Celebrating Motherhood with Bollywood Cinema

By Rajrita Chattopadhyay

Your life didn’t come with a manual, it came with a mother.

Every day is mother’s day. We don’t need any particular day to ‘thank’ her for all the love, care she shows us and sacrifices she has made for us. Days will fall short along with the words, but we can never ever thank her enough in our entire lifetime. But, we can surely dedicate a day for her and celebrate it. So how about celebrating mother’s day with Bollywood cinema that celebrates motherhood in itself? Because guess what? Even the Silver Screen couldn’t resist the dialogue “Mere pass maa hai.” They literally made movies on mothers with them being the central character.

Here is a list of Bollywood movies that talks about mother’s love, mother’s sacrifices and what not.

1. Mother India (1957)

The 1957 Indian epic drama film, directed by Mehboob Khan, which is a remake of his earlier film Aurat (1940), is the story of a poverty stricken village woman Radha who in absence o her husband manages to raise her kids. Despite being poor and alone, she faces all the problems with utmost courage. She selflessly sacrificed everything for her family, but when it came on woman’s self respect, she stood against her own son. She in true sense was a mother to the society.

2.Aradhana (1969)

The 1969 Indian romantic drama film directed by Shakti Samanta starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore tells a beautiful tale of love and separation. First, Vandana( Sharmila Tagore) falls in love with Arun ( rajesh Khanna) and secretly weds him and before they could formalize it, Arun dies in an air cash. Vandana is left alone, grieving because Arun’s family did not accept her and her child who was yet to be born. Left with no option, Vandana gives the child up for adoption to a childless couple. But, a mother’s love is something which a mother can’t resist by herself, and Vandana comes to the family where his son was adopted as his nanny. The story further develops with the sacrifices Vandana makes just to be with her son, with whatever cost it comes.

3. Masoom (1982)

A classic movie which stars Naseruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, a very young Urmila Matondkar and Jimmy Shergil, it focuses on changing family dynamics after an illegitimate child is brought in. This film is an adaptation of 1980 novel, Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal which had earlier been adapted into a 1982 Malayalam movie Olangal and a 1983 American movie of the same name of the novel written by Erich Segal. The film proves that, a mother’s love has no boundary even if the child is illegitimate. The film breaks the thoughts one has for a step mother.

4.Paa (2009)

A 2009 Indian Hindi – language film directed by R. Balki, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan. The movie highlighted a rare genetic condition progeria. Though, the movie talks about the relationship between a father and a son, but Vidya Balan’s role as a mother is commendable. The film, pays a tribute to a mother’s selfless love who took the decision to stand by her son and choosing her child over her love life(with Abhishek Bachchan), and fulfill all his desires and wishes in the little time he has.

This film, got Vidya Balan her first Filmfare Best Actress Award and Amitabh Bachchan received his third National Film Award for Best Actor at the 57th National Film Awards in 2010.

5. We Are Family (2010)

The 2010 film starring Kajol, Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor, directed by Karan Johar is the official remake of the 1998 film Stepmom. The family show spun around a mother who is eager to go to any degree for three children. Regardless of whether this included tolerating her husband’s girlfriend. Indeed! Kajol, who assumed the job of a mother of three children, is seen battling cancer and the disclosure flips around her life. And keeping in mind that tolerating her significant other’s (Arjun) new sweetheart (Kareena) wasn’t a simple errand for her, she does it just for her youngsters just to guarantee that they are in safe hands.

6. English Vinglish (2012)

The 2012 Indian Comedy drama film, written and directed by Gauri Shinde, revolves around a woman named Shashi, who perfectly portrays the struggle of a mother who is trying to adjust with her ultra modern husband, daughter and their tendency towards the English Language. While she has been an ideal daughter in-law, spouse and mother in each sense, her poor order over English frequently makes her inquiry her value in the family. Be that as it may, Sridevi’s monologue in the film is an ideal answer on behalf of all the mothers.

7. Nil Battey Sannata(2015)

We as a whole have been at a stage where we used to abhor examining and our parents put forth different attempts to urge us to concentrate on studies. Be that as it may, imagine a scenario in which your mama begins going to the school with you as your classmate. This is actually what occurred in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata wherein Swara Bhasker assumed the job of a single parent. The lead character, being a house cleaner, needs her little girl to concentrate on her studies and dream big while she is happy to confront any test coming her approach to satisfy her dreams.

8. Mom (2017)

While stepmothers are often considered to be evil, the 2017 Indian crime thriller film, Mom directed by Ravi Udyawar was an eye opener for the society as it emphasized that a mother’s love is unconditional. The movie revolves around the story of a stepmother who goes beyond any limit to seek revenge for her daughter who was molested.

This film also marked Sridevi’s last performance on the silver screen and also among her best performances.

9. Secret Superstar (2017)

The 2017 musical drama film written and directed by Advait Chandan is an excellent tribute to all the moms who are a housewife and battle against all the odds to stand for her child. Secret Superstar isn’t only an account of a customary young girl with an uncommon ability, but it is additionally an account of a mother who experienced outrageous torments of her misogynist spouse just to let her girl fly high. It gives us how pyaari our Ammi is.

10. Badla (2019)

The 2019 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Amrita Singh. The revenge drama happens to be of a mother (Amrita) whose son was murdered by an influential lady (Taapsee). It is a perfect example that a mother can turn into a warrior in no time if her child is in trouble.

These were the few of the cinemas which celebrates motherhood. Otherwise, the list is a bit endless.

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