Teachers Day, an honorable event that is celebrated on different days around the world
has the same meaning for all teachers and students alike who have given something in
the way of a lesson to be learnt, be it in a classroom or from the school of life. As the USA gears to celebrate the day in May, the following is a small appreciation
and tribute of recent
times to encourage such overpowering roles of
's role in Mohabbatein
played by Shah Rukh Khan
was one which broke all traditional teaching
and started a new era for the roles of teachers as a whole. The movie
saw SRK play the friendly professor with whom all students could connect
to, but primarily was a tribute to the profession of teaching where
ideas and ideologies of two generation of teachers
clashed. Arranging parties for his students and taking their side
against the Principal (Amitabh Bachchan
), he taught his students to live
life to it's fullest. The unique classroom set out in the open and the
encouragement that is rarely ever seen by on-screen teachers proved Raj
Aryan to be one of a kind. And we can't deny that the violin-sweater
combo became a necessary fashion craze!
This man knew it all when he was assigned to a deaf and blind girl played by Rani Mukherjee
of Debraj Sahai
played by Amitabh Bachchan
was not an easy feat. He was
eccentric, an alcoholic and his harsh treatment left us in two minds to
accept him or not. It was not until later that it emerges that he was
the best thing to happen to the then wild child who bloomed into
a sophisticated woman. The most important thing - he was not a teacher,
he was a mentor. He was an inspirational
character and to see the chemistry between a teacher and a student
to such an extent is something that happens only once in a lifetime.
Turning the classroom into a playground and teaching in his unique style was the role Ram Shankar Nikumbh
portrayed by Aamir Khan
in Taare Zameen Par
Exuding compassion, warmth and sensitivity towards one and all and
believing in having fun whilst learning was his motto. Not one to force
the same hand of teaching to all his pupils, he quickly recognized the difficulties a particular student was having, who
turned out to be dyslexic, played by Darsheel Safary. Such roles
have always existed in Bollywood but this movie tore through and made
it's own place at umber 1 for a weeks after it's release.
role of Viru Sahastrabuddhi
played by Boman Irani
in 3 Idiots
was criticized for not being a teacher but a
machine who tried to shove the ideology that textbooks
and impeccable grades are what makes a person successful. However, his
egoistic nature and beliefs are challenged and then changed by a
student, Rancho aka Phunsukh Wangdu. Rancho subtly gets his point across
that real education goes beyond a classroom and that human emotions are
key factor to anyone's success as much as perfect grades are.
This results in a change to the education system from rode-learning to
actually understanding the content in the books, a feat he manages when
setting up his own learning institute.
may not be considered an important role by many and are more
commoditized rather than portrayed in a sensitive manner, female
teachers have a long way to go before they create a lasting impact,
However, Chandini Chopra
's character from Main Hoon Na
out not just because of her immaculate dress sense (who wouldn't want
their Chemistry teacher to look like her?) but because of the lovely
portrayal by Sushmita Sen
. She exuded sensuality, had enough brain cells
to excel in Chemistry and took interest in her demoralized students,
as demonstrated when giving a new and fresh look to Sanjana played by
Other roles of teachers from recent times that have stood out in Bollywood movies are: Boman Irani
in Munnabhai M.B.B.S
, Shahid Kapoor
, Saif Ali Khan
and Amitabh Bachchan
in in Aarakshan
, Divya Dutta in Stanley Ka Dabba
, Naseeruddin Shah in Iqbal
, Rishi Kapoor
in Student of the Year
amongst many more. We appreciate all!On this note, BollyCurry bids adieu, but do let us know about your favourite teachers role and why you think it's outstanding.
Author: Saraa K.
Editor: Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Saraa K.
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