Mothers play an important role in every child’s life, be it on-screen or off-screen. Even if it is as a supporting character, no Bollywood film is complete without a mother figure. Today, we bring to you a few on-screen mothers that we all loved!
Nirupa Roy, often referred to as the ‘Queen of Misery’, has played a mother to actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. So iconic was Nirupaji’s portrayal of a mother, that she soon became synonymous with the image of an impoverished and suffering mother in the 1970s. Her dialogue “Mujhe khareedne ki koshish mat karna,” from the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Deewar’ in 1975, is remembered even today.
Farida Jalal is best known for her portrayal of Simran’s mother in the iconic movie ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’. Her role as a mother who supported her daughter’s dreams and her love for Raj made her one of the best on-screen mothers that Bollywood had ever seen.
The late Reema Lagoo and Salman Khan are probably one of the best on-screen mother-son duo in Bollywood. Reema’s portrayal of a doting wife and a doting mother of three sons and one daughter in Sooraj Barjataya’s film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ made her one of the most memorable on-screen mothers of Bollywood.
Who can forget Jaya Bachchan’s portrayal of Nandini Raichand in Karan Johar’s superhit film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’? Paired opposite her real-life husband, Amitabh Bachchan, Jayaji played the role of a devoted wife who always listens to her husband with an effortless ease. To remain true to her character who is torn away from her son (played by Shahrukh Khan) because of her husband’s refusal to accept a middle-class daughter-in-law (played by Kajol), Jayaji told Karan that she would not use glycerin for any of the emotional scenes in the film. Every time that Jayaji’s character Nandini was shown crying-be it happy tears when her son came home for Diwali or the heart-wrenching tears of her mother who sees her son after 10 years-all her tears were natural tears, not artificial ones!
Another on-screen mom that we all loved was Kirron Kher’s character in the movie ‘Dostana’. Kirronji played a typical Punjabi mother who was heartbroken when she realized her only son, played by Abhishek Bachchan, was gay. The actress even has a song, ‘Maa Da Ladla’, in the movie that shows her anguish at realizing her son’s love for men.
Ratna Pathak Shah played the role of Nirmala Singh Rathore in the film ‘Khoobsurat’. Similar to her role in the television show ‘Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai’, Ratnaji played the sophisticated Queen of Sambhalgarh, who apart from taking care of the palace cum hotel, also controlled the lives of her kids. An interesting fact about this movie is that Ratnaji’s mother Dina Pathak, played the same role that her daughter played, in the original ‘Khoobsurat’ that starred Rekhaji.
Shefali Shah played the role of Neelam Mehra in Zoya Akhtar’s film ‘Dil Dhadakane Do’. The actress played the role of a high-class mother who adored her son, Kabir (played by Ranveer Singh), and would do absolutely anything to give her son what he wanted. Paired opposite actor Anil Kapoor, Shefali’s role also included playing a wife who had to act indifferent towards her husband’s infidelity. When her on-screen character, Neelam, sees her husband flirting with another woman on their anniversary, Neelam is unable to say or do anything, is seen eating a lot of chocolate in order to bury her sadness and grief. A difficult scene to shoot, Shefali’s acting in this particular scene was praised by everyone!
Sources: BollySpice.com, Cinestaan, iDiva, InUth.com, Kinky little boots, Mid-day.com, Parhlo, ScoopWhoop, Talk Film Society, The Hindu, The Indian Express, T2 Online, Yash Raj Films