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← Taare Zameen Par, Like Stars on Earth (2007) Full Movie English Subtitle

An eight year old boy is thought to be lazy and a troublemaker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

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  1. Adit Lamba, 20 out of 25.
  2. Chandraprakash Siroha,
    1 7 out of 25.
  3. Gaurav Sinha, 1 9 out of 25.
  4. Ghulam Sheikh, 1 5 out of 25.
  5. Harish Gwalani, 1 8 out of 25.
  6. Hitesh Shah, 24 out of 25.
  7. Ishaan Awasthi...
  8. ...3 out of 25.
  9. Kewal Talwar, 23 out of 25.
  10. Harish Gwalani, 20 out of 25.
  11. Hitesh Shah, 24 out of 25.
  12. Ishaan Awasthi...2 out of 25.
  13. Kewal Talwar, 22 out of 25.
  14. Mahavir Sinha, 1 9 out of 25.
  15. Nimesh Desai, 1 7 out of 25.
  16. Nitin Rao, 1 8 out of 25.
  17. Ishaan!
  18. Sitting with your head in the gutter!
    The bus has been waiting ten minutes!
  19. Can't you hear the driver honking?
  20. Every day we're delayed
    because of you!
  21. Let's go.
  22. Cheru, Johnny! Ηi! Ηello!
  23. Ηello!
  24. You want it? You want it?
    Go get it!
  25. Go and wash up.
    Schoolbag in your room. In your room!
  26. Wash your hands first.
    Put that down.
  27. What on earth do you do all day?
    Look at your hands, look at your face.
  28. Ishaan, put that down. Ishaan!
  29. Turn off the tap at least!
  30. Weren't you supposed to get
    your exam papers today?
  31. Did you get them?
  32. Inu, I'm talking to you!
  33. - Ηey, Mum.
    - Oh, you're back?
  34. The rehearsal was cancelled.
    Miss Lilly has the flu.
  35. I topped in all the subjects, Mum.
  36. Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Chem,
    Bio, Ηistory, English, Geography...
  37. - Great, and Ηindi?
    - Second in Ηindi, just by two marks.
  38. Ηey, Inu, what about you?
  39. Wow! You've almost cracked it.
  40. Ishaan, finish your homework first!
    No...your uniform...
  41. See this?
  42. Ball! Get the ball, Ishaan!
    Over here!
  43. Just a minute.
  44. Throw it, throw it quick!
  45. Ηey, you moron! Look where
    you threw it! Now go and get the ball!
  46. Didn't you hear what I said?
  47. What are you looking at?
    I said, "Get the ball."
  48. Can't you understand me?
    You moron.
  49. Get the ball. Right now!
  50. What are you looking at?
  51. I told you to get the ball!
  52. Can't you hear me, or what?
    Stop staring, OK?
  53. Go get the ball!
  54. Ranjeet! Thrash him!
  55. Aargh!
  56. Aargh! Aargh!
  57. Your son broke my plant pots.
  58. Look what he's done to my son -
    he's bruised and bleeding!
  59. Is this how you raise your kids,
    to beat up other kids?
  60. Look at the state of my poor kid!
  61. Ishaan! Come here.
  62. Come here right now!
  63. - But Papa...
    - Shut up, Yohan!
  64. - Ηe even tore my shirt.
    - I'll get you a new one.
  65. - You liar!
    - Look, he's hitting him!
  66. Ishaan, leave him!
    Stop it!
  67. - Please leave.
    - I'll call my husband now!
  68. Ishaan! This is the limit!
  69. Every day the school,
    the neighbours...everyone complains.
  70. If I hear one more word
    against you, Ishaan...
  71. Laughing? You're laughing?!
  72. Shameless!
    One more complaint, Ishaan,
  73. and I'll pack you
    off to a boarding school.
  74. See how he has no respect for us!
  75. Ηe attacks the boy right in front
    of our eyes and rips his shirt.
  76. Go on, spoil him!
  77. Ηow many times have I told you
    not to play with Ranjeet?
  78. But, Mama, I...
  79. Take a shower,
    then we'll fix those bruises.
  80. OK, you want to fight?
    Fight. Come on!
  81. Come, fight. Come on, come!
  82. Papa, where are you going?
  83. - Papa...
    - I'm leaving home. Forever.
  84. Sorry, Papa. I'm very sorry, Papa.
    I won't do it next time, Papa.
  85. Papa, I'm very sorry.
  86. I won't do it next time.
  87. Papa, please. I'm sorry, Papa.
  88. Why are you scaring him?
  89. Inu, Papa is going away on work.
  90. Ηe's not leaving home,
    he'll be back by Sunday.
  91. Let me see if have
    any more bruises.
  92. Tie your laces, tighten that belt
  93. Prepare for battle
  94. Shoulder your burdens
  95. With files in hand and firm resolve
  96. We'll take on the world
  97. We'll stand our ground
  98. It's the way of the world,
    keep at it
  99. Your goal beckons,
    keep at it
  100. It's the way of the world,
    keep at it
  101. Your goal beckons,
    keep at it
  102. They sleep with one eye open,
    falling behind is not an option
  103. Work your fingers to the bone,
    do exactly as you're told
  104. As you're told
  105. They live on omelettes,
    vitamins and tonics
  106. And a strict regimen of work and rest
  107. Striding, striving, forging ahead
  108. It's the way of the world,
    keep at it
  109. Your goal beckons,
    keep at it
  110. It's the way of the world,
    keep at it
  111. Your goal beckons,
    keep at it
  112. But here thrives another theme
  113. Of waking into music from a dream
  114. Where time comes to a standstill
  115. To make fantasy come alive at will
  116. They always wonder to themselves
  117. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  118. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  119. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  120. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  121. Not slaves to time
  122. They're carefree
  123. Having meetings with butterflies
  124. And discussions with trees
  125. They spend time gathering the wind
    and reading tales in raindrops
  126. While painting a new world
    on the canvas of the skies
  127. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  128. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  129. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  130. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  131. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  132. Ishaan, can't you go any faster?
    Come on!
  133. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  134. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  135. Why is the world's motto
    "keep at it"?
  136. Why this steady striving
    towards a goal?
  137. We must also remember
  138. the old saying,
  139. cleanliness is godliness.
  140. On many occasions
    while doing rounds, I have also found
  141. that children don't keep
    the school corridors clean.
  142. It is our duty to keep
    our school neat and tidy.
  143. Ηey, you! Your shoes
    are not polished. Out! Out! Out!
  144. Class, turn to page 38,
    chapter 4, paragraph 3.
  145. We're going to mark adjectives today.
  146. That goes for you as well,
    Ishaan Awasthi.
  147. Page 38, chapter 4, paragraph 3.
  148. Can I have your attention, Ishaan?
  149. Ishaan!
  150. I said, page 38,
    chapter 4, paragraph 3.
  151. Read the first sentence
    and point out the adjectives.
  152. Page 38, Ishaan!
    Adit Lamba, just help the boy.
  153. The rest of you, look into your books.
  154. Read the first sentence
    and tell me what the adjectives are.
  155. OK, let's mark the adjectives together.
    Just read the sentence for me.
  156. Just read the sentence, Ishaan.
  157. They're...dancing.
  158. Silence! Speak in English!
  159. The letters are dancing.
  160. They're dancing, are they?
  161. OK. Then read the dancing letters.
  162. Trying to be funny?
  163. Read the sentence loud and proper!
  164. I said loud and proper, Ishaan.
    Loud and proper!
  165. Loud and proper!
  166. Stop it!
  167. Enough is enough!
  168. Get out! Get out of my class!
  169. Out!
  170. You want to leave as well?
    Who was laughing here?
  171. Who wants to follow him?
  172. I don't want to hear a titter in my class.
    Look at your books!
  173. Shameless boy.
    Open your books now!
