Ahmed isn't directing the film; instead, he has entrusted the directorial reins to Milind Uke. The kids finalized 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," Ahmed tells me, “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, 6/7 huge corridors, basket ball court, garden, assembly hall, music room and 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.
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