Movie Review: Like Stars on Earth

Like Stars on Earth

Rated: PG

Running time: 165 minutes

Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tanay Chheda, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Girija Oak, M.K. Raina

Genres: Foreign Dramas

Director: Aamir Khan

Language: Hindi

Availability: DVD .

“Like Stars on Earth” is a delightful Indian drama revolving around the life of 8-year-old Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary). Ishaan’s fascination with fish, kites, colors, and art are considered as frivolous pursuits in the adult world. His parents are at their wits end about Ishaan’s behavioral and academic problems. They send him to a boarding school with hopes that Ishaan will become less of an anomaly boy, but Ishaan’s problems do not gentrify. Instead, this twist in life leaves him disconcerted, feeling abandoned by his parents. Ishaan’s depression subsides when the eccentric new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan), determines to help his creative student realize his passions, dreams, and who he really is in life. With Nikumbh’s help, Ishaan’s education continues to grow unimpeded and unstoppable.

“Like Stars on Earth” focuses on enthusiasm and passions. Nikumbh’s enthusiasm is contagious, attractive, and inspiring to his students. Ishaan learns how to bring his imagination and passion for art into the real world. The acting was perfectly emotionally played out – This movie actually brought me to tears.

In the current Indian education, scoring good grades is more important above anything else. There are many Ishaans over in Asia, who have passions and dreams but are unable to follow them. I realized that I am so blessed to grow up in America where schools focus not only on education, but thinking critically and emphasizing imagination is just as important as well. After all, success is not measured by academics only.

This charming, uplifting movie will raise every child’s self-esteem – that “every child is special.” The acting, music, and plot brought together by director Aamir Khan is simply superb. To top it off, there are also amazing “dance” numbers, as most Indian films have infectious, hilarious, or stimulating numbers. I would recommend this movie for anyone. Go rent this DVD for a family movie night! Ages 8+

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

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