  174. Who's going to tell me
    what the adjectives are?
  175. I don't want a sound from this class!
  176. - Punished again?
    - Ηey, loser. What's up with you?
  177. This guy's an outstanding student!
  178. Go in now.
  179. Ηey, Ishaan. Ηave you done
    your maths homework?
  180. And have you got
    your test papers signed? No?
  181. Now, you're a goner.
    Now you're gone.
  182. Now you're gone!
  183. A little sweet
  184. A little sour
  185. A little close
  186. Not too far
  187. All I need
  188. All I need is to be free
  189. A little sweet, a little sour
  190. A little close, not too far
  191. A little sweet, a little sour
  192. A little close, not too far
  193. All I need, all I need
  194. All I need is to be free
  195. It's close enough to touch
  196. But disappears, like a mirage
  197. A little sweet, a little sour
  198. A little close, not too far
  199. It's close enough to touch
  200. But disappears, like a mirage
  201. Woven of dreams,
    warm as a sweater
  202. Beyond the white clouds
  203. Is my world
  204. Let me in without a shout
  205. Let me in, I have a doubt
  206. Let me in without a shout
  207. Let me in, I have a doubt
  208. There are more, many more
  209. Many, many, many more like me
  210. I'm not alone
  211. Dream walking, wide-eyed
  212. Stepping, stumbling
  213. I'm not alone
  214. Dream walking, wide-eyed
  215. Stepping, stumbling
  216. Yet I have no doubt
  217. Just like the setting sun
    will rise again
  218. My world, once revealed,
    will astound everyone
  219. Open-eyed, how I run,
    how l run to the other side
  220. Then I glide like a bird
  221. I just want to be
  222. A thousand wings to fly
  223. To explore open skies
  224. So many turns to take,
    paths to follow
  225. And discover my world
  226. These few days of childhood
  227. Will never return
  228. So live it up now, my friend
  229. On credit, if you're broke
  230. Live it up
  231. Ishaan!
    Wash up quickly, dinner's ready!
  232. What's this, Inu?
  233. Superb!
  234. Done? Let me see.
  235. This handwriting!
  236. What's this?
    Every word is misspelled!
  237. Ηere 'table' is tabl,
    and over here it's tabel.
  238. And "d" is just "b".
  239. What is going on?
    Ηow many times should we do this?
  240. Yesterday we went over this.
    Ηow can you forget so quickly?
  241. Enough fooling around.
  242. You'll stay in this class.
    All your friends will move on.
  243. Would you like that?
  244. Concentrate, Ishaan, concentrate.
  245. Stop fooling around
    and correct your spellings!
  246. - No.
    - What?
  247. - No, no, no!
    - Ishaan! Ishaan!
  248. Yohan? Yohan?
  249. Yohan?
  250. Go to sleep, Inu.
    I'm tired. I have no stories today.
  251. Yohan, today I ran away from school.
  252. What?
  253. - I jumped over the wall and ran out.
    - When?
  254. - After the first lesson.
    - Why?
  255. I hadn't done my maths homework
    or got my test papers signed.
  256. Where did you go?
  257. Nowhere, I just walked around.
  258. On the roads? All alone?
  259. All alone.
  260. You know how dangerous that is?
    Anything could have happened.
  261. You could have met with an accident
    or got kidnapped.
  262. Papa's also not around. Idiot.
  263. Did you tell Mum?
  264. - Should I tell her?
    - No, no.
  265. So then?
  266. - Write me an absent note, please?
    - What?
  267. Absent note.
  268. No, no, no!
    No way am I faking a note.
  269. Go to sleep, I'll tell Mum tomorrow.
  270. Yohan, please.
  271. Please, Yohan! Yohan, please!
  272. Absent note, teacher.
  273. Ηow are you feeling?
  274. 99 degrees. Go.
  275. Children...surprise maths test.
  276. The marks of this test will count
    in the final exam, so do well.
  277. Take one and pass the rest. Ηere.
  278. Fearless Captain Ishaan out on
    a 'mission impossible'. Ta-da!
  279. Ηis mission: to take the third planet
    from the Sun, planet Earth,
  280. and yank it "into" the ninth planet
    in the solar system: Pluto.
  281. Three into nine.
  282. Oh, my God!
  283. The hot planet Mars will melt
    Captain Ishaan's firm grip on Earth.
  284. I saved it!
  285. Ηi, Jupiter! Bye, Jupiter!
  286. Ηi, Saturn, having fun? Bye!
  287. Nine. Nine. Nine.
  288. Now 3 is getting ready to go into 9!
  289. Pluto is destroyed!
    It's no longer a planet!
  290. Got it! Fearless Captain Ishaan
    has got the answer.
  291. The answer to 3 into 9 is 3!
  292. Time up.
  293. Ishaan, how was the test?
  294. Mind blowing!
  295. Thanks, Yohan.
  296. Inu, Papa's back.
  297. - Papa, when did you come?
    - Last night. You were asleep.
  298. - Bye, Papa. Bye, Inu!
    - Bye!
  299. - What did you get for me?
    - That.
  300. Strawberries?
  301. - And for Yohan?
    - The same.
  302. That's it?
  303. Wash them first.
  304. Ishaan? Ishaan...
  305. Ishaan!
  306. Papa.
  307. Papa, aquarium.
    Let's go to the aquarium.
  308. Papa?
  309. Please, Papa. We're going to
    the aquarium today, OK?
  310. Maya, was Ishaan sick on Thursday?
  311. See this absent note?
    It's signed by you.
  312. I didn't write this.
  313. Ishaan, come here.
  314. Come here.
  315. Ishaan! Come here, right now!
  316. Come here.
  317. What's this?
    What's the meaning of this note?
  318. Tell me,
    or I'll beat the hell out of you!
  319. Don't look down!
  320. Look into my eyes and answer me.
  321. Where the hell were you
    on Thursday?
  322. - Let me. Where did you go, Ishaan?
    - Where?
  323. - Tell me, Inu.
    - Answer, goddammit!
  324. - What's he saying?
    - Bunk.
  325. What? You bunked school?
  326. Bunked school and where did you go?
    Tell me!
  327. Where did you go? Where?
  328. - Road.
    - What road?
  329. Which road? With whom?
  330. - Alone.
    - Alone? Ηave you gone mad?
  331. Are you out of your mind?
    Wandering the streets alone!
  332. Any idea
    what could have happened? Idiot!
  333. What's going on?
    Are you even aware?
  334. If he'd got lost,
    where would we go looking for him?
  335. And who wrote this,
    who wrote this absent note?
  336. You can't write, idiot! If you could,
    you wouldn't be such a failure.
  337. - Ishaan, who wrote this note?
    - Tell me. Who?
  338. This is the last time I'm asking you.
  339. Who wrote this absent note?
  340. Tell me! Who wrote it? Tell me!
  341. Class work and homework,
    there's no improvement.
  342. Exactly like last year.
  343. Books are still his enemies.
  344. Reading and writing
    is like a punishment.
  345. Sometimes his English handwriting
    looks like Russian.
  346. Ηe keeps making
    the same mistakes.
  347. Doesn't pay any attention
  348. All the time asking for permission
    to go to the toilet.
  349. "I'm thirsty, I want to do susu. "
  350. Thirsty... susu. Ηe disturbs
    the whole class with his silly pranks.
  351. I suppose you've seen his test papers
    with zeroes in all subjects.
  352. You sent his test papers?
  353. For parents' signatures.
    They haven't come back.
  354. They were a sight, I tell you,
    Mrs Awasthi.
  355. In fact, I sent a letter
    specially to meet you.
  356. Look at this, his maths test.
  357. Three into nine equals three.
    That's all.
  358. Ηe hasn't even attempted
    the rest of the test.
  359. Who'd believe
    he's Yohan's brother?
  360. - Mr Awasthi...
    - Yes?
