That moment when the night stands still, sensing some unsaid urgency. Two brothers, divided by principles but bonded by blood, face each other in an alley. One, dressed in a midnight suit and the other in an inky shirt.
"Aaj mere paas buildings hai, properties hai, ghar hai, bank balance hai, gaadi hai, bungla hai. Tumhare paas kya hai?"
(An absconding background score)
"Mere paas maa hai."
Tears roll, the hearts of all the men watching the screen spiral into an oozy mess of love. There is no room for applause; the words having struck a silent chord. That’s what Bollywood does to you: makes you want to hug the atoms out of your mum. We give you 11 onscreen mom and duos that gave us the #LoveGoals.
Nirupa Roy and Amitabh Bachchan
The tragic mom of Bollywood and the legend himself have cooked up some serious heartaches, laughter and guttural emotional sighs to show us how to do this relationship right.
Kirron Kher and Abhishek Bachchan
Think Dostana and you’ll have a paranoid heterosexual mother cursing the Gods for giving her a son-in-law instead of an Indian bahu. Maybe that is exactly why we couldn’t stop loving this mom-son duo for their hilarity.
Shahrukh Khan and Farida Jalal
The blunt cuts, nylon jumpsuits and the word “cool” achieved much renown after this Karan Johar debut blockbuster. We were just marvelling at Farida Jalal as she strutted the dadi role with exceptional swag.
Ratna Pathak and Imraan Khan
Talking to the spirit of Naseeruddin Shah through a photo frame was simply another level of awesome. Combine that with Ratna Pathak’s sarcasm and Imran’s cuteness, and you got hot samosas for dinner.
Shahrukh Khan and Jaya Bachchan
*The helicopter stops. The wind is blowing hard, the dancers are dancing, the music is deafening. Amidst all that, Jaya Bachchan still manages to sense her son’s arrival. Black and black suit, readjusting his bag, walks in Rahul Raichand and stares straight into his mother’s eyes.* No words needed.
Nargis and Sunil Dutt
Legend, upon legend, upon legend. Top that up with a trio of Nargis, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar who had us all sobbing to post-colonial third world traumas in Mother India.
Rakhi, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan
How many of us have grown up listening to Mere Karan Arjun aayenge.? And how many of us, 90’s kids, have actually cheered at the top of our lungs when they pop-up back from the dead? Yep, every single one of us.
Smita Jaykar and Ranbir Kapoor
Epic Hindi film humour was born when Smita Jaykar played momma to Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani, the cutest modern love story, ever! Remember the Taathaiya Taathiya Oo..?
Zohra Sehgal and Amitabh Bachchan
Scoring a whole new level of supercool, this mother son duo in Cheeni Kum was everything we wanted to applaud. Funny, sentimental, sarcastic, overtly annoying, we ABSOLUTELY had to have them on our list.
Rekha and Hrithik Roshan
A blue alien, a bunch of 10-year-olds, a device that calls on extra-terrestrial beings and a mother and son pair that makes you feel all the gooey love there is. PERFECT*
Arjun Kapoor and Amrita Singh
Let the Punjabi mother show you how to do life right. Especially with a chubby boy like Arjun Kapoor who was clearly all eyes for Alia. We thoroughly enjoyed all that cajoling in 2 States.
This Mother’s day, be the momma’s boy that you are. Leave no stone unturned to show the most important woman in your life, how much she actually matters. *Mush overload happsters!