School day memories and teachers’ anecdotes go hand-in-hand. While we come across many teachers over our years spent in school and college, there are only a few of them who hold a special place in our heart. To relive and cherish the student-teachers relationship this year, Ourtitbits has come up with a list of must watch Teachers’ Day movies ever made:
- Stand and Deliver (1988)
Based on real life events, “Stand and Deliver” was a moving tale of an emotionally intelligent math teacher who uses his charm, sarcasm, and real-world applications to turn his failing Latino math students into top-scoring geniuses. The results were so astonishing that the school board had accused them of cheating. You cannot afford to watch this one on Teachers’ Day.
- Taare Zameen Pad (2007):
Co-directed by Aamir Khan and Amol Gupte, this Bollywood movie touches upon the gaping holes in the country’s education system, parent roles, and apathy towards dyslexia students and others with special needs. The movie shows how an art teacher, played by “Dangal” star, influences the life of a dyslexic kid and brings out the child’s full potential as an artist.
- Sir (1993):
A movie from another decade, “Sir” shows an adorable relationship between a teacher, played by iconic actor Naseeruddin Shah, and his student, played by Pooja Bhatt, who had low self-confidence owing to her stammer.
- Rockford (1999):
Known for its hit numbers like “Yaaron” and “Aasmaan ke par,” “Rockford” was a cult classic in itself. The movie revolves around a teenage boy living in a boarding school and the bond he shares with his PT teacher, a role essayed by Nagesh Kukunoor.
- Freedom Writers (2007):
Also based on real life events, “Freedom Writers” is a story of high achieving teacher Erin Gruwell (played by Hillary Swank) who faces unexpected setback as she starts teaching literature in a racially divided school. After facing extreme hostility from students, Gruwell finally breaks through and gives them hope when she discusses the subject of racism by giving her students journals to write down their stories.
- Iqbal (2005):
A very underrated movie, “Iqbal” has a special place in Teachers’ Day movie list. The movie tells how a deaf and mute boy, Iqbal (played by Shreyas Talpade), overcame his hardships and made it to the Indian National Cricket Team, all due to help and guidance given by his coach and mentor Mohit, a former cricketer-turned alcoholic, played by Bollywood veteran Naseeruddin Shah.
- Black (2005):
Inspired by the life story of Helen Keller, this iconic film starred Rani Mukherjee as a blind, deaf and mute person, Micelle, and Amitabh Bachchan as her teacher and mentor. The movie explores how Mitchell earned a college degree despite being different-disabled while the teacher himself developed Alzheimer’s disease later.