5 South Indian Actors who’ve played teachers in films
September 5th is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan the former President of India. Not just that, he was also a philosopher, scholar, and teacher, who worked towards education. Cinema has also developed several films in which the lead character is a teacher. From Mollywood superstar Mammootty to Tollywood’s latest sensation Vijay Deverakonda – here’s a look at actors who’ve played teachers in films.
Mammootty has appeared in a role of a teacher in a number of films including Thaniyavarthanam (1997) and Anubandham (1985). However, his film Mazhayethum Munpe (1995) went on to bag accolades, including two Kerala State awards. His last outing as a teacher was in the film Masterpiece which released in 2017.
Everyone knows the viral song Jimmiki Kammal from the film Velipadinte Pusthakam (2017), which went on to top several charts; however, another special aspect of the film is that it featured Mohanlal. He played the role of Prof. Michael Idicula who was the college’s new vice-principal. And going by his amazing nature, he grew popularity among students. He won the same attention as a professor who dared to teach out-of-the-box in Life Is Beautiful (2000).
Only a few films old, Vijay Deverakonda has also added variety as his top preference when he chooses films. In his latest release Geetha Govindam (2018), the dashing actor played the role of a college professor who is quite popular among the women folk of the college. His looks in the film are so distracting that a student even proposes to him. Needless to say that he lectures her out proceeding further.
One of the best feel-good entertainers in Telugu cinema is Happy Days (2007). The film revolved around the life of college students, and this scenario is incomplete without having to meet teachers. One such amazing teacher in the film was portrayed by Kamalinee Mukherjee. Not only did she look gorgeous, but she was a teacher who insisted that students concentrate on their careers more than anything else.
This list would be incomplete without mentioning Kamal Haasan‘s name in the list. The actor played the role of a Dr. Selvam, a history professor, and vice-president in a college in the film Nammavar (1994). What made this role special was how Dr. Selvam decides to rectify the situation in a college-ruled by the donor’s notorious son. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.