Sleepless In Seattle.   

29th was the screening of TZP in Seattle for the IDA (International Dyslexia Association). There were about 200 members, mostly American I think, and I was curious to see the response of a non Indian audience to what we had made.

First of all, it was not in a cinema hall but in a conference room so the acoustics were not good, and it was a DVD projection. Carlos, the projectionist, was really sweet and had done his best in the circumstances. As the lights dimmed I was really nervous. Here were people who know all about Dyslexia and work in the field of learning disabilities. Also, whenever I watch my work around 6 months after it has released I usually hate it, and this time was no different. As the film played out I kept squirming, wishing I could disappear into my seat.

And then finally the film got over and the lights came onÖ.. to an ABSOLUTELY THUNDEROUS STANDING OVATION!!!

My God it was so moving. I was so overwhelmed. Then I came forward for the Q&A and saw the tears streaming down the cheeks of the audience. I canít tell you how happy I was to see so many people cry! Needless to say I was part of them, I cry at the drop of a hat. And here were people from all over the world who had dedicated their lives to helping children with learning difficulties. I was so glad that IDA had chosen to screen TZP at their annual conference, and that I was able to make it to Seattle. And I felt so blessed to be part of a film that touches people so deeply.

Everyone just loved the film and it had struck a really deep chord. In fact the reaction was exactly as it had been with audiences back home in India. It really amazes me how people from all across the world react to some films in pretty much the same way, which reaffirms the fact of how similar we all are no matter which part of the globe we come from.

Darsheel struck once again and won all hearts. The story and screenplay were unanimously appreciated as were all the other aspects of the film. The music and songs were especially loved and everyone wanted to know more about Shankar, Ehsan, Loy and Prasoon.

All of them wanted to know when the film would release in theatres in the US. On being told that the film has already been released here they all insisted that the film be re-released in the US in theatres, this time for the mainstream American audience. 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 Iím going to look into that. At the very least the DVD release here can incorporate a dubbed version as well.

Well, you can imagine that I didnít get much sleep that night. So on the night of the 29th there was at least one person who was sleepless in Seattle, and this time it wasnít Tom Hanks.

Posted by Aamir Khan at 01:18 AM 1223 Comments  Post Comment
Posted on May,09,2009 at 01:26 AM
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Posted on May,04,2009 at 05:03 AM
Hi Aamir - TZP was very inspiring. As ususal, the movie was right on target. I am a fan of your style after Sarfarosh. I think its a style that a guy could easily fit into (atleast that is my thought). I will keep my first comment short - gr8 going. Cheers!!

Posted on Apr,21,2009 at 03:00 AM

Posted on Apr,15,2009 at 11:58 AM
hi aamir , i m amber from pakistan, i was wandering on net to see ur pictures , ur family , then i got to ur website, y dunt u publish ur , ur family picture gallery over web, i wud love to c all of u.i wud love to write this that aamir khan is basically KING Khan of Pakistan and india , i must say Asia,ur personality, ur innocent looks, ur acting is very real, different from other.
u r gr8 and cuti..
take care

Posted on Apr,14,2009 at 06:35 PM
hi, i know this is an old blog but i only jus read it and wanted to comment coz u mentioned tom hanks. ever since ive been old enough to watch movies and have seen bollywood films, u have always reminded me of tom hanks! u have a very similar look, and im sure there must be others like me who thinks the same (im too lazy to read thru all the 1200+ comments sorry to check and confirm!) so im sorry if im repeating someone else's views and thoughts.


Posted on Mar,19,2009 at 12:52 AM
loved the show.could totally relate to the character of ishaan. i must have been the only guy in the entire theatre here in Singapore who sort of cried/teared,whichever u choose.
thank you for that.

Posted on Mar,13,2009 at 05:39 PM
oops- sorry about re-posting! Hey Aamir,I just happened to watch Forrest Gump for the first time a few months back.Felt it was one of the best films ever made-just fell in love!
Just happened to wonder if it had to be made in Hindi which actor would justify the role- and no prizes for guessing!! ; )
(its just a co-incidence that we have a star who even resembles TH big time:):))

Posted on Mar,13,2009 at 05:09 PM
Well,I too think it is a great idea to dub it in as many foreign languages- that should also spread the awareness about dyslexia as well.
Yeah great to know the (American) audience appreciated the film-specially the 'Maa' song really made me miss mom as it was my first month in the United states away from home:(
Anyways great job and spread the cheer!!

Posted on Mar,09,2009 at 07:42 PM
Wonder if u still replying... i saw TZP 4 times n i cried...u owe me a tissue bag lol!

btw did i mention u I love seattle waterfront..its amazing ..nywys, back to the movie...thnx for sucha movie (claps for prasoon joshi as well) taught me to be less harsh on myslf...yeah, rather than changing my behavior towards kids, i hve accepted the fact i hve dyslexia n its ok...its subtle though..not very apparent....earlier, i used to ignore the fact tht i have dyslexia...but now m takin it easy...everytime i get upset about my issue with my speech..i tell myself-m a star on earth ( a special one...n yeah pretty old too hehe)

thnx is an understatement...........

u r hindi cinema tom hanks.......n m Meg (flutters eyelashes) heh!

PS: Im very shy to start this comment with- AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ( u getting tht a lot, eh? )

Posted on Mar,09,2009 at 07:34 PM
too bad i wrote a comment n it vanished..all my work down the drain chi!

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