Music School Movie Review : Shriya Saran and Sharman Joshi’s musical drama: Sharman Joshi and Shriya Saran take us on a sweet journey of music, drama, fun and entertainment. Music School showcases the story of a music and drama teacher who faces difficulties in promoting performing arts for children due to academic pressure from parents, teachers and society.
Star Cast of the film Music School:
Starring Shriya Saran and Sharman Joshi as music and dance teachers respectively, the trailer showed the duo attempting to put together a musical drama ‘The Sound of Music’ along with Gracy Goswami and Ozu Baruah, among others.
Music School Movie Review:
The musical talks about the pressure put on children by schools and parents to focus on academics and not on extra-curricular activities like school art, music or sports. However, the film does not keep you hooked for long, as the long musical numbers which despite being situational, come on suddenly, make it a tiresome watch.
The first half of the film is well paced in quickly establishing the plot of the story. It begins with a school principal lecturing the students about focusing on their studies and not on art. That’s when you meet Manoj (Sharman Joshi) who is the drama teacher in the school. Through an elaborate musical number, the story goes on to explain how there are hardly any children who take up extra-curricular activities. Just then Maria (Shriya Sharan) arrives, takes Manoj’s help and sets up a music school. Things get interesting and even nostalgic when kids run around looking for hobbies while their parents fidget, finding ways to escape their distractions. This dilemma makes the film both intriguing and melancholy.
However, the second part of the story scares you. While it promises predictability, it also comes with a bunch of twists and turns, which may seem unnecessary. Despite the film having a social message and creating awareness among its audience, the film lacks the motivational or impactful value of its talking points.
Talking about Sharman and Shriya’s on-screen presence, their chemistry is comforting. They light up every frame. They balance each other out well and yet deliver great performances individually as well. You will want to be with him till the end of the movie. Shaan’s performance is also superb. He adds the much needed air to the film with his aura along with his voice. Special mention to veteran stars Prakash Raj and Leela Samson who bring the right sense of believability with their parts.
The kids do a wonderful job. This generation is no less than the groups that you have seen in Stanley Ka Dabba and Chillar Party. They come from all age groups and similar backgrounds, thus you relate and resonate with their thought processes. Their desire to do something creative, yet bound by their parents’ expectations, may resonate with many young people.
As a first time feature film director, Papa Rao Biyyala chose a very relevant subject to make the film. Another notable exception is the plot out of Hyderabad. The story seemed very relevant to its roots. Barring the musical notes, better writing and screenplay would have done wonders for the film.
Music School is a family friendly written all over it. It is a one time watch and probably a pass for the theatres. If you’re into music, this could be a nice add-on to your list, though, so don’t expect much from it.
Overall, Music School gives a social message on the importance of extra-curricular activities in the life of children. Given the fact that it is a musical film, with a predictable second half, it can make it a tiresome watch. This is a film that takes you back to your childhood and reminds you of the importance of pursuing your passion regardless of societal expectations.
Watch trailer here: