TAARE ZAMEEN PAR: 1st Day 1st Show -Live reactions from a suburban theatre in Mumbai screening Aamir’s film
Welcome to the LIVE BLOG of Taare Zameen Par. This is where we bring you the action as it happens, right from the cinema halls screening this film. Keep reading for LIVE and Minute by Minute reactions of people watching the film, right here…
11:54 am: Welcome is housefull. Taare is still selling.
12:04 pm: OK. Now we’re in Galaxy, which is the heart of Bollywood in Mumbai. It boasts of a hardcore Hindi film audience. There are couples, lot of stags, teenagers with mums. The stalls are lined with people basically from the lower middle class homes who have come to watch the film because it’s a holiday. Small kids are now beginning to trickle in with their mums. Interestingly, not many dads are around.
12:09 pm: Ten-year-olds Naved and Shahrukh have told their parents that they’re going to a mall and have come to watch Taare Zameen Par because they wanted to watch it so badly!
12:10 pm: Whoa! A lot of kids have come in. Some NGO has got them here.
12:15 pm: Unlike multiplexes, places like these are levellers of sorts. You have people from all walks of life here. The NGO by the way is Aakanksha, a prominent Mumbai childrenâ€™s organisation which has organised this as a Christmas treat.
12:16 pm: Jodha Akbar trailer is on and the kids are still settling down.
12:20 pm: No one seems interested in Jodhaâ€¦ Or Akbar. The film is about to start.
12:21 pm: And a round of applause with whistles follows
12:22 pm: The film opens with an animated crossword sequence. Kids are enjoying it.
12:26 pm: The title track of clay animation gets applause, and whistles again.
12:28 pm: It’s fascinating. And the kids LOVE it. There is a very small kid sitting on her mother’s lap. The expressions of the young mother and the little one are priceless. There is a twinkle in their eyes.
12:30 pm: The young mother is explaining parts of the movie to the kid.
12:33 pm: When Ishaan is aked about his exam results, which he has thrown at the dogs, kids love itâ€¦ Something they must’ve wanted or must’ve done once at least.
12:34 pm: There is fight between Ishaan and a bully where he bites the bully and smashes the pots before his house. The kids are cheering.
12:37 pm: Ishaan is getting scolded and beaten by his dad. But his dad hits his mom by mistake. He laughs. The kids cannot stop giggling either. They simply love the part when he is in the shower pretending to fight the shower.
12:40 pm: Ishaan’s father jokes that he’s leaving the house because of him. Ishaan falls for it and is angry when he learns he’s been tricked. The older couple next to me cannot help laughing at the boy’s innocence.
12:42 pm: Aamir may have said it’s not a children’s film but it’s the kids who are enjoying it the most.
12:43 pm: Assembly sequence where principal is lecturing but kids yawning and doing their own thing. An old man next to me lets out a laugh.
12:44 pm: The part where Ishaan is sent out of class, gets whistles.
12:45 pm: Interestingly, parts where the children in the movie are laughing are also parts which are evoking similar responses from the audience.
12:51 pm: There us a golawallah scene. Kids go SLURP!
12:59 pm: The old couple is remembering the times their kids did it too. The lady is telling her husband of some incident (which Iâ€™m not able to hear properly).
1:07 pm: This is where the serious part begins. The laughter in the auditorium has stopped. It’s when the principal tells Ishaan’s dad that he may have a problem.
1:08 pm: There is a group of college kids, which is not exactly enjoying it. Some have stepped out to buy food. One can hear the creaking seats and people getting up.
1:11 pm: Ishaan is being sent to the boarding. The young mother is trying to explain the meaning of boarding school to her daughter who says she does not want to go there.
1:13 pm: The kid next to me is singing Bum Bum Bhole, a song which is at least half an hour away.
1:15 pm: Now the sobbing part begins and you can hear sniffles around. Ishaan is dropped off at the boarding.
1:25 pm: Now even though Ishaan’s classmates are laughing at him, the little ones in the audience are not enjoying it as if they know it’s not nice to laugh at him now.
1:29 pm: The older children are not exactly enjoying the movie now. You can see someone stretching, hear someone yawningâ€¦ Some chitter chatter.
1:30 pm: But a mother sitting nearby is wiping her eyes.
1:36 pm: Enter Aamir. And guess what? No one is laughing when they’re seemingly supposed to. Possibly the suddenness of his entry in the jokerâ€™s suit is too much to handle and the impact is lost.1:37 pm: And then it’s INTERVAL!
1:49 pm: The little girl asks her mom, “Where’s Ishaan’s friend (Aamir) gone?”
1:51 pm: The poor mom is trying hard to explain that it’s the next scene now. Ishaan feels let down because his mom is not coming to see him over the weekend. The girl is still wondering why the ‘friend’ is not coming to help Ishaan.
1:55 pm: It’s surprising how much an impact Mohabbatein has left on our psyche. The part where a teacher is telling Aamir about the three rules of education â€“ someone sniggers, “Mohabbatein”!
1:57 pm: Now when the actions moves to Aamir, the little girl wants to know where the boy is. The title track begins.
2:04 pm: The tune of the title track is somehow soothing. A young couple has snuggled up.
2:08 pm: Aamir has come to meet Ishaan’s parents. The auditorium has fallen silent again. But when Aamir tries to reason and shows his father how unreasonable he is being, the audience lets out a laugh.
2:15 pm: The audience is getting impatient now.
2:16 pm: Ishaan’s home video being played. It’s so cute that one can hear a stray ‘Awwww’.
2:17 pm: The old fellow is now beginning to yawn.
2:23 pm: The part where Abhishek Bachchan’s poster is shown has the kids in splits! Suddenly, after the big names like Einstein and Edison, a familiar one rings a bell with the kids and oldies tooâ€¦
2:24 pm: People are surprised when they come to know that Ram Shankar Nikhumb (Aamir Khan) also suffered from learning disability. They are surprised.
2:27 pm: Ishaan finally opens up. He makes a contraption that floats on water. Everyone in the film breaks into an applause. Guess what, so does the theatre!
2:29 pm: One can feel the goose bumps. You realise now how much how the audiences have related to the kid.
2:36 pm: Lot of mobile lights are going on now. People want to see what time it isâ€¦
2:38 pm: It’s almost two-and-a-half hours. The father has come to prove a point to Nikhumb but goes out humiliated.
2:54 pm: Audience clapping to the tune of Tu Dhoop Hai.
2:58 pm: It’s almost the final scene. Ishaan has won the art competition. The audience is cheering, hooting, whistling!
3:06 pm: The lights are on and it’s surprising to see the number of people wiping their eyes. Men too!