Teacher’s Day Special: Inspiring Teachers in Hindi cinema

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JAGRITI: When a teacher is talked about and how he can inspire a generation and beyond, JAGRITI is the film that immediately comes to mind, and the manner in which Abhi Bhattacharya had enacted the role, especially in the song- Aao bachcho tumhe dikhaye jhanki Hindustan ki- has made him one of the most endearing teachers in the world of Hindi cinema.

DO ANKHEN BARAH HAATH: A teacher need not be a teacher within the strict sense of a classroom atmosphere, but he can be a mentor in any situation and V. Shantaram as a jailor in this film, who could mould hard core criminals into good citizens of the city must have been the reference point for scores of jail reforms that were ushered in the country subsequently.

MOHABBATEIN: Big B and Shah Rukh Khan enacting two different forms of role model in teaching, Big B being the man who believed in wielding the stick to get things done, and Shah Rukh Khan, believing in the magic of love to charm his students was a powerful enactment of roles of teachers across generations and how it is still evolving.

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MERA NAAM JOKER: For a male student at the cusp of adulthood, falling in love with his teacher, a dilemma that most of the students continue to undergo to this day, was underlined in succinct detail in Raj Kapoor's eponymous film as only he could have the guts to tackle this issue in the manner as he did in the film.

BULANDI: Raaj Kumar as the teacher who inspired his students to fight against injustice, is one of the less talked about films, but is a film where Raaj Kumar played the role of a teacher with lots of conviction and flair.

AAJ KI AWAZ: Raj Babbar in the role of a teacher who pushed against the wall had the guts to take on the system, though battered in the process provided a possibility of how a teacher, though utopian, of how a teacher using his knowledge base could fight against the system and win his small battle.

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IMTIHAN: Vinod Khanna in the role of a teacher refusing to compromise on his ideals, and guided by the song in the film- 'Ruk Jaana Nahee tu kahee haar ke, indeed is one of the most powerful roles that Vinod Khanna had enacted in his career in Hindi cinema.

3 IDIOTS and MUNNA BHAI MBBS: Boman Irani as a principal in both the films underlined the quirkiness that forms a part of the academic world, especially the heads of the institutions who feel that they are a brand for the institutes that they head and that their ideas and ideologies ought to be the guiding principles for the institutions. It is altogether a different matter that there citadels fall down when an idiosyncratic student lands at their doorstep as it happened in both the films.

TAARE ZAMEEN PAR: Aamir Khan underlined the importance of the teacher in the changing times, which led many a parents to relook in the manner in which they were forcing their careers down the throat of their children, and possibly he could have been inspired from this role to underline the same maxim again with conviction in 3 IDIOTS.

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Male teachers in the world of Hindi cinema have had a diversified portrayal, but the female of the kind, still is to be brought into relief in its true sense of terms and may be the day is not far-off when such role would be offered to a lead female actor in the world of Hindi cinema.

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