July 26, 2008

Coming Attractions: Taare Zameen Par

Many thanks to BollywoodWorld for providing a preview of Aamir Khan's directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par, now secured for North American home video distribution via Disney/Buena Vista, as recently posted here. (T–Series has already released their DVD — with substantial extras — in India.)

It's not the official trailer, and there are no subtitles, but you might be able to get an idea of what to expect:

© 2007 Aamir Khan Productions & PVR Pictures.

You will, however, have to wait a while for the disc to appear, as BollywoodWorld has just reported… and as Mr. Khan himself has noted on his blog.

Now for the bad news… and I know I am going to be slaughtered for this one. Disney has a lead time of at least 3 months. They want to do a mainstream release in these 5 markets. So while the DVD has released in India and outside India as well, in these 5 countries it will be a few more months before it comes out.

No, Mr. Khan, perish the thought of any of us coming close to slaughtering you. Disney is as Disney wants to do. Just do whatever you have to do to bring your gift to the awaiting audiences in the States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The onus will be on Disney to deliver as promised.

Believe us, sir. The pressure is on Disney, not on you. Just do what you do best.

Just so this is understood: This feature is from the actor/producer who gave the world Lagaan, and as previously noted, it's gotten great press. Keep your eyes on this one, and let's hope, for once, that the Disney people treat this film — and its potential (and eager) audiences — with proper taste and respect.

Bollywood devotées are proud of the scene and what it stands for. If you treat them with respect, they will treat you with respect.

Let's hope the residents of 500 South Buena Vista in Burbank, California, take full advantage of this fact.

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