BizAsia Father’s Day Special: Single Fathers & their children


Indian cinema has never failed to display the love of a father. The audiences have seen many types of fathers, some were sweet and understanding while some were very strict. Who can forget bauji (Amrish Puri) in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995) who was old fashioned but wanted what was best for his daughter Simran (Kajol).

As 17th June arrives it brings with it a day where we remember our father’s, celebrate them and of course love and care for them. will look at five films in which the father’s were single but their love for their children wasn’t any less.

Anupam Kher in ‘Judwaa 2’ (2017)

In this remake of the 90’s film ‘Judwaa’ (1997) audiences got to see Kher play a father who has great hopes for his daughter played by Jacqueline Fernandez. Mr Bakshi (Kher) is very proud of his daughter so when a proposal comes for her he can’t stop praising her. Their relationship is very relaxed as they seem more like friends rather than a father and daughter. One could say he is very modern as he keeps up with the times and even knows what a pout is when creating a selfie.

Mr Bakshi has a thing for poetry but sadly he isn’t good at it. However he maybe, he really does care for his daughter. Kher had a short role in the film but it was a very funny one and his love for his daughter was visible.

Jackie Shroff in ‘Brothers’ (2015)

Shroff’s role was in some ways very realistic as he showed one side to fatherhood which is filled with struggles. Gary Fernandes (Shroff) has had a very troubled life as he had a drinking problem for many years, he ruined his marriage with his own hands even though he loved his wife dearly. It is only after he has experienced these hardships in his life, that he decides he wants to focus on his two sons. Sadly one of them wants to have nothing to do with him.

Shroff managed to show a father who cared for his children but he had a lot of guilt in his heart. He was unable to forgive himself for the things he had done in the past, it must have been very difficult for Shroff to do such a role but he did fantastic.

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Piku’ (2015)

It is either his way or nothing that’s why it is hard to tell whether he is actually Piku’s (Deepika Padukone) father or child. Bhaskor Bannerjee (Bachchan) is a stubborn man with many opinions. Sometimes he can be rude but for him his rudeness is his honesty. Piku perhaps doesn’t realise it at the time but she in some ways inherits her fathers qualities.

Bhaskor may seem like a harsh and insensitive individual but the truth is he really cares for the people around him. His way of showing love is by portraying a tough love. There are many father’s who push their daughter’s to get married but he is one father who wants his daughter to be free and independent. He feels that women were not made just to be sat at home and do what their husbands tell them, therefore he pushes his daughter more to do better for herself. Bachchan portrayed a liberal father who loved his daughter a lot but showed it in a different manner.

M K Raina in ‘Aisha’ (2010)

Raina played the adorable father of Sonam Kapoor Ahuja in this love drama. In the film Mr Kapoor (Raina) has two daughters, one is happily married and the other is doing absolutely fine with her very exciting life. Overall he is very happy with his life and with his two daughters. The only time he is concerned is when his daughters are unhappy or when Aisha (K Ahuja) makes a large credit card bill.

Raina portrayed a sweet father who brought up his children with love and affection so that they didn’t lack in anyway when their mother passed away. Raina did a superb job.

Boman Irani in ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ (2003)

He had great hopes for his daughter but when a good hearted gangster falls for his daughter he does his best to keep him away. Irani was hilarious as the stressed out father of Dr Suman (Gracy Singh). He had no troubles from his daughter in fact he was proud of her but the one thing that was concerning him was Munna (Sanjay Dutt). Dr Asthana (Irani) had given his daughter a good upbringing and she too followed in her father’s footsteps going into the medical profession. It was natural for Dr Asthana to feel worried about his daughter because all he wanted for her, throughout her life was the best.

The team at wishes its readers a happy and heartfelt Father’s Day!

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