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Happy Teachers’ Day: Check out some of the memorable teachers from Malayalam movies

From Thilakan’s Chacko Maash to Prithviraj’s Vinayachandran, the silver screen has gifted us a handful of teachers, who will always stay in the audience's heart

Megha Mukundan
Sep 05, 2021
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Another Teachers’ Day is here, and students are busy thanking their teachers for being the light of their lives. It is also an occasion for all the teachers to be proud about themselves for having created a civilised set of people.

The silver screen has also gifted us a handful of inspiring teachers, who will always stay in the audience's heart. The Malayalam cinema industry has portrayed some evergreen teachers who possessed different qualities. From Thilakan’s Chacko Maash to Prithviraj’s Vinayachandran, check out these list of some memorable teacher characters from Mollywood:

Chacko Maash from Spadikam

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No Malayali audience can ever forget Thilakan’s Chacko Maash from the epic film Spadikam. The strict Mathematics teacher who bullied his own son, is an example of how a teacher shouldn’t be with his child. The popular dialogue from the film “Bhoolokathinte Spandanam Mathematics-il aanu” (the base of universe lies in Mathematics), still remains as a nightmare to everyone who hates Maths. The character with grey shades, severely punishes his students, and the role earned much praise for the actor’s performance.

Vinayachandran in Manikyakkallu

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Audiences remember Manikyakkallu as the movie which had a teacher who turned the students of a village into a role model for others. Prithviraj, who played the protagonist, as Vinayachandran, is an efficient teacher who made significant changes in the life of some students and the state of the whole school. When the government school was likely to shut down due to its poor academics, Vinayachandran’s care for students and smart strategies saved the school and its students.

Nandakumar Varma from Mazhayethum Munpe

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The teacher role played by Mammootty in Mazhayethum Munpe is one of the much-appreciated roles in the actor’s career, too. A committed professor who dealt with a gang of mischievous girls and their pranks, was portrayed beautifully by Mammootty. His serious, no-nonsense attitude was one of the attractions of the movie.

Vinayachandran in Life is Beautiful

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Mohanlal’s Vinayachandran in the movie Life is Beautiful is another teacher who is the epitome of virtue. He loves his students and believes in them when no one does. He encourages them to follow their passion, and stands as a strong pillar of support. When the school authorities take strict action against Vinayachandran, his students come out in support of him, expressing their affection towards their favourite teacher.

Malar Miss in Premam

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The character played by Sai Pallavi in Premam is regarded as one of the best teacher roles, though the role was criticised by a section of people for falling in love with a student. The teacher supports her students when they need her help, and even helps them to train for extracurricular activities.

Mukundan in 101 Chodyangal

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The teacher’s role essayed by Indrajith in the film is one of the most respected characters in Mollywood. He assigns a student of his to find 101 questions, instead of urging him to learn the answers, and gives him a rupee for each question. The movie follows the student’s quest for finding the questions and how the child explores himself and the world. The film also portrays the warm relationship between the teacher and his student.

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