'Taarey Zameen Par' as India's entry to the Oscar's?? You've got to be kidding me! Good film. For India and Indians. More like an entertaining, educative documentary that throws light on learning disabilities and dyslexia. India needed to wake up and recognise the sad fact that countless young lives are destroyed by insensitive, ignorant handling of the condition, by adults who don't know better. But does that make it great cinema?? Does it even speak the language of cinema? Hardly. The performances are good, especially Darsheel's. Aamir can never be 'bad', but his entry as a clown was ludicrous. The story was pretty flawed and illogical.Besides, audiences internationally have seen far better films dealing with the same subject. 'Rain Man' tackled Autism with more depth, for example.
Left to me, I would have sent Vaalu or Thingya, both in Marathi, and strangely, both featuring a bull in rural Maharashtra. Rooted in our soil and culture, saying something far deeper than the surface truths, these movies would have provided a unique perspective on life in India, and yet remain universal in their appeal. Grounded and authentic, starless and stark, they are powerful examples of films that comprehend the milieu they tackle and do so with consummate style. Howcome we manage to get it wrong, year after year? What's the bet 'Taarey...' won't make the cut? I doubt it will even secure a nomination... forget about winning an Oscar. Unless of course Hollywood wants to further its business ties with Bollywood.... and it is one of 'those' decisions that's good for business... if not for cinema!