Learning is a journey that never ends. The Teachers’ Day Film carries this sentiment throughout, piecing together a moving montage of a teacher’s life.
The story begins in a library, where our beloved professor, played by the talented Amit Singh Thakur, is making notes. As he goes about the rest of his day, he never stops learning — be it from a newspaper article, or from a child he meets on his morning walk. The film ends in a classroom, where the professor’s love for learning and teaching come together as one.
The Student Forever film makes us realise that our teachers had more than one role to play — they had to become students first. While we grew up and moved on, they never put their books down, even after the bell rang at the end of the day.
A Glimpse of the Shoot
The crew is welcomed by a misty morning, atop the lush hills of Mussorie. They arrived bright and early on Day 1 of the shoot, to catch the perfect natural lighting for every shot.
Amit Singh Thakur, the professor, seeking knowledge in every conversation. He walks down a sloped, scenic path along with Bella, the friendly beagle.
A timeless church stands tall next to a brick-walled school in Landour, Mussoorie. In this school, the professor is filmed teaching mathematics to his students.
“Good morning, sir!” greeted the students as their favourite professor entered the classroom. The energy of the room livened up when Amit Singh Thakur spoke to the kids.
The director ensuring that every shot emulates the right emotion, doing complete justice to the heartwarming script.
The DoP setting up the perfect angle for every shot, even if it meant standing on uneven land or climbing up into tiny nooks. The crew’s commitment to capturing the aesthetics of the film was unparalleled.
Day 2 of the shoot was at this cute cottage, nestled on the hills of Mussorie. The place was called home for the story and for the crew as they worked hard from dawn to dusk.
Unexpected downpour — despite the unpredictable weather, the crew made it work. They even shot the car scene in the pouring rain, which one might call a happy accident as it looked all the more beautiful.
Breathtaking backdrop — the cottage was enveloped by a view of the hills and greenery, frequented by woodpeckers and other small, colourful birds. The crew spent their breaks sipping chai and admiring the scenic view.
Lighting matters — finding the right balance of light was an important step before each shot. The soft white glow streaming in through the windows played a major role in setting the mood.
From costume to art — each unit of the production crew paid impeccable attention to the tiny details that made a great impact in bringing the essence of the script to life.
The winding pathways leading up to the professor’s cottage. One could not see too far away because of the curtain of mist surrounding the city.
The desk in the study is adorned with personalised knick knacks — photographs, stationery, and the red notebook that is seen throughout the movie, shaping it into the professor’s own learning nook.
The hidden superstars — the crew on set worked in sync throughout the shoot, from packing up the lights in one spot to setting up the props in another. Without them, it would not have been possible to seamlessly complete every scene on time.
Prepping for the final shot of the day — balancing on a ladder to film the professor burning the midnight oil in the study.
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