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Teachers' Day Special: 5 Bollywood actors who became teachers on the silver screen

New Delhi: Teachers have played an important role in our life. Their scoldings, punishments and lessons have been essential in shaping our lives.No matter how much we hated our teachers back then, we do agree
India TV News Desk September 04, 2015 13:34 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Teachers have played an important role in our life. Their scoldings, punishments and lessons have been essential in shaping our lives.

No matter how much we hated our teachers back then, we do agree that our school life wouldn't have been complete without their presence.

Bollywood movies have not missed portraying the special teacher-student bond.

Though many actors have played the role of a teacher on the big screen, not all have captivated our hearts.

However, there have been some actors whose performance in this role left us spellbound and made them become our favourite on-screen teachers. Here's the list:

Amitabh Bachchan as Debraj Sahai (Black)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2005 release, ‘Black', starring Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan, focused on a blind and deaf girl and the relationship she shares with her teacher, who changed her outlook on the world around her.

Michelle McNally, played by Rani Mukherjee, is a blind and deaf girl who is struggling with her isolation and the darkness around her.

Amitbah Bachchan, who plays the role of Debraj Sahai, a teacher for the deaf and blind, turns out to be a light of hope for Michelle.

Debraj Sahai not only just helps Michelle calm, but also enables her to express herself. With the guidance of Debraj, Michelle proudly faces the world, and even completes her graduation.

The film did wonders at the box office and made an all-time record at the Filmfare Awards by winning eleven awards.

While ‘Black' won the Best Feature Film in Hindi Award, Amitabh Bachchan won the Best Actor award at the 53rd National Film Awards for immortalizing the role of Debraj Sahai.

Shahid Kapoor as Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Paathshaala)

The cutest teacher Bollywood has ever witnessed, Shahid Kapoor played the role of Rahul Prakash Udyavar, an English teacher in the 2010 release ‘Paathshala'.

The film also starred Ayesha Takia, Shraddha Arya, Ali Haji and Nana Patekar.

While the story revolves around the Indian education system, Shahid manages to bag the attention with his cute looks and motivational attitude.

The actor is seen cuddling with kids, inspiring them and being a perfect friend to them. And of course the school crush for many girls as well.

Simi Garewal as Mary (Mera Naam Joker)

Remember Rishi Kapoor's first appearance on the silver screen in ‘Mera Naam Joker' as Raju?

The adolescent Raju is a boy who lacked confidence and was usually mocked upon. But his teacher Mary, played by Simi Garewal, came as his saving grace.

Mary inculcated confidence within young Raju and taught him lessons which helped him understand life later.

While Raju was dealing with his infatuation for Mary, her lessons shaped his life and gave him the confidence to face the world.

Aamir Khan as Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Taare Zameen Par)

Aamir Khan, with his role as Ram Shankar Nikumbh in the 2007 release ‘Taare Zameen Par', changed the perception of many towards dealing with kids.

The film revolves around an eight year old kid Ishaan played by Darsheel Safary who, despite all his efforts, fails to clear the exams and is always criticized for his failure.

His world changes when he comes across his new art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh who discover that the child is suffering from dyslexia.

While the entire world ignores Ishaan, Ram Shankar turns out to be his ‘knight in shining armour'.

Ram not only helps young Ishaan get over the feeling of guilt and depression but also helps him cope with dyslexia.

Aamir Khan's performance as a teacher gave a new definition to the word ‘teacher' and an altogether different perspective to the teacher-student bond.  

Both Aamir and Darsheel's performance was acclaimed by the audience and ‘Taare Zameen Par won the Filmfare Best Film Award in 2008.

Boman Irani as Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe (3 Idiots)

This list couldn't be complete without including ‘Virus' aka Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe in it.

Boman Irani who played the role of Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe in ‘3 Idiots' not only did fair justice to his role but also made it memorable.

The film is about three friends who met at an engineering college. While two of them are trying hard to cope with the hard competitive world, one amongst them, Rancho, believes one should pursue excellence, as when it is achieved, success follows.

While ‘Virus' is a strict professor, an antagonist, and believes in results and excellence, his character itself has a touch of humour.

The film was acclaimed worldwide, breaking all box office records at the time of its release, and won around 40 awards.