School Master (1958)


Directed by: B R Panthulu
Starring: B R Panthulu, Sivaji Ganeshan, Dikki Madhavarao, Udayakumar, T N Balakrishna, Narasimharaju, M V Rajamma, Sahukar Janaki, B Sarojadevi

School Master is a classic movie in Kannada cinema history and was remade into all other South Indian languages.

Ranganna is a school teacher and is transferred by the government to his village to take over the care of the village school. He comes with his wife Seethamma and two sons and daughter. The school building is in a poor condition and he fights hard to try to get a new building. For this he has to take on powerful people in the village.

As a teacher, Ranganna is very principled and a caring and kind teacher. He notices one of the rowdy students Vaasu and wins him with his love and kindness and this transforms Vaasu to do well in his studies. But lots of problems lie ahead for the school and even for Ranganna as he grows old and his children get married.