Shahid must have signed the film when he wasn’t that Kaminey. But he really needs to have a quality-control. He displays the vulnerability and helplessness remarkably. He just phones-in his performance. He looks sedated and the colour and length of his hair keeps shifting in a mysterious manner.
Nana grimaces, he is very much in sync with his character. The unending speech in the climax of Nana Patekar's will make you start liking your own school principal no matter how strict he was!
Ayesha smiles all the time. She is a complete natural, as always. Takia a bit raises hopes, but those are dashed soon after when the movie falls into overstated, predictable zones. Overall she has nothing new to do than fit in those clothes and down a few bottles of glycerin.
Amongst the plethora of teachers and students, Sushant Singh does well, Sushmita Mukherjee is serviceable and Saurabh Shukla is so effective, you start hating him for his repulsive attitude. He is as the conniving school manager Mr Sharma, who loves taking jabs at students and sniggers at every opportunity of passing rude remarks.
Ali Haji hams it up through the film. Swini Khara is her usual precocious self. There is also the poor working-class kid who doesn't have enough money to pay his fees and the kid who suffers from a physical disability. Both were Ok. The rest of the cast doesn't have much to do other than give uneasy close-ups in very bad lighting.
The film is so mediocre, that even the volatile Nana Patekar, capable of stamping his distinct chappal mark on almost any role, looks lost and uncertain, seemingly dulled by the obvious mediocrity he is surrounded by.
Neither entertaining nor socially relevant the film struggles to keep you interested.
1.75 / 5