Sep 05 2016

Teachers' Day special: To Sir, with love

by   Sonal Pandya

This Teachers' Day, we pick 10 on-screen teachers who showed us how to influence and change lives.

1 Abhi Bhattacharya - Jagriti (1954)

Directed by Satyen Bose, Jagriti (1954) had Abhi Bhattacharya as the unconventional teacher Shekhar who educates his students on how to be better denizens of the world with award-winning songs like 'Aao Bachhon Tumhen Dikhaaye' written by Kavi Pradeep and composed by Hemant Kumar.

2 Nargis - Shree 420 (1955)

In Raj Kapoor's Shree 420 (1955), Nargis played the virtuous and principled Vidya, teaching children the alphabet in the Shankar-Jaikishan composition 'Ichak Dana Beechak Dana'. Her portrayal won hearts worldwide, from Russia to Israel.

3 Shammi Kapoor - Professor (1962)

Lekh Tandon's Professor (1962) finds Shammi Kapoor disguising himself as a senior citizen in order to gain a position as the all-knowing tutor Professor Khanna under the strict Sita Devi, played by an imposing Lalita Pawar, for her four nieces and nephews.

4 Jeetendra - Parichay (1972)

In Parichay (1972), Gulzar directed a restrained Jeetendra, in one of his best performances of his long career, who becomes a tutor to Rai Sahab's (Pran) five grandchildren, allowing them regain their true personalities after the death of their parents.

5 Vinod Khanna - Imtihaan (1974)

This Vinod Khanna-Tanuja starrer, directed by Madan Sinha, was based from the iconic Sidney Poitier feature To Sir, With Love (1967) in which Khanna played an idealistic lecturer of history at a college who survives a test of his character.

6 Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra - Chupke Chupke (1975)

On the heels of the super-successful Sholay (1975), Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan came together in this comic caper directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee where the two played Professors, one of botany and one of English literature, engaged in a prank to end all pranks.

7 Naseeruddin Shah - Sir (1993)

Naseeruddin Shah played the fun-loving yet devoted teacher, Amar Verma, in Mahesh Bhatt's Sir (1993), even going to the extent of aiding the daughter of a notorious gangster responsible for the death of his young son.

8 Aamir Khan - Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Darsheel Safary's performance as the dreamy Ishaan struggling with dyslexia was highlighted by Aamir Khan's portrayal as the supportive and encouraging educator, Nikumbh Sir, in his directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par (2007).

9 Boman Irani - 3 Idiots (2009)

Rajkumar Hirani's Rs300-crore blockbuster 3 Idiots made famous Boman Irani's knowledgeable, yet cantankerous college director, Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, cleverly nicknamed 'Virus' by his terrified students.

10 Divya Dutta - Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

In contrast to the gluttonous Hindi teacher Khadoos, the orphan Stanley, played by Partho Gupte, finds a guardian angel in the form of Divya Dutta's reassuring Ms. Rosy. Partho, actor-director Amole Gupte's son in real life, won a National Award for his role.