NILIMOY DASwrote on Apr 20 2010 4:48PM
A new English Teacher, Rahul Prakash Udyavar(Shahid Kapoor) joins Paathshaala (Swaraswati Vidya Mandir school), located in the outskirts of Mumbai and instantly strikes a rapport with students and teachers alike. However, soon he realises that there is something fishy in the school. His doubts are proven true when he finds that the School Manager, Sharma (Saurbh Shukla) makes many monetary obligations compulsory on the parents in the name of extra-curricular activities and even goes to the extent of punishing the students physically when the new unjustified demands of the school are not met by the parents.
Rahul Udyawar unifies with the other teachers (Ayesha Takia, Sushant Singh, Kurush Deboo) to make a movement against the atrocities of school management, when the Principal of the Paathshaala, Aditya Sahay (Nana Patekar) defends the management’s decision. This comes as a bolt from the blue to Rahul Udyawar and the other teachers as Mr. Sahay is known for his dedication as a strong and dedicated educationist which has built the school’s high reputation.
The situation becomes even more critical as the school management becomes aggressive with its growth and involves media planners in the extracurricular activities. This demands the involvement of students in TV reality shows and many other media PR activities used for building up the school image in public which starts reflecting on the students’ stress levels. The pressure on young minds increases incredibly leading to unexpected and grim consequences.
Thus, caught in the web of commercialization and internal rebellion, the school’s situation becomes so volatile that it soon becomes a national issue.
Paathshala challenges the increasingly debauched and unscrupulous practices in our education system and analyses the complex relationship between teachers, students, school management and the education system as a whole. The movie attempts to challenge such notions that threaten our children’s future and thus our society.