Chalk n Duster (2016)

India| January 2016| 130 min| Hindi
Chalk n Duster (2016)
Genre Drama
Color Color
Certification India:U
Locations India
Director Jayant Gilatar
Lead Cast Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chawla, Divya Dutta, Girish Karnad, Zarina Wahab
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Plot Summary
The film is based on the commercialisation of education in India, and highlights the issues teachers and students face with the changing education system. The plot specifically follows the journey of two teachers Vidya (Shabana Azmi) and Jyoti (Juhi Chawla), who teach at a Mumbai-based school headed by Indu (Zarina Wahab), the much loved principal. Things were going fine until a change in administration sees Indu being replaced by a wicked lady, Kamini Gupta (Divya Dutta). Everything changes for the worse as the new principal steps in, with her strong ambitions to upscale the middle-class school. Things hit a rock bottom when Vidya is forced to resign and suffers a heart attack because of the unfair treatment. This motivates her colleague and friend Jyoti to protest against Kamini and the board of trustees led by Anmol Parekh (Arya Babbar), which eventually takes a bigger shape than anticipated.
Manoj Bajpayee was the initial choice to portray the role of the Quiz Master, but was later replaced by Rishi Kapoor as Juhi Chawla did not believe Bajpayee looked like one.

The film was released tax-fee in some states of India including Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.

This is the first film that will see actresses Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi sharing screen space. National Award winner Azmi was initially unsure of signing the film, but later on said yes because of encouragement from Chawla.

This was the first time that actress Divya Dutta, usually known for playing bubbly, loveable, and positive role, was seen portraying a negative character.
Shabana Azmi Vidya, senior maths teacher
Juhi Chawla Jyoti, school teacher
Divya Dutta Kamini Gupta, new school principal
Upasna Singh Manjeet, Arts teacher
Girish Karnad Vidya's husband
Zarina Wahab Indu, former school principal
Samir Soni Jyoti's husband
Arya Babbar Anmol Parekh
Gavie Chahal
Adi Irani
Rishi Kapoor Quiz Master (special appearance)
Jackie Shroff special appearance
Richa Chaddha Bhairavi Thakkar, news reporter (special appearance)
Saheeba Khurana
Director Jayant Gilatar
Producer Amin Surani
Executive Producer
Writer Ranjeev Verma(story)
Neetu Varma(story)
Ranjeev Verma(screenplay)
Neetu Varma(screenplay)
Ranjeev Verma(dialogue)
Neetu Varma(dialogue)
Lyricist Javed Akhtar
Music Composer Sandesh Shandilya
Singers Sonu Nigam
Alka Yagnik
Shradha Mishra
Sanchit Mishra
Shabana Azmi
Choreographers Shabina Khan
Cinematographer Baba Azmi
Action Director
Film Editor Santosh Mandal
Casting Director
Production Designer Boishali Sinha
Art Director
Costume Designer
Production Companies Surani Pictures
Song # 1Aye Zindagi
Written byJaved Akhtar
Composed bySandesh Shandilya
Performed bySonu Nigam
Song # 2Deep Shiksha
Written byJaved Akhtar
Composed bySandesh Shandilya
Performed byAlka Yagnik,   Shradha Mishra,   Sanchit Mishra
Song # 3Jingle Bodmas
Written byJaved Akhtar
Composed bySandesh Shandilya
Performed byShabana Azmi
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All ratings are based on 5. NA indicates rating not available.

Times of India|Review by Meena Iyer
'Chalk N Duster' has its heart in the right place. Made with an intention of showcasing the worms in the current education system, where money often gets merit over capability; this film can be lauded to some degree.
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The Indian Express|Review by Shubhra Gupta
That education should not be a business is something we all believe in. We also know just exactly how much the lure of filthy lucre has driven teaching, the noblest profession, into a corner : the `good’ teachers who want to selflessly impart knowledge are getting scarcer, and the `bad’ guys with calculators and power point presentations are taking over.
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NDTV|Review by Saibal Chatterjee
The director's heart bleeds for ill-treated teachers. Nothing wrong with that. But is it good enough? For intention, Chalk N Duster might get full marks, but the execution is so hopelessly ham-fisted that the film can only be described as an absolute botch-up.
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1|Review by Sukanya Verma
Mistaking intent for quality, Chalk N Duster’s greatest drawback is that it tries to take the high moral ground without substantiating its material or projecting the least bit of depth
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