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PAATHSHAALA and the dilemma of education and its commercialization

April 17, 2010 05:09:52 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Suddenly education has become focused in the political agenda of the country. The issue that is being given thought to is, whether it should also evolve as a business or it should continue to serve its idealistic goal of spreading the quest for knowledge. The struggle between idealism and commercialism is at the core of the struggle in PATHSHAALA as well, two extremes in the film represented by Shahid Kapoor and Nana Patekar. Education of the country is indeed at the crossroads and PATHSHAALA is a reality check about the same. As the name suggests, PAATHSHALA is a place where one by residing gets educated. However in the modern connotation PATHSHAALA has indeed become a commercial venture, where the discourse of educational progress is governed by the catalysis in the form of money.



Education as a subject matter of content has been focused in a rather sparing manner through the oeuvre of Hindi cinema and on the eve of release of PATHSHAALA it indeed would be worthwhile to have a re-look into education through the eyes of Hindi cinema.

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