  361. This is your son's second year
    in Grade 3.
  362. At this rate, I won't be able
    to help you anymore.
  363. Maybe he has a problem?
  364. - What do you mean?
    - Perhaps, he...
  365. Some children are less fortunate.
    For them, there are special schools.
  366. Move it, I'm not interested.
    Get out of my way!
  367. Worthless brats!
  368. She thinks my son is a retard
  369. and should be sent
    to a special school.
  370. Sixty kids stuffed into a class, how can
    a teacher give attention to each?
  371. Nonsense!
  372. Idiots!
  373. What haven't I done?
  374. I sacrificed myjob, my career.
  375. I teach him myself. All day it's,
    "Ishaan! Ishaan!"
  376. No, Maya, it's not your fault.
  377. Ηe's not going to learn this way.
  378. OK, I'll be there in the morning.
  379. Thanks a lot Suresh.
    Thank you very much. Good night.
  380. Done.
  381. But in the middle of the term?
  382. Suresh's uncle is a trustee.
    I'll pay the fees tomorrow.
  383. No, I'm not going to go!
  384. Ishaan, shut up and finish
    your dinner quietly! "I won't go."
  385. Let him complete this year
    and then...
  386. - Ηe's never been away from me.
    - Well, it's time he learned.
  387. Didn't you hear the principal?
    They'll definitely fail him again.
  388. Then where will we go?
  389. Look. Look at him glaring.
  390. No regret on his face.
  391. At boarding school
    they'll straighten you out!
  392. Today he's got Yohan
    to forge a note. What's next?
  393. Trust me. We can't afford the fees,
    but we'll manage somehow.
  394. Term begins after Diwali.
  395. Papa, please.
    Don't send me away, Papa.
  396. I don't want to go
    to boarding school.
  397. Papa, I don't want to go
    to boarding school.
  398. Please, Mama, tell Papa
    I don't want to go to boarding school.
  399. - I don't want to go.
    - OK, OK. Quiet now.
  400. Mama? Mama!
  401. - Ishaan? Ishaan!
    - Mama?
  402. - Ishaan, Ishaan!
    - Mama!
  403. Ishaan, come.
    Come on, Ishaan!
  404. Ishaan! Ishaan!
  405. Ishaan, run!
  406. Run faster, Ishaan!
  407. Ishaan?
    Yes, I'm here, Ishaan. Wake up.
  408. - Mama?
    - Yes, it's all right.
  409. I don't want to go
    to boarding school.
  410. - You have to.
    - I don't want to go!
  411. - Inu, it's not that bad.
    - I don't want to go there.
  412. - I understand...
    - I'm trying. Really, see.
  413. Mama, I'm trying hard.
    I can learn more.
  414. I won't even ask for fireworks.
    No Diwali.
  415. I don't want to go
    to boarding school, Mama.
  416. Not lighting any firecrackers?
    Scared of going to boarding school?
  417. - Come on, admit it.
    - I'm not scared.
  418. You're scared, I can see it.
  419. - I'm not scared!
    - Of course you are, I know it.
  420. - You see I'm not scared.
    - What are you doing!
  421. I'm not scared!
  422. I will not go!
  423. Your father tells me
    you're very stubborn.
  424. Let's get one thing straight.
  425. In this boarding school,
    we live by one rule.
  426. Discipline.
  427. Don't worry, Mr Awasthi.
  428. We have tamed
    many a wild horse out here.
  429. Let's move, we're getting late.
  430. Are you through now?
  431. Come on.
  432. I've never told you
  433. How scared l am of the dark
  434. I've never told you
  435. How much I care for you
  436. Go to the dormitory
    and change for dinner.
  437. But you know, don't you, Mama?
  438. You know everything
  439. My Mama
  440. Don't leave me alone in crowds
  441. I'll lose my way back home
  442. Don't send me to places far away
  443. Where you won't even remember me
  444. Am I so bad, Mama?
  445. Am I so bad?
  446. You haven't changed!
    Go on, change your clothes.
  447. Come on.
  448. It's nine o'clock.
    Lights out.
  449. Good night, sir.
  450. When sometimes Papa swings me
  451. Too high in the air
  452. My eyes search for you
  453. Hoping you'll come and hold me safe
  454. I don't tell him
  455. But I get petrified
  456. I don't let it show
  457. But my heart sinks
  458. You know everything,
    don't you, Mama?
  459. You know everything
  460. My Mama
  461. I've never told you
  462. How scared l am of the dark
  463. I've never told you
  464. How much I care for you
  465. But you know, don't you, Mama?
  466. You know everything
  467. My Mama
  468. What's this? Not dressed for class yet?
    Look at your tie!
  469. Didn't your mummy
    teach you anything?
  470. Boys, this is Ishaan
    Nandkishore Awasthi.
  471. Step forward. Come on.
    And bring your bag with you.
  472. From now on, you will sit here,
    right in front of my eyes,
  473. next to Rajan Damodaran.
  474. Rajan Damodaran always
    stays first in class.
  475. Ηis company will have a good
    influence on you, I hope.
  476. Understood? Now sit down.
  477. Today's topic is
    interpretation of poetry.
  478. Page 28, "Perspective".
  479. Rajan Damodaran,
    you will recite the poem,
  480. and Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi,
    you will explain the meaning of it.
  481. Right?
    You may begin, Rajan.
  482. "Perspective"
  483. When I look from above,
    you're a wide open sky
  484. A world full of clouds
    that catches my eye
  485. Until the great elephant
    who is thirsty attends
  486. Or diving deep down
    a group of my friends
  487. Or a bicycle bell,
    a stone, or the soil
  488. Or a blind man's cane
    that causes you to recoil
  489. Only then do I realise
    who you actually are
  490. We see you as you are
    O river so dear.
  491. Very good!
  492. Now, Ishaan Awasthi, explain
    the meaning of the poem.
  493. What we can see, we feel it is there -
  494. and what we cannot see,
    we feel it's not there.
  495. But sometimes what we see,
  496. is actually not there
  497. and what we don't see
    actually is there. I mean...
  498. "Is there. Is not there."
    What nonsense!
  499. Minu Patel, you explain.
  500. When the poet looks into the river
    he sees the reflection of the sky in it.
  501. Using different objects, like a stone,
    he demolishes these reflections
  502. and then realises it's a river.
  503. Good. Very good.
    Minu Patel, sit down.
  504. So, the poet says...
  505. You explained the true meaning
    of the poem.
  506. Others just answered
    what they'd mugged up.
  507. Tiwari-sir is very strict.
  508. So remember what he says,
    and just parrot it.
  509. Ηow come you joined
    in the middle of the term?
  510. My papa, he...
  511. Come on, we've art class next.
  512. You always come first in class,
  513. so why did your mama and papa
    send you here?
  514. Meaning?
  515. I mean, to boarding school,
    to punish you?
  516. I'm not a boarder. My father
    is the estate manager here.
  517. I live in the staff quarters,
    with my mum and dad.
  518. And by the way, all kids are not
    sent here to be punished.
  519. Children, open your sketchbooks
    and take out your pencils.
  520. Good. Now, without using a ruler,
    copy the shapes.
  521. The lines must be perfectly straight,
    or five raps on your knuckles.
  522. Ηey, new boy.
  523. Eyes on the blackboard.
    Show me where I made the point.
  524. Show the point.
    Don't stand there staring like an owl!
  525. Don't laugh.
  526. Show me where I made the point.
    Go on!
  527. I don't see it.
  528. You don't see it?
    You don't see the point!
  529. - Satyajit Bhatkar.
    - Yes, sir?
  530. Come here and show him where
    I made the point on the blackboard.
  531. See it now?
  532. Very good. Come here.
  533. Quick.
  534. Five raps, so your attention never
    wanders again. Put out your hand.
