The movie released on 10 October 2014 and met with predominantly positive reviews.
Five friends: Adi, Raju, Sandhya, Surya, and Salma, who have just completed their engineering are at crossroads about their career choices. Also, they realize that the moment has come to leave each other and move into the big, bad world. So, they decide to take one final road trip to each other’s house.
They hire a swanky van, and start their fun filled journey to these villages. On their route, they discover a lot of things they did not know about each other. They also realize what they want to do with their lives. Rest of the story is as to what happens during their visit, and how the harsh realities change their lives upside down. In short, the film is about how the road trip becomes a Paathasala of sorts and prepares them for the big journey called life.Hamood as SuryaAnu Priya as SandhyaSirisha as SalmaNandu as RajuSai Ronak as AdiShashank as Karthik (Special Appearance)Sanjay Reddy as Sandhya's fatherSurya as College PrincipalKrishna Bhagavaan as JC AstrologerL. B. Sriram as Fat Boy's fatherNarasimha Raju as Surya's father
Paathshala successfully marks an innovative edge, in the Telugu film industry, in terms of selection procedure wherein the cast and crew would be finalised through the medium of social networking site, 'Facebook'. The contest hosted on Facebook managed to get more than 15,000 followers within seven days of the launch with 10,000 applicants.
All music is composed, arranged and produced by Rahul Raj. The soundtrack CD featuring a total of five songs and twelve background score excerpts released on 28 July 2014.
The songs were received well, but it was the background score that was unanimously praised by all reviewers, as a major plus point, crediting it to have elevated the movie to a different level.
The soundtrack CD of Paathshala features 5 original songs and 12 background scores excerpts composed, arranged and produced by Rahul Raj.
Original background score
The movie released on 10 October 2014 and met with predominantly positive reviews. A review on International Business Times quoted "Audience Call it New-Age Tollywood Movie. Raghav's interesting concept, lead actors' performances, Rahul Raj's music, Sudheer Surendran's cinematography and its exotic locales are the main highlights of the film, according to viewers.". 123telugu.com said "First half of the film is entertaining, and showcases the fun elements in student life. Locations showcased and production values in the film are stunning. One dance episode featuring a poor kid, has been executed quite emotionally. Paathshala is also a brilliant film technically. Camerawork is quite stunning, as each and every visual looks top notch. Music is decent, and goes with the mood of the film. But it is Rahul Raj’s absorbing background score, that takes the film to a decent level. Dialogues are written in a simple way, and will connect to the youth well."
Cinegola.com rated the movie 2.5/5, but dubbed the movie as 'heartwinning', and said "Most of all, it is the camera work by Sudheer and the background music by Rahul Raj that really need to be appreciated.". iluvcinema.in too gave a highly positive rating, comparing the film to classics like Mani Ratnam's Mouna Ragam, Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Anand and K. Viswanath's Shankarabharanam.