L for learning

About a decade ago, we as a nation had no idea what dyslexia was all about. Many of us thought it was something best left to the dictionary. And then they released Taare Zameen Par (2007); a film that dealt with delicate issue of learning disabilities. It was beautiful. The entire film, including the hard-hitting songs (yes, even the one that made dads look bad), was a much-needed homage to serious yet entertaining cinema. Something Bollywood is otherwise not keen on. Moreover, there hasn’t been a mainstream Hindi film before or after TZP which brought forward a child’s innocent lack of control in such a compelling manner. Speaking of which, my nephew could only compel me to laugh at his learning disabilities. He came home from school one day and told me he failed in two subjects… while flashing three fingers!

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