Teacher's Day special: The greatest teachers of all time on celluloid

On Teacher's day, here's a look at some of the movies that celebrated student-teacher relationships and inspired generations

Dead Poets Society

Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school, it tells the story of an English teacher played by Robin Williams who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. One of the most celebrated films of all time, it had won the Oscar for the Original screenplay in 1990.

The Sound Of Music

Is there anyone who hasn't fallen in love with 'The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews played a governess to seven mother-less roudy children who through her kindness and music changes their lives altogether. The film, till date, is considered a cult classic.

To Sir With Love

Based on ER Braithwaite's novel by the same name, 'To Sir WIth Love' had the legendary Sidney Poitier playing a African-American teacher in an inner city school teaching some hostile white students. The story is of how a black teacher changes the notion of colour and transforms the lives of white students in a school that is overlooked by the society.

Mr Holland's Opus

Richard Dreyfuss played Mr Holland, an eager musician but a reluctant teacher who unknowly inspires students to take up music seriously.

Chak De! India

Shah Rukh Khan plays Hockey coach Kabir Khan who takes up the daunting task of training India's hockey team- a team that no one expects to do well. Yet Khan and his team qualify for the finals and even win the coveted trophy.


A poignant story of a blind, deaf and mute girl who is trained and educated by a man who never believed in giving up. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film had toip perfrmances by Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji. Big B won the Best Actor National Award for his role as the teacher.

Do Dooni Chaar

Habib Faisal's small film had Rishi Kapoor playing a maths teacher, who juggles two jobs to make his family live a comfortable life.

Mona Lisa Smile

Set in the 1950s, the film was about a teacher who sets out to teach her rather conservative students in a girls college to question and not to cave in to societal norms- an idea that was considered radical for women at that time. Julia Roberts played Katherine Ann Watson- a spirited teacher who is able to transform young women's thinking.

Taare Zameen Par

Aamir Khan's directorial debut was poignant story of a dyslexic child Ishaan played by Darsheel Safary, who is sent to a boarding school as his parents aren't happy with his grades. In an new envioronment, the boy struggles but shines in art- a talent that his art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh(Aamir Khan) spots and realises that Ishaan is not an ordinary boy.


One of the most heartning story of triumphing over all odds, 'Iqbal' was a story of a deaf and mute village boy who harbours dreams of becoming a crickter for the national team. A dejected former player takes him under his wings and trains him to become the greatest player of all time. The film marked the debut of Shreyas Talpade who played the challenging role of Iqbal and Naseeruddin Shah played his coach.


Rani Mukerji's first film post maternity break had her playing a young teacher who suffers from tourette syndrome. She is given the daunting task to teach a section of students belonging to a lower stara of the society. The students at first reject her but eventually she manages to win them over and inspires them to get serious about studies and have an aim in life.