As for Milind Ukey, a good attempt by him. After about some 10-11 yrs he came back with some good product. In 1999 he was just an AD in the legendary film "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", and then he directed one mythological film in 2002. And now as a director he came back with some good cast and with some good product.
As from the story point of view it does lack some real stuffs and definitely having many loop holes, but what is really impressive is the content of the film and what the film is trying to give out the message to our society through this fictional film. The fact is also that, that this kind of film have been attempted many a times. The famous one as “Taare Zameen Par” and the recently with almost 80% of the topic relating was the film called as “Chal Chalein”. In that the content was nice but the way of presenting was very bad, plus no saleable cast was there except for MIthun Chakraborty. Where as in “PaathShaala”, quite a good saleable cast was there and plus the content which was being presented to us was somewhat nice also.
Nana Patekar is one strict principal of his school, which is as old as 30-35yrs old, plus is very reputed. He believes in his own principles that school and colleges are only meant for giving good education to the child and not for any purposes. Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia are well known teachers in the same school. Now one day Nana Patekar came out with the notice in front of his school and staff cum colleagues of his, that the school fees would be higher now onwards, and those who will not pay or delay then strict actions would be taken; for the revenue making from the school, shows like talent hunt and etc would be organized for the kids so that school can earn money from the sponsors; many sought of mental pressure was being given to the kids as well as to the secondary students. Many staff’s and teachers of the school were not being able to see this and so they all including with all the students came on for the strike.
And at the end Nana Patekar, the principal of the school, came out with the secret that why he had taken this type of step, what’s the reason behind this, and finally the writer and the director of the film came out with some good message for our society.
Though the screenplay of the film was good but was also not upto the mark. The love triangle between students in the school was just to increase some extra length of the film, but neither was it related to any script, story or the content of the film, nor did it give out any kind of message to the society. Many scenes such as talent hunt show part and all were unnecessary prolonged. And last but not least, climax was not at all that impressive as it would be. So because of that also, major drawback was seen to us. But infact many that type of scenes were also there, where many people might have cried during the scene.
Story and screenplay written by Ahmed Khan, who has directed films like “Fool N Final” & “Lakeer” and had Choreographed many-many films like “Pyaar Impossible”, “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge”, “Hum Tum Aur Ghost” and etc. This is his first film as a story and screenplay writer, and can be said as a good attempt by him. Though there were many loopholes, but a good attempt.
Music given by Hanif Sheikh, which he had worked in many films but only as an action director; as a music director he just gave out one film, i.e. “Aakhri Decision” released in 2010 only. Unfortunately the film was a biggest flop, and also i guess many of us don’t know also what this film is. But with the film, his music was also awful. Luckily Hanif managed to give out some decent music here, and specially one of my favorite is “Ae Khuda…”
Performances given by all of them were just simply bravo, especially performance done by Nana Patekar. He was in the film like the main soul of the film. Without him, the film wouldn’t have given that much impact to us. A real charm of the film. Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia played their roles very efficiently. And rest all of them were very good on the screen, especially the performance given Saurabh Shukla. He had played a very good one pain in the head type of role, which was indeed very impressive. A clap for Saurabh Shukla.
Though there were many loop holes in the story and the screenplay of the film, but still it’s worth watching for some good reason, as it is also being presented in a somewhat good way.
Also we can give leniency to the makers, as the the music director gives out his music for the first time (can be called as); director directs for the first time (can also be called as); and the Writer writes for the first time.
2.5 / 5