Moms, we love

Debarati Palit Singh
Friday, 10 May 2019

Here’s looking at some of the onscreen Bollywood mothers, who have shown  grit and determination, and inspire other women to emulate them

Moms are such an integral part of Bollywood. In the ’70s and ’80s, Bollywood moms, or maa, would mostly be playing supporting roles like protecting their children from the villains, teaching them the right values and if need be, would abandon the wayward child. Deewar, folks! Once in a while, they would play an important role taking matters into their own hands. 

But with changing times, changing mindset and changing content, mothers too are differently portrayed on screen now.

Actress Patralekha, who played the role of a mother in her debut film CityLights, says, “Cinema is a reflection of society and changing times. No one wants to see a helpless or abala maa because our moms are not like that anymore. It goes on to show that women are empowered.” 

As we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12 (Sunday), here are five recent onscreen moms who have wowed the audience with their cool and kickass attitude.   

Sridevi (Mom)
Mom was Sridevi’s last film and each one of us wants to play a mom like her. Though she portrays a step mom she goes to great lengths to take revenge of her daughter’s ordeal. In the film, her onscreen daughter is raped by a group of boys and Sri, with the help of a detective (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and cool-minded tactics, tackles each one of them. The last scene where she kills Abhimanyu Singh (who plays the role of Jagan) is the highlight of the film. The scene that follows melts our hearts. 

Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor)
We love Dolly (it was her onscreen name too) in Vicky Donor. The actress, who single-handedly raises her son (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) and also takes care of her mother-in-law, shows how strong moms are. She is also seen having a gala time, sharing a drink with her onscreen mother-in-law. What makes her even more appealing is the way she handles the news of her daughter-in-law not being able to conceive.   

Swara Bhaskar (Nil Battey Sannata) 
Though Swara plays the role of a domestic help in the film, she is determined to make her daughter an IAS officer. She takes a lot of effort to make sure that her daughter scores well at the boards and achieves her dreams. Swara even enrolls in the same school to motivate her otherwise stubborn daughter who thinks that a maid’s daughter can never be an IAS officer. If we have such inspiring mothers around in real life, many more children will be educated in our country. 

Kirron Kher (Khoobsurat)
Though Kirron Kher’s character is melodramatic and over-the-top, we love the bond she shares with her onscreen daughter (played by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja). Even though we can never call our moms by their name, Kirron shows how a super chilled-out mom should be, like having no qualms about discussing her daughter’s love life and heartbreak. 

Seema Pahwa (Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan) 
Remember Seema Pahwa’s Ali Baba Aur Chalis Chor dialogue from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan? In a cool and comic manner, she explains her daughter losing her virginity. She is one of the best onscreen mothers we have seen in recent times. Her character is relatable and funny too. Seema makes the character so lovable.  
 

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