Since last year, my family has enjoyed watching Bollywood movies. We were introduced to these movies through the Sunday church service in which the speakers regularly feature inspiring scenes from selected movies. After watching the 3 Idiots last year, and not just once, not twice, but I think more than five times, we were hooked. Next was the movie My Name is Khan, which was also very entertaining and also has some lessons to impart to its viewers. We also watched Ghajini which could touch anyone’s heart despite having a tragic storyline.
The most recent one that we watched was the movie Every Child is Special. This movie really tugged at our heartstrings mainly because it involves a little boy of eight, named Ishaan, who was thought to be a misbehaving, slow learner, and hyperactive child. He couldn’t read and was performing very poorly in school. The teachers and the school principal recommended transferring him to a boarding school in the hope of developing his skills. Ishaan lost his self-confidence and self-esteem and as the days went by, he drifted more and more away from his surroundings and from the people around him. He even lost interest in painting which was his greatest talent and was his favorite hobby when he was still back home. An arts teacher took notice of him and immediately saw the signs of the cause of Ishaan’s learning disability. The teacher made his own research and event went to visit Ishaan’s parents to look at his previous books and notebooks, and he was surprised when the mother showed him the paintings done by Ishaan. He told the parents that Ishaan was now almost destroyed and that he wasn’t even painting anymore. He told the parents that Ishaan is dyslexic, and that’s the reason why he couldn’t read, has difficulty following instructions, has poor motor skills, and has poor concentration.
The teacher did everything he could to help Ishaan. He talked to the principal to authorize Ishaan’s teachers to assess the abilities of the child through oral tests instead of written. He promised the principal that he will take care of teaching Ishaan reading and writing skills. Through the teacher’s perseverance, patience, and care, Ishaan gradually improved. He learned how to read and write. He also renewed his love for painting, and when the teacher initiated a painting contest in which the entire school participated, Ishaan won the grand prize.
Ishaan’s parents were very grateful for what the teacher did to their son and Ishaan’s father was very sorry for all the things that he did and say to his son.
Despite being a 3-hour movie, as is often the case in most Indian movies, we didn’t notice the time because it was really a very heartwarming movie. It will touch the hearts of parents because most of us are sometimes guilty of pushing our children to the limits without considering that they might have already reached their capacity. Sometimes, we’re expecting too much from our kids and we sometimes look the other way or push them even harder instead of confronting the problem head on when we notice that they’re not performing at par to our standards. There are times when we don’t realize that there might be some problems that our kids themselves couldn’t express, and sometimes they just come across as being lazy, rebellious, slow learner, or temperamental. This movie is an eye-opener as to what love, patience and understanding can do to a child with learning disability, what more to a child who is only misbehaving because he craves for attention from his own parents?