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'All India Rank' To Release On February 23; Here's A Look At Some Other Films That Explore Indian Education System

The film marks writer-lyricist-standup comedian Varun Grover's directorial debut.

"सब अच्छी बातें हैं किताबों में।" (Good things exist only in books.) - 'All India Rank'.

Varun Grover's directorial debut, and that too presented by Sriram Raghavan... if you are a cinephile and this doesn't excite you, I don't know what else would! Well, 'All India Rank' is all set to hit theatres this February 23rd, and everyone is now eagerly looking forward to seeing what Varun Grover (who has written remarkable scripts like 'Masaan' and 'Sacred Games') offers as a filmmaker. And seeing the trailer, one thing we can be sure of is that the film is going to set a new benchmark in terms of storytelling.

"I’m so happy and proud to be presenting the Trailer of ALL INDIA RANK… the directorial debut of my dear and incredibly talented friend Varun Grover. Shine on mere bhai (my brother), and my best wishes to the entire team…” wrote 'Masaan' actor Vicky Kaushal on social media.

Speaking about the film, Grover said that it is a "coming-of-age story about friendships, love, and competitive exams, set in the 90s." The film tells the story of a young boy who feels suffocated by the competition of IIT admission and the burden of his family's expectations. Starring Bodhisattva Sharma as the lead, the film exposes the flaws in the Indian education system, holding a mirror onto our faces.

Well, before the release of 'All India Rank', let's revisit some other films that are also based on the Indian education system.

3 Idiots

The list must begin with '3 Idiots' as this Rajkumar Hirani directorial exposes the Indian education system like no other. The film critiques the emphasis on memorization (remember Chatur?) in our education system, which stifles one's creativity and individuality. It also talks about issues like parental pressure, societal expectations, the usual measures of success, and more. Moreover, it gives us a message that one should always chase excellence and not success.

Hindi Medium

'Hindi Medium' sheds light on the flawed admission process of India’s private schools, along with the inequality that students from the underprivileged backgrounds deal with. Starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar as the lead, the film follows young parents who are ready to go to any length to secure admission for their daughter to a reputed private school. It delves deep into the complexities of the Indian education system in a humorous manner and also talks about issues like societal expectations, classism, and more.

Taare Zameen Par

Aamir Khan-starreer 'Taare Zameen Par' questions the Indian education system through its protagonist, Ishaan. The film critiques the rigid approach of schools that fails to recognize individual needs, overlooking those who do not conform to traditional academic norms. It highlights the insensitivity of both parents and teachers and how it affects the creativity of students. Moreover, it urges us for a reevaluation of the education system and pay more focus to individual talents.

Besides the above-mentioned films, the list also includes 'Why Cheat India', 'Setters', 'Aarakshan', 'Chal Chalein', etc.