Director: Paparao Biyyala
Cast: Sharmaan Joshi, Shriya Saran, Prakash Raj, Benjamin Gilani, Leela Samson, Suhasini Mulay, Gracyb Goswami, Ozu, Vaqaar Shaikh and Shaan
Platform of Release: Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The simple and sweet little film takes you back to your childhood and reminds you of the importance of pursuing your ardent passions regardless of societal expectations, with a musical note. Music School is about a music teacher, Mary (Shriya Saran), who joins a school to teach music but is disappointed because no one is ready to learn music. The drama teacher in the same school and in the same society, Manoj (Sharman Joshi), advises her to open her own music school on the same premises.
Mary is left with no choice, and fortunately, their new school quickly gets enough admissions. Samyukta (Gracy Goswami), the daughter of a police officer (played by Prakash Raj), is the best attraction in Mary‘s music school. But things are not that easy since all the parents want their children to stay away from music and drama and focus only on their studies. Music School is about how these children pursue their passions for music, dance, and drama.
You relive your younger days in school and how your parents used to pester you to concentrate on your studies and not get distracted by the radio. This heart-warming 11-song musical is about how the prevailing education system and parents put pressure on children to be competitive in their studies, thereby leaving no time for art and culture.
The biggest negative point of the film is that it has far too many songs, including one with the actor who plays the principal of the high school in the film, which intermittently disrupts the proceedings of the film. The screenplay leaves a lot to be desired; especially when the story backtracks to the past life of Mary who is seen clinging back to her ex-flame played by Shaan.
As far as performances are concerned, I should say that Shriya Saran is impressive though Sharman’s character looks like it is half-baked. While Gracy Goswami is excellent in the role of the teenaged Samyukta, Ozu is totally eye candy and a charm on screen. Prakash Raj is terrific. Being a children-dominated film, highlighting a crucial topic of their importance, the film’s craft has 100 % connectivity!
Yesteryear actor Benjamin Gilani assures you that age is no barrier to an actor when it comes to displaying one’s prowess as an actor, while Suhasini Mulay is terrific. Though Shaan has been appearing from time to time in various films like Daman, Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya etc, in this film, he has a role which has some scope as well as depth. Ilaiyaraja’s music is brilliant and retains its own simplicity and is also melodious to the core.