Celebrate ‘Mere paas ma Hai’ this Mother’s day
Ten filmi ishtyle moms to remember this Mother’s Day.
Skimpily clad heroines and long suffering mothers are the mainstay of the female contingent in Hindi movies. Action oriented, chest thumping heroes may have taken over the film firmament today but even a decade ago, mothers were the protagonists films revolved around. Adoring mothers looking proudly at their babies, soothing fevered brows; abused, long suffering mothers who’s cry for justice was heard by their sons; mothers brokering peace between their warring sons; mothers who accepted their husbands’ infidelity for the sake of the family; and finally, glam, up-to-date moms who prefer befriending their kids. Each one of us — even those who share a love – hate relationship — cherishes our mothers. After all, as the Jewish proverb goes, “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” Take a look at ten screen mothers who have stayed with us long after the curtain came down.
The Maa of all mothers, none other than Nirupa Roy, seen (left) with Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar
The original Bollywood Maa, Achla Sachdev. She played Kajol’s grandmother in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Long before Nirupa Roy came on the scene, Achla was Bollywood’s Mother Number Uno.
Rajashri Films’ favorite mother! After playing Salman Khan’s mom in Maine Pyar Kiya, this light eyed actress played mother to countless Bollywood heroes from Govinda and Shah Rukh Khan to Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt… and every other man in Bollywood who refused to grow up.
The glam and graceful Kirron Kher who’s equally adept at accepting her ‘gay’ son’s boyfriend or packing a well-aimed handbag punch when someone acts insolent. A popular mom who has acted in films like Veer Zara, Om Shanti Om and Dostana.
One of the newer entrants in the mommy space, Jaya Bachchan prefers to play the strong, martyred mother. Memorable is her role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam where she plays a devoted mother and wife caught between her son and husband’s wishes. She also played mommy in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Fiza.
Super talented stage actress Ratna Pathak who played mother to Imran Khan in his debut film Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na is every adolescent’s dream mom. A friend, mentor, philosopher and guide, she emulates all the qualities we want in our moms.
Nargis Dutt needs no introduction. The quintessential mother in the film Mother India was a seminal moment in Bollywood as mothers go. She plays a single mother who brings up her two sons amidst hardships. One of her sons (real life husband Sunil Dutt) is a dacoit who she kills in the film because she doesn’t support his misdeeds.
A fine actress who needs no introduction, Shabana Azmi gave spellbinding performances in movies ike Arth and Ankur. Her role as a mother in Masoom—confronted by her husband’s infidelity but ultimately accepts his love child—was from the heart. She’s one actress who made a seamless transition from Mother to Godmother where she essayed the role of Santokben Jadeja.
What can we say about the stunning Rakhee who made the transition from lead actress to mother? After playing Amitabh Bachchan’s love interest she went on to play his mother in Laawaris and Shakti. Later she portrayed strong character roles as the bitter elderly mother widowed by villains or a strong woman who stands for her principles in Ram Lakhan and Karan Arjun.
Danseuse, Member of Parliament and real life mother, Hema Malini hasn’t lost any of her charm or good looks. Playing the mother of four grown sons in Baghban, she looked every inch the star she is, embodying everything we expect from a mother, charm, grace under pressure, fortitude and compassion. She also shone in the melodramatic Sadiyaan where she and Rekha (the biological and foster mother respectively) vied for their son’s love.