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 Aamir's Responses
1203. tittleiota
Posted on Feb,21,2009 at 01:26 PM
Congrats again on your success with this lovely and loving
may you get more such purposeful achievements. Ameen!

Sidrah Zaheer,

1202. viicky
Posted on Feb,02,2009 at 03:15 AM
Hey Aamir,
Thank-you for relentlessly entertaining us through your
cinema,it is very intelligent and reflects a lot of dedication in
choosing the scripts and bringing the character alive,its been a
while we had a out and out comedy,as the quality of comedy films
have been crude and below the belt in our cinema,only you can
provide us good clean comedy cinema.
Keep up the good work and best wishes for your future

1201. r3mii
Posted on Jan,31,2009 at 05:21 AM
Besides you being sleepless in seattle, what did you think of the
state. I am from seattle and haven't seen any indian films made
there, do you think there is any potential?


1200. radha_chaz
Posted on Jan,20,2009 at 08:04 PM
Not Tom Hanks
But certainly The Tom Hanks of India

1199. shivla
Posted on Jan,18,2009 at 11:16 AM
Hi Aamir, It speaks volumes of a person to be so open and
approachable to his fans. I have always felt that your style
statement - elegant and subtle - is a reflection of your grounded
I had the opportunity to meet you in Mumbai at one of the
Filmfare awards way back in 1993. And when I told this recently
to my 8-yr daughter, she is as keen to meet you as I was, as a
college girl at that time. It could be at the IIM or at my
residence. My residence is on the way to the airport - if that
Contact details: No.4, Vaswani Melrose, No.54/1,
Devarabesanahalli, Off Outer Ring Road, Bangalore. Mob:

1198. priya77
Posted on Jan,14,2009 at 10:54 PM
Sure wasn't Tom Hanks... but I consider you the Tom Hanks of the
Indian Bollywood Industry :)

1197. Rashouland
Posted on Jan,13,2009 at 04:08 PM
Hi Aamir, I just want to say that the movie was more than moving
and that was especially du to the amazing performance of your
kid-star. I'm sorry I can't remember his name now but I can tell
you that I was stunned. He is definitely star-material. I'm not
the watch-moving-scene-in-a-movie-and-cry person. But that boy
... Big wawoo.
Love/ Rasha

1196. reema_maj
Posted on Jan,10,2009 at 05:37 PM
it seems that you are a kyleXY fan too!
because i recently, watched the 2 seasons of this TV show, which
airs on *World... and one of the episodes has this title!! :)
if you are thinking when is it aired, must tell you beforehand
the 3rd season is yet to be aired! waiting patiently for it must
tell you...
apart from the "show", i must say, you have done a tremendous job
in this movie "TZP"...
my mother, who lost her son, and my beloved brother, when he was
just 5 after being diagnosed leukaemia , had a revolutionary
change in her life.. 10 years later now,she is so strong after
this sorrowful loss, she has found a new motive of her life..

1195. fnuseema
Posted on Jan,03,2009 at 07:07 PM

1194. carpe_diem
Posted on Dec,30,2008 at 04:14 AM
They say music has no barriers , i think good cinemas instilled
with tue emotions has no barriers either. I wish i could share
his hilarious pictures and videos on the same. Nonetheless
congratulations ! Please post something so tht i know uve seen

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