“Music School” Movie Review by MATHIOLI RAJAA

“Music School” movie Directed & Produced by Paparao Biyyala on behalf of Yamini Films

Mastro Isaignani Ilayaraaja’s Music.

Story Line :-

Music and Drama teachers Mary (Shriya Saran) and Manoj (Sharman Joshi) take it upon themselves to contribute their bit, and create a show based on ‘The Sound of Music’.

The movie opens with a theatre teacher struggling to make his presence count, while other streams take up all the space, students and credit.


Painting, music, theatre, poetry, and such soulful and nourishing creative streams are often sidelined as there is unprecedented academic pressure on students to score good grades, and find a place in reputed professional colleges. But nourishment of the soul is most important; there is nothing worse than the broken spirit of a child.

Shriya Saran (Maria), a music teacher from Goa, joins the school, only to face the same disdain and struggle that Sharman Joshi’s character (drama teacher Manoj) has to contend with.


Manoj helps Maria find accommodation in his apartment building. Further, Manoj, who is the single father of a girl, helps Maria start her music school in the building. And eventually the duo decides to stage ‘The Sound of Music‘ with their students.

Every student in the music school has a story. One is so much under pressure by his parents and coaching institute that he loses his mind. Another has to climb down from a window in order to attend the class. One girl is the daughter of a commissioner, who hates the idea of a music school.

Manoj and Maria decide to take the students on a trip to Goa for a three-week workshop to prepare for the musical. There, everyone is greeted by Maria’s parents, who are an inter-racial couple. During this visit, two of their students fall in love and decide to run away. One happens to be the daughter of the commissioner, who is hell-bent on getting her daughter back and destroying the stage show. What happens next is heart-warming and inspiring musical entertainer.

‘Music School’ focuses on ‘Theatre and Drama’ in schools as important art subjects for children. The narrative of the film doesn’t deviate from its core, which is beautiful. The film’s music is timeless and grows on you. It is beautifully infused into the storyline.

Sharman Joshi and Shirya Saran are perfect choices for their roles, their easy-going and mellow performances help the audience understand the idea behind this movie.

Veteran character actor Prakash Raj, Leela Samson and Benjamin Gilani, among others, have delivered seasoned performance expected of them.


Singer Shaan is the surprise package in the film, not only is he singing and making his acting debut, but he is good too.


Parents aren’t against theate music, but they want their children to take them up as hobbies, not as career options. The movie highlights the pressure applied by school systems and parents on children to continue with endless hours of studies, leaving no time for soul-nourishing activities, such as art, music and sports.


‘Music School’ is superbly narrated through music, and relatable situations and characters. It is a must-watch, especially for family viewing.


Cast :-

Sharman Joshi, Shriya Saran, Shaan, Gracy Goswami, Ozu Barua, Prakash Raj, Benjamin Gilani, Suhasini Mulay, Bugs Bhargava, Leela Samson, Mona Ambegaonkar, Srikanth Iyengar ,Vinay Varma, Phani Eggone, Vaquar Shaikh, Karthikeya Chowdary Gadde, Vivan Jain Munoth, Olivia Charan, G Rohan Roy, Aadhya Panditharadhyula, Siddiksha, Kushee Soni.

Technicians :-

Directed & Produced by Paparao Biyyala

Story, Screenplay : Paparao Biyyala

Banner: Yamini Films

Music – Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja

Dop : Kiran Deohans

Sound : Amrit Pritam(MPSE)

Mixing Engineer: Debajit Changmai

Art: Rajeev Nair

Editor: Amol Dilip Gunjal

Dialogues: K N Vijayakumar

Lyrics: Pa Vijay

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"Mathioli" RAJAA


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