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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pathshaala Review

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I was hoping this would be a good movie, since I had been looking forward to it for a while. I think I saw the trailers originally over a year ago, and it has just been in productions for way too long. I was expecting a Taare Zameen Par type story, but with a twist, but it was completely different. The story was about this school in which, in order to raise funds as dictated by the management, students were forced to pay higher tuition, participate in events for publicity, etc. Unfortunately though, there were many things that did not make sense.

The following contains spoilers, so if you really want to save the surprise, don't read this post any further. Shahid Kapoor's character was a new teacher at the school, and yet he was the most vocal of all the teachers about his views. Usually someone that new to a team is not given that much power from the get go. In the movie, he is an English teacher, but the principal wanted him to be a music teacher as well, but he declined. As far as I recall, there was maybe one scene in which he was teaching English, but lots of footage of him as a music teacher. There was a school girl who was infatuated with Shahid's character. That was such a pointless story, and I guess the director must have felt so as well, because that story was just left incomplete. The girl was just staring at him and got a gift for him (which they never showed her giving him). Her guy friend had a thing for her, which could only be seen briefly in a song. There was another boy who liked a girl whose brother told him to back off once in the movie, and nothing progressed there either. Ayesha Takia seemed way too happy for the movie. I really like her cuteness, but she must have been really happy about her wedding and that happiness showed too much in the movie.

Overall, I was expecting more from Shahid. He started doing so well in the middle, and I really liked Dil Bole Hadippa and Kaminey (to some extent), but he's going downhill with movies like Chance Pe Dance (boring!!!) and Pathshaala (slow and somewhat nonsensical). I hope Milenge Milenge is good, because I want to see him go back up. Ayesha Takia is adorable, and she should stick to more bubbly roles without much seriousness, although I'm sure if she tries a bit she'll get that as well.

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