The critically-acclaimed film that won numerous Filmfare and Screen Awards and was selected to be India’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards would be available on 3-Disc DVD/CD set with a new English language track

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing Aamir Khan’s award-winning film “Like Stars On Earth” (Taare Zameen Par), its first-ever Hindi language release, on DVD on Jan 12 next year.

The critically-acclaimed film that won numerous Filmfare and Screen Awards and was selected to be India’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards would be available on 3-Disc DVD/CD set with a new English language track.

It has a suggested retail price of $29.99 (US) and $35.99 (Canada).

“Like Stars on Earth” includes seven infectious Bollywood dance numbers, vividly imagined animated interludes and a brand new English-language track for a cross-cultural celebration of creativity and individuality. The emotional and entertaining release features an eight-year-old misfit with his head in the stars who learns that being different can also mean being special.

“A little twinkling star of a movie” according to BBC Movie Reviews, “Like Stars on Earth” is a sparkling example of why Indian cinema has rapidly become the most popular film import to the US.

Produced, directed and starring Aamir Khan, one of India’s most acclaimed filmmakers (Lagaan, 2002 Academy Award nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, India), the film was originally brought to a worldwide theatrical audience by UTV Motion Pictures.

“Like Stars on Earth” also features young newcomer Darsheel Safary in an astonishingly nuanced performance that earned him a 2007 nomination for Best Actor in India’s prestigious Filmfare Awards. It was one of India’s top grossing theatrical films of 2007.

In this touching and inspiring film, eight-year-old Mumbai native Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) lives in a world where letters dance exuberantly with the brilliant colours, lively animals and joyfully soaring kites of his fantastical imagination. Struggling to read and write and unable to deliver the good grades and disciplined behaviour expected by his parents and teachers, Ishaan is shipped off to a boarding school to straighten out.

Almost 200 miles from home and suffering from homesickness, Ishaan alone is unmoved when a new art teacher (Aamir Khan) energizes the classroom by asking students to think, dream and imagine, instead of merely following the rules.

Determined to draw the introverted child out, the teacher sets about helping Ishaan find the wondrous power of creativity that lies within him.

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