Teachers’ Day: 5 gurus of Hindi cinema who changed us

Sharbani Banerjee

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ilms are great teachers to society. But, even within films, certain characters of teachers have been portrayed on the silver screen, which have left an indelible mark on our psyche and everyone has learnt some lesson or the other from them. Let us have a look…

Funshuk Wangdu/Rancho (3 Idiots)

Played, again, by Aamir Khan, this character is amazing. Being a student, Rancho taught his teacher, Viru Sahastrabuddhe, how to teach. Although shown through comedy, its lesson is very apt for teachers who do not believe in understanding the concepts put forward in a book. Also, as a teacher, he taught that education should be imparted in a way in which students can relate to more. And one should always follow his or her dreams.

Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Taare Zameen Par)

Played by Aamir Khan, this iconic teacher has literally introduced dyslexia to educated society. Not only did he manage he convey beautifully that even a dyslexic child could have other qualities which could be enhanced, but has also taught that society and teachers need to be sensitive and patient while dealing with such kids with empathy.

Mahvir Singh Phogat (Dangal)

Based on a real-life story and played, once again, by Aamir Khan, this movie is a change agent for society. It shows how, when a father becomes a teacher or coach, he has to face resistance from his own family. But his strict moral codes and discipline turns his daughters into winners. It gives a message to the today’s young generation that parents may act strict, but the outcome of that strictness is always fruitful.

Kabir Khan (Chak De India)

Played by Shah Rukh Khan, a coach of Indian women hockey team, who taught so many things which one can follow in his or her life. Kabir Khan’s first lesson was not to stop at one failure. If someone perseveres with strong determination, they can achieve the impossible. The second-most important thing is that a teacher not only needs to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a student, but also utilises them accordingly to make the student perform better.

Fateh Singh (Sultan)

Played by Randeep Hooda, the character is the coach of Sultan (played by Salman Khan), who not only trains him in mixed martial arts (MMA), but also the ‘game of life’, where one has to fight with oneself to win. This learning gives every person motivation to fight against odds and make a comeback.