In the memory of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was the first Vice-President and second President of India, the country celebrates Teachers’ Day every year on September 5. Bollywood and even Hollywood movies haven’t remained far from showcasing the evergreen teacher-student bonds and the art of teaching that in today’s rapidly changing environment is often forgotten. Here’s our recommendation of some top movies to watch on this Teachers’ Day.
- Taare Zameen Par
We needn’t say more. It’s an iconic movie that tells us that sometimes adults need to step into children’s shoes to see the world for what it truly is. Aamir Khan succeeded in creating awareness about dyslexia thru this film. In Khaled Mohamed’s words, “Aamir Khan’s directorial flick rekindles the uncomfortable moments of our childhood.”
Apart from successfully spreading awareness about Tourette syndrome in India, the movie also threw light on unconventional methods of teachings kids and showing them that nothing is impossible. Naina Mathur (played by Rani Mukherjee) fights the society to live her dream of being a teacher and empowers a class of young and energetic kids to become successful in life.
Beautifully written and directed, this revolutionary movie is about a deaf and mute boy named Iqbal who struggles and overcomes many difficulties to live his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team. His coach Mohit, played by Naseeruddin Shah, supports him throughout his journey.
Black is said to have been inspired by the life of Hellen Keller. From its heartwarming story to its direction, acting and the minute details covered in the relationship of a blind, mute, and deaf girl and her mentor, the movie touches the heart and doesn’t fail to instill inspiration. It is one of the finest works of Bollywood that received critical acclaim.
- Chalk n Duster
Highlighting the problems surrounding the Indian education system, the movie showcases the journey of two passionate teachers who suffer wrongful terminations. It’s a delightful watch where the teachers (played by Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi) subvert the authoritative rule and its cruel proceedings to save the school.