There are no bad students but only bad teachers…
Based on the true-life story of Brad Cohen, Rani Mukerji plays a teacher with Tourette’s Syndrome where she takes you through the journey of a passionate teacher and gives you, several touching moments. They make you cry, smile and understand how beautiful life is when one overcomes their own fears.
Star Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Harsh Mayar, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Sachin Pilgaonkar.
Director: Sidharth P. Malhotra
What is Good?
There are many things to learn from the movie but primarily three.
- What is Tourette syndrome?
- Why compassion and passion are important in life?
- Why Dr. Kalam siad, “Teaching is a profession that provides an art of living.”
Rani Mukerji is pitch perfect in the role of a teacher with hicks. What a terrific performer and how delightful it is to watch her after such a long gap. What a comeback!. She is said to be one of the most versatile actor for a reason. The scene where she breaks down when she feels betrayed by her students is heart-rending.
The story has heart, humour, emotion and drama that pulls you along. You feel for Naina, and empathise with her.
Then, there is Neeraj Kabi who showed a completely different version of himself in movie Talwar as accused. In his pitch perfect attire with attitude he makes an annoyingly villainous teacher somewhat believable.
Among 14 notorious students, there is the young kid Harsh Mayar from “I am Kalam” as Atish, Ria Shukla from “Nil Bate Sannata” and every other student is just perfect for the role. Hands down to casting director.
Special mention to director Siddharth P. Malhotra who doesn’t make us look at Naina’s Tourette. He makes us look at the people who stare at her as she shakes and makes strange sounds.
Loaded with messages from equality, right to education, tolerance to a gratuitous walk through a Mumbai slum this kind of movies are just left to the determination of some individual, inspired writer, director to think of and find funding for such heart melting scripts.
What is Not so Good?
Rating Dil Se: KickAss