Mother’s Day Special: The protective mother on screen


A mother will do anything for her child such is this love. In ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998) the audiences saw how Tina (Rani Mukerji) sacrifices her own life in order to save her daughter’s life, it was a heartbreaking scene that had many in tears.

This mother’s day will look at five actresses who took on the role of a mother and how they braved the storms so that their children could be safe.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Shabana Azmi in ‘Jazbaa’ (2015)
After a break from films Bachchan returned with this role where she played the part of a well known criminal lawyer. A nightmare begins for Anuradha (Bachchan) when she is forced to defend a criminal in order to save her daughter who has been abducted. Anuradha knows that the man she is defending is indeed guilty but at present wants nothing but her daughter to return home safe and sound.

While on the other hand Garima (Azmi) is a mother who has lost her daughter and wants justice. Not satisfied with the way the law has handled the murder of her daughter she decides she will punish the criminal herself so that her daughter is at peace. These are the extreme lengths she goes to for her daughter.

Sridevi in ‘Mom’ (2017)
This film saw Devki (Sridevi) go above and beyond in order to get her daughter justice. With her relationship with her step daughter being a rocky one as it is, when her daughter is brutally attacked by four individuals it makes it even harder for the mother to interact with her.

Sridevi’s character was of a teacher who taught at her daughter’s school as well as being a mother to two daughters. When Devki and her husband try to get justice through the law they face nothing but disappointments. She realises she can expect nothing from the law after the accused are set free and takes matters into her own hands with the help of a detective.

The dialogue ‘bhagwan har jaga nahi hota hai, issi liye toh usne maa banayi hai’ was one that stood out greatly in this film. A mother will always have her child’s back no matter what.

Vidya Balan in ‘Kahaani 2’ (2016)
Balan’s role was of a woman who forcibly intervened in a child’s life in order to save them from the atrocities they faced. When Vidya (Balan) goes into a coma after an accident, it is a police man named Inderjeet (Arjun Rampal) who is left to work out what has happened. From a diary he finds out that Vidya has an adopted daughter who she had taken as the girl’s real family abused her. Before taking this step Vidya tried speaking with certain members of the family as well as getting help from the police but they all dismissed her cries for help.

It was a hard hitting story that had a woman who may not have given birth to this child but loved and cared for her like a real mother would.

Karisma Kapoor in ‘Shakti: The Power’ (2002)
Nandini (Kapoor) lives happily with her young son and loving husband Shekhar (Sanjay Kapoor) in Canada. When Shekhar takes his family to his village in India, Nandini is both scared and shocked by the way his family live. Shekhar’s father is short tempered and rather than talking he much prefers to use violence to resolve his issues. While trying to make his father see sense Shekhar ends up losing his life leaving Nandini heartbroken and wanting to return home. Shekhar’s father forbids her from leaving and after her constant refusal he is willing to let her go but she must leave her child. Nandini is forced to go on the run to protect her child and herself from her father in law.

Kapoor displayed a woman who turns fierce in order to protect her child. In one scene she is being beaten by her father in law at which her child tries to help her but is pushed aside by him. Seeing this, a fire is lit within the mother and she fights her father in law to protect her son.

Raveena Tandon in ‘Daman’ (2001)
A girl who had dreams in her eyes is made to marry a hot tempered man who treats her badly from the moment she steps into his house. Tandon’s role of Durga was of a woman who faced violence and abuse from her husband on a daily basis yet she remained silent in order to keep the peace in her house. The only happiness she had in that house was from her daughter and brother in law who treated her with respect.

A day comes when her husband arranges their daughter’s marriage but Durga protests as their daughter is still a child whereas the groom is a grown man. With her husband adamant that the wedding will take place Durga takes a step that she may never have taken for herself but for her daughter’s future she will.

The team at wishes all of its readers a happy mother’s day!

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