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Movie Review : Paathshaala

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 Milind Ukey
 Hanif Sheikh
 Hanif Sheikh
 Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Swini Khara, Dwij Yadav, Master Ali Haji, Avika Gor, Sushant Singh and Saurabh Shukla

Paathshaala Movie Review

April 17, 2010 02:21:39 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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In the beginning there is Nana Patekar (Aditya Sahay) playing the principal of a school. He is glum, very strict and goes about changing the rules of his school in an almost inhuman way.

In the end, we hear his spiel on how he gave 32 years of his life to this school, why he did not marry (because he would have to share his passion), also he would have had two kids, but here he has many. And, he feels nice when students who he does not recognize meet him on the streets and touch his feet. Suddenly he smiles when a kid gives him flowers and he is now a new man.

In between, we are treated to some slack display of how a school is run. How the management suddenly raises their fees, harassment standards, and the students and teachers bear it all. A student is kept out in the sun for the whole day for not paying his fees and his father is insulted. Canteen rates are hiked up, students are made to audition for various reality shows to make their school famous...Through all this, principal Sahay is a mute spectator. Okay, Ukey, time for you to go to PAATSHAALA!

In fact, its time for the entire production unit to go back to school. The basics of filmmaking are all wrong. There is no script, no screenplay and the plot is so unbelievable that you almost want to reach out and slap the characters on screen.

I mean people walking all over you and you taking it all were what we saw in films of the late eighties. When actors like Shoma Anand and Raj Kiran played characters that harassed the good guys in a family. Bollywood has progressed beyond all that insane nonsense.

I'm just wondering how actors like Nana Patekar and Shahid Kapoor got trapped in this PAATSHAALA, because the story itself is laughable.

Rating - 1/5

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