Do you ever see a movie and feel like, this is the teacher I want in my life? Did Chhichhore take you back to reminiscing your good old college days?
This teacher’s day lets pay ode to all the greatest teachers Indian and foreign cinema has given us and relive them.
DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
An American drama film of 1989, directed by Peter Weir, starring one of the most inspirational and legendary actor of all time, Robin Williams. The story talks about how a teacher inspires his students to follow their passion and taught them to dream freely. He teaches them to live out of the mechanized world and learn to see the beauty in art. John Keatings, played by Robin Williams, is a teacher everyone desires.
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Directed by Aamir Khan, the film had him also play art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh who helps his eight-year-old student Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) overcome dyslexia. The movie about despair and hope is iconic. Amir khan plays a teacher that never gives up on his student and enhances the best qualities in them. Have we not dreamt of a teacher coming to the class, dressed as a clown and then dancing on top of the table?
GOOD WILL HUNTING
A 1997 American drama film, directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon, the film follows 20-year-old South Boston janitor Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Here Robin Williams is not exactly a teacher, but a therapist who guides the 20-year-old back on track of life and helps solve his problems teaching him valuable life lessons, which is exactly what a role of the teacher is.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pathbreaking film revolved around a blind and deaf girl (Rani Mukerji played a character inspired from Helen Keller’s life) and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease (Amitabh Bachchan). The film won all awards and hearts alike. This movie talks about the persistence and patience of the teacher and the bond between the student and the one who guided her back to life.
STAND AND DELIVER
Based on a true story, Stand and Deliver depict a rebellious math teacher who transforms his seemingly hopeless, apathetic students into the top-scorers in the state. Their achievement is so remarkable that the school board accused the Latino students of cheating. Just imagine this story in our test-obsessed age of NCLB. This movie depicts the student-teacher relationship in the best way possible.
A movie made by Nagesh Kukunoor touching upon the teacher-student relationship was Iqbal. It was a story of a deaf and mute boy (Shreyas Talpade) in a remote Indian village who aspires to play for the national cricket team. He’s tutored by a local drunkard (Naseeruddin Shah), who was once a great cricketer. This movie tells us that a teacher-student bond is not limited to the walls of a school. Anyone and everyone can teach you great lessons about life.
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
The Edge of Seventeen is a 2016 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Haley Lu Richardson. A story of a seventeen-year-old, going through identity issue, family issues and is a mess at handling relationships. It is then that her teacher comes to rescue. As an underdog, he advises her and guides her to a normal life.
The movie revolves around a woman, played by Rani Mukherji, who has Tourette’s syndrome and is a teacher at an elite school. She soon tries to do whatever she can to make her rebellious and troublemaking students realize their full potential. Helmed by Siddharth Malhotra, the film showcases a strong bond between teacher and her students, who belong to the economically weaker section of the society. This movie tells us how anything is possible with proper guidance.
A movie that won the hearts of people across all age groups, 3 Idiots debunks the myths about rote learning, to encourage unconventional fun-learning methods through Rancho (played by Aamir Khan) or whom we later come to know as Phunsuk Wangdu, who starts a special school for kids. The movie also shows the evolution of the relationship between the college’s director Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe (played by Boman Irani) and his students. A Movie about how friends, sometimes, could be the best teachers and could deliver us lessons that no other can.
If you haven’t watched this movie yet, today is the day to watch it. Based on the life of Patna-based brilliant mathematician Anand Kumar, portrayed by Hrithik Roshan, the movie revolves around him running the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna for underprivileged children. The film showcases the battles he had to fight to ensure that the kids get the right kind of education. Anand Kumar is determined to enable his students to crack the IIT exam and get to the top. The film is directed by Vikas Bahl.
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