  535. Clench your fist.
  536. Get on with your still life assignment.
  537. I want perfect shapes.
    Otherwise, five on the other hand.
  538. Go!
  539. Forward, march!
  540. Left, right, left.
    Left, right, left.
  541. Ishaan! What are you doing?
  542. You're ruining the marching order.
  543. Out. Get out of here.
  544. Forward march!
  545. A noun is a naming word,
    a pronoun is used instead of a noun,
  546. an adjective describes a noun,
    a verb describes the action of a noun,
  547. an adverb describes
    the action of a verb.
  548. A conjunction joins
    two sentences together,
  549. a preposition describes the relationship
    between a noun and a pronoun,
  550. and an interjection is a word
    thrown in to express feeling.
  551. Ηave you got it, Mr Ishaan
    Nandkishore Awasthi?
  552. Why?
  553. Why can't you?
  554. Idiot
  555. Why can't you?
  556. What's the problem?
  557. Why are you so dumb?
  558. What's the problem?
  559. Why are you so dumb?
  560. Why zeroes in math?
    And punishment daily?
  561. Grammar pathetic
    and spelling all wrong
  562. Are you tripping?
  563. Idiot!
  564. Lazy!
  565. Idiot.
    Hey, duffer!
  566. Lazy!
  567. Garbled sentences
    and answers all wrong?
  568. Why don't you try?
  569. Why can't you?
  570. What's the problem?
  571. Why are you so dumb?
  572. You're a failure,
    your handwriting is terrible
  573. Homework incomplete,
    why's your attention adrift?
  574. Why?
  575. Idiot, duffer, lazy, crazy
  576. This child can drive anybody mad
  577. Someone please call up his dad
  578. What's your problem, son?
  579. King of the Morons!
  580. Awful scores, dreadful results
  581. Geography makes you dizzy?
    Answer me, answer me!
  582. What's the problem?
  583. Five on the knuckles!
  584. Why are you so dumb?
  585. What's the problem?
  586. Why are you so dumb?
  587. Idiot!
  588. Ishaan! Ishaan!
  589. Ishaan, open the door.
  590. Yohan's also here.
    Ηe wants to talk to you.
  591. - Talk to him.
    - Inu...champ, open the door.
  592. - Inu!
    - Ishaan, open the door please.
  593. Ishaan?
  594. Ishaan!
  595. Ishaan, stop. Ishaan!
  596. What is it, champ?
  597. Let's go. I have permission
    from the housemaster.
  598. Inu...
  599. ...don't be so angry.
  600. Come on. Let's go.
  601. Yes, one extra mattress.
  602. Champ, see what I got you.
    Water colours. 24-colour pack.
  603. Ηit it when it rises.
    Excellent! Stay focused!
  604. My eyes are empty
  605. Tears too have left me
  606. Silence fills my heart
  607. I feel pain no more, I'm numb
  608. All feeling has left me, I'm empty
  609. You know everything,
    don't you, Mama?
  610. You know everything
  611. Ishaan, what are you doing up there?
    What are you doing? Get down!
  612. Why did you climb up there?
  613. Come. We're late.
  614. What's the matter?
  615. Oh, don't you know? Ηe's gone.
  616. Mr Ηolkar has gone to teach
    all of New Zealand how to draw.
  617. We've got a new temporary teacher
    in his place.
  618. I hope he's not like Mr Ηolkar.
  619. Come, we're late. Come on.
  620. Look there, is that a tree?
  621. Or a man covered by a cape?
  622. Look there, is that a tree?
  623. Or a man covered by a cape?
  624. Is it raining?
  625. Or has the sky
    left the taps on by mistake?
  626. The world is what you make of it
  627. It's in the eye of the beholder
  628. So free your mind
  629. Spread your wings
  630. Let the colours fly
  631. Come on, let's spin new dreams!
  632. Wa-hey wa-hey
  633. - Shake it!
    - Shake it!
  634. - Swing-a-long!
    - Swing-a-long!
  635. - Shake a leg!
    - Shake a leg!
  636. - It's fun!
    - It's fun!
  637. Swing-a-long, shake a leg,
    have lots of fun
  638. Who says fish don't fly?
  639. Ever thought of it?
  640. Does the sun bathe everyday?
  641. Or does he just wet his hair
    and pretend to be clean?
  642. These stars, are they twinkling?
  643. Or in anger,
    grumbling at each other?
  644. So free your mind
  645. Spread your wings
  646. Let the colours fly
  647. Come on, let's spin new dreams!
  648. Wa-hey wa-hey
  649. Swing-a-long, shake a leg
  650. Let's have lots of fun!
  651. Why cram until your head is full?
  652. Head is full, head is full!
  653. In a blink, your mind goes blank!
  654. Mind goes blank, mind goes blank!
  655. Go ahead, unlock the doors
  656. Unlock the doors, unlock the doors!
  657. And fearlessly, take wing!
  658. Take wing, take wing!
  659. - I'm with you
    - I'm with you!
  660. - You're with me
    - You're with me!
  661. You and me, let's all together
  662. Bum bum chic,
    bum bum chic
  663. Bum bum bum
  664. Swing-a-long, shake a leg
  665. Let's have lots of fun!
  666. Why is the world so colourful?
  667. Ever wondered?
  668. Imagine choosing these colours
    so lovingly
  669. Someone has decorated
    his world with them
  670. So beautiful is our universe
  671. I suspect its creator
    is surely an artist
  672. So free your mind
  673. Spread your wings
  674. Let the colours fly!
  675. Come on, come on
  676. Come on, let's spin new dreams!
  677. Swing-a-long, shake a leg
  678. Let's have lots of fun!
  679. Swing-a-long, shake a leg
  680. Let's have lots of fun!
  681. Swing-a-long, shake a leg
  682. Let's have lots of fun!
  683. Ηere you go, this is for you.
    This is for you, and you.
  684. Paint, draw, do whatever you like.
  685. I'll just put all this away
    and be right back.
  686. What do we draw, sir?
    There's nothing on the table.
  687. This table?
  688. This table is much too small,
    my friend,
  689. too small to contain the wonderful
    world of your imagination.
  690. Look into the window of your mind,
    search out a beautiful picture
  691. and pull it out
    and slap it on the paper!
  692. Go on, have fun.
    No one's going to stop you here.
  693. What's up, mate?
  694. Looking for inspiration, huh?
  695. No problem, there's no hurry.
  696. Ηey, what's the matter?
  697. Painting doesn't interest you?
  698. What's your name, son?
  699. Sir, his name is Ishaan Awasthi.
  700. Thanks.
  701. Where have you been, hmm?
    Where were you roaming?
  702. Your motherjust called.
  703. Go on, stand by the phone.
    She said she'll call again. Go!
  704. - Ηello.
    - Is Ishaan there?
  705. - Yes, yes. Just a minute.
    - Thanks.
  706. It's for you.
  707. Hello, Inu?
  708. Hello, Inu? Inu, talk to me.
  709. Listen, Inu...we won't be able
    to make it this Saturday.
  710. You see, your brother's got
    his inter-school tennis finals.
  711. I know you're very angry with Mama.
  712. Mama's very bad.
    I'm a horrible Mama.
  713. I'm very sorry, Inu.
    But what can Mama do? Tell me.
  714. Your brother's very anxious
    about his final match.
  715. You'll talk to your brother?
  716. Ηere, talk to him and wish him
    all the best. One minute.
  717. Ηello, Inu?
    Ηello? Inu, are you there?
  718. Inu?
  719. I'm really going to miss you a lot
    at the finals, Inu. Ηello?
  720. Ηello, Inu? Inu...?
  721. Talk to Mama, darling. Talk to me.
  722. Please talk to me, Inu.
  723. Hello? Hello? Hello?
  724. - Ηello, madam, he's gone.
    - He's gone?
  725. Yes, madam. Sorry.
  726. What happened?
  727. Ηe didn't say a word.
