Like Stars on Earth (2007)




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A young boy prone to colorful flights of fancy finds his hyperactive imagination may serve a greater purpose after being sent away to boarding school by his frustrated parents. Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old boy who dedicates more time to dreaming up wondrous worlds of animals and kites than he does to finishing up his schoolwork. When Ishaan gets in trouble at school and his parents reach the end of their rope, it's quickly decided that the best thing for everyone is to send the boy away to a school where he can be properly disciplined. Upon arriving at his new school, Ishaan is disheartened to find that things there are much the same as they were back home; he's still a misfit, but now he doesn't even have his parents to talk to. Later, newly arrived art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh arrives at Ishaan's boarding school looking to liven things up by getting his students to think outside the box. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of students respond to their free-thinking new teacher with great enthusiasm -- all except for Ishaan, that is. When Ram notices just how unhappy his most imaginative young student really is, he vows to break through to Ishaan and unlock the promising young student's full potential. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Darsheel Safary
as Ishaan Awasthi
Aamir Khan
as Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Tanay Cheda
as Rajan Damodaran
Tanay Chheda
as Rajan Damodaran
Tisca Chopra
as Maya Awasthi
Sachet Engineer
as Yohan Awasthi
Vipin Sharma
as Nandkishore Awasthi
Girija Oak
as Jabeen
Ravi Khanvilkar
as Mr. Holkar
Meghna Malik
as Victoria Teacher
Sonali Sachdev
as Irene Teacher
Sanjay Dadich
as Maadhoo
Raaj Gopal Iyer
as George Sir
Bugs Bhargava
as Sen Sir
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Critic Reviews for Like Stars on Earth

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Acting honors clearly belong to Safary, who is brilliant.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

So resolutely caring -- and devoid of real drama and interesting characters -- that it should have "approved by the Dyslexia Assn." stamped on the posters.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Top Critic

Above all, the amazingly confident child actor Darsheel Safary is the li'l big champion here.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015
Hindustan Times

On the whole, Taare Zameen Par touches your heart and moves you deeply with its sterling performances.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015

An inspirational story that is as emotive as it is entertaining.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015

Bollywood's attempts at making socially relevant films usually end up preachy, but superstar-actor-turned-first-time-director Khan hits the bull's-eye with this minimalist story of a boy struggling with dyslexia.

Full Review… | May 2, 2015
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Like Stars on Earth

An extraordinary and magical film that should open the eyes of more and more people to a serious developmental disorder and the pain caused to many children who suffer from it - and it shows how sometimes it takes one person to care and make a difference in someone's life.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


LIKE STARS ON EARTH: I remembered one reviewer stating they had tears of joy from this movie. They were right on... this is a beautiful film. There were a couple of quirky parts, but it fit well with the overall mood. Told through the eyes of a school age Indian boy, this Bollywood film addresses societies need to see each child as unique, and special. The superb acting by the main character Ishaan, with direction by Aamir Khan, makes the film uniquely superb.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Touching, Amazing, Extraordinary By far the best Indian movie i have ever seen, A real cinematographic picture, something so heart warming that it will take you to cinem'extasy. The movie is based on a 8 year old who suffers from ADD and dyslexia, unfortunately his parents dont see that, and come about the situation by taking him to boarding school. A mixture of "The Wall" in terms of Education and "Dead poets society" the movie is Beautiful I was shocked to see an 8 year old act so well like Safary, the movie wraps up amazing actors, who are really realistic and have a sensibility. Although the 4 hour plot, not one bit will you be bored . Amazing Soundtrack, and Scenery, this movie is by far one of the best movies in the education category, it will make you laugh and cry, and most important it will inspire you. So forget that all the Indian movies follow the Bollywood style, and take a chance, its about time we give these movies a chance, and as i did it, i dont regret one bit. Ram Shankar Nikumbh: lf you fancy racing, breed racehorses, dammit, not children.

Pedro  Holanda
Pedro Holanda

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