Choreographer turned director Ahmed Khan's production debut, produced by his wife Shaira Khan, is titled Paathshala. Starring Shahid Kapur, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia and Suniel Shetty in pivotal characters, the film revolves around kids and is set in a school campus.
Ahmed isn't directing the film; instead, he has entrusted the directorial reins to Milind Uke. The kids finalised for the key roles are Swini [Cheeni Kum), Ali [Fanaa, Ta Ra Rum Pum) and Dwij (Nanhe Jaisalmer), besides several child actors.
“Paathshala is about the student-teacher relationship. It's a highly emotional subject. I can confidently state that it's the most lavish children's film made in India.”
Meanwhile, Ahmed has erected a massive set of a school at Film City. In fact, the set houses class rooms, dormitories, principal's cabin, staff rooms, corridors, a basket ball court, garden, assembly hall, music room and even a canteen. Shooting of the film commenced from January 27.
Hanif, who rendered the popular song Ye Dooriyan in Fool N Final, is scoring the music of the film. Adlabs is backing the project.