If it weren’t made by Aamir Khan, people would have dismissed it as a well intentioned, but superficial movie. Like Advani and Shahid Kapoor I also cried in the movie. Because it does take an insider’s look at the childhood, not just the problem of dyslexia.
However, the movie has its shortcomings. Most of these are mentioned in this review. Some of my observations (which may be a repetition from the review linked above):
- The part of the child’s sufferings has been stretched too much, while the part where the problem is actually being dealt with has too little in it.
- It feels more like an artificial case-study in dyslexia than a movie around it. Things have changed in the most simplistic manner – one conversation with the principal and its done! No further resistance, no further problems, no other support needed!
- Having that huge Art Mela – just to get the boy a first prize was unnecessary. There could have been a more subtle way to get him recognized. The competition, that has been derided initially by Aamir’s character, becomes the ultimate test for his success with the child – not quite in the spirit. But probably goes down the throats of common parents better, if you don’t try to redefine the scale of excellence.
So, once again – I think the success and critical acclaim of the movie is to some extent a result Aamir’s presence factor!
But nonethless, a real sincere and good attempt. I’d look forward to further directorial adventures from Aamir. I don’t grudge the commercial success of this movie at all 🙂