X User Claims Ishaan’s Father Wasn’t Wrong In Being Strict, Starts Debate On Parenting

The reason why the 2007 Hindi film ‘Taare Zameen Par’ was such a massive hit and still continues to be one of the best movies to have come out of the Hindi Film Industry is because Ishaan Awasthi’s story resonated with people across the country. Ishaan not only suffered from a learning disability but he was also a victim of traditional and orthodox parenting in terms of his father.

Nandkishore Awasthi, played by the brilliant Vipin Sharma, embodied the quintessential strict middle-class parent. He probably had to learn the hard way that nothing comes easy in life and if one had to succeed in the long run, they had to perform brilliantly in school. For him, bad grades meant a failed life. He thought it was necessary to be verbally abusive towards his son and later distance him from the family by sending him to a boarding school. He thought that such strict parenting would yield better results on the mark sheet. But that didn’t happen, did it?

However, a user on X has expressed their sympathies towards the character of Nandkishore Awasthi and claimed that his anger and actions were justified considering he saw Ishan fail to meet the bare minimum expectations and was lost in his own world.

As it turns out, there were quite a few people who thought that Nandkishore Awasthi’s actions were justified. New parents expressed how they too are worried about their kids when they are out in the “real world”. They tried to explain how he, as a parent, knew that with Ishaan’s academic performance and lack of attentiveness, the world would eat him alive and that his artistic talents would fetch him very little in the long run.

But that isn’t the point of the movie, is it? On the surface, the movie may seem as though Ishaan was artistically gifted even though he wasn’t academically brilliant and that would be his redeeming quality later in life; that would bring him success and prosperity. But no. Every child may be special but they are not gifted. They may not be artistically inclined or academically solvent. They may not be good at sports or any other activity. They are just trying to do their best and sometimes, their best may not be enough.

Are such kids not deserving of a parent’s love and a family’s support? Of course they are! A parent’s responsibility is to keep their child safe, happy and to tend to their needs. They must applaud their wins and stand beside them like a rock when they are falling short. This is what was highlighted by some other people:

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