Mumbai: Shahid Kapur's Paathshala, which has been ready for the last one year, will finally hit screens next year and the actor says his role is substantial even though it is not long enough.
"Paathshala is small in comparison to some other films that I am doing. Moreover, I am not a quintessential hero in the film. However, it is not as if I have a special appearance in the film, as has been speculated by some. I have a substantial role that lasts for 30-40 minutes in the film," Shahid - who had two releases Kaminey and Dil Bole Hadippa this year - said.
Paathshala was earlier being co-produced by choreographer-turned-filmmaker Ahmed Khan with Big Pictures. However, as per current developments, Eros International would be presenting the film.
The first look of the film was revealed a year ago with Karzzzz. It was expected that the film would release in January 2009, but it continued to be pushed ahead. Directed by award-winning Marathi film director Milind Ukey, Paathshala is expected to release in the first half of 2010.
"Yes, the film moved from Big Pictures to Eros and they would be making plans to line up the film in a proper manner. However, I am sure they would have the right campaign in place for the film's release. The film has to be protected and released when there is no other film of mine coming up," said Shahid, who plays a teacher in the film.
The film brings together Shahid and Ayesha Takia after Dil Maange More and Fool-N-Final. Incidentally, the two had worked together years ago as child artists in the famous commercial for the health drink Complan.
The film also stars Nana Patekar along with child artists Swini Khara, Ali Haji and Dwij Yadav.
Set against the Indian education system, Paathshala deals with contemporary and socially relevant issues regarding children. It claims to carry a heartfelt message for children, parents and teachers.
"It is a very socially relevant film and talks about the education system in the country. I am really happy to have played a role in it. I have seen the rushes of the film and really cried throughout. I get really emotional when watching a film. Even during Taare Zameen Par, I cried throughout and was looking around me if anyone was watching me," Shahid added.
Unlike Taare Zameen Par, which was shot on real locations, Paathshala was filmed on a set. To give it an authentic look, Khan had erected a massive set of a school at Film City - it consisted of class rooms, dormitories, principal's cabin, staff rooms, half a dozen huge corridors, basket ball court, garden, assembly hall, music room and canteen.