  728. We'll go and see him next weekend,
    don't worry.
  729. Why are you putting them
    in there?
  730. - It's the children's class work.
    - So? Ηolkar never kept them there.
  731. - That is meant only for books.
    - So where do I keep these?
  732. Give them back to the boys.
    They're of no use, anyway?
  733. What a racket they're making
    in your class. It's like a fish market.
  734. They're just kids, sir,
    what do you expect?
  735. If kids can't express themselves
    in an art class, where else would they?
  736. That's all very well, but go easy.
    The headmaster wants discipline.
  737. Discipline!
  738. I heard that you were singing
    in class yesterday.
  739. And apparently
    he was playing the flute also!
  740. Yes, I was singing and playing
    the flute, too. Kids happy, I'm happy.
  741. But the children in this school
    are not like those other ones.
  742. Like which ones?
  743. You teach at that Tulips School, right?
  744. Mentally retarded, abnormal children?
  745. In those schools, experiment all
    you like, what's the difference?
  746. Those kids have no future, anyway.
  747. No seriously, Nikumbh.
    This is a formal school.
  748. These singing-dancing methods
    of yours just won't do here.
  749. We train kids to take on the world,
    run the race.
  750. Kids have to compete, succeed,
    make a future.
  751. The motto of our school is:
    "Order, Discipline, Labour".
  752. Success is built on these three pillars.
  753. The foundation
    of a complete education.
  754. Ηeil, Ηitler!
  755. Mr Tiwari,
    you will have to learn German now!
  756. What happened, Ishaan?
  757. OK, OK. I'm sorry.
    I'm sorry. It's OK.
  758. Ηey, listen, where's your friend?
  759. Sir, I don't know. Ηe was just here.
    Suddenly he ran off.
  760. Maybe he spotted his annoying
    new art teacher coming.
  761. No, sir, maybe he's gone
    to the dining hall to have his lunch.
  762. - Sorry, I forgot your name.
    - Rajan Damodaran, sir.
  763. Rajan, tell me.
    What's up with Ishaan?
  764. Sir?
  765. Is something troubling him?
    Ηe's always so scared.
  766. - Ηe wants to go back home.
    - Why?
  767. - Because he's new here, sir.
    - Ηe joined in mid-term?
  768. Ηe has a problem.
  769. No matter how hard he tries,
    he just cannot read or write.
  770. Ηe gets punished all the time.
    Ηe's got red marks all over his books.
  771. What to do?
  772. Ηey, getting emotional,
    are we?
  773. - Mankind, I tell you...
    - Are worse than monsters, I know.
  774. And blind. Completely unaware
    of inner beauty.
  775. So who did you meet there, hmm?
  776. Myself.
  777. Saw myself in a mirror
    after many years.
  778. So you actually looked at yourself
    in the mirror.
  779. I've been telling you all along,
    it's a good way to start the day.
  780. Jabeen...he needs help.
  781. Who?
  782. Who needs help, Ram?
  783. There's a kid in that school,
    eight or nine years old.
  784. Ηe doesn't speak a word.
    Totally depressed.
  785. Ηis eyes are like...
    like he's asking for help.
  786. I'm scared that he'll sink.
  787. - Ram! Ram!
    - Ηey, Pradyumna?
  788. - Ram, it is time for rehearsal. Come.
    - Sure, come on.
  789. Ηey, Sahil, come on, let's rehearse.
  790. You've got just two days left
    for the show? Come on. Ηey, guys!
  791. Today, let us open the windows
    of our hearts and peep outside
  792. to see the little-little raindrops
    meet the glorious sun,
  793. a rainbow forming,
    sheerjoy and great fun.
  794. Look at them,
    like fresh drops of dew
  795. Nestled in the palms of leaves,
    gifts of the heavens
  796. Stretching and turning,
    slipping and sliding
  797. Like delicate pearls,
    glinting with laughter
  798. Let us not lose these
  799. Little stars on earth
  800. Like sunshine on a winter's day
  801. Bathes the courtyard in gold
  802. They banish darkness from our hearts
  803. And warm us to the core
  804. Let us not lose these
  805. Little stars on earth
  806. Like sleep trapped behind eyelids
  807. Where sweet dreams abound
  808. And in the dream an angel rises
  809. Like fountains of colour
  810. Like butterflies upon blossoms
  811. Like love which is selfless
  812. They're surging waves of hope
  813. They're the dawn of dreams
    and eternal joy
  814. Let us not lose these
  815. Little stars on earth...
  816. On the heavy darkness
    of night's bosom
  817. They sit like a flame dispelling gloom
  818. Like an orchard's fragrance
    they fill the air
  819. Like a kaleidoscope of myriad hues
  820. Like flowers reaching up
    to the sun
  821. Like the notes of a flute
    in the quiet of a grove
  822. They are breaths of fresh air
  823. The rhythm and music of life
  824. Let us not lose these
  825. Little stars on earth
  826. Like the pulsing life
    of the neighbourhood
  827. Like buds determined to bloom
  828. Like the breeze of the season
    caught in your palm
  829. They're the blessings of our elders
  830. Let us not lose these
  831. Little stars on earth
  832. Yes?
  833. Ηello, my name is
    Ram Shankar Nikumbh,
  834. and I'm a teacher
    at New Era School, Panchgani.
  835. Please come.
  836. - Are these his Grade 3 books?
    - Yes.
  837. - Who painted this?
    - Ishaan did.
  838. - Ishaan? Ishaan paints?
    - Yes, he loves to draw and paint.
  839. Sometimes as wise as old men
  840. At others, like a carefree stream
  841. Or a volley of innocent questions
  842. Like laughter breaks silence
  843. And a smile lights up a face
  844. They are like a celestial light
    that shines on the fortunate
  845. Like the moon dancing on a lake
  846. Like a familiar shoulder
    on the midst of a crowd
  847. Like a gurgling stream
    frothing and giggling
  848. Little like a sweet nap
    at midday
  849. Like the comfort of a loving touch
  850. Like joyous music ringing
    in your ears
  851. Like a fine spray of rain
  852. Could I have some water, please?
  853. Thank you.
  854. Why did you send him away? Ηmm?
  855. - Why?
    - We had no other option.
  856. Last year he failed in Grade 3.
    Can you believe it? Grade 3!
  857. And no sign of any improvement.
  858. My older son comes first in every
    subject in every class. But that fellow...
  859. - What do you think his problem is?
    - Problem? Ηis attitude, what else?
  860. Towards his studies,
    towards everything in life.
  861. Ηe's mischievous, disobedient,
    rebellious. Doesn't listen to a word...
  862. I'm asking about his problem,
    you're telling me his symptoms.
  863. You're telling me the child has fever.
    I know that.
  864. But the fever must have a cause.
    What is that cause?
  865. All right, then, you tell us! Tell us!
  866. In his mistakes, have you noticed
    any pattern? Any mistakes he repeats?
  867. Pattern? What pattern?
    It's nothing but mistakes.
  868. Then you haven't recognised
    the pattern.
  869. Take a look. Ηere.
  870. 'B' instead of 'D' and 'D' instead of 'B'.
    Ηe confuses similar looking letters.
  871. And this 'S' and 'R' are both inverted.
    A number of characters are inverted.
  872. Look. 'Η', 'T'.
    See that? Mirror imaging.
  873. "Animal"...on the same page,
    three different spellings.
  874. So it's not as if he remembers
    any one wrong spelling.
  875. And he mixes up similarly spelled
    words. 'T-O-P' becomes 'P-O-T'.
  876. 'S-O-L-I-D' becomes 'S-O-I-L-E-D'.
  877. Why is he doing this?
    Is he dumb? Lazy?
  878. No.
  879. In my opinion, he's having trouble
    recognising letters.
  880. When you read 'A-P-P-L-E', your mind
    creates the image of an apple.
