7 awe-inspiring reel teachers

On 5th of September, we celebrate ‘Teacher’s Day’. Teachers play an important role in our lives. A good teacher helps us to become good human being in the society and in turn a good citizen of the country. It shouldn’t be wrong if we say - teaching is a profession that creates all other professions. In Bollywood too, we have witnessed quite a few teachers on screen who gave us new insights on life and who shaped the students with their unique approach. As we commemorate this day, let’s cherish these reel teachers who indeed contributed like real teachers!

R Madhavan in SAALA KHADOOS plays a staunch stubborn coach who quits boxing following a fallout with the authorities over the underlying politics but goes on to coach a fisherwoman to fulfill his dream through her. (With inputs from Mamta Sethi)

Amitabh Bachchan plays Debraj in BLACK teaching the little Michelle to 'see' into the light through her blindness. To break through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learns to communicate.

‘The world doesn’t ask who came second’, is a perfect statement that the Dean of ICE - Dr. Viru Sahastrabudhe makes in 3 IDIOTS. None other than Boman Irani played the character. He is a perfectionist and as a teacher he expects perfection from his students as well.

Shah Rukh Khan in CHAK DE INDIA plays Kabir Khan - a Hockey coach (teacher) putting together a team of misfits to do the impossible i.e. winning the Women’s Hockey World Championship and making India Proud.

In DANGAL, Aamir Khan plays wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trains his daughters to become ‘female wrestlers’ and come triumph at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Geeta won the gold medal (55 kg) while Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). The best father daughter relationship. His methods as a teacher seem harsh and gruelling but the end result was more than satisfying

Aamir Khan plays this teacher in TAARE ZAMEEN PAR who finds the right potential in a child who suffers from dyslexia. Aamir tackles the whole issue by befriending him and giving him back his self-confidence and in the bargain winning himself a friend for life.

Rani Mukerji plays an aspiring teacher suffering from Tourette Syndrome in HICHKI. The story is about how she takes up the challenge and teaches the slum-dwelling students and transforms these so called rejected, unwanted and hopeless souls into an adage of hope by making them realize their potential and take up the challenges to bag the school’s prestigious ‘prefect’ badge.