Movie Critics Savage Paathshaala

Indian movie critics have savaged the new Bollywood movie Paathshala (Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar).

Here’s what a sample of Bollywood critics had to say on Paathshaala:


“Paathshaala” is an incoherent mess of a film which takes a serious issue and manages to run it to the ground.

Why someone like Shahid Kapur would want to do a film like this is beyond me — of course, he doesn’t have that much to do, except smile and strum the guitar.

There is no script to speak of, the dialogues are so bad they are good (”these kids maybe the best players but they are not the best payers”, says one character) and the actors all appear to want to run ten miles away from the set.

I would recommend the same, run ten miles away from any place showing this film.


Paathshala is staggeringly inept. The script by Hanif Sheikh has no discernable arc.

…..Director Milind Ukey splashes his titles across newspaper stories of the problems that beset education in India – stress, suicide, the demand for donations. These are all relevant and urgent issues but Ukey’s treatment is singularly hare-brained and juvenile.

….The trouble is that film doesn’t stray into unintentional comedy territory either. It’s just unremittingly dull.

I recommend that you steer clear. I’m sure, unlike the principal, you can find other alternatives.


Unfortunately the title of this film will have most parents’ think of it as a children’s film. But Paathshaala is not a kiddie flick.

Neither is it targeted at an adult audience. In fact Paathshaala is a film which won’t keep anybody entertained (young or old).

5 Responses to "Movie Critics Savage Paathshaala"

  1. kd36939   April 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Ravan trailer –

    at least we can expect some quality from mani ratnam. Responds:

    What’s your goal with that video link?

    To ensure we don’t get proper sleep this weekend! 😉

    Abhishek Bachchan looks worse than he normally does on screen.

    Not Mani Ratnam, not Martin Scorsese, not Steven Spielberg, not even God can teach this clown to emote and bring life to the screen. 🙁

  2. kd36939   April 17, 2010 at 2:55 am

    but i feel in this movie there are only two heroes – maniratnam and ar rahman. their hold on this movie will definitely over shadow abhishek’s.. so don’t worry 🙂 Responds:

    We’ll know in 2 months. The movie is scheduled to release on June 18.

  3. kurf   April 17, 2010 at 3:08 am

    hey SI ,

    jus wanted you to watch “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest” and “whatever works”… also if possible try to review. thanks a ton Responds:

    Will do but after watching your earlier recommendation The King of Comedy today.

    • The Mahatma   April 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

      the netflix instantplay collection is burgeoning like crazy.. my queue has over 104 movies now.. I may never watch many of them. Responds:

      We have 84 in our queue.

      Did you know that some movies have ‘Limited Availability’ dates.

      For instance, two French movies in our queue Merci Pour Le Chocolat (Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Anna Mouglalis) and The Butterfly (Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu, Francoise Michaud) are available only until 4/21/2010. We’d better watch them fast.

  4. iamsumu   April 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    On an unrelated note, was shocked to read that CK Prahalad had passed away yesterday. One of the leading Indian strategic minds, a lot of his visions on globalization and his ideas expounding on Porter’s core competencies accurately predicted international business trends. Responds:

    Some centuries back, we attended a day-long program featuring C.K.Prahalad as the key speaker.

    Returned underwhelmed.

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