Paathshaala - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

There seems to be absolutely no limit to exaggeration. I understand the greed for money and bureaucracy is rampant in the most private of corporations, including schools. But, to showcase the entire corporate and publicity sector as the meanest, most heartless people is a bit too much. Our rotting education system needs desperate attention, but spare me the lop-sided one, please.



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34 reviewers have given Paathshaala an average rating of 0.4/5.0 (?)

2 yays
31 nays
1 so-so

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Thumbs down by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...the director makes a satire out of the media too, shifting focus from his original aim.... full review

Thumbs down by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...The problem with Paathshaala is that it tries to have a say about too many things in too little time. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...unfortunately only the intensions are right here ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...Ayesha Takia is practically wasted and what's the deal with her taking on the dual role of matron and nutritionist?... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...It has a lot to say, but the predicament is, what translates on celluloid is not razor-sharp.... full review

Thumbs down by Saurin Parikh, BookmyShow ...Shahid Kapoor gets to wear cool clothes and flaunt his long hair; Nana Patekar gets to make an inspirational speech at the end. And the rest, well, they got a movie, didn’t they... full review

Thumbs down by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...I want to strangle someone – the person who created the concept of reality shows. Not because they’re boring, predictable and a waste of the viewer’s time, but because they’re the reason for the biggest waste of film stock in recent times. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, ...While the clean-scrubbed waist-jacket-toting Shahid is unconvincing as a teacher, his attempts to bring in cinematic weight to the proceedings fly in the face of his measly role.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ... its time for the entire production unit to go back to school. ... full review

Thumbs down by Khushbu, ...a lovely concept but the screenplay and the execution of the film has bungled up that concept big time! ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...originated from an earnest idea, but one that's developed into a dimwitted, harebrained film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shweta Parande, IBN Live ...all this is random and does not sync the way it should in a film... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Why was this film ever made? What was Shahid Kapoor thinking? That he could be another Aamir Khan? ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...The camera lingers on the stream running down his leg, and you know the sort of film `Paathshaala’ is going to be : loud, obvious, minus any nuance. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...There is absolutely nothing that is subtle in this campus film.... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, MiD DAY ...crumbles under its own weight... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim Partha, Mixed Bag ...The romantic angle surprisingly was missing in the movie and whatever few stories surfaced sporadically, died unnatural deaths... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...Ayesha goes through the film smiling, while Shahid tries his best to play the crusader teacher with full conviction. ... full review

Thumbs down by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...the direction is embarrassing at times, with long dialogue being repeated ad nauseam, while many scenes appear to have neither beginning nor end nor any context.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Paathshala is staggeringly inept. The script by Hanif Sheikh has no discernable arc... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ...While Basha Lal's cinematography is free of poetic flourishes, the "Ae Khuda" track just sweeps you off your feet... full review

Thumbs down by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...Director Milind Ukey who gave us the very lovable animated film Hanuman has got a good topical subject on hand but falters big time in the script written by producer Ahmed Khan himself.... full review

Thumbs down by Preeti Arora, Rediff ...No school can send children for a reality show audition without explicit consent from the parents. The crew behind reality shows is loud-mouthed and offensive. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The teachers in this school aren’t any better — they also sing, dance, wear inappropriate clothes and generally do everything but the things you are expected to do in a school.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...It’s over dramatised to the point of ridiculousness. And these manipulative tricks are shameful to say the least. ... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Saurabh Shukla is sufficiently greedy and despicable; inspiring hatred for himself ... full review

Thumbs down by K K Rai, STARDUST ...his role seems to have been somewhat underwritten, quite unlike of bollywood heroes, and this makes him laidback in his approach... full review

Thumbs down by Friday Freak, The Friday Freak ...The students are the pick from the recent child actors coterie...the same thing that they thrash in this movie, you call it irony, I call it miscasting.... full review

Thumbs down The Telegraph ...More like one of those sleepy public service videos on DD about how education has become a business... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... The film does slog somewhat, specially in the second half and tends to lose momentum due to a loose script and an unimaginative screenplay.... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Paathsaala takes cardboard characterizations and stereotypes of black and white to a new high... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Upper Stall ...Bread-butter films of every generation have produced a common enemy the audiences can rally against week after week. It makes life for us (and screenwriters) relatively easy. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...With its realistic setting, ‘Paathshaala’ touches at multifarious levels.... full review