Song Sunday – Mere Maa

First, a howdy (namaste? howdy? same thing, right?) to all our recent commenters. We’ve been a little busy to reply, but you should see us dashing up the stairs to tell the other “We got a comment!” :) Our big project for this week is to get up some links to other blogs and maybe give a little description of why we like and read them. It’s so great to see so many of our favorite bloggers visiting us! Main thrilled hoon.

Now to the song! I’ve been very, very, very slowly watching Taare Zameen Par with Aamir’s commentary, and thinking about what a masterpiece of cinematography that movie is! He’s so careful about movie making.

Darsheel, of course, is brilliant and adorable. My heart aches whenever I watch this song. So of course I watch it constantly. Mere Maa:

Song Sunday – Kholo Kholo

It’s Sunday again! I actually had a terrible time coming up with a song to post today. We normally avoid lip-synching in favor of montage/action-type stuff for song Sunday songs; sometimes it can be hard to think of something (and if you haven’t noticed, it’s been me, Sarah, posting the past few days instead of Hannah, because she’s been off visiting friends, so I’ve been running out of fresh material pretty quickly).

Anyway, I finally decided to give you Kholo Kholo from Taare Zameen Par, it’s very pretty and very awesome. Sometime soon I will have to update you on my Aamir watching activities, since Hannah and I recently watched Ghajini together, and I just watched Fanaa (it’s on Netflix Instant Watch!), and I will hopefully re-watch Rang De Basanti so I can do justice to it in a review. Oddly, all three of those movies I listed make me cry and shout “Kyun? Kyun?!?!?” (“why? why?”) at the TV. I guess that’s just Aamir for you. Anyway, here’s your song.

Taare Zameen Par

So you don’t believe there’s such a thing as a serious Bollywood movie? Think again. This is what Aamir Khan is for. Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) was Aamir’s directorial debut, under unusual circumstances. He jumped in as director after they had just begun shooting the film, I believe. If you haven’t noticed yet, I think Aamir is the bee’s knees, so I was really excited to watch this film.

Actually, after finishing watching it, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. It takes a super long time (we’re talking about an hour) for Aamir’s character to show up, and there is so much tension before he does. But re-watching it with the Director’s Commentary (yes! There is a director’s commentary! And it’s Aamir!), I thought about it some more, and decided that I definitely like it. A lot.

Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) struggles with school (and life), although he’s very creative and loves to paint and imagine things. He’s failing his way through 3rd grade (oops, 3rd Standard) for the second time. His parents can’t understand what’s wrong with him. Eventually they decide to send him to boarding school.

At school he sinks into depression. Part way through the term, the school’s art teacher leaves and he is replaced by Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan). Nikumbh notices that Ishaan is depressed (he won’t draw or paint, or even talk except when he has to), and decides to find out what is going on. Read the rest of this entry »