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 Dec,30,2008 at 04:06 AM
Hey Aamir

Guess its a late reply for this post .But i had to had to share this with u . I have a nephew who is 4 ...his mom's American and he puts up in America - absolutely ignorant of Indian cinema, so i gifted him TZP when he turned 2 .Since then he is glued to the movie , dances to Bum bum bole (even if we utter Bum bum bole the word )hums I WANT TO BE FREEEEE...:)) all this when he doesnt know a word of HINDI .I guess this is a compliment for your work .

Posted on Dec,28,2008 at 02:12 PM
You were here in seattle? i dont belive it. how come i didnt know about it

Posted on Dec,28,2008 at 12:29 PM
Dear Aamir,

Do you ever cry when you hear songs from TZP? Well, I cry every SINGLE time. How's that?!
TZP touched my heart so deap that its hard to bring any other movie close to it (..only maybe "Pather Panchali")
Please re-release TZP to the American audiences. I know it will be the talk of the town. I remember newspapers giving it 4 stars when it had released in Indian Theaters.

BTW, you are Indian's Tom Hanks! :)


Posted on Dec,26,2008 at 04:54 PM
Dear Aamir,
Sorry, Im reading this comment for the first time..
I like many others agree that TZP was a wonderful film.. But what made me comment on this blog was the last line.
Its funny but while reviewing your film for a TV channel, I said that Aamir Khan is Bollywood's Tom Hanks!
Your reference of him in this blog made me smile..



Posted on Dec,24,2008 at 05:33 PM
parry well said yaar ..

i never saw such a great personality in bollywood .. down to earth ..even after making some legends on silver screen ..

u rock aamir bhai ..


Posted on Dec,24,2008 at 12:12 PM
Dear Aamir,
i feel that you are the best gift that Indian film industry has received. i am your die-hard fan and will remain so forever...this is the first time i am writing on the blog...
but surely the response you received in seattle was truly deserving... TZP makes me cry everytime (in a good way) so as to ensure that people around us do not commit the same mistakes during upbringing their children... hats off to you sir!!!

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Posted on Dec,20,2008 at 10:02 PM
Hi Aamir..
I know you are very busy. but please give me a response. i am a great fan of yours. I am waiting watch gajini too. I have seen it in tamil. liked it. but sure yours will be much better. thanks take care..
very belated " eid mubarak" merry christmas and a very happy new year.

I'll be off in the jungle at that time. its my job, taking people on treks. and its holiday for people with normal jobs and working time for me..

and keep smiling

Posted on Dec,20,2008 at 05:28 AM
My family and friends have loved it but i so badly want you to listen to it once and tell me how it is.I know you are coming to bangalore in Jan,2009 for the shooting schedule of 3 idiots.Infact i was auditioned for one of the junior's roles for the same movie and i got selected,but since ii am looking for something really substantial and not just to come on screen for the heck of it ,i might not do it.But i would really appreciate if you could just take out 10 minutes for me and listen to what i have would be so kind of you if you can just drop me a message here or an email in my inbox
Thanx in Anticipation
Good Luck

Posted on Dec,20,2008 at 05:24 AM
Hi Aamir,I am aware that people are only supposed to leave a comment in this blog.But i had no other way to communicate with you .I have grown up watching your movies.You are like my Idol.I also wanted to become an actor not jus today or few days back but since my childhood.and since then i have been working towards it every possible way.I am currently doing theatre in bangalore.I have recently recorded a scene from TZP(When Ram Shankar Nikumbh goes to meet Ishaan's parents).it took me good 3 days to first right the scene then by heart every bit of it and then finally record it in my voice)and i am glad it turned out to be quite good.

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