CAST & CREW
Rough Book is a documentary film directed by Anant Mahadevan. The picture talks about the problems with the Indian educational system. It shows the mentality of teachers and students towards the education system.
Plot Santoshi, the protagonist in the movie, had a traumatic break-up with her husband and has now joined a school as a physics teacher. She was given the weakest class to teach at the school. Anant Mahadevan’s Rough Book was roughly based on the theme of Sidney Poitier’s 1967 classic “To Sir, With Love.” Santoshi, who is a sincere teacher, has been a difficult task to teach incorrigible students. The character of Santoshi is shown as a teacher who is honest and not afraid of authority and the one who brings a new ray of hope of life to her students.
The story deals about how Santoshi tackles all the situations and overcomes all the hurdles on her way to achieving her goal. The movie displays the journey of one of her student, Suhail, who is a spoiled brat and his father a famous lawyer. It shows the problems faced by Santoshi in turning this reckless boy into a studious one.
Analysis The picture showcases faulty education system of India and the opportunities available for growth. Under the direction of Mahadevan, the documentary film wants to display the teacher-student relationship. Anant and his co-writer Sanjay Chauhan spent too much energy in sketching the character of Santoshi. Actor Ram Kapoor also makes an appearance in the movie.
Star Performances The character of Santoshi, played by Tannishtha Chatterjee tries to convince the audience and forces them to think about the education system. The basic idea of portraying education as a calling and not money making business is the aim of the writer. The performances done by the rest of the actors are also charming.
1. The story touches some of the necessary themes related to the education system.
2. The movie shows the determination of a teacher to teach the students who have a change of heart.
What’s not there?
1. Although the story of the film tries to display various necessary themes but does not find a voice in the movie.
2. The narrative is subtle but does not put emphasis on teacher- student relationship.
3. The transformation of the students happens, and it does not have an impact on the audience.
Verdict The dialogues were dated, and the story is predictable. The change in the students occurs in a sudden manner that it does not have a huge impact on the audience. In short, the movie is a one-time watch.
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