Teachers day : Teachers from Bollywood movies in our lives

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Such a nice quote to begin this article with. When I was looking for some content to fill this article...I started by searching “Bollywood’s best teachers” and every link which followed had the same list of movies and actors who played a Teacher on screen. Movies like Taare zameen par, Chak de India, Paathshala, Mohabbatein etc. Although these are all really good movies with the right amount of student-teacher material, but a person does not necessarily have to be a teacher by the profession to teach you something, right? A teacher can be anyone. Anyone who affects your life with their words, learnings and experiences. Even our parents can be our teachers for life. (*Adarsh Baalak here*).

As Mr. Franklin said, “Involve me and I learn” is exactly what cinema does. Cinema is an immersive experience. For a couple of hours, we forget who we are or where we come from and we become a part of the movie. The movie talks to us, it’s characters talk to us, and we (being a good student) listen to it. Bollywood has evolved over time and has changed a lot. My generation (the 90’s kids) and the later ones, learned a lot from movies. Our thought process as well as our lifestyle are the way they are because of the characters we grew up watching. So in this post, I tried to list out a few unlabelled teachers on screen whom we follow and admire.

1) Rancho from 3 Idiots

Bachcha kabil bano, kabil ... kamyabi toh saali jhak maarke tumhare peeche bhagegi”.

Rancho taught us the meaning and importance of “Do what you love” through his & his friends’ life and I think it did the trick.

2) Shashi from English Vinglish

"...Nobody can help you better than you. If you do that... you will return back feeling equal. Your friendship will return back... Your life will be beautiful."

After fighting from the preconceived notions of the world, Shashi becomes a person she always was but who nobody saw. Shashi taught us that it’s important to stick to your roots and Family.

3) Harpreet singh Bedi from Rocket Singh

"Risk toh Spiderman ko bhi leni padti hai ... main toh phir bhi salesman hoon."

This underrated movie had the most moving and inspiring moments. Through these words, Harpreet singh made a point, that you don’t have to be afraid if you believe in something because even superheroes have to take risks.

4) Rani from Queen

"Mera haal na gupta uncle ke jaise ho gaya hai. unho ne kabhi sharab nai pi, cigarette nai pi, phir bhi cancer ho gaya. Isse accha toh pi lete"

Rani is the most independent, lovable and funny woman I’ve ever seen on screen. She taught a generation of both young and old that you only get to live once, so why get stuck in one place and ruin your life? Free will is everything.

5) Rohan from Udaan

"Meri tarah hota agar khud par zara bharosa, toh kuch door tum bhi saath saath aate

rang meri aankhon ka baantte zara sa, toh kuch door tum bhi saath saath aate."

A character hated by his own father, stuck in the sheepwalk of engineering, who wanted to become a poet. Rohan inspired people who want to fight the world but couldn’t because they are afraid of getting knocked down.

6) Aisha Banerjee from Wake up Sid

"Goals paane ki khushi tabhi mehsoos hoti hai … jab usse kisi ke saath share kar sako."

The importance of dreams and aspirations is the heart of this movie. Konkana’s character managed to teach us how important companionship is when you finally get what you want.

7)  Laila From Zindagi na milegi dobara

"Seize the day my friend ... pehle is din ko poori tarah jiyo, phir chalis ke bare mein sochna."


Laila showed the importance of living each day to its fullest. You don’t want to make money until 40, when nothing is fun anymore...do you?


All of these characters are now a part of our lives. We think like them, we dream of them, we live like them and all of it made our lives better (I hope). If that’s not what a teacher does...then perhaps I have a different understanding.


That’s all folks. Tell us about some of your favorite characters from Bollywood movies who have been a teacher in your life. Ciao :)