As Vidya Balan says, films are made for entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment only. But, she perhaps referred to the ordinary films through her dialogue. Entertainment is certainly the priority, but with some social insight or intellect, the same idea called “cinema” can be turned extra-ordinary with great values for the society. This is when the true worth of a cinema is realized. Given below are 5 excellent movies with valuable social messages. These are based on education system or the biased perception about education in Indian society.
Unfortunately, Indians are still the slaves of British as they look down their own mother tongue and consider someone with great English as intellectual. It’s quite similar thing as of considering real estate as the symbol of development. They don’t learn anything from the nations like China, Japan, Korea, Russia, or hundreds of European nations those have enriched without English.
Anyway, the film English-Vinglish by Gauri Shinde having Sridevi in lead tells a beautiful story of a typical Indian mother with great caliber, and unfortunate story of how such mothers are taken for granted being little weaker in English. The movie deserves all those commendations it has gathered.
Critically acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan stared Hindi Medium is one of the finest movies in Bollywood made so far. It’s a perfect example on how to make a film that can be both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The movie perfectly takes a satirical dig in to Indian society and education system in terms of its English worshiping culture. The movie has been directed by Saket Chaudhary.
Nil Battey Sannata:
The story of a mother, her dignity and passion to fulfil her dream by educating her child has been thoroughly portrayed in Nil Battey Sannata. The movie will make you realise how important it is for a mother to be responsible about the education of her child. Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the movie has bagged Filmfare Award for best debut director. It also has bagged the Screen Award for best child actor and Screen Award for best actress (Critics).
I am Kalam:
I Am Kalam produced by Smile Foundation and directed by Nila Madhab Panda is a thoroughly inspirational movie. The passion towards education of a child being inspired by legendary Abdul Kalam has been showcased in an enchanting fashion. It has been presented in many top film festivals, including 63rd Cannes Film Festival, and has bagged many awards and accolades. The movie was also showcased at the Independence Day Film Festival organised by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day.
Taare Zameen Par:
One of the finest films in the history of Hindi cinema, and the movie that took Aamir Khan’s creative status to the next level, Taare Zameen Par portrays the perfect picture of typical Indian mentality about education. Written by Amole Gupte, the movie has been produced and directed by Aamir Khan.
This historic movie in Bollywood’s history is another Aamir Khan film that hilariously presents the perception of Indian parents, teachers and students towards education. It’s incredible the way this movie encourages to follow passion and prioritizes excellence over success. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel 5 Point Someone, the movie has been directed by Rajkumar Hirani.