Over the years Indian cinema has outgrown to showcase the society through motion pictures. The traditional Indian educational system is not an exception in the matter. Many directors over the years have depicted the flaws in the orthodox and demotivating system through their timeless creations. Here is a list of films that deserves a notable mention in this category.
1. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This national award winning film starring Amir Khan portrays the life of a young boy and the problems he faces when he cannot keep up with his peer. The film is also important from the fresh perspective of awareness on dyslexia .
2. 3 Idiots (2009)
Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 idiots is a milestone in Indian cinema. The film is a true inspiration for those students who have come out of the clutches of the system and have pursued a career of their own choice. The film was one of the most successful and highest grossing film in Indian cinema.
3. English Vinglish (2012)
Starring the deceased actress Sridevi the film is an interesting take on the transformation of a simple Indian housewife who cannot talk in English to an independent, free minded woman who gathers her self confidence back after taking an English lesson.
4. Nil Battey Sannata (2015)
The name “Nil Battey Sannata” means zero on being divided results in nothing. The film starring Swara Bhaskar as Chanda who after dropping out of school at an early age has decided to join school again. The single mother challenges her sulky bad tempered daughter to a Math’s exam at school . This film has a very new fresh storyline and is also an awareness film on poverty and education.
5. Chalk n Duster (2016)
This film also deals with the flaws of education in our country which puts the pupil in a rat race to obtain good grades. The two teachers Vidya and Jyoti who are from a school situated in Mumbai impart the importance of moral values over obtaining better grades through their teachings.
6. I Am Kalam (2010)
This film is inspired by the life of our ex-president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. It shows the journey of a young poverty stricken child as he pursues education with the help of his friend Rajveer Singh the prince of the royal family. This film is a blow on society which denies children the right education.
7. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
As any other film of its kind “Stanley Ka Dabba” is take on child labor. It is an inspirational tale of a child who doesn’t carry a tiffin box or “dabba ” to school. This tale with an interesting twist in the climax is an absolute favorite for the Indian audience.
In general, films have served us great lengths in educating the masses and also spreading the importance of proper education at early ages. The films which are a mirror image of society have criticized, challenged and also pluck out individually the viruses of the Indian Educational system.