Masterji (The School Teacher)
Director: Durga Khote, Nilkanth Magdum
Hindi/1964/B & W/50mins
Three orphaned children get drawn to a retired school teacher due to his love and affection towards them. Inspired by him, they try to turn their lives around and make a living by selling toys while Masterji educates them. In a competition the work of the three children is seen and honored for being the most skilled. Masterji’s skill at guiding the kids in the right direction is also recognized and he is asked to teach in his old school again. In a gentle tone, the film not only talks about the importance of right guidance in the life of children, but also the importance of teachers in doing so.
Director’s Biography: Durga Khote, Nilkanth Magdum
One of the earliest actresses in Indian cinema, Durga Khote had a long and illustrious career in cinema. She also started her own production company called Fast Films that mainly concentrated on ad and publicity films, but also made a few feature films.
Neelkanth Magdum was a cameraman and co-director in Fact Films. A Marathi film he directed, ‘Jarai Maza Bhala’ won a National Award in 1963.