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).