Need to say more? No, let me directly move to the story..

Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class.

When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to ‘be disciplined’. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family.

One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan), who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of ‘how things are done’ by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself..

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia

I am sorry, could not write the story on my own as I am more excited about the review…

The movie was just amazing and flawless… (Yea, I know there was one in the 2nd half but I am ignoring it). Aamir is always known for perfection in his movies.. (we have seen it in Lagaan) and this one is no different.. I know it is first movie of Aamir as director but his direction was much better than many experienced directors. He knows how to extract skills from actors, the kid, Darsheel, the real hero of the movie, he acted so well, his expressions will make anyone in tears.. you feel the pain when the kid cries alone in the bathroom..you feel the pain when the kid is left alone in the hostel.. just amazing.

The first half of the movie is almost without Aamir Khan (he enters just before the interval), Darsheel carried first half on his shoulders and making sure that no one dares to move from their seats.

Aamir joins him in the 2nd half but this kid simply overshadows him, it was more like kid telling Aamir “Hey, you!! you better direct the movie, i will handle the things on the acting front” And it actually was like that. 

The 2nd half was lot more emotional compared to first half.The movie had many touching scenes which created an impact on everyone’s heart. Few of these scenes include, Ishaan’s first day in the hostel where he misses his mother a lot and cries all alone in the bathroom.. (it was a brave one), another great scene was his first day in the Hindi classroom where he explains the actual meaning of the poetry but the teacher could not understand it. Another great scene was towards the ending in the painting competition, it was between Ram and Ishaan, no words exchanged, only expressions and those expression said it all..

I guess, I should stop now and sum up the things.

On the acting front, Darsheel succeeds in winning our hearts, surely an award winning performance. I want to see him nominated in Best Actors’ award category. Aamir was great in the supporting actor’s role too. Other actors were also good.

On the direction front, Aamir surely deserves an award for direction. I want to see him in Best Director’s nomination. (And I am sure he will be there) 

Music was excellent, Title song was very touching, even Maa was very touching, Kholo Kholo was great mix of rock and pop. Mera Jahaan was also equally impressive. Infact, all the songs were just perfect for the movie. Impressive lyrics by Parsoon Joshi too.

So, the rating? Not even a single star less than 5 [rating:5/5] A must watch movie, I am gonna watch it again with my girl and I am gonna buy the DVD too.

On the box office front, I am hoping for the blockbuster status (I have seen the people’s reaction, none of them left the theatre before ending and many, many waited until the credits were over). Also, this one stands chances for getting into Tax Free status as this passes a strong message for every parent.