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Happy Teacher’s Day: Bollywood actors who immortalised teaching on screen


Amitabh Bachchan

He gives new life to a deaf, blind and mute girl in ‘Black’ or an honest Prabhakar Anand of ‘Aarakshan’, who fought to bring a change in the educational system without compromising on his morals and principles, Amitabh Bachchan brought alive various aspects of a teacher’s personality through these films.

Shah Rukh Khan

He donned the garb of a teacher in ‘Mohabbatein’. The film showed him playing a music teacher, who has a different way to teach his students, rather than opting for traditional methods. The film didn’t do very well at the box office, but Shah Rukh won appreciation. The Badshah later took on a completely different avatar when he with his touch and inspiriting hockey coach in ‘Chak De India!’.

Aamir Khan

Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist’s portrayal of fun loving and sensitive Ram Shankar Nikhubh in ‘Taare Zameen Par’ is another unforgettable role. The film showed his belief in a dyslexic child helped the young Ishaan (played by Darsheel Safary) find new ways to learn things. Aamir’s warm and emotional portrayal won him critical acclaim, but also commercial success.

Naseeruddin Shah

The veteran actor is best remembered for his role as fun-loving Amar Verma in ‘Sir’, who was more of a friend that just a teacher to his students and goes out of the way to help them in difficult times. This was one of the best performances of Naseer’s career. Another memorable role of his career is that of a former cricketer Mohit in the film ‘Iqbal’, who takes up the task to train a deaf and mute boy named Iqbal.

Boman Irani

An ambitious but shrewd college dean Viru Sahastrabudhhe in ‘3 Idiots’ is yet another memorable role played by Boman Irani. This proved to be one of the iconic roles of Boman’s career and won him critical acclaim all across. He is also remembered for his role as a strict medical college dean in ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S.’

Sushmita Sen

The actress’ sexy, sari-clad, uber-cool portrayal of chemistry teacher in ‘Main Hoon Na’ left many gasping for breath. She redefined the way female teachers were portrayed on screen. Her sexy avatar in bright coloured chiffon saris and halter-neck blouses, set the viewers adrenalin rushing.

Juhi Chawla

It was a subject to that deserved great attention, but Juhi’s ‘Chalk N’ Duster’ failed to make an impression. Nonetheless, the actress portrayal of a chippers science teacher gave Juhi a chance to stand out among some gripping performances. Even Shabanan Azmi gave strong performance as a math teacher.


Compiled by Nikita Wadhwan