Bollywood top 14 movies based on teacher-student relationship
Bollywood has made an array of movies- some celebrating the bond between teachers and students, and others portraying the sacrifices of teacher for their students. While we can’t go back to school or colleges, we can definitely relish the good old times with some of the best movies on this Teachers’ day.
Super 30 (2019)
The recently released film chronicles the life story of Anand Kumar played by Hrithik Roshan. It shows the struggle of Anand, an Indian mathematician who quit his job as a teacher in a top coaching centre to teach underprivileged children. It shows Roshan’s character go through all the hardships to school his students, enabling them to book a seat at the coveted IITs.
An Indian adaptation of Brad Cohen’s autobiography, ‘Front of the Class’, the film follows a woman (played Rani Mukerji) with Tourette syndrome landing a teaching job in an elite school and how she turns her weakness into her biggest strength. Rani’s character is faced by strong resistance by her students who belong to the economically weaker section of the society. She, however, is determined as a teacher to take her students along on the path of learning.
Chalk n Duster (2016)
Directed by Jayant Gilatar and written by Ranjeev Verma, the film is an emotional journey of two teachers Vidya (Shabana Azmi) and Jyoti (Juhi Chawla), serving at a Mumbai–based high school. Their passion and love for teaching bonds them in a special relationship with their students. Their gratification is good grades and moral values they strive to impart to students.
A serious, but vital movie in the student-teacher genre, Aarakshan dealt with the crucial subject of reservation. Megastar, Amitabh Bachchan plays a college principal, who turns into a social activist. He plays Prabhakar Anand, who fights injustice to bring positive change in the education system without compromising on his principles and morals. The socio-political drama sent out a strong message for schools and colleges across the country.
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
Directed by Habib Faisal, Do Dooni Chaar is a comedy-drama film starring Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Aditi Vasudev and Archit Krishna in lead roles. The film is about a middle-class school teacher who tries to keep his wife and children happy in inflationary times and dreams of buying a car. In the end, it is not just the teacher who redeems himself by not succumbing to taking bribes, but also his children who begin to see him in the true light and importance of being a teacher and an honest citizen.
3 Idiots (2009)
The film had two different teachers, Rancho (Aamir Khan) and Veeru Sahastrabuddhe (Boman Irani) with distant qualities. Boman Irani played that khadus teacher all of us had in our schools and colleges, though, he does come around in the end. The film centres around 3 friends at an engineering college. Rancho, later identified a Phunsukh Wangdu lives by the philosophy that one should pursue excellence, as when it is achieved, success follows. The film is distinctive for featuring real inventions by little-known people in India’s backyards.
Taree Zameen Par (2007)
This film made under the supervision of the perfectionist of Bollywood, Aamir Khan, balances art, social relevance and entertainment to bring about a change in the way we as a nation raise children in an extremely competitive, standardised, mechanical world. Darsheel Safary stars as eight-year-old Ishaan, and Khan plays his art teacher. The film explores the life and imagination of Ishaan, an eight-year-old dyslexic child. Aamir Khan played the best teacher anyone could ever ask for. He saw potential in Darsheel Safari’s character and through unconventional methods brought out the best in him. The close knit bond that the two share, made Ram Shankar Nikumbh the ideal teacher.
Chak De! India (2007)
While we have focussed on the bond of one teacher with a few students, here’s a film that brought forth the struggles of a defamed coach with his rowdy team of players. The film stars Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan, who is ostracized from the sport and he and his mother are driven from their family home. Seven years later, to redeem himself, Khan becomes the coach of the Indian national women’s hockey. Shah Rukh Khan showed tough love in Chak De! and won hearts of the audience. His analysis of the team’s strengths and weakness helped in their victory. The 70 minute speech is quite famous and is one of the most motivating speeches to go back to. In classroom or on-field, Chak De! India has some fine lessons for all students.
Loosely based on Helen Keller’s life and struggle, Black follows a teacher played by Amitabh Bachchan helping a deaf-blind girl (essayed by Rani Mukerji) explore her potential. Amitabh himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease in the film. The film shows how the teacher shapes the life of the girl whose family had given up hopes on her.
If not for Shreyas Talpade’s stellar performance, the movie belongs to his teacher played by the most talented, Naseeruddin Shah. Iqbal is a 2005 Indian sports drama film which follows a cricket-obsessed boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcome his difficulties and become a cricketer and fulfil his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team.Iqbal seeks help from Mohit (Naseeruddin Shah), who was once a great cricketer and persuades him to be his coach. Mohit trains Iqbal and gets him a place on the Andhra Pradesh Ranji Trophy team, despite Iqbal not having any previous cricketing experience.
Munnabhai M.B.B.S (2003)
Among Raju Hirani’s movies that moved audiences, this one reserves a top spot. Way past the age to be in college, Munna, played by Sanjay Dutt is misfit in the most prestigious medical college. With a funny cold war between him and the dean of the college, Dr. Asthana (Boman Irani), this film is a laughter riot. The Bollywood film taught us that while conventional ways may seem like the right way to go about it, but sometimes a miracle is long due and it is only possible when a student-teacher relationship becomes a mutually understanding one. Well, like they say, a teacher never stops learning either.
Sir is a 1993 Bollywood film directed by Mahesh Bhatt starring debutant Atul Agnihotri and Pooja Bhatt in the lead roles with Naseeruddin Shah playing the title role.
Imtihan (“The Test”) is a 1974 Bollywood Bollywood film starring Vinod Khanna, Tanuja and Bindu. The story of the film revolves around an idealistic professor who decides to reform a group of rowdy students at a college. It is inspired by the 1967 British film To Sir, with Love, and has inspired the television series Jeet. The film was shot in Nashik.
Jagriti (“The Awakening”) is a 1954 Bollywood film that won the Filmfare Best Movie Award in 1956, and the lead, Abhi Bhattacharya, won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. It is based on 1949 Bengali film Paribartan that Satyen Bose had directed earlier.
The Bollywood film is about a spoiled rich kid, Ajay (Rajkumar Gupta), who is a problem child and is sent away to a boarding school by his grandfather. The board school is run by Shekhar (Abhi Bhattacharya). Shekhar tries to instill good values in the students using unorthodox teaching methods. He gains the students’ trust and educates them about the heritage of their country and encourages them to become model citizens.