestral debts begin to add up. Go back just 8 generations and already there are over 250 people on whose timely couplings my existence depends. Continue further to 64 generations ago, my total number of forebears -remember, these aren’t cousins and aunts and other incidental relatives, but only parents and parents of parents in a line leading ineluctably to me – is approximately one million trillion, which is several thousand times the total number of people who have ever lived on Planet Earth, which has been calculated as being not more than 107 billion.

    Paradox!!!

    Clearly something has gone wrong with our maths here.

    The answer proves that in the most literal and fundamental sense we are all family. So, “when you boast that you are a close relative of Aamir, then I should answer at once: “Me too !”

  10. parijaatha Says:

    Aamir is very good and so is TZP… but even I was annoyed at the excessive butt shaking in that movie.

    But does he pick the right scripts always?
    -“Love,love,love”,”Raja Hindusthani”,”Mela “,”Mann”(disastrous copy of ‘An affair to remember’),”Jawani Zindabad” etc etc

    But he is absolutely wonderful in DCH!


  11. @ Suptadeepti:
    I agree, everyone eneds to watch this movie. “Educational art” so to say.

    @ Neela:
    Yes, nothing is perfect and we can perennially improve. And yes, TZP has met a certain standard, and thus really worth watching.

    @ Vijay:
    Yep, ‘Maa’ is in a class of it’s own/ As for the ‘cool’ teachers, I certainly hope the coolness stops at clothing!!!

    @ Srik:
    You are right, Aamir is not a legend yet. But, he can be. He has all the potential to be one. He is good and has all the required qualities to be great. Please, don’t even mention Sanjay Dutt’s name in the same sentence with Aamir Khan (I just did!). Sanjay is a horrbile actor, just like his father. As for ‘Maa’ song, sure it may have been more prudent to have a kid sing the song. But, Shankar Mahadevna has done such a superb job, that it really didn’t matter that a kid didn’t sing the song.

    @ Veena:
    Well, Darsheel has done a tremendous job. But, it’s truly Aamir’s talent, isn’t it?

    @ Shiv:
    Yep, very much like Tom Hanks. Very versatile and extremely talented.

    @ Aram:
    LOL…since you dragged in SLB’s name, yes, his family tree and mine are the same…infact, VERY close branches. Wow, we just found out that Aamir Khan and SLB are related. Nice!!! 🙂

    @ Paarijaatha:
    Aamir “mostly” picks the right movies. Even though ‘Raja Hindustani’ was a big hit, I didn’t like it at all. And, just because ‘Mann’ was a remake of ‘An Affair To Remember’, I loved it (I know, quite a weird reason). BTW, Deborah Kerr died last year, you know that, right? But yes, Aamir is absolutely wonderful in so many movies from QSQT to TZP.


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