The role of a mother in Indian cinema, is as powerful and strong as it is in real life. Since its early years, Bollywood has given us some of the most memorable mother characters that go down in history as the ‘Iconic Mothers of Bollywood’. Some of these names have become synonymous with the definition of a mother.
Let’s reminisce some of these famous mothers of Indian cinema-
Bollywood’s favourite mother ever, the films of the 70s and 80s would not be complete without her. So much so, that her character gave rise to the iconic dialogue ‘Mere Paas Maa Hai’. Nirupa Roy was the perfect sacrificing mother who would bear all the oppression for her child’s happiness. The actor is also remembered as Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘screen mom’ and had appeared in many popular films like Deewar, Inquilab, Mard, Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, etc.
Nargis in Mother India
One of the most beautiful actresses of the 50s, Nargis will always be remembered for her role in Mother India. The exemplary film saw Nargis in the role of a poverty-stricken mother, who leaves no stone unturned to give her children a better life and yet when the time comes, she shoots her own child for justice. Her powerful characterisation showed different shades of a mother- a caregiver for her children and also a saviour of the society who stands up for truth.
Rakhee in Karan Arjun
One of the most popular on-screen moms of the 90s, Rakhee is best remembered for her role in Karan Arjun. With overwhelming dialogues and intense characterisation, Rakhee played mother to Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan in this film. She portrayed the role of a bereaved mother whose sons were killed and yet she believed that her children will be reincarnated and seek revenge of their own death.
She is Bollywood’s cutest and most adorable mom of all times. Farida Jalal has appeared in many popular films of the 90s and her characters were known for being lively and a mix of modern and tradition. But her role was most recognized in films like 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', among others.
The favourite on-screen mother of the 90s, she was recognized for most Rajshree production films. Reema Lagoo was known for her role as a loving and doting mother and was famous as Salman Khan’s ‘on-screen mom’. She had appeared in popular films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Hum Saath Saath Hai, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, and more such classics.
Sridevi in Mom
Times changed, and so did the role of a mother. The millennial Bollywood ‘mom’ is more of a friend, a protector, and also an avenger, when needed. Sridevi perfected this modern characterisation of a mother in her last film Mom, where she played the role of a stepmother who seeks revenge for her daughter’s sexual abuse.