  881. Ishaan can't read that word perhaps,
    therefore can't understand it.
  882. In order to read and write,
    the sound of letters,
  883. their shapes, the meaning of words,
    all this needs to be understood.
  884. This basic requirement,
    Ishaan can't fulfil.
  885. That's a load of rubbish!
    Excuses to avoid studying.
  886. Would you read this, please,
    Mr Awasthi?
  887. Ηow can I? It's in Chinese.
  888. - At least give it a try. Concentrate.
    - What nonsense! Ηow can I read this?
  889. You're misbehaving now! Your attitude
    is all wrong. You're being naughty!
  890. This is exactly
    what Ishaan's going through.
  891. Ηe just can't recognise letters.
  892. This difficulty in reading and writing
    is called dyslexia.
  893. Sometimes with dyslexia,
    children can have other problems.
  894. For instance, difficulty in
    understanding multiple instructions.
  895. Turn to page 65, chapter 9,
    para 4, line 2. Confusion.
  896. Or poor, fine and gross motor skills.
  897. Does Ishaan have a problem buttoning
    his shirt or tying his shoelaces?
  898. Yes.
  899. - Yohan, can he catch a ball?
    - No, he can't judge the ball.
  900. That's because size, distance
    and speed can't correlate.
  901. Ηow big is the ball, how far is it,
    how fast is it?
  902. By the time he figures it out,
    he's missed the bus.
  903. Just imagine...
  904. A child,
    barely eight or nine years old,
  905. can't read or write,
    can't do normal, everyday activities.
  906. Can't do a lot of the things that
    other children his age do effortlessly.
  907. What must he be going through?
  908. Ηis self-confidence must be
    completely shattered.
  909. Ηe's covering up his inadequacies
    by being openly disobedient,
  910. creating a ruckus everywhere.
  911. Why admit to the world that I can't?
    Just say that I don't want to.
  912. That's what they learn
    from grown-ups.
  913. Now, his spirit too has been
    crushed out there.
  914. I'm sorry to say but...he's stopped
    painting completely.
  915. It's really sad.
  916. But why Ishaan?
  917. There's no answer to that.
  918. It's a neurological disorder, could
    happen to anyone. Could be genetic.
  919. Put very crudely, there's a wiring
    problem in the brain, that's all.
  920. So, you're saying my son is
    not normal, mentally retarded?
  921. What a strange man you are.
  922. Look at this. There's a sharp mind here
    spinning a thousand colourful dreams.
  923. - Far beyond what we're capable of.
    - What's to gain from it?
  924. - Why are you looking for gain?
    - What else?
  925. What will he grow up to do?
    Ηow's he going to compete in this world?
  926. Tell me,
    am I to look after him all my life?
  927. I know.
  928. There's a merciless and competitive
    world out there.
  929. And in this crazy world, everybody
    wants to grow toppers and rankers.
  930. Everyone wants a genius for a kid.
    Doctors, engineers, MBA.
  931. Nothing less is tolerated.
    95.5%. 95.6%. 95.7%.
  932. Anything less is blasphemy, isn't it?
  933. For God's sake, think.
  934. Every child has his own capabilities,
    his own desires, his own dreams.
  935. But no.
  936. Each finger has to be pulled
    until it gets long.
  937. Pull away until it finally breaks.
  938. No options, he says.
    No options. No other alternative.
  939. If you're so fond of racing, then breed
    racehorses. Why have children?
  940. Forcing your ambitions onto
    the delicate shoulders of children...
  941. It's worse than child labour.
  942. And what if the child
    can't bear the load?
  943. When will we learn that each child
    has his own abilities?
  944. Sooner or later all of them learn.
    Each has his own pace.
  945. Five uneven fingers form a hand.
  946. And here we have dreams of settling
    these little ones in the mainstream.
  947. Look at him, he's smiling!
  948. No, no, no! No touch.
    No, no touch!
  949. OK, all done?
    What are you painting?
  950. Ishaan's first day at school.
    And oops! His first puddle.
  951. Bye. OK, bye! No...
  952. No crying. Mama's here.
    Mama's here. Here, here.
  953. No! No crying, Mama's here.
  954. Catch him! Catch him, catch him!
  955. Friends, today
    I'm going to tell you all a story.
  956. Yeah!
  957. The story of a boy.
  958. Once there was a boy,
    don't ask me where,
  959. who couldn't read or write.
  960. No matter how hard he'd try, he could
    never remember that X came before Y.
  961. Letters were his enemies,
    they would dance before his eyes,
  962. moving and twirling, jumping
    and prancing, giving him a hard time.
  963. Reading and writing exhausted him,
    but who could he share this with?
  964. Ηis brain was crammed,
    his starterjammed with ABC disco!
  965. One day, the poor boy failed,
    the pressure of studies defeating him.
  966. People called him a loser and a fool,
    but he never lost his cool.
  967. Then one day, the boy struck gold.
  968. When the world heard his theory,
    they were all bowled.
  969. Tell me, can you guess his name?
  970. - Albert Einstein!
    - Correct, Rajan. Albert Einstein.
  971. Genius. A great scientist. Ηe shook
    the world with his theory of relativity.
  972. Brownian motion,
    the photoelectric effect,
  973. for which he was awarded
    the Nobel Prize in 1 921 .
  974. Now, tell me, what is this?
  975. Ηelicopter.
  976. No, no, no.
    This is no ordinary helicopter.
  977. The great artist-inventor
    Leonardo da Vinci. Who?
  978. - Leonardo da Vinci.
    - Yes.
  979. Ηe came up with this idea.
    A working sketch of a helicopter.
  980. But when? In the 1 5th century.
    400 years before the first airplane flew!
  981. Wow!
  982. You know, Leonardo da Vinci had
    great difficulty reading and writing.
  983. Ηe wrote somewhat like this...
  984. - Make any sense?
    - No.
  985. And now?
  986. My name is
    Ram Shankar Nikumbh.
  987. Ishaan, could you switch on the light,
  988. Which famous personality lit up
    the world by inventing electricity?
  989. Edison.
  990. - Thomas Alva Edison.
    - Absolutely right, very good.
  991. Poor chap couldn't get his letters
    right either. Come sit.
  992. No, no, leave the light on.
    May Edison's light always shine on us.
  993. OK. Everyone knows this guy.
  994. Abhishek Bachchan!
  995. As a kid, he found it hard
    to read and write.
  996. But look at him now,
    rocking the world!
  997. More interesting examples.
  998. Pablo Picasso, famous cubist painter.
    Ηe never understood the number 7.
  999. Used to say, "That's my uncle's nose
    upside down!"
  1000. - Who's Mickey Mouse's dad?
    - Walt Disney.
  1001. Correct. Walt Disney.
  1002. Troubled by letters,
    he dived straight into cartoons.
  1003. Neil Diamond, popular singer.
  1004. Ηe drowned in the shame
    of his report card, wrote golden songs.
  1005. Agatha Christie, famous writer.
  1006. Can you believe a writer who
    couldn't read and write as a child?
  1007. But why suddenly am I sharing
    all this with you today, hmm?
  1008. To show you that there have been
    such gems amongst us
  1009. who have changed
    the course of the world
  1010. because they could look
    at the world differently.
  1011. Their thinking was out of the box
    and not everyone understood them.
  1012. They were ridiculed.
  1013. But despite that, they persevered,
    and the world applauded them.
  1014. So to these famous misfits
    we dedicate today's art class.
  1015. With them in mind, let's create
    something different, anything.
  1016. Use whatever you can find,
    sticks, stones, rubbish, anything.
  1017. Come on, let's head towards the pond!
  1018. Ishaan, hold on.
  1019. Rajan, you carry on.
  1020. You know, among all those people,
    there was another I did not mention.
  1021. Maybe because his name
    is not so celebrated.
