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Bollywood actors who immortalised teachers on screen

Priyanka Sharma
4 September 2012

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Sometimes strict, sometimes fun and sometimes a disciplinarian- a bevy of Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Shah Rukh Khan immortalised various avatars of teachers on big screen.

On the occasion of Teacher's Day Sep 5, IANS lists some of the actors who gave some inspirational performances on screen.

Amitabh Bachchan: Whether it is a strict Narayan Shankar in "Mohabbatein", an eccentric Debraj Sahai, who gives new life to a deaf, blind and mute girl in "Black" or a disciplinarian 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.

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 news ways to learn things. Aamir's warm and emotional portrayal won him critical acclaim, but also commercial success.

Shah Rukh Khan: Shah Rukh 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 well, but Shah Rukh won appreciation.

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.

Sushmita Sen: The actress' sexy, sari-clad, ubercool 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 halterneck blouses, set the viewers adrenalin rushing.

Shahid Kapoor: Shahid's extended cameo in "Paathshala" was well appreciated in the film that talked about commercialisation of education. Shahid played the role of music teacher Rahul Udyavar, who strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike and unifies teachers and students to stands up and fight against the atrocities of school management.

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.".

Nagesh Kuknoor: "Rockford", directed by Kukunoor, narrated the story of a teenager Rajesh in Rockford Boy's High School, a boarding school. It tracks the relationship between Rajesh and his PT teacher Johnny Matthews, played by Nagesh. In the film, Johnny teaches Rajesh a lot of important lessons of life.

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