Like Stars on Earth (TZP DVD U.S. release), and Incredible India

The Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD release of Taare Zameen Par (2007) for the U.S. and Canada -- Like Stars on Earth -- is scheduled for April 7. The Disney DVD release calendar does not confirm this (as of the time of publication of this post), however, its product page on Amazon.com does (complete with a less than well-written product description; it's adapted from TaareZameenPar.com, but Ishaa Ishaan?). (*Note added 2/27: Amazon changed the release date again.*) Either way, the online retailer is selling it directly, and facilitates pre-orders. My order's in, and this should make for a fine representative of quality Indian cinema that is a Bollywood product from start to finish.

The 3-disc set will include the director's commentary, a panel discussion on dyslexia, deleted scenes, the making of, the background score, and two collectible postcards. The contents sound very similar to the T-Series release in India (I hope it comes packaged in standard DVD cases, unlike the T-Series version), except that this one has also been dubbed in English. This, following the International Dyslexia Association conference in Seattle earlier this year. From Aamir Khan's related blog post:


One of the interesting points which came out of the Q&A was the request from the audience to dub the film into English when re-released here. They felt, and rightly so, that they wanted their children to see the film and were afraid that the smaller kids will not be able to read the subtitles. So I’m going to look into that. At the very least the DVD release here can incorporate a dubbed version as well.



I really like this idea of dubbing the film for children who are unlikely to be able to follow along effectively with subtitles (I wonder how they've treated the songs). He's never focused much on the awards circuit. It's been for the better, and it shows here. In other Aamir goings on, his commercials for the Incredible India Atithi Devo Bhavah (Guest is God) campaign have been airing for a while. If, as a tourist, you have felt insecure because of the treatment extended by some, I'm sure you can appreciate this.



The words at the end: "Visitors to this country are our guests. Protect them, and earn respect for the nation." Aamir's performance is a remake of sorts of a critical scene in Lagaan (2001), involving the debate on whether Kachra the untouchable should be included in the team. There's also this commercial that addresses preservation (or lack thereof) of historic monuments. The song contained within is the fantastic Sau Saal Pehle by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, from Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), with lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and music by Shankar-Jaikishan.


There's plenty more at the campaign website, the Incredible India website, and their YouTube channel, which also includes this beautiful rendition of Saare Jahaan Se Achcha by Shaan and Shreya Ghosal (the lyrics are by freedom fighter and philosopher-poet, Muhammad Iqbal; complete lyrics and translation available at this Wikipedia entry).

18 comments:

Pitu said...

Omg the Incredible India/Atulya Bharat ad is so beautiful! 'Atulya' is right. Which nation on the face of this earth is like ours? :-)

Bhargav Saikia said...

TZP's DVD is very well done. I bought it in India last year and the extra features are amazing. It had the two paintings from the film too and the flip-book!

theBollywoodFan said...

Pitu: It's true! No nation, indeed. I just wish it were associated with someone better in U.S. politics than Bobby Jindal. *Sigh*

Bhargav: I love that T-Series set, and that pencil's never going to get sharpened, LOL. They did encode the DVDs to Region 5, however (fair enough), which means I'm going to have to get the Disney release as well to continue my Bollywood outreach efforts! =)

Amey said...

Wow, that website (and videos) are really worth a link.

But then, I was happy Aamir did not turn into his Ghajini look when he got angry. Now that would be a commercial, wouldn't it? :D

JJC said...

ur in the new filmfare issue..your lagaan one

pitu said...

ROFL @ Amey. They should have done a scene where he beats the graffiti creators to a pulp, using his ham hands and that weird metal implement from the movie!

Joss said...

As a foreign tourist in , not India but Israel, I have been in that position a few times. How wonderful it would have been to have Aamir jump out and rescue me!

theBollywoodFan said...

Amey: What a thought! Perhaps all he would've done in that case would be to deliver an uppercut or two, or some other low-key street fighter move from the climax? And have a male version of 'Aye Bachchu' playing in the background, with "Sharaafat se jeene ka chaska" somewhere in it, LOL. Thanks for visiting!

JJC: Thank you for alerting me to it! There's no other movie I'd rather be associated with, it's exciting to know. Is this the issue with Katrina Kaif on the cover?

Pitu: Right on! (Please also see comment to Amey.) These guys didn't really kill Kalpana, so the extent of the violence would be a tough call :P The more I think of how entirely different TZP is from Ghajini, the more I look forward to 3 Idiots (December 25, 2009)!

Joss: That would be nice, eh? Isn't it a shame that only a handful of fools can cause such discomfort (and anger)? I'd totally be Aamir (but in an Imran Khan in Jaane Tu kind of way, LOL) if I came across such shameful behavior!

theBollywoodFan said...

Speaking of Aamir, he was at The Gr8! Women Achievers Awards 2009 a couple days ago. ("God created both man and woman and she created them equal," he said.)

JJC said...

Yeap, its the one with katrina on the cover, get ready to have more traffice on your site than you already do ;p

veracious said...

Thanks for the info! Now I just need the Region 2 DVD to come out. Will it ever? Who knows. I've been holding so ridiculously long without getting my hands on a copy of this (pirated or real), I guess I might as well wait another year until I get a European DVD of it. But will it be worth the wait? Sigh.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for the update, JJC!

Veracious: I just realized they might have moved the release date *again* :( Now Amazon says September. Bummer. Good thing I have the T-Series release. It's Disney releasing the region 2 version in the U.K. as well, not sure when that will be rolled out. Oh well.

For those in the U.S. and subscribing to Time Warner Cable, it's been available On Demand in the 'World Movies' section (for $3.99) for several months, in case you really want to see it. It hardly makes up for the delay in the DVD release, but it's *something*.

theBollywoodFan said...

All: I hope video footage from this makes its way to 'The Making Of 3 Idiots'. :)

Darshit said...

Congrats !! for featuring in FF.
I wanted to draw your attention to these ads being done by Aamir, but I think as a big Aamirian, I never have to. You always get things right :-)
Those ads are really good. Glad that Aamir is doing some meaningful stuff.
[can u please scan and put up ur page of FF?]

Artemis said...

congrats man ur blog was featured in fimfare>>>

Bhargav Saikia said...

Hey, congratulations for being featured on Filmfare! :)

Do scan the page and upload it here. Looking forward to it :)

Saadia said...

Wow, some achievement, dude. The comments show you've been featured! Kudos!

As for TZP, I'm a bit sad that it didn't make it to the Oscars. If Slumdog deserved it, then so did TZP. But I guess the latter simply lacked maestro Rahman.

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit, Artemis, and Bhargav: Thank you! I'll share it once my copy arrives mid-next week.

Darshit: I really should have added in there that he's doing the ads for free, because the previous ambassador (can't not get into trouble without naming him, LOL), might have been asking for too high a price from the Indian government. So yes, I think it's natural we associate Aamir with the campaign, his films certainly portray a similar brand (for the most part, this decade). There's so much more related to Aamir that I don't list!

Saadia: Thank you ji! If you've read this post, you know my thoughts on TZP. I think TZP deserved it more than Slumdog, but there are so many more films submitted to the Best Foreign Film category (I think 90+), and I haven't seen any others.

A. R. Rahman had composed the music to Lagaan (2001), which didn't win. And Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were outstanding for TZP! What I think TZP lacked for the Oscars was a Hollywood production house, English, slums-dwelling dyslexic kids, and a non-Indian director. Then it would compete with the local movies and stand a better chance to win, LOL. For what it is, I think it's been way more impactful than Slumdog where it was intended to, but of course, I might be biased :)