movietimevideo Store Click here to get eCRATER listing at Auctiva.comPaathshaala Hindi Dvdwith English Subtitles & NSTC video formatStar Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Nana PatekarDirector: Milind UkeyMusic Director: Hanif ShaikhBased on the old world of schooling,‘Paathshaala’ revolves around a conventional school, Saraswati VidyaMandir falling prey to the hands of commercialization and money-makingmanagement. Result - baffled students, who were already burdened with aheavy school bag and the ever-increasing aspirations of theirover-ambitious parents. Rahul (Shahid Kapur), along with a handful ofdedicated teacher and students, take charge of the situation only torealize that the once-an educationist, Principal Sahay (Nana Patekar)is also involved with school manager, Sharma (Saurabh Shukla) to makethe educational institute in sync with the contemporary private schoolsof the city. A point-blank on reality, ‘Paathshaala’ bringsback to life the dark memories of the barbaric attitude that teachersemployed to teach students a lesson. What starts as an eye opener,stretches too much leaving the audience with too ‘real’ episodesto digest. The movie boasts of a few defining moments which are surelya paisa-vasool, but the flick, on the whole, is hammered by a loosescript and an unimaginative screenplay. There are scenes, which thoughare identifiable, remain chilly and preposterous, sinking the overallauthenticity of the film. The climax as well is not well scripted andperformed. Coming to the performance, Shahid Kapur shinesout partly with his act, thanks to the underwritten script. Asexpected, Nana Patekar plays his role to perfection. Other actors worthmentioning are Sushant Singh and Saurabh Shukla. Ayesha Takia comes inas a ray of hope to the overall look of the film. The music of the filmis less than average. Director Milind Ukey has come up with a worthwatching tale, but the problem is that it is the ‘compelledintrospection’ (so much essential for real dramas) which lies missing.In short, ‘Paathshaala’ is worth a watch, if you are interested inwatching how a few noble teachers take a blunt stand against thebrutish management of a ‘trying-to-be’ modern school.