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Teachers’ Day: Five entertaining Tamil movies that portrayed teachers in a revolutionary avatar
Samayeshwari Vithaspa
Sep 05, 2021
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Teachers are one of those unsung heroes who help us evolve in different phases of our lives. They are our guiding light, especially during times where we need help the most. A simple wish on Teachers’ Day is not enough to pay tribute to these heroes. They deserve more appreciation and movies are one of the many mediums that celebrate their endless contribution to society. There are several movies in Tamil that emphasize the importance of our childhood heroes and portray them as a ray of hope. Check out a few such movies to remember how impactful their teachings were to us...

1
Raatchasi
7.7OTTplay Rating
The teacher in this movie tries to convert a poorly kept government school into one of the finest institutions of Tamil Nadu. The movie also delivers several strong messages with regard to the manner in which government schools are maintained in several districts in the state. It also talks about the various challenges imposed by external forces that disrupt the school from getting well-established. The Jyothika-starrer also threw light on how a good teacher can sort out the differences between students.
2
Master
8OTTplay Rating
The Thalapathy Vijay-starrer which released earlier this year has been one of the most-talked about movies in 2021. The movie’s story revolves around a personality development professor who often raises his voice for the welfare of his students, and is loved by the entire college. Things take an interesting turn when he tries to reform a bunch of juveniles in a district prison, and the rest of the story is about the challenges he faces from several quarters.
3
Dharmadurai
7.8OTTplay Rating
The Vijay Sethupathi-starrer has him playing Dr Kamaraj, a medical college professor. Just like the revolutionary leader of Tamil Nadu with the same name, the professor in the film is a revered human being, whose footsteps were religiously followed by his students. His words of wisdom were respected by them throughout their lives. For instance, when he advised his students to do practice in rural areas where medical attention was scarce, they blindly followed it upon trust they had on him. He was also instrumental in carving the students into fine medical professionals, thus making a huge impact in their lives.
4
Saattai
7.5OTTplay Rating
The movie is regarded as one of the classic movies which celebrated the determination of teachers. The power of teachers are showcased in this movie, which is based on a few true incidents. Directed by M Anbazhagan, the film stars Samuthirakani and Thambi Ramaiah in lead roles. The teacher in the movie, played by Samuthirakani, tries to reform the unkempt educational institution in a rural area and does his best to ensure that quality education is served to his students.
5
Vaagai Sooda Vaa
8.2OTTplay Rating
A period drama set in the 60’s, the protagonist of the movie is someone who tries to let the rural people understand the importance of education, who in a series of events joins hands with them to take down a notorious man from exploiting the innocent. What starts out as a bitter first impression turns out to be a heartening bond between the teacher and the children of the rural folks. The movie is also worth a watch to experience the world of parallel cinema of the South.

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