Sleepless In Seattle.   
Nov,01,2008
 

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
 
 
1223 Comments
 
1183.sands_n
Posted on Dec,18,2008 at 09:22 PM
FROM A SPECIAL EDUCATOR...TO AN ACE ACTOR...BEYOND THAT A GREAT HUMAN :)

I have watched a lot of movies made around 'disability'...and have been v v disappointed....
TZP was an absolute exception... my friends called me from all over curious to know my reaction.... I LOVED IT... no exaggeration in any frame... no filmy masala to rake up the moolah while killing the real essence...
HATS OFF TO U!
I am proud of u, Aamir :)
I'd love to meet you one day.. and let you know how it feels to have worked with such kids and then see absolute justice done to them... and through a medium like a movie...

Love always...
Sandhya

 
1182.samjoshi
Posted on Dec,17,2008 at 05:49 AM
Dear Aamir

Congratulations on this success. I would like to touch base upon different but related topic here. I am strong opponent of piracy. However delay in releasing DVD here in US is not helping the cause. There is no official means to watch TZP for last several months. This encourages many people to watch movies on pirated DVDs or download illegal versions. My request to you is to release DVDs of your movies within 3-5 months of release of the movie.

Thanks and Best of luck for future movies..

 
1181.cyril
Posted on Dec,16,2008 at 01:37 PM
hi.. any thing to do with Aamir elates me so much since the times i remember!!! talking about your various accomplishments whether in acting or in trend setting has always been remarkable... i know this is an understatement for a visionay artist like you. I have not seen this movie.... the reason? well to earn in Saudi Arabia is something of an experience .....putting up with lot of rules!!! I am more than glad to know that atlast the global audiences are getting an idea that Indian cinema is not just about running around trees anymore. Thanks to people like you in the industry who comprehend the taste of tasteful audiences wish we had more of your breed!

 
1180.rasika
Posted on Dec,16,2008 at 04:44 AM
Hey, You were in Seattle!!!! I wish I knew it before :(

 
1179.mona26
Posted on Dec,11,2008 at 03:52 AM
Hi Amir,

I live in San Jose and have always been a great fan of yours. I always feel whatever you do should be with your heart. God has destined everybody with a purpose on this earth, it shows in your work somewhere...
You have spread such a wonderful message throughout the world.. Keep it up!!
You should sometime go and visit Swami's Beach at Encinitas, California. The Beach belongs to Yogoda Satsanga Society Of India.

Mona

 
1178.zeebalatifi
Posted on Dec,09,2008 at 03:02 PM
Dear Amir,

I have a brother in States who has never watched hindi movies and hindi language is alien to him, on several occasions I did invite him to join me for a hindi movie and the answer was "NO" till recently I showed him TZP that was a begining to the world of hindi cinemas,he then watched lagan,fanna and the list goes on.He recently made a comment please take this seriously that if he every funded any one actor s' movie in bollywood that would be you.
we have tried through friends to get an appt with you when in India but as they say to reach the stars we will have to wait,I hope we can meet, we are coming down to India ( Delhi ) from the 6th Jan 09 to 17th Jan on our official trip and then will be in Mumbai and Pune after the 17th, I hope to see you and shake hands inshalla my email address is latifizeeba@hotmail.com

regards zeeba

 
1177.tataicool
Posted on Dec,07,2008 at 09:29 AM
Hi Aamir,
luvd the last line of ur blog,"this time it wasn't Tom Hanks"..donno y,but it did strike a note suddenly..hav seen the movie at least a 50 times..but still seems like haven't watched it since long..jst read ur blog and the first thing i de yesterday,watched the movie on my lappie.wat a sweet and simple movie,isn't it?have u seen it?
well,saw u on ZEE Tv yest nite on SaReGaMa..din know u play drums so well.i knew u wud b doing the "Aati kya",as thats d most common reqst evrybody makes,but the drums thingy was unxpctd :) who taught u? Shankar-ehsaan-loy or A.R.Rehman??or is it self-taught?? :)

 
1176.dba
Posted on Dec,06,2008 at 03:38 PM
SIR TAARE ZAMMEN PAR IS REALLY A AWESOME MOVIE I WANT TO TELLU THAT MY NAME IS DHRUV I AM PURSUING SOFTWARE ENGNEERING N I AM A SPECIAL CHILD I AM A CP SPACTIC CHILD BY WATCHING TZP I WAS REALLY CRYING WHEN U HAVE MADE DARSHEEL PAINING U BOTH WERE CRYING N I HAVE SEEN MY CHILD HOOD IN THE MOVIE I WAS ALSO VERY SLOW IN LEARNING I AM MY MOM IS WORKING FOR SPECIAL SCHOOL WHERE ALL SPECIAL CHILDREN R TAUGHT UNKO DEKHKE MUHJE AAPNA DUKH KUCH BHI NAHI LGTA SIR ORKID IS NAME OF THAT SCHOOL I HOPE UNKO BHI AAPKE JAISA KOI TEACHER MILJAYE REALLY

 
1175.gayathris
Posted on Dec,04,2008 at 09:43 PM
so this happens for everyone ha? cant post in our comments.. its so unfair.. i typed such big comments twice and it was not posted both the time.. pls correct the error...!!!

 
1174.sandeepja
Posted on Dec,03,2008 at 10:23 PM
Hi AK

I have seen Gajini in TAMIL acted by Surya.
Script is very good, but in tamil (i may be wrong) i felt first part was boring but second half was good.

Waiting for your release. gajini canot be thought by any other acter than you.
plz reply........ this is my second comment..
1st one i wrote on "nov 05, 2008. when i was in INDIA. i have come to US for short project.

Right now it is snowing out here and temp is -5...

Best of luck for Gajini..........

 
 
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