The Mothers of Bollywood
From a mother torn between her husband and son to a mother who raises her children all by herself; Bollywood has showcased every aspect of a Mother who is capable of doing anything when it comes to her children. Here’s a look at the top ten mothers of Bollywood.
Nirupa Roy: Favorite mother of the 70’s,
she played Amitabh Bacchan and Shashi Kapoor’s mother in the legendary film
Deewar. The famous dialogue ‘mere paas
ma hai’ made her even more famous as an on screen mother. She has several films
to her credit including Amar Akbar Anthony, Mard, Suhaag and Mukaddar Ka
Rakhee Gulzar: She played Amitabh’s love interest in the movie Kabhi Kabhi. After 6 years she was playing mother to him in the movie Shakti. In Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun she played the role of a bereaved mother whose sons get killed in a family rift. Super stars Shah rukh Khan and Salman Khan were her onscreen sons in this movie. Some other movies include Soldier, Khalnayak, Baazigar, Ram Lakhan and Dil Ka Rishta.
Nargis Dutt: She needs no introduction. Her character in Mother India will remain immortal in the film industry. A single mother bringing up her two sons amidst all the hardships; she truly touched the heart of every Indian. Her real life husband, the late Sunil Dutt played her dacoit son in this movie. She eventually kills her own son to depict the strength of a mother who does not support the misdeeds of her son.
Jaya Bacchan: She is new to the mother’s league in Bollywood and has played screen mother to Karishma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in Fiza. She played a more difficult character in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham where she was stuck amidst her duty as a wife and emotions as a mother. In Kal Ho Na Ho, she was seen as a modern catholic mother to Preity Zinta and sported casual wear throughout the film.
Leela Mishra: The ‘moussi jji’ of Sholay; she has played mother in almost 150 films like Shikast, Chitralekha, Awara and Daag to name a few.
Fareeda Jalal: She is the most adorable on screen mother with her role in DDLJ being the most memorable one. She played Kajol’s mother who encourages her daughter to dream in spite of her husband’s strict rules. She had also played Shah Rukh Khan’s mother in Karan Johar’s block buster film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Dina Pathak: She is no more, but has left her mark in the industry with some notable performances in Saccha Jhoota, Dream Girl, Umrao Jaan, Prem Rog, Golmaal and the list is endless. In the Rekha and Rakesh Roshan starrer Khoobsurat, she played the role of a disciplinarian mother who detested Rekha’s bubbly and childish nature.
Achla Sachdev: She is a veteran actor who was last seen in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham as Amitabh Bacchan’s mother and before that in DDLJ as Amrish Puri’s mother. Her initial ventures include famous films like waqt, Mera Naam Joker, Chandni and Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
Reema Lagoo: She is a director’s favorite when it comes to depicting a typical middle class mother. Her family saga movies like Hum Apke Hai Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hai are still watched and cherished by people. In the tear jerker Kal Ho Na Ho, she played Shah Rukh Khan’s mother who was always tensed about her son’s ailing heart. She has even played screen mother to Govinda in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai.
Zohra Sehgal: A charming personality, she has played mother to the legendary Dara Singh in the movie Dillagi starring the Deol Brothers, Sunny and Bobby. She was last seen in Veer Zara playing Boman Irani’s mother. She turned hundred early this year.