Monday, January 7, 2008

taare zameen pe..?

"chalo be landmark chalke koi book utha lo..."..this was my good frn kamra who had to furnish a bill in his company through purchase of books...k..i stood there in the favourite "sports" section in the bookstore...having read all those cricket stories, and a few other-sport bestsellers, what do I buy now...after taking a stroll through the floor and flirting with a few other sections - vis. finance, fiction and all, I trudged back to the sports section...I had to find something...and I bought the autobiography of Sir Jackie Stewart...for the uninitiated, this chap is a former Formula 1 champion from Scotland...alrite, shall try to make a read of it...
ever since i started to read his stories, he seemed to allude to some "complex" he had had for a long long time in his life....he spake the story thus...his son did not seem to be able to cope wid the academic pressure in his school....and all the details....after a suggestion from one of the child's teachers, he took his son to a doctor....and his son was diagonised with "dyslexia"....!!
but he tried to enquire about the possible causes for the condition and the doctor suggested it could be hereditary...well, none in our family have had the condition...or wait a minute...let me have a check up...voila, Mr Stewart himself was diagonised with the disease...and after completing full 41 years of his life....he was then reminiscent of the dancing letters/words, the unforgiving teachers of the school, the phobia he had had in his schooling years...and all this continued in his professional career as he made ample effort always to keep away from any embarassing situation as he was frequently requested for public speaking and other antics which may have required his reading or oratory skills or in tandem...
this was my first aquaintaince with the problem of Dyslexia...the motorist throughout the chapter spoke about a lack of awareness about the condition when a large portion of the European population was apparently affected by the disease in varying proportions...he writes as to how he tried to persuade the government officials to work in a proper direction whcih would be benefitial for dealing with the condition, all in vain though...in all this, I came to hear about the movie...going by the initial promos., I wondered if it had something to do with Dyslexia, but shed the idea thinkink it was the most obvious I could think as I was reading then about the problem...but as it is, the movie has actually dealt with the same issue...and how wonderfully has it dealt actually...for all the advancement and social(?)/medicinal/entertainment-industry/media superiority that the west enjoys, it was someone from amongst us who pioneered for the cause (or alleast I do not know of any western movie on the issue and neither does the author of that book)...this is where Aamir needs to be applauded for...I did not think as highly about him as people often suggested, but only prior to this episode...he actually demonstrated all th guts and courage that we can ask for in making almost a documentary...and of his directorial debut at that..its not that I belittle the entertainment value of cinema..its actually vital to have masala movies with a few good dhinchaik dance numbers where people can unwind..or a light hearted comedy to help relax and get our humor going...but I only wonder about the feeble or chicken heartedness of a few so called good directors who, inspite of being highly successfull seem incapable of growing out of their shells...(all that business of the johars, priyadarshans and bhansalis).......in this, Aamir has excelled as a true champion....

5 comments:

Abhishek said...
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utkarsh said...

adjactly.but wheres ur blog buddy...

Abhishek said...

you want my blog address or asking if I have written a blog on it. blog address is http://abhishekrawat.wordpress.com
but I havent written any blog lately.

Nidhi said...

Nice post Utkarsh!!! I absolutely agree that it requires real guts to make such a non-commercial film in a directorial venture! And hats off to Darsheel Safary for such a mind numbing performance!

Mann said...

I never knew about dyslexia .. nice article man !! keep it up .