Eros International & Paperdoll Entertainment's PAATHSHAALA is all set to hit the screens on 16th April 2010. Directed by Milind Ukey PAATHSHAALA stars Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Swini Khara, Dwij Yadav, Master Ali Haji, Avika Gor, Sushant Singh and Saurabh Shukla.
The music and lyrics of the film is done by Hanif Sheikh.
Teaching is a noble profession.
But does it hold true today? Hasn't education succumbed to modernization as everything else, which is ruled by commercialization and consumerism in this age of rat-race? We read in the newspapers about students being bogged down under study pressures, parents burdened with fees hikes, teachers punishing students inhumanly, some students even dying in such cases or some committing suicides... what state of affairs have we brought our education system to?
The story begins with a new English Teacher Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) joining Swaraswati Vidya Mandir school, situated on the outskirts of Mumbai Suburbs. Though he strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike, he realizes that there is something amiss in the school. Slowly his doubts prove true as the School Manager- Sharma (Saurbh Shukla) makes many monetary obligations compulsory on the parents in the name of extracurricular activities. He goes to the extent of punishing the students inhumanly when the new unjustified demands of the school are not fulfilled by the parents.
Day by day the stress level among the students increases many folds leading to the unexpected and grim consequences.
A situation becomes so explosive that it finally becomes a national issue.
PAATHSHAALA tries to answer many such questions related to the sanctity of today's education system. The high morals and basic ethics of the teachings have taken a back seat. Profit and more profit have become a new mantra of education institutions.
PAATHSHAALA is not afraid of telling the truth of wrong doings of the greedy educational institutes on the face, neither it spares from exposing the use of unethical media activities for the children who are yet not ready for it.
PAATHSHAALA is an Urgent and Desperate eye-opening mission for our Education System today.
NANA PATEKAR as PRINCIPAL ADITYA SAHAY: A man of upright principles. Aditya Sahay has been responsible for the growth arid reputation of SARASWATI VIDYA MANDIR for last 32 years. Teaching is passion for him. For the good education and for its discipline, he can go to any extent. Students and teachers revere him deeply though they also fear for his strictness. He loves his students and constantly works towards the new means and methods to improve on study methods. He is deeply concerned about his school's standing against other schools in the city. For him, every thing about education and the future of the students is a mission, even if it means to sacrifice his personal interests.
SHAHID KAPOOR as TEACHER RAHUL PRAKASH UDYAVAR: A Young English teacher who joins Saraswati Vidya Mandir recently has very modern and liberal views about education and the growth of children. He is loving and compassionate. He takes no time in creating rapport with students and teachers alike, He goes out of the way to help students. He is the one who stands against any injustice done to students; His mission is to create an education system based on true spirit, natural inclinations and an overall growth. Naturally he becomes an eye of a storm for the old timers in education system.
AYESHA TAKIA as TEACHER ANJALI MATHUR: An enthusiastic young teacher who is always ready to take any kind of responsibility when it comes to the progress of students. She loves her job so much that she doesn't mind taking multiple responsibilities of being a ECA teacher, hostel matron a music teacher. When the oppressive discipline & other irregularities in school burden students, she stands by Pahul Prakosh Udyovar in his fight against school management. She even sacrifices her career abroad for the sake of her fight for justice.
SAURABH SUKHLA as LALLAN SHARMA: A typical ill-mannered and oppressive manager of the School. He misuses the powers of system to burden students with fees hikes and additional charges. He is rude to students and staff and even misbehaves with teachers. He takes deep pleasure in troubling everyone in around the school.
SHUSHANT SINGH as VIJENDRA CHAUHAN: A sports teacher, ex-army person and a man of discipline and honour. He loves his profession and constantly works towards the betterment of sports in the school. When the school management brings new schemes to burden students, he protests against it. He later becomes a great support to Rahul Prakash Udyavar in his fight against the atrocities on the students.