The Mothers who were born in Bollywood

Reellife mothers can be influential in our lives, just like our real life mothers. A mother is considered as an object of devotion in our culture that is the reason why film makers try to make the mother’s character stand apart from the others in typical Bollywood movies. Below is a compilation of the top ten mothers of Bollywood starting with the movie that pioneered the mother power in the Hindi film industry…

Nirupa Roy in Deewar (1975):
Nirupa Roy

The film that started it all. Nirupa Roy plays the mother of good boy Shashi Kapoor and bad boy Amitabh Bacchan. The famous scene of the verbal clash between the two brothers where Amitabh Bacchan harps about his possessions and Shashi Kapoor retorts by delivering the ever famous dialogue-‘Mere paas Ma hai’ ; created a stir through the nation. Nirupa Roy’s character as the mother in dilemma of choosing between her sons was a formula used by umpteen number of film makers in the yester years.

Nargis in Mother India (1957):

A classic tear jerker movie where Nargis plays a mother in distress, trying to raise her family of two children. Here again a mother has to make a tough choice between her morals and her child who took the wrong turn. Nargis chose to kill her son, a dacoit, played by Sunil Dutt (her husband in real life) and this extreme impartial decision is what makes the character all the more memorable.

Shabana Azmi in Masoom(1983):
Shabana Azmi

In this movie Shabana Azmi plays the role of a wife first, who comes to know about her husband’s one night stand and the son he bequeathed from his now dead lover. She reacts vehemently. When the child comes to stay in their house, Shabana enters the role of a mother and slowly accepts him in the family forgiving her husband.

Archana Puran Singh(1996):
Archana Puran Singh

A not so good step mother, Archana Puran Singh wrecks havoc in her step daughter Karishma’s life. A very nasty role indeed; where she does every possible thing to keep her step daughter and son in law apart.

Farida Jalal in DDLJ(1990):
Farida Jalal

She played a stereotypical mom in front of her husband Amrish Puri but was a rocking mom to her daughters when alone. She played Kajol’s very supportive mother in this movie.

Rohini Hattangadi in Saaransh(1984):
Rohini Hatangi

She and Anupam Kher play an elderly couple who learn about their son’s death in New York. They both gave an ‘immortal performance’ in this movie.

Rakhi Gulzar in Shakti, Ram Lakhan and Karan Arjun:
Rakhee Gulzar

She played mother to Amitabh Bacchan in Shakti after having played the role of his love interest 6 years ago in Kabhi Kabhi. After that she played mother to Anil Kapoor in Ram Lakhan and to Shah Rukh and Salman in Karan Arjun.

Preity Zinta in Kya Kehna(2000):
Preity Zinta

This film had a young Preity Zinta play the role of an unmarried mother. The movie is about her war with the people who were against her decision to give birth to the child. She showed that how a child inside her, brought out the mother in her even though she was barely out of college. She eventually gave birth to the child facing all odds and humiliation.

Hema Malini in Baghban(2003):
Hema Malini

A mother separated from her husband by her own children, Hema Malini showed how a mother can never be angry on her children even if they inflict the worst pain on her.

Durga Khote in Karz(1980):
Durga Khote

She played the role of Rishi Kapoor’s mother in his previos birth where he was killed by his love Simi Garewal. She gets back her son in his next birth but in a different body and helps him punish Simi Garewal for her crime.