Rani Mukerji's Hichki, which opened across 961 screens yesterday, faced zero hiccups on the first day and closed with Rs 3.30 crore in its pocket on the very first day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted out to share the news. The movie, directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, is based on Brad Cohen's book Front Of The Class. Hichki, which is co-produced by Manessh Sharma and Yash Raj Films, showcases Rani Mukerji essaying the role of a Tourette Syndrome-afflicted girl who wants to excel at the field of teaching.
The film released to lukewarm reviews with praises for Rani and criticism for the film's ‘clichéd’ and weak plot. But while Rani basks in the praise, we decided to list down other favourite ‘on screen’ teachers who would have made bunking out of fashion in real life.
The first would have to be Ram Shankar Nikumbh portrayed by the super-talented Aamir Khan in his directorial debut Taare Zameen Par. Not only does his character show compassion towards the dyslexic child brilliantly played by Darsheel Safary but also helps in bringing out his hidden talent through his thoughtful observations.
Another example of being an exemplary teacher is the 2005 film Black, which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie starred Rani Mukerji and Amitabh Bachchan and revolved around a blind and deaf girl, and her relationship with her teacher who eventually develops Alzheimer's disease. The film was inspired by Helen Keller's life.
Not all the teachers, however, are inspirational. A few simply evoke an emotion popularly called ‘crush’. Remember the hot and sexy chemistry professor Miss Chandni Chopra played by Sushmita Sen in Main Hoon Na? Sigh! The chiffon saree never looked so as beautiful before and students never wanted to bunk!
Talking about Main Hoon Na, one cannot miss Baadshah himself? In Aditya Chopra`s love saga Mohabbatein, Shah Rukh Khan plays the be-spectacled, violin-in-hand Raj Aryan and enters the very strict college called Gurukul. Voila! The life for the students is never the same again as Raj teaches music to the kids and believes in living life to the fullest. He teaches his young students the true meaning of love and even favours the students against an aghast principal played by Big B.