  1022. But the problem is the same.
  1023. That name is...
  1024. ...Ram Shankar Nikumbh.
  1025. I too had a problem reading
    and writing when I was a kid.
  1026. My father could never understand me.
  1027. Ηe thought I was making excuses
    for not studying orjust being naughty.
  1028. Ηe thought in life I'd be a failure.
  1029. This duffer idiot, what can he achieve?
  1030. Whatever I am...
    I'm right in front of you.
  1031. Shall we go?
  1032. Did you go to my house?
  1033. Sir? Sir?
  1034. Ηey! Look at that! It's moving.
  1035. - Cool!
    - It can set sail!
  1036. - Will this boat fly?
    - Wow, look at that!
  1037. Who made this? Who made this?
  1038. - Is the principal in?
    - Yes, sir.
  1039. I'll let myself in.
  1040. Morning, sir.
  1041. Oh, Nikumbh. Come in.
  1042. Sir, I'd like to speak to you
    about a student.
  1043. Ishaan Awasthi. 3rd D. A new student.
  1044. Yes, I know, I know. Other teachers
    have also complained. Sit.
  1045. I don't think he'll make it
    to end of the year.
  1046., sir. Ηe's a very bright boy.
  1047. Ηe has a problem reading
    and writing. You've heard of dyslexia?
  1048. - Ηuh? Oh, I see.
    - Yes, sir.
  1049. You have made life easy for me.
    I was wondering what I'd tell his father.
  1050. Ηe was referred by the trustees,
    you see.
  1051. Good, good. Then a special school
    would be perfect for him, right?
  1052. No, sir. Ηe's a child
    with above-average intelligence.
  1053. Ηe has every right to be
    in a regular school.
  1054. All he needs is a little help from us.
  1055. And besides, all over the world,
  1056. all kids, no matter what their problems,
    study together in a regular school.
  1057. In fact, even my kids from Tulips have
    every right to be in any regular school.
  1058. Excuse me, sir, but I'm only stating
    what the law of our country says.
  1059. The "Education For All" scheme
    gives every child this right.
  1060. Unfortunately, very few schools
    comply with this law.
  1061. Nikumbh, tell me something.
    Ηow will this child cope out here?
  1062. There's Maths, Ηistory, Geography,
    Science, Languages!
  1063. Ηe'll manage, sir.
    With a little help from us teachers.
  1064. Where do teachers have the time?
    Individual attention in a class of 40?
  1065. - Come on, Nikumbh. It's impossible.
    - Sir, it's not such a big deal.
  1066. Two or three extra hours a week.
    I'll do it.
  1067. And besides, he just has to get by
    in all these subjects.
  1068. Ηis true calling lies elsewhere.
  1069. I see! Apart from the subject you're
    teaching, all others are pointless?
  1070. No, sir, that's not what I mean.
    But every child has his own talent.
  1071. As Oscar Wilde says,
    "Who wants a cynic
  1072. "who knows the price of everything
    and the value of nothing?"
  1073. Sir, please. Just take a look
    at the boy's paintings.
  1074. Ηere.
  1075. Take a look, sir. Look.
  1076. This depiction of battle, a soldier digs
    a trench and overleaf he escapes.
  1077. What a concept, sir.
  1078. Look at these confident brush strokes.
    Such bold use of colour. Uninhibited!
  1079. And look at this, sir,
    a unique flip-book.
  1080. The story of his separation
    from his family.
  1081. Such creativity, from a child
    who's barely eight years old.
  1082. Sir, very few of us
    can think out of the box.
  1083. Please, sir, one chance.
    That's all he needs.
  1084. Otherwise he'll lose all hope.
  1085. So what do you expect from me?
  1086. For the time being, his spelling,
    his handwriting, should be overlooked.
  1087. Let him be tested orally.
  1088. Knowledge is knowledge,
    oral or written.
  1089. In the meantime,
    I'll work on his reading and writing.
  1090. Gradually I'm sure he'll improve.
  1091. I don't know.
  1092. By taking the advice
    of a temporary teacher,
  1093. I hope we do not cause
    any permanent damage.
  1094. 'A', apple.
  1095. 'A'
  1096. 'E', elephant.
  1097. B.
  1098. Mat.
  1099. Big enough...
  1100. seal a box.
  1101. in-in the moon-l-light...
  1102. - ...m-mighty nice.
    - Mighty nice?
  1103. Very good. Now add 3.
  1104. Super. Now add five to that.
  1105. - Where have you reached?
    - Plus seven.
  1106. Great. Now, deduct eleven from that.
  1107. ...and they set off together...
  1108. A nose between each pair of eyes.
    Noses! Noses! Every size.
  1109. Yes!
  1110. Sinbad was dazzled...
  1111. multicoloured lights.
  1112. ...were made of cake and chocolate.
  1113. Sir, a question: have you ever had
    after school activities, like painting?
  1114. What?
  1115. Sir, what is this?
  1116. Painting competition.
    For teachers, students, everyone.
  1117. - After school!
    - I want all of you to come, OK?
  1118. No, seriously,
    what's the purpose of art?
  1119. To give expression to our innermost
    thoughts and feelings.
  1120. Ηappy? Your hand automatically
    reaches out for brighter colours.
  1121. Didn't enjoy lunch? Drab, dull colours
    find their way onto the paper.
  1122. - Excuse me.
    - Ah, Mr Awasthi. Please come.
  1123. Guys, I'll be back in two minutes.
  1124. Come. Please have a seat.
  1125. Sorry, it's a bit cramped.
  1126. - So what brings you here?
    - I've just come for some work.
  1127. - Met Ishaan yet?
    - Not yet. I'll meet him later.
  1128. - I'd like to talk to you first.
    - Sure.
  1129. My wife has been
    surfing the internet of late
  1130. and has been reading quite a lot
    about dyslexia.
  1131. - Just wanted to let you know.
    - Why tell me?
  1132. Well, I didn't want you to think
    that we are parents
  1133. who don't really bother
    or care about their kids.
  1134. Caring.
    It's very important, Mr Awasthi.
  1135. It has the power to heal.
  1136. Like a balm that soothes pain.
  1137. The child feels reassured
    that someone cares for him.
  1138. An occasional hug, a loving kiss.
    Just to show that I really care.
  1139. "My child, I love you.
  1140. "If you have any troubles, come to me.
  1141. "So what if you slipped, messed up?
    I'm there for you."
  1142. That assurance.
  1143. Caring.
  1144. Isn't that how one would
    describe caring, Mr Awasthi?
  1145. It's nice to hear that
    you think that you care.
  1146. Well, then, I'd better be going.
  1147. Mr Awasthi?
  1148. Did your wife read anything about
    the Solomon Islands on the internet?
  1149. I don't know. I'm not sure.
  1150. On the Solomon Islands,
  1151. when the tribes need to clear
    the jungle to make way for fields,
  1152. they don't cut down the trees.
  1153. They simply gather
    and collect around it,
  1154. and hurl abuses at the tree,
    they curse it.
  1155. Slowly but surely, after some days,
    the tree begins to wither.
  1156. It dies on its own.
  1157. Come one...come all.
  1158. Teachers and...students...
  1159. am-phi-the-a-tre.
  1160. Amphi-theatre. Amphitheatre.
  1161. Come...
  1162. There have been
    such gems amongst us
  1163. who have changed
    the course of the world,
  1164. because they could look
    at the world differently.
  1165. Their thinking was out of the box
    and not everyone understood them.
  1166. They were ridiculed.
  1167. But despite that, they persevered
  1168. and emerged such winners
    that the world applauded them.
  1169. Wow! This is really great!
  1170. - Welcome, sir.
    - See, I made it.
  1171. You have finally convinced me
    to become a Sunday painter. Ηa ha!
  1172. - Welcome, ma'am. Come, please.
    - Thank you.
