Preview: Paathshaala


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, April 16 -- Genre: Social/ Comedy Director: Milind Ukey Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Sushant Singh, Saurabh Shukla

Synopsis: Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) is a new English teacher at Saraswati Vidya Mandir. Though he strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike, he realises that there is something amiss in the school.

His doubts prove true when he realises that the school manager, Sharma (Saurabh 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 unjustified demands are not fulfilled by the parents.

When Rahul unifies the teachers (Ayesha Takia Azmi, Sushant Singh, Kurush Deboo) against the atrocities of school management, school principal Aditya Sahay (Nana Patekar) defends the management's decision. This comes as a shocker to the teachers as Sahay is known for his reputation as an educationist. The situation becomes graver when school management becomes overambitious 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. Caught in the web of commercialisation and rebellion, the school soon becomes a subject of national debate.