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Movie Review: Blackboard Vs Whiteboard

Banners: Milestone Creations, Ratan Shree Entertainment

Producers: Nupur Shrivastava, Gireesh Tiwary, Ashutosh Singh Ratan

Director: Tarun Bisht

Cast: Raghubir Yadav, Pankaj Jha, Dharmendra Singh, Alishmita Goswami, Ashok Samarth, Akhilendra Mishra

Writer: Gireesh Tiwary

Music: Jayant Aryan

The state of government-run primary schools in our country has always been a topic of discussion. This film attempts to focus on the issue, the challenges faced by the teachers of these schools and what can be done to improve them.

Amit, a newly appointed primary school teacher, arrives in a village in Jharkhand. On his very first day on the job, he discovers the shocking state of the school. There are hardly any children and those who are there, all study in the same classroom. The mukhiya of the village has converted a couple of classrooms into storage rooms for cattle feed. The headmaster, Dinanath, is helpless as he has no resources to improve the situation. But Amit is determined to make changes to the primary school.

The arrival of a press reporter Rashmi provides the much-needed push for change. Her presence forces the mukhiya to clear the school. He wants to contest the MLA elections and needs a clean image in the media. Within 15 days, Amit, Dinanath and Rashmi, along with the children and the villagers, change the face of the school. As a result, children from the village who were studying in a private school run by the mukhiya enrol in the government primary school. All this does not go down well with the mukhiya and his brother, who decide to do something about it.

When Rashmi leaves the village after 15 days, Amit is wrongfully accused of poisoning the school children. How does Amit get out of prison? How does Rashmi help him? Does the primary school situation improve? All this forms the rest of the story.

Though the film has the right intentions, it fails massively in execution. The commercial elements added to the narrative make the film longer but add no value to the final product. Overall, the film seems amateurish and is a drag.

When the writing is so bad, what can we say about the performances? It is sad to see a seasoned and veteran actor like Raghubir Yadav wasted in this film. The lead actors Dharmendra Singh and Alishmita Goswami, who play Amit and Rashmi respectively, have a long way to go. There is a lot of over-the-top and loud acting. The less said about the rest of the actors, the better.

Verdict: Forget it!

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