BizAsia’s Mother’s Day Special: Various shades of motherhood


Over the years Bollywood has seen many actresses like Reema Lagoo, Farida Jalal and Aruna Irani play the mother to actors in films. With time things have begun to change and a lot of experimentation has been done when it comes to the mother roles.

To celebrate the beautiful occasion of Mother’s day will look at the wonderful work done by some talented ladies.

Supriya Pathak
Pathak has demonstrated that she can do justice to any role given to her. In ‘Wake Up Sid’ (2009) she played the role of an adorable mother who is devoted to her son and husband. She tries to spend as much time with her son but Sid (Ranbir Kapoor) seems to never have much time for her in his fast paced life. The sweet thing about her is that she is constantly showing her love and appreciation for him.

While in ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela’ (2013) the wheels have turned and the sweet mother has transformed into a fearless gangster, who means well at times but with her tone of voice it doesn’t seem that way. Leela (Deepika Padukone) refuses to get engaged as she is already married and won’t remove her ring at any cost. She challenges her mother to try and remove the ring which isn’t a wise decision as her mother chops her finger off. Before her mother takes this step she does say that had Leela (Padukone) not been her daughter then the punishment could have been a lot worse.

Kirron Kher
Kher has played the role of a loving mother to many great stars. Who can forget the awfully worried mother in ‘Dostana’ (2008) who hurriedly packs her bags and ends up at her son’s (Abhishek Bachchan) door step. Sam (Bachchan) not wanting to was unfortunately a mama’s boy and his mother never failed to show this. Later on though thanks to Naina (Priyanka Chopra) his mother manages to come to terms with his relationship status although it is all really a big misunderstanding. Kher’s comedy timing was spot on and she provided many moments of laughter in her scenes with Boman Irani.

In ‘Devdas’ (2002) Kher played a colourful character named Sumitra who is full of life, always laughing and jovial. Sadly when her daughter’s marriage proposal isn’t accepted and she is badly humiliated something changes inside her. Her daughter may be the apple of her eye but she must do what she has to in order to regain their family’s honour. With a heavy heart she arranges her daughter’s marriage with an older man from a wealthy background. Kher’s transformation from a loving mother to a powerful opponent was amazing to watch.

Ratna Pathak Shah
Pathak Shah was seen playing the very strict mother in the chick flick ‘Khoobsurat’ (2014). She very rarely displayed her emotions and the system in the palace somewhat resembled a boarding school as there were so many rules to follow even for her children. It is learnt that after facing many difficulties in her life Nirmala (Pathak Shah) had hardly any time for her children due to her royal duties. She would do what is best for her children but if it is affection that would be difficult to see.

In the family drama ‘Kapoor & Sons’ (2016) Pathak Shah is a housewife who tries to be there for her two sons but is unable to due to the problems with her house and her husband. In many scenes she can be seen telling her son Rahul (Fawad Khan) that he is her perfect son and she shares her problems with him but the same can’t be said for her other son. She cares for her son Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) too but he feels neglected and doesn’t get the same treatment as his brother.

Pathak Shah’s performances prove that she isn’t afraid to try different things when it comes to acting.

Amrita Singh
Singh is always a delight to watch onscreen however it’s not the first time that she has played a mother onscreen. In the 1993 film ‘Rang’ she played mother to actresses Ayesha Jhulka and the late Divya Bharti. Where other actresses her age at the time would have thought twice about taking this step she went ahead and did a fantastic job.

Recently she has been playing the role of a mother to many heroes such as Tiger Shroff and Arjun Kapoor. She has shown that she can add many shades to her character, in ‘2 States’ (2014) she was a Punjabi mother who is very proud of her heritage and of her son. Loud and unabashed when it comes to expressing her thoughts Singh made it hard to control ones laughter.

Dimple Kapadia
Gutlu is a name most people will recognise if they have watched the film ‘Cocktail’ (2012). Kapadia is the interfering mother who likes to keep check of her son. Eager to see him married she tries everything she can to persuade him, such as sending him pictures of girls and at one point she even goes on holiday with him and his housemates.

There are a number of hilarious situations that take place like when Veronica (Padukone) and Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) get caught on the beach together. His mother runs over to Veronica who pretends to be unconscious and starts to give her mouth to mouth cpr at which the horrified Veronica wakes up. Pleased that she was able to help save Veronica’s life she continues to care for her.

Kapadia managed to do an unforgettable role in the film and gave the audience many laughs.

Sridevi made an impactful return with the inspiring film ‘English Vinglish’ (2012). With her performance she was able to convey how much her children and her husband mean to her in fact family is everything. Although her daughter and husband seem to show a different love for her, her younger son dotes on her as does she. After constantly being made fun of by her daughter and husband for not being able to speak English Shashi (Sridevi) decides to take classes in order to better herself. Not only does her English improve but she also finds a new side to herself, a confident woman.

Thankfully very soon Sridevi’s fans will be able to see her on the big screen this time playing the role of a mother to Pakistani actress Sajjal Ali in ‘Mom’. The first look of the poster has been seen by many artists as well as her fans and all are very excited to see what Sridevi has in store for them. wishes its readers a happy Mother’s Day!

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