Paathshaala (transl. School) is a 2010 Indian drama film that stars Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shraddha Arya, Ali Haji, Sushant Singh and Nana Patekar and is directed by Milind Ukey. The story revolves around children on a school campus. It comments on the Indian education system and its shortcomings. Kapoor plays an English and music teacher. It is inspired by the Marathi film Shaala, also directed by Milind Ukey. Paathshaala opened on 16 April 2010 to mixed reviews to negative reviews.It grossed only 11 cr made on a budget of 14 cr in India and emerged as a Flop at the box office
The story begins with a new English teacher Rahul Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) joining Saraswati Vidya Mandir school, in the Mirpurkhas suburbs. He strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike.
When Rahul Udyavar unifies the teachers (Ayesha Takia and Sushant Singh) against the atrocities of the school’s management, Principal Aditya Sahay (Nana Patekar) defends the management’s decision. This comes as a shocker to the teachers as Sahay is known for his dedication as an educator for the last 32 years who has built the school’s high reputation.
The situation becomes graver as 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 other media PR activities used for building the school’s 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 commercialization, the students go on strike unable to take the pressure, and it becomes a hectic situation. When the media comes to the school, asking questions about strike, Principal Sahay explains the whole situation and resigns. All the students request him not to leave and he shows some signs indicating that he would return.
Shahid Kapoor as Rahul Prakash Udyavar
Nana Patekar as Aditya Sahay
Ayesha Takia as Anjali Mathur
Swini Khara as Swini
Dwij Yadav as Vijay Damodhar
Master Ali Haji as Rohan
Avika Gor as Avika
Sushant Singh as Vijendra Chauhan
Saurabh Shukla as school manager Lallan Sharma
Nassar Abdulla as trustee Dholakia
Shraddha Arya as Natasha
Sanatan Modi as Farooque Sir
Anjan Srivastav as Waghmare
Vicky Ahuja as Rajveer
Preeti Kopikar as Mrs. Shinde
Sunny Singh as Vikram “Vicky” Bhatnagar
Sushmita Mukherjee as Mrs. Bose
Kainaz Motivala as Shailey
Denzil Frank Appearance in Aye Khuda Song
Manas Adhiya as Nutty
Kurush Deboo as Cyrus Hansotia (Teacher)