Good intentions, but a weak film

2010-05-10 00:00

DIRECTOR Milind Ukey’s film Paathshaala intends to send out a social and educational message about the atrocities committed by educators.

The story line touches on the grave situation where alleged education centres are minting money from parents, claiming to give quality education to their children.

Rahul Prakash Udayvar (Shahid Kapoor) is an English teacher at Saraswati Vidya Mandir School. He shares great chemistry with the teachers and pupils, but slowly realises that there is something amiss at the school.

The school management team makes monetary contributions compulsory for parents in the name of extracurricular activities. School manager Shama (Surabh Shukla) punishes pupils inhumanely with unjustified demands.

The principal, Aditya Sahai (Nana Patekar), defends the school’s management, which comes as a shocker. The film portrays the financial burden imposed upon parents and pupils in a flawed education system.

Rahul tries to unify Anjali (Ayesha Takia) and other teachers against the atrocities committed by the school’s management.

Shahid Kapoor gives a sincere performance. Nana Patekar is brilliant in a role tailor-made for him. Ayesha Takia gives an average performance, but Ukey fails to send out the social and educational message of atrocities solely due to a weak script. The film does identify the problem, but no proper solution is offered in the climax.

Paathshaala is a well-intended film, but lacks soul — watch it if you must.

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