Like Stars on Earth

Bollywood-star-turned-director Aamir Khan and writer Amole Gupte may not exactly be household names in Western North Carolina, and while Khan’s debut behind the camera for Like Stars on Earth (2007) may not be likely to remedy that state of affairs, there’s still plenty about this teacher/student musical that should appeal to local audiences. A fanciful story about a dyslexic boy mired in an uncaring school system ill-suited to his special needs, India’s contender for the 2009 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar suffers at times from a distinctly problematic script and an overlong running time. Still, its heart is in the right place, and strong performances from Khan and Darsheel Safary as 8-year-old Ishaan manage to buoy what could otherwise have been something less than the sum of its parts.

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