Teachers in our Cinema

Indian cinema has portrayed the student- teacher relaship very well in several movies.In recent times, how could anyone forget the contribution of the teacher in the movie Tare Zameen Pe. Or teacher Johnny Mathew (Nagesh kukunur) in Rockford.

There have been many onscreen teachers whom we can recollect and it may be difficult to judge the best. Here are some teachers from the silver screen


Phunsukh Wangdu


Phunsukh Wangdu was a person who just wanted to be himself and also let everyone live how they wanted to. Aamir Khan in the movie ‘3 idiots’ (partly based on Chetan Bhagat’s ‘5 Point Someone’) was first showcased as a student different from the rest of his peers. Unlike others who were studying only to get a job offer in the job placements at their college, he studied Mechanical Engineering because he was passionate about it. Later he built his own school which had his primitive ways of teaching. He chose to build his school in a valley far away from the busy cities.


Mohit the drunkard


The movie, Iqbal was based on a poverty stricken, dumb and deaf boy who was very keen on making his career in cricket. Mohit  played by Naseeruddin Shah was a retired cricket player whom the world has forgotten about as a player. Mohit had no work other than drinking. On Iqbal (played by Shreyas Talpade) and his sister’s insistence Mohit agreed to train him. Mohit trained Iqbal with limited facilities. He used basic and indigenous methods to train Iqbal which made him reach his goal to join the Indian Cricket Team.


Kabir Khan

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Yeah! Here comes none other than Shah Rukh Khan who played the role of Kabir Khan in the movie ‘Chak De India’. Being a former captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Kabir was selected to coach the Indian Women’s Hockey team. He trains a bunch of players from different social backgrounds. He tries his best to unite the team and play strategically. Never been to a foreign land, these players train under the guidance of Kabir Khan and later overcome their social differences to win the Women’s Hockey World Cup in  Australia.


Ram Shankar Nikumb


Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par explores the life and imagination of 8 year old boy, Ishaan. Though a creative student, he excelled only in arts and underperformed in academics. Ram Shankar Nikumb, his new art teacher suspects that he is dyslexic and calls such children special and gifted. After seeing the complexity of Ishaan’s art, Nikumb is convinced that Ishaan is an intelligent boy. The only problem is that Ishaan thinks differently. Nikumb then tutors Ishaan in methods adopted to teach dyslexic children. Ishaan soon develops interest in Language and Mathematics and excels in his class.


Debraj Sahai


The man who needs no introduction, Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Debraj Sahai who is the teacher of Michelle McNally(Rani Mukerji) in the film ‘Black’. Michelle is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Although Sahai is an alcoholic, harsh teacher specializing in teaching people with Alzheimer’s Disease, he became the best teacher for Michelle. In the course of Michelle being taught by Sahai, he begins to succumb to Alzheimer’s.


Murli Prasad Sharma (and Gandhiji)

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In the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Murli Prasad Sharma a.k.a Munna Bhai, presents himself to janhvi (his love interest) as a professor of history and a Gandhi specialist . He is not really a teacher, but over the course of the film, he advocates Gandhigiri and helps create an Impact. In the climax, Janhvi declares, that he is the best professor she has seen.


Dr. Asthana


As the Dean of a renowned Medical Institute in Mumbai, Dr. Asthana played by Boman Irani rightly performed all his duties until a local gangster, Munna (played by Sanjay Dutt) got admitted to the Institute by unfair means. In the movie ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’, Dr. Asthana tries his best to keep the decorum of the Institute and rusticate Munna from the Institute, but in no vein. Munna plays his pranks and also connects very well with the staff, students and the patients of the Medical Institute. Ultimately, Dr. Asthana is a transformed person, also gets convinced by Munna and allows Munna to marry his daughter Chinki, for whom he had got admitted to the Institute.