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Directed byMahi V Raghav
Written byMahi V Raghav
Rajsekhar PVR (dialogues)
Produced byRakesh Mahankali
Pavan Kumar Reddy
Sai Ronak
Sirisha Vanka
Anupriya Goenka
CinematographySudheer Surendran
Edited byShravan
Music byRahul Raj
Release date
  • 10 October 2014 (2014-10-10)

Paathasala (transl. School) is a 2014 Indian Telugu-language film written and directed by Mahi V Raghav.[1] The original score & soundtrack of the movie are composed by Rahul Raj. The film released on 10 October 2014.


Five friends: 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.




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,[2][3] 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.[4]

Soundtrack album by
Released2014 (2014)
ProducerRahul Raj
Rahul Raj chronology
Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi

The soundtrack CD of Paathasala features 5 original songs and 12 background scores excerpts composed, arranged and produced by Rahul Raj.

1."Friendship Anthem"Sooraj Santhosh, Elvis Don Raja 
2."Merise Merise"Rahul Raj 
3."Sooryodhayam"Najim Arshad 
4."Swecha Varsham (Freedom Song)"Rahul Raj 
5."Shoonyamai"Nikhil Mathew 



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.".[4] 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. Paathasala 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."[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
24 & 25 January 2020 1st IIFA Utsavam Best Film Pathasala Nominated [6]
Best Director Mahi V. Raghav Nominated


  1. ^ "First look of Paathasala". idlebrain. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Paathshala music review - Telugu cinema news".
  3. ^ "Audio Review : Paathshala – Meaningful Album". 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Hooli, Shekhar H. (10 October 2014). "'Paathshala' Review: Audience Call it New-Age Tollywood Movie". International Business Times, India Edition.
  5. ^ "Paathshala telugu movie review | Paathshala review Paathshala movie review | Paathshala telugu review | Paathshala cinema review | Paathshala| Paathshala cinema review | Paathshala review and rating | Paathshala movierating | Paathshala first day first show live updates | Paathshala live updates". 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2015 Nominees - Telugu". IIFA Utsavam. Retrieved 25 December 2019.