Dwij Yadav, Nana Patekar, Suniel Shetty, Ali Haji
Music :Hanif Shaikh
Director :Milind Ukey
Producer aperDoll Entertainment, Eros Entertainment
Paathshaala Movie Review :
The story starts with joining of a new English Teacher Rahul Prakash
Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) in Swaraswati Vidya Mandir School, situated in
the outskirts of Mumbai Suburbs. Though he creates instant rapport with
students and teachers alike, he realizes that there is something amiss
in this school. Slowly his doubts come true as manager of School Sharma
(Saurabh Shukla) makes many monetary obligation compulsory on the
parents in the name of extracurricular activities. He goes to the extent
of punishing the students inhumanly when the new unjustified demands of
the school are not fulfilled by the parents.
Day by day the stress level among the students increases many folds
leading to the unexpected and grim consequences.
A situation becomes so explosive that finally it becomes a national
Paathsala tries to answer many questions related to the sanctity of
today’s education system. The high morals and basic ethics of the
teachings have taken back seat. Profit and more profit have become a new
mantra of education institutions.
Cast: Nana Patekar, Shahid Kapoor,
Ayesha Takia, Saurabh Shukla, Sunil Shetty.
Could it really be possible that no one who read the
script of Paathshala had the good sense to recognize that it
needed a lot more work before they decided to go out and shoot the damn
Indeed, Paathshala starring Nana Patekar and
Shahid Kapoor, appears to have originated from an earnest idea, but one
that's developed into a dimwitted, harebrained film.
Intended as a comment
on the commercialization of educational institutions, the film traces
the efforts of a group of committed teachers to stand up against a
greedy management that wants to turn their school into a profitable
Shahid Kapoor stars as a sincere English teacher who
leads the students and his fellow colleagues to demand an explanation
from the school's righteous principal (played solemnly by Nana Patekar)
on his uncharacteristic approval of the management's unethical
Saurabh Shukla appears as the school's ruthless
administrator who hikes fees randomly, stocks unhealthy processed foods
in the canteen, and hires an image-building agency to raise the school's
profile by admitting students into grueling reality shows and talent
The film's naïve script includes moments of sheer
melodrama and over-exaggeration in its effort to shamelessly manipulate
you into caring for its characters. There's a scene in which a
television show director jumps excitedly out of his seat and instructs
his cameraman to zoom in when a little girl accidentally gets chilly
powder in her eyes, because that's the kind of drama that television
supposedly thrives on. In another scene, a young boy is made to stand
out all day in the sweltering heat because his father hasn't been able
to pay up the suddenly increased school fees. There's also track in
which a boy with a dark birthmark on his face is isolated by his
classmates until good-Samaritan Shahid teaches them the meaning of
friendship using a litter of puppies to make his point.
film ends with no resolution in sight, which makes that long, noble
speech by Nana Patekar seem quite pointless after all.
the makers of this film had the seed of a good idea, but lacked the
skills to turn it into an engaging film. I'm going with one-and-a-half
out of five for director Milind Ukey's Paathshala. It's a
frustratingly foolish film; and judging by the indifferent performances
of both Nana Patekar and Shahid Kapur, it appears they were just as
bored acting in this movie as you are watching it.
Rating: 1.5 / 5