“Mere paas MAA hai.”
This line has been tattooed on our minds for decades. Many moons ago, one couldn’t imagine a film without saree clad moms, their quintessential ‘rona-dhona’ and unfazed intuition of their sons’ return, “Mere Karan Arjun aayenge.” These heart-thumping moms reigned Bollywood and how. But then, there were also moms like Mother India who didn’t shudder from shooting down her own son when it came to save the dignity of a woman, or Khoobsurat’s Dina Pathak playing an authoritative patriarch. But these kinds of mom characters were like endangered species, not spotted too often on screen and who eventually became extinct.
Last two decades have witnessed a complete makeover of a mother’s on screen character. No more did a mother need a sindoor to define her, or run pillar to post crying in a dull attire. The writing genies have locked the glycerine bottles tight and ordered some designer sarees to make sure the image of a mom blooms in every possible shade.
Today, let’s meet Bollywood’s few happening moms…