This Teacher’s Day, the stars of Dipti Kalwani’s (Sunny Side Up), Sushant Kumar, Teenna Swwayam’s (Hum Tum Telefilms)Badho Bahu talk about all those who have guided them through life
Rytasha Rathore – All my college teachers; Edith Podesta, Adam Marple, Stefanos Rassios, Aole miller are my favourite. I started theatre and acting in college and whatever I am today, is because of them. They have taught me to be myself, love and accept myself, to work hard and be focused. Life itself is the real teacher. Every day, I learn something new from different people. If I had to name another teacher, who has made a difference in my life, it is Kushal Zaveri, the first director of Badho Bahu. He enhanced my life and career and helped me understand so much about the television industry, about directing and acting. The best thing I learnt from him is to quietly do my work and not let anyone or anything come in the way of me and my job.
Ashima Ahmed – My favourite teacher was Garola Ma’am in school, I learnt a lot from her. She was the best teacher and was very understanding, kind and polite. She taught us to give our best work to studies and to not compare ourselves with others. I have learnt good things from her. I consider my mother as my real life teacher forever. She gave me that motivation and encouraged me to give my best and do what I really want to do. She always understands me, if I am sad or stressed or anything, she always supports me. She has taught me to never give up.
Shagun Pandey – I had a dramatics teacher Mr Yogesh Arora and he was lovely and full of joy. He had the most amazing sense of humour and the core Punjabiness in him, made him even more special. When I first entered dramatics, I was just a junior playing the role of trees and bushes but he showed faith in me and gave me lead roles. We did a lot of shows in theatre and street plays. He was the one who helped me earn my first income. But later he found another student and started concentrating on him. I still remember I felt very bad at the time. I hope that wherever he is, he sees my work and is proud of me. The only teacher I have in real life is experience. I started struggling since I was 15. I had no godfather in this industry. I changed cities; Chandigarh to Delhi to Mumbai and gave various auditions for modelling and shows. Then I got Santoshi Maa, but still the struggle did not end because it was difficult to survive in Mumbai. Due to this experience, I know how to handle things and am a strong person.
Paras Chhabra – My favourite teacher was my taekwondo teacher (Mr. Shyam Kundra). He taught me taekwondo really well. I was his favourite student and he used to give me some extra classes and teach me extra ordinary kicks and techniques, I can never forget when he used to scream, “Paras I need gold medals from you” I have won 15 medals nationally, 8 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze. I regret that I couldn’t continue taekwondo because I had to leave the school early. My real life teacher is my mom, she taught me everything.
Jaya Ojha – My favourite teachers from school were my Hindi teacher Shashi Sharma, my history teacher Brejpal Tomar and my Art teacher Sunil Sharma. Coming to college life, I’d say my favorite teachers were Madhu Bhat and Chandni Sinha mam. My teacher in real life is my late father who taught me almost everything I know about life today and supported through every part of my life.
Karamveer Choudhary – I had a physical education teacher in my college life who influenced me the most. His only advice was to take care of my health first and always said that everything else can easily be achieved after that. When you are fit and healthy, nothing can get you down. I have kept these wise words with me till now and I have tried to follow them. In real life, my teacher is my wife Bhavana Choudhary. She has always encouraged me to achieve everything in life. Whenever I have a problem, I share with her and feel better. She is a very positive person and she makes me the same.
Roopa Ganguly – My English teacher in 11th std, Miss Rupinder Kaur, was always encouraging me. I wrote a poem in 11th std that was exhibited in Austin, in the U.S. She believed in me more than others. I think my mom and dad and all my teachers, who have taught me in Oddissi; Mrs Aarti Banerjee, Ms Monica Singh Sangwan and my current guru Miss Geetanjali Acharya, mean so much to me. I started staying in Bombay in 2015 and my landlady and now friend Mrs Chanda Khadaria has also taught me a lot. They all have been there for me through my tough times and gave me wisdom and encouraged me achieve what I have now.