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Taare Zameen Par to Black: Films where teachers meant everything to students

This Teachers’ Day, let’s recall some of the most iconic Bollywood films that redefined the student-teacher bond in a special way.

bollywood Updated: Sep 05, 2016 08:28 IST
Monika Rawal
Monika Rawal
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Teachers' Day,Amitabh Bachchan
Bollywood films have showed various dimensions of teacher-student relationship.

Remember those good old school days when the only worry in life was to wake up early in the morning and finish homework in time. Even in school, a scolding from teachers was just a matter of time that got over as soon you returned home. Over the years, the idea of student-teacher bond has grown and evolved – only for good.

Thanks to the films being made in Bollywood that show different dimension of this special bond –atypical of what it is usually perceived. Here’s a lowdown on some of the iconic films that reflect how a student-teacher bond can make all the difference and definitely make school a better place. Happy Teachers Day!

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Taare Zameen Par is one of the most heartwarming movies based on teacher-student relationship.

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

The film beautifully showed how a teacher can double up as the parent and look after a student like their own child. Not giving up and honing a child’s unique talent without underestimating them, it touched upon the issue of dealing with dyslexic kids in the most sensitive way. Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) and Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) made for the best team on-screen. Talking about his role as an unconventional teacher, Aamir said the film does reflect on traditional teaching methods and their efficacy or otherwise. “It’s a story about a kid’s life and his relationship with his art teacher, by changing his life through caring and understanding. That is the key message of the film - that with caring and love you can actually do a lot.” He added, “I think my character is very open-minded as a teacher. He doesn’t believe in the rigid authority of what is conventional education.”

Main Hoon Na broke the stereotypical image of a school teacher.

Main Hoon Na (2004)

There’s no right time or age to go for higher studies and this SRK starrer just proved it right. Taking the student teacher camaraderie to a different level, the film made a strong point that it’s definitely possible to be friends with your teachers – and much more than that. Icing on the cake was Sushmita Sen’s character that broke the stereotype image of a teacher - that is boring and one who can’t dance. Sushmita Sen as Chandni Chopra in Main Hoon Na tweeted: What an experience to be romanced by @iamsrk sauntering in sarees :)) Beautiful chemistry that I taught and he brought alive :)) Cheers to Main Hoon Na.

Chak De! India remains one of the best films made on Hockey sport.

Chak De India (2007)

When you are playing the coach to the national women’s hockey team, you ought to be strict and we don’t blame SRK for being that way. The film brilliantly showed how a teacher’s undying efforts can unite a team and make them achieve the impossible. It doesn’t matter if you dislike a teacher initially, because their ways will indeed get you to love them back. SRK said playing the coach of a women’s hockey team was like revisiting his past. “I feel hockey as a sport has been monstrously neglected in our country. I used to play the game during college. In fact, I was quite a good hockey player. So the role was a lot like going back to my past.”

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3 Idiots is not only about college life but also how you can make friends for life while studying.

3 idiots (2009)

You have to be a genius to turn around tables when it’s a prude and egoistic teacher like Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani) on the other side. The film won our hearts when Rancho (Aamir Khan) through his endless efforts succeeded in convincing his professors that fancy degrees won’t get you anywhere and real knowledge lies beyond textbooks and outside classrooms. “I am very proud to be a part of 3 Idiots and happy that the character has worked in a big way. The wonderful thing is I used to be called Mamu (from Munnabhai M.B.B.S) earlier, then Lucky Singh happened for a while and now I am called Virus,” said Boman.

Black has been one of the finest films in Bollywood that showed ‘Guru-Shishya’ bond in a special way.

Black (2005)

A heartwarming tale of a teacher and student, the film showed how a mentor can help you lead a meaningful life. Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan) taking up the job of teaching a deaf, blind and mute girl (Rani Mukerji) is a journey that got etched in our hearts. Rarely do we see a teacher who so sensitively takes onus of a student and refuses to give up. “Black was the most rewarding experience – in its story, the character and the aesthetics of the film and above all with Bhansali being behind the camera. The craft of this young and dynamic director and the freedom he gave helped me carve out my own interpretation of the role. Barring one mistake that I made in the performance, which was my personal failing, I believe, Sanjay presented all of us in such a wondrous climate that it was a sheer joy to see the final product,” Amitabh had said.

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Student of the Year is a new age story of college students who remained united and fought against the wrong.

Student of the Year (2012)

School is meant to learn, and there can be times when even the teachers get to learn from the students. SOTY brought to light the fact that teachers should instill the competitive spirit with intent to impart knowledge and not at the stake of students’ future and ruin college friendships. It’s about having the guts to voice out your thoughts without fearing the ramifications.

Mohabbatein is a tale of two teachers - one who endorses love and other who detests it.

Mohabbatein (2000)

Teachers too have a soft heart and it’s only students who can bring out their sensitive side. Narrating the story of an egoistic Principal Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) and his tiff with music teacher Raj Aryan (Shah Rukh Khan), the film showed how love changes the equation. It taught us the right ways to mend ways with a disciplinarian and make him welcome fresh ideologies with open arms.

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First Published: Sep 05, 2016 08:23 IST