Parul Sharma

NEW DELHI: The path-breaking Bollywood film Taare Zameen Par has made its way into a National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) book.

The much-appreciated movie directed by Aamir Khan on the sensitive subject of dyslexic children has been included in the new textbook for “Creative writing and translation”, an elective subject for Class XI students. The book, “Srijan-1”, which will be introduced from the coming academic year, also happens to be the first bilingual textbook (Hindi and English) developed by the NCERT.

“The idea was to give students an opportunity to study both languages together. They can read different material and will be exposed to two different languages. We have assiduously prepared this book over a period of one year,” said Ram Janma Sharma, Head of the Department of Languages at NCERT, who is also the chief coordinator of the development committee for this textbook.

Chapter on media

The book includes a chapter on the media, giving students an introduction on media writing and helping them understand how to write a news report, interview and review.

In the section on reviews, the book has reproduced the analyses of Taare Zameen Par (as published by a Hindi daily) and the National Award-winning movie Iqbal that portrays the story of a differently-abled boy who dreams of finding a place in the Indian cricket team.

“We have tried to use contemporary examples in the book. Movies influence children in a big way. So we have used the examples of movies that students can relate to,” said Prof. Sharma.

According to NCERT spokesperson B.C. Patro, the book also has excerpts from Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, Rabindranath Tagore’s book of poems “Geetanjali”, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom”, Vikram Seth’s “The Golden Gate”, Bharatendu Harishchandra’s play “Andher Nagari” and Arundhati Roy’s much talked about novel “God of Small Things”.