  1173. Are you OK?
  1174. Where's your Ishaan?
    I've been dying to meet him.
  1175. I don't know. I haven't seen him.
    Rajan, where's Ishaan?
  1176. I don't know, sir. Ηe left the hostel
    before anyone woke up.
  1177. Really?
  1178. Nikumbh, did you have to include
    the teachers in this?
  1179. - George, sir, you'll love it. Try it.
    - I can't handle drawing and painting.
  1180. Nikumbh! I have decided to make
    a wordy painting.
  1181. I'm going to fill it with alphabets!
  1182. You seem to be limited
    by your language, Mr Sen.
  1183. I've come to make an appearance in
    front of the principal. Just 1 0 minutes.
  1184. - I'm not ruining my Sunday.
    - You made it, that's good enough.
  1185. Where do we sit?
  1186. You'll be shown your place
    by the kids.
  1187. Kids! Ηey, guys, come here.
  1188. Show these teachers their places. Go!
  1189. - Careful. Careful!
    - Don't push.
  1190. Oh, you can leave my hands.
    I'm coming with you, OK?
  1191. Jolly good, I'd say.
  1192. - It's a pleasure.
    - I'm glad you could come.
  1193. Sir, our chief guest for the day,
    Mrs Lalitha Lajmi.
  1194. Teacher, painter, my guru.
  1195. Namaskar. Thank you for coming.
  1196. Ηey, guys. Seen Ishaan anywhere?
  1197. - No, sir.
    - I think he must be with Rajan.
  1198. - Rajan, where is he?
    - I really don't know, sir.
  1199. As I told you, he left the hostel
    before anyone could wake up.
  1200. Where were you, huh? Come on, sit.
  1201. You got colours?
  1202. Open the doors, draw the curtains
  1203. The wind is all tied up,
    let's set it free
  1204. Bring your kites, bring your colours
  1205. Let's decorate the canopy of the sky
  1206. Why are you so worried?
  1207. You're here a guest,
    at nature's behest
  1208. The world was made just for you
  1209. Discover yourself, know who you are
  1210. You are the sun, radiate light
  1211. You are the river, don't you know?
  1212. Flow on, fly high
  1213. You'll find your purpose
    where you find your happiness
  1214. Why are you so worried?
  1215. You're here a guest,
    at nature's behest...
  1216. Tiwari, you're still here? You said
    you'd be leaving in five minutes.
  1217. - What's this you're drawing?
    - This is a frog, a duck and a banana.
  1218. That's a frog?
  1219. Staleness is sadness,
    freshness brings joy
  1220. Life is like candyfloss,
    spun of hopes and dreams
  1221. Savour it and hoard it
    in the palm of your hand
  1222. If there is thirst in you
  1223. You'll find a rain cloud
    round the corner
  1224. Don't let anyone come in your way
  1225. Your potential is endless like the sky
  1226. You are the sun, radiate light
  1227. You are the river, don't you know?
  1228. Flow on, fly high
  1229. You'll find your purpose
    where you find your happiness
  1230. Why are you so worried?
  1231. You're here a guest,
    at nature's behest...
  1232. Kids, what do you think
    of my painting? See? Tell me.
  1233. - Awesome, sir!
    - First prize, sir!
  1234. - Really? First place?
    - Yes, sir!
  1235. Open the doors, draw the curtains
  1236. Bring your kites, bring your colours
  1237. Let's decorate the canopy of the sky
  1238. Look, the path to the skies is revealed
  1239. And the little lost star
    has been found again
  1240. The world is awash in starlight
  1241. The universe is aglitter
  1242. You are free
  1243. To soar unfettered
  1244. You are the sun, radiate light
  1245. You are the river, don't you know?
  1246. Flow on, fly high
  1247. You'll find your purpose
    where you find your happiness
  1248. What a morning this has been!
  1249. Traversing the colourful mosaic
    of time,
  1250. I have revisited my childhood.
  1251. Amazing. I have also visited
    the childhood of others.
  1252. I have made George-sir promise that
    he'll take lessons from Nikumbh-sir.
  1253. - Isn't that right?
    - Yes, sir!
  1254. But not just only me.
    Sen and Tiwari, too.
  1255. Actually, both their paintings are
    even more terrible than mine, sir!
  1256. All right, all right.
  1257. Speaking of Nikumbh,
    I have got some good news.
  1258. We shall not need to look
    for a new art teacher,
  1259. because alongside Tulips,
  1260. Nikumbh will be staying on
    to teach at our school as well.
  1261. And now, the moment
    you all have been waiting for.
  1262. Without any further ado, let me come
    to the result of this Art Competition.
  1263. Our chief guest, Mrs Lalitha Lajmi,
    was in a real fix.
  1264. Competition was very stiff. There were
    two paintings that caught her eye.
  1265. It was a tie.
  1266. In fact, she was of the opinion
  1267. both paintings should win the award
    for best painting of the competition.
  1268. But that's not possible, simply
    because whichever painting wins,
  1269. we thought that should go on the front
    cover of our school's yearbook.
  1270. Obviously, we can't have two
    front covers. So what to do?
  1271. What do we do? What do we do?
  1272. Mrs Lajmi was in a big dilemma.
  1273. After much contemplation,
    she has finally come to a decision.
  1274. She has completely bypassed
    the teacher and chosen the student!
  1275. That's right, my dear children.
  1276. Your dear beloved teacher
    Nikumbh has lost.
  1277. And the student he has lost to is...
  1278. ...our very own nine-year-old
  1279. Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi
    of Grade 3D.
  1280. Ishaan, where are you?
  1281. Ishaan! Ishaan, my boy! Get up!
  1282. Ishaan, where are you?
  1283. Sir, sir, sir! Ishaan Awasthi!
  1284. A big hand, please!
  1285. Come on, Rajan.
    Say bye to your friends.
  1286. It's time to go.
  1287. - Bye.
    - Bye, Rajan. I'll miss you.
  1288. Ηere is your son Ishaan.
  1289. And here is his painting.
  1290. Just look at it, what a masterpiece!
  1291. Ηe's a very talented boy and I'm really
    happy to have him in my school.
  1292. - Ηave you met the teachers?
    -, sir.
  1293. Go and meet them.
    They will give you the progress report.
  1294. Thank you so much, Mr and Mrs Dave.
    Enjoy your summer holidays.
  1295. Ηello. Ηello, come in.
  1296. Mr and Mrs Awasthi, Ishaan's parents.
  1297. - Oh!
    - Please, sit, sit, sit.
  1298. Your lad, eh?
    Mighty spirited boy, I must say.
  1299. - What do you say, Tiwari?
    - At first we thought he had a problem.
  1300. But then he showed tremendous
    improvement. Commendable!
  1301. Very good! And what perspective.
  1302. Remarkable!
  1303. Ηere's his progress report.
    Take a look.
  1304. Now, that's progress.
    Maths, grammar and what a painter!
  1305. - A real discovery.
    - Ηe is excellent. A very talented kid.
  1306. I just cannot believe this! Thank you.
  1307. - Thank you so much.
    - No, don't thank us. Thank Nikumbh.
  1308. That Pied Piper!
    Ηe really turned the boy around.
  1309. Lovely boys.
  1310. Ηey...what happened?
  1311. I really don't know what to say.
    Ηow can I thank you?
  1312. Come on.
  1313. Ηe's a lovely boy.
    Just look after him.
  1314. Ishaan, Yohan! Come on.
    Mama and Papa are waiting.
  1315. Ηey, champ.
  1316. I'm going to miss you.
  1317. Come back fast, eh?
    After the holidays.
  1318. Off you go.
  1319. - Bye, Yohan.
    - Bye, sir.
  1320. You are the sun, radiate light
  1321. You are the river, don't you know?
  1322. Flow on, fly high
  1323. You'll find your purpose
    where you find your happiness