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‘The lessons we learn from them stay with us, and so do they’

entertainment Updated: Sep 05, 2012 17:44 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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On Teacher’s Day, stars talk about what education means to them.

Amitabh Bachchan:

“I think that we all remember our teachers. It is a very common phenomenon. Teachers have a certain aura around them, which we carry in the form of memories throughout our lives. The lessons we learn from them stay with us, guide us and so do they. Back when I was studying, my parents desired that I be a graduate, though at times I felt it was a waste of time, and I could have spent those years learning to act. But such opportunities weren’t available back then.

I now feel blessed to have a degree; it is a great essential in today’s life.”

Sonali Bendre:

“I have studied all over India and every two years I changed schools. Honestly, there is no particular teacher that I studied under for a long time. My work has been my teacher, as the film industry has taught me a lot. I came here as a young and naïve girl. It was a different world, and I learnt a lot. I have experienced different things in my career, and if it were for some other field, I would have probably taken a lifetime to accumulate the kind of knowledge that I have gained in 20 years. Such experiences have been my biggest teacher.”

On-screen teachers-
Sushmita Sen sizzled as SRK’s chemistry professor in Main Hoon Na (2004).
Amitabh Bachchan won accolades for his performance as a teacher to the visually impaired and deaf Rani Mukerji in Black (2005).
Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Raj’s Mohabbatein (2000) taught the lesson of love.
Aamir Khan brought fun to the classroom in Taare Zameen Par (2007).
Boman Irani’s strict college dean in 3 idiots (2009) remains one of his best performances.
Shahid Kapur plays a kind English teacher in Paathshaala (2010).