“‘Chalk N Duster’ is something that touches you, which makes you both cry and laugh. This is a story that’ll touch you deeply, make you stand up and clap for your teachers or go and give them a hug,” Juhi said about the film.
The shooting of the film had begun in April and Juhi said that now they are at its end and expect to release in a couple of months.
The film has been termed an educational film about teachers but Juhi says: “It is about teachers and it involves children, but it’s not just about teachers. It’s about people, it’s about ethics and the effect teachers have on their students. It’s a lovely script.”
Juhi considers the film to be on similar lines of other films based on children’s education and difficulties like “Taare Zameen Par” and “Stanley Ka Dabba”. “It’s from a similar genre. ‘Taare Zameen Par’ brought you something really new but at the same time, something that you would perhaps be aware of it and heard of, but it brought to the fore the experience of what it is to be dyslexic or to have a dyslexic child.”
The film is directed by Jayant Gilatar and has been produced by Amin Surani. It also stars Shabana Azmi, Jackie Shroff, Divya Dutta, Samir Soni, and Girish Karnad, among others.