You have seen actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Sushmita Sen and Aamir Khan in some memorable roles of teachers on the silver screen.
My favorite, out of all these onscreen teachers, is Shah Rukh Khan. Who is yours? Sound off in the comment section below. Also, in case you didn’t know, many of your favorite actors, singer, and dancers from Bollywood are gurus in real life. Move through the slides to know more.
After securing a black belt in Taekwondo from Bangkok, he returned to India and was involved in teaching Martial Arts till Bollywood happened. His love for this art of defense remained and in 2014 he launched free martial arts training for women. The actor also has the title of Shihan, which translates to “Teacher’s teacher”.
The original Masterji of Bollywood, Saroj Khan has been working as an independent choreographer since mid-70s. She has trained ace actresses like Vyjayanthimala, Sridevi, and Madhuri and actresses across generations revere Saroj Khan for chiseling out the graceful dancer in them. Though she got embroiled in some unsavory controversies recently, she had the industry stand by her as a rock.
Two times winner of National Award and recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, Naseeruddin Shah is an actor f peerless merit. An alumni of the National School of Drama, he is closely associated with the Film and Television Institute of India, and shares pearls of wisdom with students through his lectures. He has also presided over Asian Academy of Film and Television workshops and shared his valued tips with young aspirants.
After choreographing for hundreds of movies, Ganesh Acharya founded the Ganesh Acharya Dance Academy in India’s cultural capital, Kolkata. Children of all ages have enrolled to this institute. One can choose from a long list of dance forms including Zumba, Salsa, Contemporary, Garba, Sufi, and Hip Hop.
Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chaudhuri are few names among many, that are precious finds of Subhash Ghai. The ace film maker promotes the Goregaon-based Whistling Woods International Institute. Listed among ‘The best film schools in the world’ by Hollywood Reporter, it was founded by Subhash Ghai in 2006 and is presided by his daughter Meghna Ghai Puri.
When he is not busy visualizing spectacular dance routines for movies like
Dil To Pagal Hai, Taal, and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, this National Award winning choreographer invests time in his academy, Shaimak Davar’s Institute For Performing Arts Pvt Limited. Both Shahid Kapoor and Ishan Khattar have been trained by Shaimak and the guru is very proud of his students.
She is India’s original beauty queen, a model with classic looks, a brave single mother of two and an amazing human being, but, there is more. In 2010 she became president of ‘
I AM She – Miss India Universe’ and groomed fresh faces who were to win the title of Miss India and represent India in International pageants.
Despite his demanding Bollywood career, Anupam Kher established his acting school
Actor Prepares in 2005. The institute has over 53 in-house and visiting faculty members. Its impressive alumni list comprises household names like Prachi Desai, Pretty Zinta, MoniKangana Dutta, Ali Zafar, and Esha Gupta.
In 2010, this masterly music director, along with Sridhar Ranganathan, founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. The music institute has branches in Palo Alto, USA and Bangalore India. Music enthusiasts can choose from a plethora of courses like Hindustani Vocal, Carnatic, Devotional songs, or Bollywood music. The academy has a special course dedicated to contest preparation also.
The music of Devdas is timeless, and we have loved a couple of his songs from Tera Jadu Chal Gaya also. That he can make one helluva coach became prominent through shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. What next? His Bollywood career came to a stall after he got caught in several controversies; that, however doesn’t take his craft away from him. Anyone who wants to get a share of his fineness can get enrolled in Ismail Darbar Music Academy in Andheri West, Mumbai.